Skid Row’s first COVID-19 case

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Homeless encampments on Skid Row. Photo by Amy Ta.

The crowded, unsanitary conditions on Skid Row are a breeding ground for disease.  Now the area has its first confirmed case. A driver for the Union Rescue Mission has been hospitalized and is on a ventilator. Eight people who have had direct contact with him have been quarantined off-site, and another 100 workers and residents are quarantined on the third floor of the homeless shelter.