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Mecklenburg County closes COVID-19 isolation and quarantine hotel | WFAE 90.7

Mecklenburg County will close its COVID-19 isolation and quarantine hotel on Dec. 31, county public health director Gibbie Harris told county commissioners at their meeting Tuesday night.

Harris said the hotel, which the county began renting in March 2020 as a place for homeless residents to isolate or quarantine after possible exposure to the coronavirus, only one person was staying there as of Tuesday. Over the past week, there were several days when no one stayed, she said.

“That hotel costs us about $300,000 a month,” Harris told the commissioners. “That includes rent, staff, food, security, cleaning and supplies. So as you can see it’s not very cost effective.”

County officials have repeatedly declined to confirm the hotel’s location, citing privacy concerns, although in September 2020 The Charlotte Observer reported it was the Econo Lodge near the Charlotte Douglas International Airport.

Harris said the county health department has notified local homeless shelters and hospitals of the decision to close the hotel and said those facilities should be able to accommodate the small number of people who must be isolated or quarantined.

“We need to normalize the ability of these shelters to manage communicable diseases, including COVID,” Harris said.


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