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NOLA emergency teams move homeless to hotels, clean camps in effort to reduce spread of COVID-19

Posted at 10:32 PM, Mar 26, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-26 23:36:46-04

Teams of police in masks and workers in white hazmat suits moved quickly in New Orleans on Thursday to clear out homeless camps around the city, in an emergency measure meant to reduce the spread of coronavirus.

Dozens of homeless people got onto Regional Transit Authority buses and were taken to a temporarily closed hotel in the central Business District.

At the Hilton Garden Inn on Gravier Street, they'll have beds, bathrooms, and three meals per day. They can also isolate themselves individually or as couples for at least a month.

The effort will likely be paid for with a combination of city, state, and federal funds.