The city is housing hundreds of homeless people with coronavirus or symptoms of the virus at five Big Apple hotels, sources told The Post.
City officials confirmed that more than 700 spots have been set aside for afflicted homeless people at five undisclosed locations throughout the city, but didn’t say where.
According to the source, however, all five are hotels.
Staffers at two of the locations — a Howard Johson’s at 235 24th Street in Brooklyn, and Town Place Suites at 38-42 11th Street in Queens — told The Post they were no longer renting rooms to the public because they had been leased out to the city.
A woman answering the phone at the third side, the Radisson at 52 Williams St. in Manhattan, hung up on a reporter.
The telephone was not answered at the two other locations, identified by the source: a Comfort Inn at 548 W. 48th Street in Manhattan and Jamaica Hotel at 183-02 Jamaica Avenue in Queens, which is also identified as a Comfort Inn in some online posts.
There are currently 392 homeless people in isolation at the five sites who either tested positive for the virus or were placed in quarantine “out of an abundance of caution,” the city said.
The city Department of Social Services said 213 homeless people at 93 shelters have tested positive for the virus, with 11 dying from the bug and another 11 leaving after completing quarantine.
They said 24 people were “self-isolating” and 16 “have made other arrangements” outside of DHS units, including staying with family.
Sixty-two remained hospitalized as of Sunday, and 89 others remained in isolation at one of the five undisclosed locations.
In a statement Monday, DSS said the city has begun to plan to move some of the most vulnerable among the homeless, particularly those over 70, to dedicated shelters where they can self isolate.
“Our city has mobilized like never before to support all New Yorkers, including those experiencing homelessness during this crisis,” the statement said.
Meanwhile, a group of advocates and elected officials are expected to ask Mayor Bill de Blasio and Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday to expand the use of hotel rooms to house the homeless during the continuing spread of the coronavirus.
The group, which includes city Public Advocate Jumanee Williams and several city council members, said it will ask the city and state to make use of 30,000 of the 100,000 vacant hotel rooms in the city so that homeless people can isolate during the pandemic.
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