Raising concern with the health authorities, seventy people at a San Francisco homeless shelter have tested positive for the coronavirus.
Sixty-eight residents and two staff members have been struck by the virus, the Associated Press quoted San Francisco Mayor London Breed as saying.
Dr. Grant Colfax, the director of the San Francisco Department of Public Health, said the city tested residents of the shelter on Wednesday and again on Friday.
“On Wednesday there were five positive cases,” Dr. Colfax said. “Today there are 70.”
Debate has raged in San Francisco about what to do to protect the approximately 8,000 homeless people who live in the city. The AP reported that the outbreak marks the largest in a homeless shelter so far in the state of California, which is believed to have a homeless population of 150,000.