St. Benedict’s Homeless Shelter quarantined after 3 positive COVID-19 cases

St. Benedict’s Homeless Shelter quarantined after 3 positive COVID-19 cases

OWENSBORO, Ky. (WFIE) - Three residents at St. Benedict’s Shelter for Men have tested positive for coronavirus.

St. Benedict’s Homeless Shelter in Owensboro announced on their Facebook page that after six months with no COVID-19 cases, they are now quarantined due to positive cases.

“The Monday before last we had the hospital call us. We had a client that had stayed at the shelter come up COVID positive,” said Jeff Mattson, the operations manager at St. Benedict’s Shelter for Men.

Matson says thankfully, these cases are asymptomatic.

“This is the first time since March since this outbreak happened that we’ve had a positive case, so we’ve really been blessed in that area,” said Mattson.

The men have been placed in quarantine at St. Benedict’s Women and Families Services. All employees and residents have been tested. They have tested everyone twice and will do a third round of testing Thursday.

The shelter says all residents are currently under quarantine.

“Considering the situation, I want to give a thumbs up to the guys here. I mean this is a scary situation for them,” said Mattson.

Those in the shelter who have underlying health conditions are living in a separate area in the shelter. Masks inside the building are mandatory, and they have a disinfectant machine they use to clean inside.

“Our community has been helping us a lot,” said Mattson.

A portion of the men come off quarantine on Monday. Mattson says he’s glad that everyone is doing okay and keeping their spirits up.

Mattson says they are welcoming donations. Anything from hygiene products, to coffee or paper plates and plastic utensils.

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