Las Vegas, NV— (March 31, 2020) – Catholic Charities of Southern Nevada (CCSN) announced the reopening of its Emergency Night Shelter starting April 1. This reopening follows a temporary closure that started March 26 as a result of advice from the Southern Nevada Health District after a shelter client was confirmed as positive with COVID-19 (Coronavirus). Since the onset of the coronavirus, the agency has continued to operate at a higher degree of sanitation protocols and procedures.
In reopening the shelter, CCSN is receiving counsel from SNHD on specific protocols to ensure the program can continue operating in the safest way possible to include the following:
- Operations will resume beginning April 1 with added distancing measures which will limit the number of beds to approximately 250. Check in will begin at 3 p.m. with preferences for disabled, physically challenged and senior clients until maximum capacity is reached.
- A preliminary health screening process for all prospective shelter clients prior to entry, including temperature checks and inquiries into any potential symptomatic conditions.
- SNHD will conduct training with CCSN team members on health screening protocols, including, but not limited to equipment use, donning and doffing procedures.
- Clients who present with symptomatic issues at health screening will be directed to Cashman Field or other available isolation sites for further evaluation, quarantine, observation as needed, or as the CCSN shelter reaches capacity.
- CCSN will monitor for any clients who may become symptomatic overnight. Should that occur, clients will be transferred to a temporary isolation dorm until SNHD and CCSN can determine and arrange for transportation to a proper, intermediate term site for observation, quarantine and/or isolation.
The agency’s ongoing services, including Meals on Wheels, the free daily community meal, Adoption, Immigration and Migration services and others, have remained in continuing operation with heightened measures in place to maintain social distancing and other precautions. Volunteer activity has been suspended until further notice, and employees continuing to work at this time are being screened on-site to make sure continued operation is being provided safely and securely.
Catholic Charities is in need of monetary donations at this time and encourages anyone interested and able to do so visit www.catholiccharities.com.
For more information on COVID-19 (Coronavirus), please visit the Southern Nevada Health District website at https://www.southernnevadahealthdistrict.org/.
About Catholic Charities of Southern Nevada
Since 1941, the mission of Catholic Charities of Southern Nevada has been to serve those in need — the most vulnerable — regardless of race, religion or creed. This leading community resource offers help and hope with dignity as it strives to meet the diverse needs of men, women and children in Southern Nevada. Through the generosity of foundations, grants, organizations and individual donors, Catholic Charities operates 16 programs providing support to more than 4,200 people daily and encompassing four core areas: Family Services, Food Services, Immigration and Refugee Services and Homeless and Housing Services. Catholic Charities also operates the largest Meals on Wheels program and Emergency Shelter Services in Southern Nevada. For additional information, please visit CatholicCharities.com.