Boston adding hundreds of beds after homeless person tests positive for coronavirus

BOSTON (WHDH) - Boston is adding hundreds of new beds for the homeless after a homeless person tested positive for the coronavirus, Mayor Martin Walsh announced Sunday.

Privately-owned spaces are in the process of being converted into shelters.

“These additional beds will ease burden on shelters as [homeless residents] practice physical distancing and provide more safe safes for them to quarantine,” Walsh said.

Suffolk University will repurpose a dorm to provide at least 172 beds and another 70 beds will be provided at a former hospital in Brighton owned by the Davis Companies.

“We reached out to the city and said ‘Is this something you can use to help address the crisis?’” recalled Stephen Davis of The Davis Companies. “We’re pleased that it turned out the building is suitable for use.”

There are nearly 700 new cases of coronavirus in Massachusetts, with 48 virus-related deaths.

Gov. Charles Baker announced an online portal for residents and companies to donate and sell personal protective equipment for workers on the front line.

“Our administration will continue making every effort to secure supplies from all possible resources to support our front line workers during these tough times,” he said.

Equipment that is needed include respirators, masks, gloves and gowns.

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