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COVID cases prompt Lansing shelters to halt new intakes

City Rescue Mission of Lansing
City Rescue Mission of Lansing
The City Rescue Mission of Lansing has identified seven positive COVID-19 cases at its women and children's shelter on south Cedar Street in the past week.

Outbreaks of COVID-19 are prompting two Lansing homeless service providers to stop accepting new clients for the time being.

The City Rescue Mission of Lansing operates two shelters in the city.

Executive director Mark Criss says seven new cases of COVID-19 have been identified in the past week at its women and children’s shelter on south Cedar St.

Those cases have forced the nonprofit to refuse any new intakes.

“So, we’ll try to quarantine all those that we can,” Criss said. “We’re working with the health department to identify what the next steps would be, but this really is not excessive; it’s just a cautionary reaction to the COVID positives.”

Criss says the City Rescue Mission of Lansing will resume accepting new clients after the shelter has had two weeks of negative test results.

Meanwhile, The New Hope Community Center, which is operated by Holy Cross Services, is also closed to the public until Nov. 1.

Kevin Lavery is a general assignment reporter and occasional local host for Morning Edition and All Things considered.
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