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Regional Officials Use Lessons From Hepatitis A Outbreak To Respond To Coronavirus Pandemic

County officials from the Regional Task Force on the Homeless met to discuss ...

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Above: County officials from the Regional Task Force on the Homeless met to discuss Coronavirus preparations for the homeless in San Diego on March 11, 2020.

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Officials say the homeless population is especially vulnerable to the coronavirus outbreak so they are working to provide resources to prevent wide spread among the population.

Aired: March 19, 2020 | Transcript

— During San Diego’s 2017 hepatitis A outbreak 20 people died, more than half of them homeless. Regional officials were criticized for a slow and disorganized response.

RELATED: Regional Task Force On The Homeless Prepares For Coronavirus Spread In San Diego

Now that San Diego is faced with the coronavirus pandemic, officials are pulling from previous experience to slow the spread of novel coronavirus and provide resources to one of the most vulnerable populations, the homeless.

RELATED: State Audit Slams San Diego Response To Hepatitis A Outbreak

Lisa Halverstadt, a reporter with Voice of San Diego joined Midday Edition on Thursday to talk about the regional effort.

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