OGDEN, Utah (ABC4 News) – An outbreak of COVID-19 was reported at the Lantern House homeless shelter in Ogden Friday.
Officials with the Lantern House confirmed the outbreak to ABC4 News on Friday.
According to a release from the Lantern House, 48 positive cases have been identified within the shelter, including 37 single men, 9 single women, and 1 single mother with her child
Out of the 48 cases, less than 10% of them are showing symptoms, according to a release.
In a release, The Lantern House said that two people who tested positive for the virus have died, an elderly man and a single mother with a child.
Their causes of death are still under investigation. The child of the mother who passed away is now staying with a relative.
The Lantern House is currently working with community partners to help find lodging for those who tested negative for the virus in the facility, a release said.
The Lantern House said that those who tested positive for the virus will now quarantine.
The news release also said that the shelter has reached out to the Weber-Morgan Health Department to obtain additional resources and hire more staff members to help deal with the outbreak.
“We sincerely appreciate our dedicated staff and volunteers who have been tireless in their efforts to keep everyone at the Lantern House safe and adapt quickly, hour by hour to the situation.”” Their preparedness has been instrumental in keeping COVID-19 at bay during these past few months,” the Lantern House said in a release.