Devonport House staff prevent a coronavirus outbreak
published on 24 Jun 2020
The quick thinking staff at our Salvation Army homelessness centre in Plymouth have been praised by the city council for stopping a coronavirus outbreak among residents.
One person staying at the Devonport House Lifehouse on Park Avenue tested positive for coronavirus on Friday 19 June and was immediately moved into a self-contained flat in the grounds of the centre to self-isolate.
The flat had been deep-cleaned in advance by the forward-planning staff and kept empty in case it would be needed and the centre was placed into quarantine while residents and staff were tested for coronavirus.
During that period, staff at the centre continued to support residents with public health guidance, such as regular hand washing, increased cleaning and PPE being made available for staff and residents.
On 22 June, test results for all the other residents and staff at the centre showed no-one had caught the virus and as there had not been an outbreak of the coronavirus at Devonport House, public health officials announced that it did not need to remain under quarantine.
“As lockdown restrictions are eased further it remains important to remember that cases are still occurring and that everyone needs to remain vigilant and follow the guidance on staying safe. This includes maintaining a safe distance, washing hands frequently, avoiding touching your face and wearing face coverings in confined public spaces where possible.”
Devonport House is a Salvation Army Lifehouse which provides supported residential housing for men and women aged 18 and over in Plymouth who have experienced homelessness.
On average, people stay at the centre for 18 months during which time they receive support to rebuild their lives and move on into more long-term homes.
“I’m also very grateful for the support we received from partner organisations in the city during this time including Plymouth City Council, Plymouth City Council’s health department, the Plymouth Complex Needs Alliance as well as the Harbour Centre.”