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Salvation Army shelter locked down

The Salvation Army of Belmont County imposed a lockdown on itself after three people living in its homeless shelter tested positive for COVID-19.

All 25 residents of the shelter in Bellaire are being quarantined, the agency said on its Facebook page.

“On Monday, Jan. 4, 2021, we had our residents tested and we received the test results this afternoon. Three of our residents have come down with the virus. The other 22 residents have tested negative. All of our employees and volunteers have been or will be tested before they serve our community,” the Salvation Army said.

Offices inside the building have been sanitized and those coming for an appointment are asked to wear a mask and social distance. People with symptoms of the virus or who have been diagnosed with it are being asked to stay away.

Those who come for an appointment will have their temperature taken and sanitize their hands. If their temperature is above 99 degrees, they will have to leave and call back for instructions.

The Salvation Army church also has suspended services for the next two weeks. Its social service and financial assistance programs are being conducted by appointment only.

“If you need our emergency food pantry and your appointment has been scheduled you will meet us on the patio for your food bag,” the organization said. “If you are coming for our Tuesday or Thursday food programs we will distribute outside as we usually do. Please social distance and wear your facemask.”

Large food giveaways held on Thursdays will restart after the U.S. Department of Agriculture negotiates a new contract with a vendor. The last large giveaway was held Dec. 22.

The anticipated restart the beginning of February.

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