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Portland To Use Expo As Quarantine Space After 2 Shelter Guests Test Positive For Coronavirus

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Julie Pike
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Maine Public
The Expo was transformed in 2019 to temporarily house an influx of asylum seekers until they could find more permanent homes.

The city of Portland is now using its Expo building as a shelter to quarantine residents suspected of being exposed to COVID-19, after two guests at the city's Oxford Street homeless shelter have tested positive for the virus since Tuesday.City spokesperson Jessica Grondin says that 38 residents stayed at the Expo building on Tuesday night. "With the number of people who've been identified now, between the two cases, we didn't have enough quarantine space left at the Family Shelter."

Grondin says the Expo will be used to quarantine only those who might have been exposed but aren't showing symptoms.  "We will continue to have our isolation spaces available in the Family Shelter building for those who need isolation," she says. "Those would be people who are showing symptoms or are awaiting test results."

The city is planning to hold an emergency workshop on Wednesday night to discuss shelter policies.