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Methadone Delivered Direct to Homeless and Other Isolated New Yorkers

The city is distributing the detox drug to homeless people and others in isolation hotels, with home deliveries starting Monday to stem virus spread.

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De Blasio Vows Medical Help for ‘Isolation Hotels’ After Deaths

City plans more "clinic staffing" following the demise of several people believed to be suffering from "mild" cases of COVID-19.

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How Homeless With ‘Mild’ COVID Symptoms Died on City’s Watch

At least four in the homeless system unexpectedly succumbed to the virus this month after being isolated in shelters or hotels, THE CITY has learned.

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Some NYC Homeless Practice Social Distancing in Hotels, With Help from Donors

Advocates raise funds for hotel rooms for two dozen people, raising awareness of need for thousands more isolation spaces for homeless New Yorkers.

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Two Passengers Die in a Day as Subway Fatalities Rise Amid Ridership Plunge

Woman showing "symptoms of COVID-19" is among 11 deaths this year — compared to 17 all of last year. Meanwhile, ridership is down 95%.

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Isolation Hotel Referrals Add to Strains of Overwhelmed Hospital ERs

De Blasio announces free rooms for safe recovery for those living in close quarters, but doctors say signing up so far has been dangerously difficult.

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Homeless Outreach Workers in Standoff Over COVID Safety

Goddard Riverside Community Center says it has no choice but to fire employees who refuse to go on street duty due to infection concerns.

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Family Has Housing Voucher and an Apartment — But They’re Still Homeless

As the city’s poverty relief agency struggles to remotely handle cases, families eligible for independent living remain stuck in homeless shelters.

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How to Get Food in New York Right Now — And How to Help Feed

We’ve compiled resources on how to stay fed if you’re low on cash, homebound — or trying to keep safe while getting takeout.

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A Lonely Life for the Isolated Residents of the City’s Coronavirus Hotels

"Nobody’s in the hallways. Nobody’s talking. Nobody will come into the room," says a homeless woman quarantined at a Queens hotel.

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Cast Adrift by the Virus, the Newly Homeless Seek a Place to Recover

Ejection of people with COVID-19 into the streets echoes 1980s AIDS crisis, advocates say. Meanwhile, the city struggles to find them space to heal.

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Call for Cuomo to Free Ailing Prisoners as Virus Spreads

Legal Aid lawyers cite a handful of vulnerable, inmates dealing with cancer, diabetes and more as prime candidates for immediate release.

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Too Close for Comfort Inside NYC’s Biggest Homeless Shelter

Coronavirus cases grow in shelters across the city where most guards still don’t have masks. The 30th Street Men’s Shelter offers a troubling picture.

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No Virus Tracking for Homeless People on Streets and Subways

Four people who live outside of shelters tested positive for coronavirus after visiting drop-in centers. But no one is keeping tabs on 3,200 others.

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City Shuttles Homeless and Other Virus Patients to Hotels

Officials line up 500 rooms to isolate shelter residents and public hospital patients with nowhere to go. But hotel workers won’t get masks.

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Teens Sue to Exit Detention Centers As Coronavirus Closes In

Legal Aid demands release of juvenile delinquents in face of "risk of serious medical harm," saying social isolation is "effectively impossible."

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NYC Hospitals Send Homeless Who Have Coronavirus to Shelters

At least one person who tested positive has been funneled to the city shelter system amid spiking cases and scramble to create more isolation spaces.

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A High-Stakes Race to Help NYC’s Homeless as Coronavirus Spreads

The city is scrambling to open new drop-in centers, create quarantine spaces at shelters and buy thermometers to screen clients as shelter cases rise.

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First Homeless Shelter Resident Tests Positive for Coronavirus

The woman’s dorm-mates have been placed into quarantine as New York City officials grapple with how to contain outbreaks in a packed shelter system.

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City Welfare Agency Pivots to Online Contact, While Applicants Show Up Unaware

Needy New Yorkers keep seeking aid in person while coronavirus rages — including inside city Department of Social Services offices.