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WINNIPEG — The Salvation Army now has an entire wing available for homeless people with flu-like symptoms.
The Salvation Army has a wing open at 180 Henry Avenue with 23 beds that they will be using for recovery.
"If you or I feel sick, we go home and get into bed," said Karen Hoeft, assistant executive director and community relations at the Salvation Army's Booth Centre downtown. "If a person is living on a mat, or in a dorm that they must vacate during the day, that leaves them outside and if they have flu-like symptoms, being on the street can cause complications."
The wing is intended to house people with minor symptoms but is not for people who present complications — they will still be sent to acute care.
The shelter has teamed up with the government and other organizations in order to run the wing efficiently. When someone comes into the facility, a basic questionaire from the WRHA has been drafted that asks a person "how are you feeling?"
During flu season, the shelters always see an influx of people, said Hoeft, but she expects there will be a higher demand for these beds than there normally would be.