DIEGO PLANS TENTS FOR HOME­LESS AMID HEP­ATI­TIS A OUT­BREAK:

Manteca Bulletin - - Local / State -

SAN DIEGO (AP) — San Diego’s mayor has an­nounced a plan to erect three com­mer­cial-grade tents to house hun­dreds of home­less peo­ple in the face of a deadly hep­ati­tis A epi­demic.

Mayor Kevin Faulconer said Wed­nes­day that the city needs to shel­ter peo­ple liv­ing in the streets as soon as pos­si­ble so they can have clean re­strooms and wash­ing sta­tions.

The city is work­ing with three non­profit agen­cies that will open the tents start­ing as soon as De­cem­ber.

San Diego County of­fi­cials ear­lier this month de­clared a pub­lic health emer­gency be­cause of the liver dis­ease out­break that has killed 16 peo­ple and hos­pi­tal­ized 300 more since Novem­ber.

The home­less pop­u­la­tion has been hit the hardest.

The city is giv­ing free vac­ci­na­tions, in­stalling hand­wash­ing sta­tions and power-wash­ing streets. The virus lives in hu­man fe­ces.

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