Construction began this morning on a new isolation and quarantine center capable of serving at least 350 homeless individuals at the Cashman Center downtown.
Clark County and the city of Las Vegas are partnering to build and operate the Cashman ISO-Q Complex (ISO-Q is short for Isolation-Quarantine), which will be accessed off of Washington Avenue just east of Las Vegas Boulevard. The complex is needed to facilitate the care of the homeless in that area.
The complex is expected to be complete and ready for patients late in the day Monday, April 6.
When complete, the complex will have separate areas for people who are quarantined because they were exposed to the coronavirus, an isolation area for those who test positive and have symptoms, and an isolation area for those who test positive but have no symptoms.
Clark County is overseeing and funding construction of the facility, and the city will oversee operations and security. The two local governments will jointly fund the complex. Exactly how long it remains in place will be determined at a later date.
"This complex will give the homeless a safe and secure place to receive the care they need to get healthy," County Commission Chairman Marilyn Kirkpatrick said. "This facility will reduce the number of visits to our emergency rooms and help protect our most vulnerable population."
"Care for the homeless through this pandemic continues to be of great concern for the city of Las Vegas," said Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn G. Goodman. "We are working with county and state officials to stay ahead of the expected needs for medical care."
"We appreciate the assistance and cooperation of our local shelter providers, the Southern Nevada Health District and a myriad of local businesses and residents who are using their expertise and efforts to care for our community," said Ward 5 Councilman Cedric Crear. "We are indeed, #VegasStrong."
The Cashman ISO-Q Complex will be a controlled-access facility for homeless people in need of quarantine or isolation -- asymptomatic homeless who need to be quarantined because they have been exposed to the coronavirus, as well as those homeless who are recovering from the virus but still need to be in isolation with medical monitoring by a nurse. American Medical Response will provide transportation for those diagnosed with the virus who have referrals from area hospitals or the Southern Nevada Health District. Those in need of quarantine will need a referral from a local shelter partner. Transportation for asymptomatic homeless persons with referrals from area shelters has not been finalized. Hospitals will continue to provide care for the seriously ill in need of a ventilator.
The complex will have an entrance at the stoplight on Washington Avenue across from the Grant Sawyer Building. Each tent will have an administration area with staff and security. People will not be allowed to wander through; only assigned staff/contract staff and homeless with the appropriate referral will be allowed to enter. Allied Security and city of Las Vegas deputy marshals will control access.
Workers with local contractor Vision Building Systems began building the temporary facility this morning, which will hold a minimum of 350 beds, half for isolation and half for quarantine.
The city of Las Vegas will provide perimeter fencing to limit access, potable water and sewer connection. There will be separate sleeping and restroom facilities for those in quarantine and those in isolation; there will separate staff restrooms for those serving each population. Contractors will be used to supply meals to patients (prepared off-site), as well as for trash/medical waste disposal, laundry, security and personal protective equipment. Not all of the contracts are in place at this time. There will be no communal dining and patients will be expected to maintain appropriate social distancing.