BOLT staffs homeless shelters for the Napa County Government

The Coronavirus has dominated our lives for the last 6 weeks, but we still don’t know much about it. We do know that it’s a massive public health crisis. We also know that social distancing seems to be a good way of stemming the virus’s spread. So far, all 50 states have reported Coronavirus cases. California seems to be doing better than most predicted.

As of April 9th, Napa county reported 28 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 2 deaths. There are a few dozen others than are being monitored for potential exposure. In order to reduce risk, Napa County has put out materials encouraging residents to respect shelter-in-place and social distancing regulations. All of these measures help “flatten the curve”, meaning they prevent the virus from spreading which helps release pressure on the overwhelmed medical community.

Although it’s frustrating, sheltering at home is completely possible – as long as you have a home to shelter in. Recently, the Napa County government found themselves in a tricky situation. One of the homeless shelters that they manage is currently housing COVID-19 patients, which presents a dangerous health risk for other homeless individuals and the shelter workers. In order to respond, the County needed to open new homeless shelters that specialize in hosting the homeless who have tested positive for COVID-19. These shelters needed to be staffed with managers that have experience in social work and running temporary housing developments.

This is when Napa County turned to BOLT. In only four days, we found three people willing to step up to the job. Thank you, Heather, Kate, and Trinidad for serving the government, the community, and the homeless, and the sick. You are doing God’s work.

At Bolt, we’re proud to be doing our part in this pandemic. Connecting our local county government to the right personnel helps keep our county running safely. We would like to thank Faye, Nicole, and Kevin for reaching out to BOLT and giving us a shot. We are proud to serve our community!

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