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Shelter’s COVID-19 outbreak now at 135 cases

Program Director Carlos Sanchez staples flyers at the Westside Emergency Housing Center in March. (Adolphe Pierre-Louis/Journal file)

The COVID-19 outbreak that swept through an Albuquerque homeless shelter has infected 135 people since Oct. 5.

The Westside Emergency Housing Center, a city-owned shelter about 20 miles northwest of Downtown, now has identified 120 cases in residents and 15 among staff.

That’s up 37 cases in the last week.

Seven people have been hospitalized as part of this surge, two of whom have been discharged, a city spokeswoman said Tuesday.

Prior to October, the shelter had identified only three cases at the facility.

The city has worked with multiple public agencies and outside partners to mitigate the outbreak and has been isolating some shelter residents at hotels.

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