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Homeless in Calexico get screened for COVID-19

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CALEXICO, Calif. (KYMA, KECY)-A team of nurses at the Calexico Wellness Center (CWC), screened some of Calexico’s homeless population for coronavirus.

The Brown Bag Coalition teamed up with the center to register almost thirty homeless people.

The Calexico Wellness Center set up a triage station at Border Friendship Park. Using telemedicine, nurses were able to screen the homeless people at the park.

"They're asking them questions as far as how they're feeling right now, if they've been feeling any fevers," said Blanca Morales, Calexico Wellness Center CEO.

"If we can catch it here and identify who's positive we can take them the county to get help. If we don't test them there out there on the streets and we're out there on the streets," said Maribel Padilla, Brown Bag Coalition CO-Founder.

Tune in to 13 On Your Side at 4 p.m. as Alexandra Rangel speaks to a homeless person about the challenges of living in the street and having to worry about the virus.

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Alexandra Rangel joined KSWT in March 2019 as a multimedia journalist.


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