ARIZONA NONPROFIT CIRCLE THE CITY ANNOUNCES PLANS FOR DISTRIBUTION OF COVID-19 VACCINATION
(Jan. 22, 2021) Circle the City provides integrated healthcare to men, women and children facing homelessness in Maricopa County, the 4th largest county in the United States. Since the onset of the pandemic, Circle the City has continued to provide the critical services our patients rely on, including primary care, respite care, behavioral health, mobile medical outreach, COVID- 19 testing, as well as other support services to help patients break the cycle of homelessness.
Circle the City has received a limited supply of the Moderna vaccine from the Maricopa County Department of Public Health and is following the vaccine allocation recommendations as outlined by federal, state and county guidelines. We are currently in the process of ensuring our healthcare workers receive the COVID- 19 vaccination. We are also working closely with our community partners who serve the needs of individuals facing homelessness to ensure their employees get the vaccine. Our next phase includes providing the vaccine to people experiencing homelessness aged 75+ or with preexisting medical conditions in Circle the City respite centers and on or near the Human Services Campus.
Linda Ross, Chief Executive Officer of Circle the City, states “Our providers and clinical staff have worked tirelessly from the onset of the pandemic to now, without losing sight of what Circle the City is here to do: create and deliver innovative healthcare solutions that compassionately address the needs of men, women and children experiencing homelessness. We remain responsive to the changing needs of our patients, thanks to the commitment and dedication of our staff and the community partnerships.” Ross attributes much of the progress to the combined efforts with partners like Maricopa County.
In a successful collaboration with Maricopa County, Circle the City continues to provide medical care at the Phoenix Inn, a previously vacant hotel now designated for patients who are facing homelessness and test positive for COVID- 19 or who are awaiting test results. The hotel gives patients a secure place to quarantine while receiving meals, and daily medical care. To date, hundreds of patients have received shelter and healthcare at the Phoenix Inn, which is leased by Maricopa County. Human Services Director Bruce Liggett states, “Maricopa County Public Health and Human Services highly values its partnership with Circle the City in responding to the pandemic by preventing the spread and treating those exposed. Circle the City’s efforts countywide in congregate settings, shelters, dining halls, and encampments have had a huge impact keeping this highly vulnerable population safe and healthy.”
Circle the City Medical Director Dr. Melissa Sandoval says, “As we navigate the stages of this pandemic, we will continue to work to provide the much-needed healthcare for people experiencing homelessness. This includes doing what we can do make the vaccine available for our patients.”
Circle the City continues to offer COVID- 19 blitz testing to patients across Maricopa County.
ABOUT CIRCLE THE CITY
Circle the City is an Arizona 501(c)(3) nonprofit community health organization dedicated to providing high quality, holistic healthcare to men, women, and children facing homelessness in Maricopa County. The organization’s homeless continuum of care is one-of-a-kind in the state of Arizona and one of the only models of its kind in the nation. Patients benefit from several different models of care offered within Circle the City’s family of programs, including primary care services, integrative outpatient behavioral health and substance use services, mobile health outreach services, or either of Circle the City’s two medical respite care facilities. For more information, please visit circlethecity.org or call (602) 776-0776.