Wave of sickness at homeless shelter finally passes

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The director of a Texarkana homeless shelter said last week’s outbreak of illness was the worst she’d seen and she’s thankful it’s finally over.

At one point, more than fourty residents at Randy Sam’s Outreach Shelter were sick with flu, bronchitis, strep throat or a stomach virus.  That was almost half of the facility’s residents.

The wave of sickness lasted abouta  week.  Officials said supplies donated by the community helped them overcome the worst.  “Stuff came from everywhere … one day we had twenty-one boxes of Amazon delivered, people sending in over-the-counter meds, wipes, whatever we asked for we got in abundance, and we are so very grateful to the community for that,” said Director Helen Diggs.

Diggs said a local business, Servepro, has pledge to professionally sanitize the entire facility on a quarterly basis for free.  The first cleaning is planned for next week.

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