A group of Franciscan sisters in Ica, Peru, is offering a facility free of charge as temporary quarantine housing for coronavirus patients who are asymptomatic or experiencing only mild symptoms.
The temporary shelter was dedicated July 14 in La Tinguiña, Ica Province, one of the regions still under lockdown due to the large number of COVID-19 cases.
According to local media, the mother superior of the convent, Mother Rosa Fernández, made the commitment to provide rooms at no cost to infected people who need to quarantine until they are no longer contagious.
The rooms each contain their own bed and bathroom, with everything sanitized. The facility is the first of its kind in the region.
During the opening ceremony, Fernández asked God to bless the people who have made this initiative possible, as well as all who will use the facilities, that the Lord may restore their health “as soon as possible.”
“If our humble house can be of any use, well, here it is,” she said.
Local government and health officials were on hand for the ribbon-cutting ceremony opening the housing facility, which will provide 30 beds.
The mayor of La Tinguiña, Juan Roque Hernández, stressed that Fernández is providing the housing for free.
“[She] is not charging us a dime for the room,” he said.
In previous statements to local media, Mayor Hernández stressed that the temporary housing complies with healthy and safety protocols, and its use help create “an epidemiological fence that reduces the number of cases in the region.”
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