Press Release: Update on House of Charity Outbreak



For Immediate Release

November 13, 2016

9:18 am

Contact: Rob McCann, President & CEO, Catholic Charities Spokane 509.979.4251

Ann Marie Byrd, Development Director & Media Relations, Catholic Charities Spokane 509.251.4572

Update on House of Charity Outbreak

This morning the House of Charity, located at 32 W. Pacific Ave in downtown Spokane reports the following data:

Sleeping Accommodations:

140 patrons slept outside in tents provided by the City of Spokane– upon arrival these particular patrons showed no symptoms

60 patrons showing symptoms were assessed by medical personnel from Spokane Regional Health District and the Spokane Fire Department- patrons determined to be ill were admitted to the HOC shelter building for overnight accommodation and shelter care.


Currently, patrons inside HOC, who fell ill, are being fed and hydrated according to Spokane Regional Health District directives with the assistance of the Red Cross. Patrons showing no symptoms – to include fever, diarrhea, or vomitin –  are being fed and hydrated outside.

Security Measures:

Security and community health measures are on-going with support from Spokane Fire Department, Spokane Police Department, Providence Health Services, American Red Cross, Spokane Regional Health District, and the City of Spokane.


Separate sanitation facilities have been made available to all patrons with assistance from American On-Site and the City of Spokane. Providence Health Services has continued to launder and deliver sanitized linens, towels and cloth. Personal protective measures are in use per Spokane Regional Health District guidelines.

Thank you to our community partners who have assisted in our efforts to provide the best possible care to our homeless community. As a reminder, we ask the community at large to keep their distance from the House of Charity in order to assist in our efforts to keep exposure to a minimum.

If you would like to support us in our efforts, please consider donating online at:

A listing of ongoing HOC needs can be found at:

For more information: 509.979.4251 or follow our Twitter and/or Facebook feeds for latest updates.

Catholic Charities affirms the dignity of every person, partnering with parishes and the greater community to serve and advocate for those who are vulnerable, bringing stability and hope to people throughout Eastern Washington.

509.358.4250/P.O. Box 2253, Spokane, WA, 99210-2253/

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