New York City’s homeless shelters have become “breeding grounds” for the coronavirus because of a lack of protective gear and sanitary procedures, claims the head of the union representing shelter security guards.
“I believe the shelters have become breeding grounds for the coronavirus,” Gregory Floyd, president of Teamsters Local 237 told The Post.
“The security officers have been given no masks, no gloves, no nothing.”
He said some of the 58,000 homeless individuals who seek shelter are ill and have compromised immune systems.
Floyd said he decided to go public after hearing complaints from officers at the shelters. His members patrol 41 shelters.
For example, three clients at Pam’s Place, a shelter for women in Long Island City, were ill and coughing on Sunday, seeking medical attention.
Security officers accompanied them in the shelter’s lobby after calling EMS — without the protection of face masks.
“They’re coughing. They’re not wearing masks. We don’t have masks,” a security source at the shelter, who requested anonymity, said.
“We’re sitting ducks.”
A person who identified herself as the shelter’s director of social services declined comment and referred questions to the city Department of Homeless Services.