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Gulfstream resident rubbishes virus safeguards

Efforts to safeguard families in emergency housing over the Covid-19 crisis are not good enough, a resident has claimed.

The woman, who lives in the Gulfstream housing complex in St David's, said there was a cleaning service at the building — but that the centre was not being properly disinfected given the number of families who live there.

She explained: “The playground has never been disinfected and children are playing on it.

“There is plenty that can and should be done to properly protect we residents, but BHC staff don't care about us, nor the deplorable conditions here.

“When the cleaners come, do they disinfect the door handles and hand rails on the steps? No, they do not. We residents have to protect ourselves.”

The woman said hand sanitiser stations had been set up at the entrance to the building and next to the sinks in the communal kitchen and signs warning about Covid-19 had been put up.

However, she still feared for the welfare of residents.

She said: “We all need to get tested here. Everyone in this place needs to be tested.

“If they did mandatory testing here, I would shut my mouth because that would show they are actually trying to help us, but they don't care.”

The resident added that several earlier problems at the complex — such as rats, mould and gaps in security — had never been dealt with.

However, a government spokeswoman insisted measures to protect residents were in place at emergency housing centres.

The spokeswoman said no residents had been identified as showing Covid-19 symptoms, but contingency plans had been drawn up to prevent spread of the disease if cases emerged.

She added: “Social-distance procedures have been reinforced by full-time security to all residents in rooming houses.

“No outside visitors are allowed and security has been enhanced to 24/7.”

The spokeswoman said that housing management was also working with a community nurse and the Ministry of Health.

She added if symptoms appeared in a resident, an “immediate quarantine” would be imposed on them and a total lockdown would take place if more than one displayed signs of the illness.

The Gulfsteam emergency housing facility in St David's (Photograph by Blaire Simmons)

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Published April 23, 2020 at 9:00 am (Updated April 23, 2020 at 7:54 am)

Gulfstream resident rubbishes virus safeguards

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