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Miami-Dade County's free hotel network helps reduce spread of COVID-19

The free program offers temporary lodging to people who test positive for COVID-19 or who risk exposure in their households

MIAMI ( August 25, 2020 )

Miami-Dade County’s hospitalization and testing positivity rates continue to go down, thanks to our community's diligent adherence to New Normal guidelines and innovative programs, such as the County’s free hotel network, which helps reduce the spread of COVID-19.

“We have seen a steady drop in the daily positivity rate to under 10 percent, and our 14-day average is now hovering near 10 percent, which is exceptional news,” said Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez. “And since we expanded our Hotel Isolation Program in July, we have had 1,337 residents participate in the program.”

The County’s free hotel network provides people who need temporary lodging a secure place to stay so they can isolate during the COVID-19 pandemic if they either have tested positive or risk exposure in their households.

The number to call for this free County service is 305-614-1716 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. daily.

On Friday, July 17, 2020, Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez first announced that the County, in partnership with the state of Florida, was adding 400 rooms to its hotel isolation program in an effort to protect multigenerational families from the spread of COVID-19. On July 28, this free County program was expanded to more than 675 rooms in three different locations.

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, the County has been providing hotel rooms to healthcare workers, first responders and homeless individuals, among others, who need to isolate for short periods. The County has also been providing isolation rooms at hotels for patients recommended by the Florida Department of Health and area hospitals.

The “help line,” created on July 17, 2020, expanded this program to residents – with or without symptoms – who need to isolate from family members while they wait for test results, as well as those who have been exposed to someone who has tested positive.

Starting in July, the spike of COVID-19 infections among 18- to 34-year-olds began putting additional strain on multigenerational households, common in Miami-Dade County, where there is increased risk of having other household members end up in the hospital.

“We will continue to do everything we can to protect extended family households along with our hospital personnel, who have been working nonstop throughout this pandemic,” Mayor Gimenez said.