DORAL, FL – If you need a temporary hotel room to isolate during COVID-19 pandemic, call Miami-Dade County new helpline (305) 614-1716.
The helpline can be reached between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. every day and is aimed for residents who need to isolate from family members while they wait for COVID-19 test results, who have had contact with someone that tested positive or other circumstances that require isolation.
“The recent spike in COVID-19 infections among 18- to 34-year-olds has put multigenerational households, common in Miami-Dade County, at particular risk of having an older member end up in the hospital,” Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez said in a press release Saturday, as reported by NBC 6 South Florida.
For this reason, he announced over the weekend that the county would make 400 additional hotel rooms available for residents who have to isolate temporarily to protect at-risk family members.
This new decision of opening a helpline and increasing hotels’ capacity is part of a program, which is a collaboration between the County and the state of Florida, that is already in place and ideal for patients who are recommended by Florida’s Department of Health to isolate for a number of days after being released from the hospital.
“As we continue to take tough measures to tamp down the spread of the virus, we must do all we can to protect our seniors and at-risk families, as well as our hospital personnel, who have been working nonstop throughout this pandemic,” Mayor Gimenez said.
The hotel stay would be free of charge for those that benefit from the program.