for the first time soprano and tenor in the stalls and between the boxes (empty due to Covid)

Covid does not stop the indispensable New Year’s challenge on TV between Vienna and Venice. If the aficionados of the concert from the Golden Hall of the Musikverein will be able to upload their applause to the Wiener Philarmoniker conducted by Riccardo Muti (on Rai2 on January 1st from 1.30pm), Rai1 viewers will love the arias of Verdi, Donizetti, Mascagni entrusted to the Orchestra and Choir of the Fenice, with the solo voices of soprano Rosa Feola and tenor Xabier Anduaga, who under the guidance of Daniel Harding will invade the stalls and stages, for the first time without an audience.

The appointment with the 18th edition of the event is live at 12.20 on the flagship network and in rerun at 18.15 on Rai5.

“It will be a different concert due to the absence of the public, the masks, the disposition of musicians and choristers respecting the distance, the stage that will expand to the whole theater”, sighs the superintendent, Fortunato Ortombina, but immediately raises: ” room, without armchairs, the space will continue towards the stage where we have set up the keel, the extraordinary installation that reproduces a ship under construction: it marked the reopening of the Phoenix after the first lockdown, today it symbolizes the ark that will take us to a new world , that of the recovered normality “. In his third time at the New Year’s Concert, Harding – absent from the presentation because he is engaged in rehearsals – will propose a selection of pieces by great Italian and European opera players. After a first part (recorded) dedicated to Beethoven’s Symphony No. 4, it will range from Mozart, with the overture from the Marriage of Figaro, to Verdi, with the aria ‘La donna è mobilè from Rigoletto and the famous choir’ Chi the days of the gypsy! ‘ from the Trovatore; then the aria ‘Je veux vivre dans le rˆvè from Romeo et Juliette by Charles Gounod. And again the splendid Barcarolle from Jacques Offenbach’s Contes d’Hoffmann, the aria ‘Ah, mes amis, quel jour de fˆte!’ from the Fille du régiment by Gaetano Donizetti. The famous Intermezzo from the Cavalleria rusticana by Pietro Mascagni will introduce the final part, again with Verdi: the aria by Violetta ‘Ô strange! … it’s strange! … Always free degg’iò from Traviata and the choirs’ Va Pensiero sull’ali doratè from Nabucco and the inevitable toast ‘Libiam ne lieti calicì, again from La Traviata. “We did not want to give up these festive aspects – underlines Ortombina -: we want to launch a message of culture and beauty, confirming how important music is for the people who listen to us”. As for repertoire choices, “there are no foreclosures. We try to ensure the widest possible variety, always offering a debut: this year it is the turn of the Marriage of Figaro. There is no Vivaldi, but there will be ». «Singing arias of women who love life will be a message of great strength, it will give the energy to face the new year that we hope will be brighter», says Rosa Feola, at her second time at the Fenice. Anduaga, on the other hand, is making his debut, which he considers «a great opportunity to make music in such a difficult time».

Rai Cultura produces both New Year’s concerts: “It is a sign of great hope in a year of misfortune”, underlines Francesca Nesler, head of Rai5’s cultured music offer.

«We will make a virtue of necessity, welcoming the spectator in the hall and accompanying the live commentary with live and recorded images in the theater and its surroundings. And having had to give up the ballet, we will tell Venice that no one has ever seen like in this moment: it will be an opportunity to take a tour of the city and be together celebrating music ». Strengthened by a balance sheet “in balance, thanks to the public, the institutions, the partners who have remained close to us in this complicated year”, as underlined by the general manager Andrea Erri, La Fenice looks to the future. “We hope that health care will move forward in the challenge to the virus thanks to the vaccine. We will keep the music alive and we will not be silent for a long time », promises Ortombina. “We have already planned the next New Year’s Concert which we hope to be able to perform in a less unusual way.”

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AfD party congress: Gauland strikes back

Dhe sensational speech by AfD party leader Jörg Meuthen at the federal party conference in Kalkar has caused clear criticism in his party. In a highly emotional speech, the party leader blamed the radicals in the party for their lack of success. The times when electoral success followed electoral success are over; the successes of the AfD and even the party are “at risk like never before”. Meuthen had blamed the provocative demeanor and the rough choice of words of the people from the right wing.

In detail, Meuthen had distanced himself from the “lateral thinker” movement and criticized the choice of words of the “Corona dictatorship” as well as the comparison of the Infection Protection Act with the “Enabling Act” of the National Socialists. Meuthen had said that it was a “trivialization of the horrific misdeeds of those dark times”. He had demanded discipline and professionalization and railed against “pubescent schoolboys”, “Politkasperle” and those “who are only too happy to scamper and roll around”.

Alexander Gauland, parliamentary group leader in the Bundestag, was one of the first to attack Meuthen directly. The speech of the party chairman was in parts “divisive”, Gauland told the Phoenix broadcaster. Gauland himself recently spoke of a “Corona” dictatorship in the Bundestag. Now he said it was “ridiculous” if Meuthen insinuated that he was questioning the constitution because of the use of this term. Gauland also does not share Meuthen’s criticism of the lateral thinkers. They also have “a lot of middle-class people”. Meuthen makes it “too easy” for itself with insulting them. With his speech, Meuthen “offended many people in the plenary”. Meuthen’s attack on the Bundestag faction because of the disturbances in the Bundestag by guests of AfD members he “did not understand at all,” said Gauland. “We have solved this problem in the Bundestag faction and the party chairman does not have to interfere in a speech that is supposed to bring people together,” said Gauland. Censorship from Meuthen “I cannot and will not accept”.

After Meuthen’s speech, there was applause, but also boos. Many delegates refused to applaud. Meuthen lacked a sense of how far he can go, even some of his supporters of the FAZ said. Many delegates see a movement like lateral thinking as a great potential for voters for the AfD.

Meuthen’s attacks on Gauland were also criticized. Meuthen had taken Gauland’s enthusiasm for Reich Chancellor Otto von Bismarck as an opportunity to portray him as looking backwards. Some in the AfD seemed to understand by being a conservative “a back to yesterday, feel at home with Bismarck and adore this historical figure enthusiastically,” Meuthen said – referring to Gauland, who is considered a great admirer of the Iron Chancellor. That may be “romantic”, “but above all it is blind to the future”. Delegates described this attack as unnecessary and too extensive.

Gauland: “Too much bow to the protection of the Constitution”

Gauland also criticized Meuthen’s appearance as “too much bow to the protection of the constitution”. Meuthen wants to prevent the Office for the Protection of the Constitution from declaring the entire party an object of observation. He is apparently relying on the fact that an observation of the AfD will be more difficult to enforce and will stand in court if the party leadership clearly distances itself from radical statements. However, Gauland does not believe that this strategy will be successful. “We have to fight against the protection of the constitution,” he said.

In his speech, he called for discipline and professionalization and railed against “pubescent schoolboys”, “Politkasperle” and those “who all too like to squeal and roll around”: AfD chairman Jörg Meuthen

In his speech, he called for discipline and professionalization and railed against “pubescent schoolboys”, “Politkasperle” and those “who all too like to squeal and roll around”: AfD chairman Jörg Meuthen

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Others accused Meuthen of indirectly providing food for the protection of the constitution. “Demand discipline, but use the stage of a federal party congress as a federal spokesman to fight against internal party opponents – and that during the period of the announced observation by the constitutional protection”, wrote Christoph Berndt, chairman of the AfD in the Brandenburg state parliament, on Twitter. Berndt is the successor to Andreas Kalbitz in the parliament in Potsdam, the organizer of the right-wing national “wing” in the AfD that was dissolved by the party leadership. Kalbitz himself was expelled from the AfD at Meuthen’s instigation.

The hour-long discussion about the socio-political concept of the AfD that the party congress passed was comparatively harmonious at the party congress. The party closed a programmatic gap before the federal election in 2021. The party congress passed the key motion on health policy and proposals for stabilizing the pension system. In the end, almost 89 percent of the 500 or so delegates voted for the concept. The application to test a basic income, however, failed. The delegates decided not to vote on the proposal of the social policy spokesman for the Bundestag faction, René Springer, for “citizenship money”.


Entire mountain slopes are being blown up in Arizona for Trump’s Wall

US President Trump and his prestige project

For the wall, Trump has mobilized funds that were intended, among other things, for the renovation of schools.

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Nogales Hardly any promise by Donald Trump in 2016 was as ambitious as the announcement that a new border fortification would be built on the southern border of the USA. His critics ridiculed the project for a long time – but four years later they have to realize that Trump is actually pushing through his plan.

According to experts, a new fortification should actually be built on 725 kilometers, i.e. almost a quarter of the 3,200 kilometer border between the USA and Mexico, by the end of the year. Although the government is mainly expanding the existing wall over long stretches, these “improvements” should not be underestimated: the previous simple, knee-high vehicle barriers are being replaced by nine-meter-high steel struts; In some cases, the new wall is also supplemented by barbed wire and a sophisticated lighting and video surveillance system.

The government has repealed more than 40 nature conservation laws to encourage construction in the border states of Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and California. It relies on a law passed after the terrorist attacks of 2001 (Real ID Act); She also declared a state of emergency on the southern border, which secured her further powers.

In Arizona, in particular, the construction of the wall is making great strides because, unlike other border states, the state government in Phoenix is ​​not suing the plans. There is also less privately owned borderland in Arizona than in Texas, for example.

The construction work in the remote desert regions in southeastern Arizona is particularly noteworthy: there has been no physical fortification between the USA and Mexico for long stretches because mountain landscapes form a natural border.

In the middle of this impassable region, construction companies are now blasting away entire rock slopes with dynamite to create serpentine roads on which trucks can transport the steel girders for the border wall. Claims by some Democrats that Trump will only mend the existing wall a bit are being belied here.

At the same time, it is questionable how useful a border fortification is at all in this place: There are no streets or villages in which smugglers could go into hiding, and more than half of the year it gets over 40 degrees there. The blasting work also affects the Guadalupe Canyon, a nature reserve and home to endangered species such as the jaguar.

The animal rights activist Myles Traphagen from the organization Wildlands Network warns in an interview that the new border fortification will not hinder people, but animals during migration. “It’s not just the wall, it’s the lighting throughout the night that causes enormous damage.” But animal rights activists are not the only ones to be alarmed. “The destruction there is beyond anyone’s imagination,” says photographer John Kurc, who has been documenting the construction work with drones every day for weeks.

The abstruse, says Kurc, is that the new border wall partially leads past mountain slopes that are higher than the wall on the Mexican side. Smugglers could simply jump over the border fortifications. “It’s all about the vanity of our president.” Kurc publishes his recordings on social networks: “My goal is to show people what it led to who we elected president.”

In the southeast of Arizona, in the middle of the Sonoran Desert, the construction workers are blasting away impassable terrain for the new border wall. There, on the one hand, they devastate nature reserves where the famous saguaro cactus grows, and on the other hand, areas sacred to the indigenous people. At a congressional hearing in February, Tohono O’Odham Indian tribe leader testified that the blasting work went right through the resting places of their ancestors. In tears he begged the MPs to stop the project.

“It’s like building a wall right through your Arlington cemetery.” For weeks there have been repeated violent clashes between protesting indigenous people and border guards.

It is questionable whether the new border fortifications actually succeed in preventing illegal immigration and drug trafficking. A July report by the Inspector General at the Ministry of Domestic Security said that when the wall was built, “no sensible methodology was used to determine which regions would benefit most from new physical barriers and what it would cost taxpayers”.

The construction of the wall has cost 15 billion dollars so far. Two thirds of that was deducted from the Pentagon’s budget; The money should have been used to renovate schools and day-care centers on military bases, among other things.

Drugs found at the border

Most of the smugglers use legal border crossings to smuggle their illegal goods into the USA.

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As is well known, however, the majority of drugs and the paperless reach the USA via the legal border crossings – for example in Nogales in Arizona, where the largest drug discovery in the history of the state was only seized at the beginning of October: 800 pounds of methamphetamine, hidden in a truck.

In the border town of Nogales, Trump did not replace the wall that had existed since 1995, but reinforced it with barbed wire. During a visit in early October, local residents expressed mixed opinions about the project; 95 percent of the population in Nogales are Hispanic American. A young family man in front of his house tells us that he has lived here for 20 years and that life in Nogales has hardly changed under Trump’s presidency.

An elderly lady who looks directly at the border wall from her house sees it differently. She introduces herself as Ortensia and says she thinks it’s good that Trump is expanding the border wall. Since he has been president, fewer paperless immigrants have come to Nogales; The Sans-Papiers used to run through their front yard. She now feels safer – in November she will vote for Trump again.

More: Pompous staging of the Trump final: “We are in the White House, they are not.”


From ‘Gladiator’ to Napoleon: ‘Kitbag’ will reunite Joaquin Phoenix and Ridley Scott

Joaquin Phoenix will go from being the cruel Roman emperor of ‘Gladiator‘(2000) to play another imperial power such as Napoleon Bonaparte in’ Kitbag ‘, a historical film in which the winner of the Oscar for best actor for’Joker’ (2019) will meet with filmmaker Ridley Scott.

The Deadline portal announced last week that the reunion between Phoenix and Scott, after their successful alliance in ‘Gladiator’, will be a look at the origins of Napoleon and a portrait of his military ambition without neglecting how his love with his wife Josefina marked him.

David Scarpa, who wrote ‘All the Money in the World’ (2017) for Scott, will write the script for ‘Kitbag’.

The pandemic has not stopped Scott, one of the fundamental filmmakers of recent decades thanks to films such as ‘Alien’ (1979), ‘Blade Runner’ (1982) or ‘Gladiator’ itself.

The Briton has just finished filming ‘The Last Duel’, another historical project that revolves around a knight and a squire who resolve their differences by measuring themselves with the sword.

Matt Damon and Ben Affleck are the protagonists of this film.

Afterward, Scott plans to shoot ‘Gucci‘, a powerful film that Lady Gaga will headline about the murder of Maurizio Gucci, who was a prominent member of the family that created the famous Italian fashion brand.

Robert de Niro, Al Pacino, Adam Driver and Jared Leto are the heavyweights that have sounded to accompany Lady Gaga in this film, although their participation in this film is not fully confirmed.

After ‘Gucci’ it would be the turn of ‘Kitbag’ within Scott’s busy schedule.

For his part, Phoenix is ​​the owner of an exemplary interpretive career (‘On the Tightrope’, 2005; ‘The Master’, 2012; ‘Her’, 2013; or ‘Pure Vice’, 2014) that he crowned this year for everything high with the Oscar for best actor for his impressive role in ‘Joker’.

Phoenix received its first Oscar nomination thanks to Scott’s “Gladiator,” which went on to earn five statuettes, including Russell Crowe’s Best Picture and Best Actor.


ARD: “Tagesschau” head spokesman Jan Hofer stops

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No more “Tagesschau”: chief spokesman Jan Hofer

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Jan Hofer is one of the most famous news anchors in the republic. Now he is announcing his retirement as a “Tagesschau” spokesman. Hofer’s successor as chief spokesman has already been determined – and there are also two newcomers to report.

Dhe chief spokesman for the “Tagesschau”, Jan Hofer, stops. After 35 years in the service of the most important German television news program, he is giving up his post at the end of the year. Jens Riewa will be his successor as chief spokesman.

“The outstanding success of the ‘Tagesschau’ would be inconceivable without Jan Hofer. For decades he was the face and voice for serious news in Germany. We owe him a lot, ”says Joachim Knuth, the director of the NDR.

Hofer is a news professional, often moderating several times a day. In addition to the “Tagesschau”, Hofer was and is regularly on air, between 1992 and 2012 he hosted the MDR talk show “Riverboat”. Hofer celebrated his 70th birthday in January – or the 68th, you don’t really know because Hofer never made his date of birth public.

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“Tagesschau” spokesman

“I would like to thank Jan Hofer for his constant performance and his strong professionalism. He was always open to new things like TikTok and to dialog with the audience, ”says Marcus Bornheim, the first editor-in-chief of the ARD-aktuell editorial team, which produces the news programs.

In March of last year, Hofer got sick during the main news show at 8 p.m., a delayed infection forced him to stop the show early. Hofer received wishes of well-being from many thousands of people.

New “Tagesschau” head spokesman: Jens Riewa

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His successor is Jens Riewa, who has been working for the “Tagesschau” since 1991. The director says about him: “Jens Riewa is a very experienced and professional spokesman who will also make a significant contribution in his new role to ensuring that the ‘Tagesschau’ remains Germany’s number one news brand.” Before Jan Hofer and now Jens Riewa were Karl- Heinz Köpcke, Werner Veigel, Dagmar Berghoff and Jo Brauner chief spokesman for the “Tagesschau”.

Riewa, who comes from Lübbenau in Brandenburg, first became an air traffic controller, but then decided to train professionally as a speaker. At NDR, Riewa moderates the current regional magazine “Hamburg Journal”, he was also the moderator of the “Deutsche Schlagerparade”.

New to the main news: Julia-Niharika Sen

New to the main news: Julia-Niharika Sen

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There are also two newcomers to the ranks of spokespersons for the main news. Julia-Niharika Sen and Constantin Schreiber will present the main news at 8 p.m. in future. Both are already in the ARD-aktuell team. Further speakers are and will remain Susanne Daubner, Judith Rakers, Linda Zervakis and Thorsten Schröder.

Julia-Niharika Sen has been speaking news at Tagesschau24 since 2018 and is acting as a moderator for “Nachtmagazin”. She is also the main presenter of the “Hamburg Journal” and presents the NDR international magazine “Weltbilder”. Constantin Schreiber has been a newscaster at ARD-aktuell since 2017. After an internship, he worked as a reporter in Dubai for three years. In 2017 he received the Grimme Prize for the Arabic-language program for refugees, “Marhaba”, which was broadcast on n-tv.

Also moderates the NDR media magazine “Zapp”: Constantin Schreiber

Also moderates the NDR media magazine “Zapp”: Constantin Schreiber

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The “Tagesschau” is produced in Hamburg by Norddeutscher Rundfunk (NDR) and in 2019 had an average of 9.8 million viewers. The “Tagesschau”, which has been around since 1952, becomes the most watched news program, not only because of its popularity, but also because it is broadcast on Third Programs, Phoenix and 3sat.


Mental health and wellness forum for your family – Telemundo Phoenix / Tucson

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Mental health forum for the well-being of the family – Telemundo Phoenix / Tucson

ARIZONA- Telemundo Arizona, Phoenix Children’s Hospital and the Arizona authorities hold the Forum on mental health for your family this Thursday in these times of coronavirus.

In this first session, you will focus on managing your family’s physical and mental health needs. Also, know the importance of the warning signs that your children need help Experts will give us tips and practices of mental well-being easy to implement in your family.

These are the panelists for this forum:

  • PCH Mental Health Experts: Anne Marie Cardinal, LCSW (Licensed Clinical Social Worker) and Angelica Tovar-Huffman, LCSW and Mental Health Coordinator for HYO (Homeless Youth Outreach).
  • PCH Physical Health Expert – Dra. Amanda Campos.
  • Francis Pacaja, AZDCS Prevention Coordinator


Dent May, in the power of mirage

For eleven years now, Dent May has been walking (us) in the corridors of time, in search of the evaporated paradises of a Californian pop of which he has already surveyed almost all registers, as a tourist disembarking from Mississippi (from Jackson, where he was born thirty-five years ago) in a Los Angeles ripoliné according to memories and fantasies. Released from anonymity for having participated in the wildly psycheic bestiary of Animal Collective at the turn of the previous decade, this lamb infatuated with the origin of a ukulele (like Julien Doré) released a heady fifth album, just as our Juju national persists in resuming Gilbert Montagné with pomp and seriousness as if it were Brian Wilson.

Under the sunlights of a sunshine-pop tropism that already radiated the marvelous Across the Multiverse Three years ago, May ended up building his own studio in LA, from where he piloted a ten-picture fantasy here around hotels that were too expensive for him and parties he was not invited to (Didn’t Get the Invite, as poignant as it is hilarious). Lonely beach boy, penniless heir to Harry Nilsson and Paul Williams, Dent May slaloms on the smooth waves of a former opulent and tenderly extravagant world of which he has made his eternal mirage. Because he is less cunning than the Lemon Twigs or Phoenix and not intended to end up in sync in Hollywood, his taste for illusions (optical, or lost, as we want) is not a reactionary withdrawal but everything of a retinal persistence of a past dream, filtered regardless of the calendar. As if nothing had changed since guys dared to call themselves Andrew Gold and pose in turquoise suits in hotel rooms with Kubrickian wallpaper, on pockets with gleaming lettering, booming refrains to lift skirts (Sea Salt & Caramel , I Could Use a Miracle) in the rules of an art which has no other function than that of immediate pleasure. With his Wes Anderson side, Dent May could even, on a misunderstanding, become an adored captain of the current yacht rock revival, a few synths bringing a slight 80’s touch (Easier Said Than Done) to these outrageously seventies composites. When we see the face of 2020, we understand that it stops there.

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Dent May Late Checkout (Carpark).


Phoenix Hotel Hosts Homeless Patients With The CCP Virus And This Is How It Works | COVID-19 | Indigent

David Lindstrom is 58 years old, homeless – and has COVID-19.

“It is not a fun trip. It makes you feel like you’ve been run over by a Mack truck, ”Lindstrom said of the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus, commonly known as the new coronavirus. “Your body aches. Just getting out of bed is like an effort to go to the bathroom. ”

But Lindstrom has a bed and bath, and is quarantined and cared for in a downtown Phoenix hotel thanks to the cooperation between Maricopa County and Circle the City, a nonprofit organization serving the indigent.

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Across the country, cities and counties are grappling with how to cope with the spread of the CCP virus in the homeless, an especially vulnerable population. They are often unable to protect themselves with the simplest actions, such as washing their hands, health experts say, and they rarely have access to quality medical care.

Circle the City has 136 rooms at the Phoenix Inn available for the program, which was approved by the City Council on May 6. Lindstrom is one of more than 100 homeless people with COVID-19 who have benefited from the program so far, according to Michelle Smith, a registered nurse at the hotel.

How does it work

Once a homeless person tests positive for the virus, they can opt for quarantine at the hotel, where they have a private room with a double bed, a TV, a telephone and a bathroom. If they need fresh air, they can go out into an outdoor hallway.

A nurse checks patients twice a day, according to Smith, and the hotel is staffed overnight.

A laboratory technician holds a tube with a positive sample of COVID-19 at the Hermes Pardini Laboratory in Vespasiano, Brazil. (Pedro Vilela / Getty Images)

“I went through probably the toughest battle of my life,” said Thomas Salts, 53, of the virus he contracted after losing his car in an accident, which caused him to lose his job. “I was a little overwhelmed at first.”

Then they also put him in a room.

“Best of all, even when I was quarantined, I was in the room, they took great care of me,” Salts said. “They went beyond, beyond what another human being would do for someone. I couldn’t say enough thanks. ”

Patients receive three meals a day, provided by the non-profit organization Community Bridges Inc. (CBI), and the extra treats and drinks are just a phone call away.

Health professionals – be it a doctor, a nurse or a medical assistant – make the rounds once a day to “see if they need to prescribe any medications, if there are any serious concerns they need to know,” Smith said.

If a patient has a medical emergency, they are transported to the nearest emergency room. “We had someone with a drop in oxygen levels to an unsafe level that is one of the biggest problems with Covid, so we shipped them right away” on a recent morning, Smith said.

Nursing staff administers care to a patient in the COVID acute care unit at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, Washington. (Karen Ducey / Getty Images)

A “coronavirus roller coaster”

Phoenix, with an estimated 7,419 people, is among the top 10 cities in the country in terms of the number of people on the streets, according to Statista, who used data from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development of end of 2019. About 70 percent of the state’s total homeless people are in Maricopa County, according to data from the United States Inter-Agency Council for Homeless People and county point counts.

Some cities, including Phoenix, have opened hotel rooms to the most vulnerable: the elderly and people with underlying health problems. Caring for those who test positive is another challenge overall.

A health worker crashes five into a patient in the Covid-19 Unit at United Memorial Medical Center in Houston, Texas. (MARK FELIX / AFP via Getty Images)

“It has been the coronavirus roller coaster, [como] Someone called him the other day, ”said Lisa Glow, executive director of Central Arizona Shelter Services (CASS). “They can’t even imagine the challenges [que tenemos] like a massive haven. “

As the Phoenix Inn opened its doors to homeless patients, the number of COVID-19 cases in the city and state exploded. Arizona has more than 105,000 cases — almost 65,000 of them in Maricopa County. That’s more than 10 times the 9,945 cases I had two months ago and four times the 25,614 cases I had a month ago.

Maricopa County now ranks fourth nationally in county-confirmed cases as of July 7, behind Los Angeles, Cook and Queens counties, according to Johns Hopkins University.

“It is not an easy task to keep people safe from Covid,” said Glow. “I would say that we have probably had about 45 positives out of the thousands that we have been tending that have passed through the shelter. However, not all have been examined.

Patients residing at the Phoenix Inn are transported by Community Bridges from city shelters, or from the hospitals from which they have been discharged. At the CASS Adult Shelter for the Homeless, weekly blitz tests are done where all residents are screened, and any positive cases are sent to the Phoenix Inn to be isolated, Glow said.

A homeless man sits on a bench on La Brea Ave in Los Angeles, California. (VALERIE MACON / AFP via Getty Images)

For indigent people who test positive but prefer to stay on the street, Circle the City offers a “confinement tarp,” a bag containing a tent, two-week food, water, face masks and other hygiene supplies, Marty Hames said. , the community liaison for the nonprofit organization.

Circle the City also offers “goodness kits” to the homeless who live on the streets. These include face masks and other hygiene items.

Rectangles have been painted on the ground to encourage homeless people to maintain social distancing at a city-licensed homeless camp opposite the City Hall of San Francisco, California. (JOSH EDELSON / AFP via Getty Images)

As more and more people lose their jobs in the economic crisis that the pandemic has caused, the number of destitute people is destined to increase, social workers say.

“We are seeing people being evicted,” said Glow. “As people lose their jobs and are evicted, we are going to see more homeless people.”

CNN Wire and Epoch Times contributed to this report.

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