La Crosse County is continuing to use some local hotels to temporarily shelter the homeless and some people infected with COVID-19.
Last month, the county board approved a program to house people at the EconoLodge on a short term basis.
Kevin Burch with Catholic Charities told the county board on Monday that other hotels, such as the Gundersen Hotel on South Avenue, have been involved in the process as well.
“We played some ‘musical hotels,’ we were able to shift families out of the EconoLodge into a different hotel where we could then utilize the EconoLodge for isolation and quarantine,” said Burch.
He says no one at the EconoLodge is in isolation right now.
Anneliese Skoda from the county human services office says a dozen staffers with her department have volunteered to work at the hotel during this period.
The county is renting the rooms for $60 a night, with FEMA providing reimbursement.
In other county business, the opening for a new county health director should be posted by the end of next week.
Former director Jen Rombalski, who has led the county’s efforts against COVID-19 for the past year, recently took a job with the state Department of Health Services. Deputy county administrator Jane Klekamp has been overseeing the health department since Rombalski left.