COLLIER COUNTY, Fla. — Healthcare systems in many locales around the globe are in need of accommodations for frontline staff who may become, or have already been, exposed to COVID-19 so they can avoid spreading the illness to their families.
Nationally, hotels, generous private citizens, and even Airbnb have stepped forward in donating safe havens for medical workers to house them closer to hospitals, as well as offer them peace of mind to continue to provide care for patients without the added worry of making sure their family is safe.
NCH says they do not have an immediate need currently, but are taking similar measures now to secure such accommodations, should the need arise.
And already the community has stepped up in a major way, offering their homes as safe havens.
“I knew this was a really easy opportunity for us to give back to our essential healthcare workers,” said Cheryl Courson.
Courson has partnered with Airbnb as they work to provide homes for people on the front lines of the COVID-19 crisis.
“Since I had 5 cancellations in a row, my house was already set up and ready to include guests, “ said Courson.
She says the potential 10-14 day stay will be free of charge.
“A lot of people don’t have that extra bedroom to keep them separate from the rest of their family. I really think its really important to be able to provide them that extra space and that extra opportunity because some people just don’t have that available at home,” said Cheryl Courson.
Courson says she knows the struggle, as her brother is a health care worker in Michigan.
“It comes near and dear to my heart to protect and take care of our first responders,” said Cheryl Courson.
The hospital says they have already received a great response from the community and have a list of places to use should the need arise.
If you have a property that you would like to include in the list contact Paula DiGrigoli at firstname.lastname@example.org.