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Wichita’s Homeless Providers Navigate Group Living In Age Of Social Distancing

Jun 9, 2020
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Without their own living space in which to practice social distancing, many Wichitans who are homeless have continued to rely on communal living shelters during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Safety net health care clinics around Wichita are adapting to the growing public concern over COVID-19.

J.V. Johnston, executive director of Guadalupe Clinic, said the unease can be difficult to mitigate.

“We have patients that are in panic mode,” Johnston said. “They have the flu or strep throat, and they think they have COVID-19. And they’re scared.”

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Hunter Health Clinic is getting ready to move into a new, larger space on Grove Street in Wichita.

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Construction is underway on a new building to serve patients of Hunter Health Clinic in Wichita.

The new clinic for patient services will be north of Hunter Health’s clinic on East Central.

Hunter is a community-based health center that provides primary medical, dental and behavioral health services on a sliding fee scale. Hunter focuses on providing care to people who are uninsured or underinsured.

Hunter Health officials say they’ll be able to serve more patients and expand services once the new building opens in about a year.