AUSTIN, Texas - Concordia University is opening two residence halls to first responders and healthcare workers to support COVID-19 efforts.
The university has over 100 beds that will be used to house frontline workers who are looking to self-isolate while working.
“Healthy people want to stay healthy and want to keep their families healthy,” said Beth Atherton, Vice President of External Affairs.
These free private rooms will give workers space to decompress and not compromise their families.
“During this time we're all leaning on one another and serving as we're believed we're called to do,” Atherton said.
On Sunday, Michael Curtis was the first nurse to move into the dorm.
Curtis is a dialysis nurse and just got back from New York where he was helping serve on the front lines. He worked with dialysis patients, affected by COVID-19, who needed treatment.
“In New York there was a lot of COVID folks needing dialysis," he said. “Kidney failure seems to be a factor in COVID-19 especially when they are suffering severe symptoms, so dialysis is a needed therapy for the patients."
Curtis worked in New York since mid-April and said he would see COVID-19 patients daily. Now, back in the lone star state, his work still isn’t done. Curtis is currently providing patient care at 13 facilities in the Austin area. He says being able to have a safe space to go back to after a shift, away from family or friends who are vulnerable, is so important.
“I’ve heard stories about first responders living in their cars, so it’s nice to come home and have this available," Curtis said.
To reserve a room, click here. Applicants should note, however, that Concordia University is not a designated place of isolation for personnel who are under investigation, being monitored, or confirmed as COVID positive by a medical professional.
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