Holland College prepping residence rooms for health-care workers
Charlottetown campus plans to have 40 of 91 units available by Friday
Holland College is preparing to open some of its residence rooms to health-care workers at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Charlottetown, P.E.I., starting this week.
Officials with the college say they've been working with Health PEI and the Emergency Measures Organization, and plan to have the first 40 units ready by April 17.
"We've been very clear, right from the get-go, that we want to contribute and support their efforts, particularly here in the Charlottetown area, and particularly the QEH," said Doug Currie, vice-president of corporate and strategic development at Holland College.
Health PEI has not said how it plans to use the rooms — but in other provinces, temporary housing has been offered to health-care workers who choose to live apart from their families to prevent potential exposure to COVID-19.
91 units to be made available
Currie said the college's Glendenning Hall and the Cumberland residence have 91 units that could be used. He said the location of the college's Charlottetown campus, just under three kilometres from the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, makes the residence buildings an ideal place to house health-care workers.
"We're looking after the logistics," said Currie. "Making sure the rooms are clean, making sure laundry services, the towels, the bed sheets, making sure that we're fully equipped and prepping those 40 units for Friday."
He said only a few students are still living on campus — but that anyone left will be moving out at the end of this month.
He said at this point it's unclear when workers might start using the rooms, and details on who will use them and for how long are still being discussed with Health PEI.
"Things are changing fairly dramatically, very quickly, so we don't know the timelines but we will be ready to support the QEH and Health PEI and the Province of Prince Edward Island with housing units when they are required," said Currie.
Currie said funding for the initiative hasn't yet been worked out but the plan is to offer the rooms to health-care workers free of charge.
He said some Holland College staff will be brought in to assist, but those staff won't be responsible for cleaning — a professional cleaning company will be hired to do that work.
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