NYC proposal calls for serving alcohol to guests at COVID-19 quarantine hotel


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He is now happy in the quarantine hotel!

A bizarre city proposal would serve cocktails to alcoholic, COVID-positive guests who are quarantined in hotels on taxpayers ’money.

A senior City Health + Hospitals Corp. official last month proposed serving alcohol to seven guests with substance abuse problems because the agency found they were refusing free quarantine accommodation where drugs and alcohol are. out of bounds.

“This is not the time to send sobriety or start abruptly the treatment of alcohol disorder,” according to a copy of the plan seen by The Post.

The hotels were set up in April as places for COVID-positive New Yorkers or those exposed to the virus who could not risk returning home or recovering patients in isolation, to stop the spread of the deadly bug.

It was unclear how much or what type of alcohol would be dispensed, and whether guests would access their alcohol through a lobby bar, room service or in-room mini-bar. He said guests will be screened for issues such as alcohol-induced attacks.

The plan was put in place by Dr. Amanda Johnson, who directs the tracking and isolation operation for the city’s Test & Trace Corps, according to a source. Johnson appears in spots that often urge New Yorkers to be tested for coronavirus.

But apparently he wanted to keep the cocktail plan quiet. His proposal calls for avoiding “a press release from the media” to get the word out, and suggests directly informing health centers and psychiatric programs.

The city offers free rooms at the LaGuardia Plaza hotel in Queens, and about 1,600 people have used the accommodation.

The program is employed with nurses, security guards, room monitors, social workers and others.

But one guest, who an insider said was positive for COVID-19 and HIV and had mental health problems, it happened earlier this month without telling anyone, leaving staff to try unsuccessfully to follow him for days.

“We don’t provide customers with alcohol at the hotel,” a Health + Hospital spokeswoman said, but would not comment if the alcohol plan was still under consideration.


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