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Response to story by WCJB TV20 regarding positive COVID-19 cases at GRACE Marketplace

On August 5, 2020 WCJB TV20 published a story with factually inaccurate information regarding COVID-19 cases at GRACE. TV20 did not speak to anyone at GRACE before running the story. The article contained several errors.

Here are the facts:

  • GRACE Marketplace is not a "local government sponsored homeless camp." We operate a 114-bed low-barrier emergency shelter and one-stop assistance center for people without housing, as well as permanent housing programs around the community. 

  • The most recent test results identified ONE GRACE shelter resident with COVID-19. Our staff immediately implemented contact tracing protocols recommended by the CDC to prevent any further spread. Two other individuals were tested at GRACE as part of our efforts to ensure unsheltered people experiencing homelessness had access to COVID testing. They are not GRACE residents, nor have they used any on-campus services since our campus closed to visitors in March.

  • To date, we have had two confirmed positive cases since March, with more than 650 people tested to date.

We have notified TV20 of their reporting errors and look forward to seeing this issue resolved.




Lauren Poe
Mayor, Gainesville, FL
"They're doing remarkable work and changing the lives of hundreds and hundreds of people."
Dr. Bernie Machen
President Emeritus, UF
"GRACE's early success represents a truly remarkable launch of a much-needed community resource."


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