Two people dead after Ogden homeless shelter hit by COVID-19 outbreak

The Lantern House, a homeless shelter at 269 W 33rd St. in Ogden, is experiencing a COVID-19 outbreak.

John Patterson, Lantern House board chairman, confirmed in a statement that 48 people at the shelter have tested positive for the virus. A total of 220 tests have been administered.

A senior male resident and a single mother died this week, according to the statement. Patterson said both individuals had tested positive for the virus but the causes of death are still under investigation. He said the woman’s child was placed with family members.

Less than 10% of the 48 people with COVID are symptomatic, according to the statement. The Lantern House is monitoring people who tested positive while they quarantine. The Weber-Morgan Health Department assisted the Lantern House in hiring extra workers to help care for and monitor people who are COVID positive. If they get sicker the shelter will contact emergency medical services, according to the statement.

Patterson said the shelter’s community partners are rallying to find shelter for people who tested negative.