BOISE, Idaho — Boise State University is providing temporary housing for healthcare workers who want to avoid the risk of spreading COVID-19 to their families. The university working with health systems and employers for housing needs of healthcare workers.
Healthcare workers on the front lines are among the hardest hit by the virus across the world. In Idaho, there are 143 cases of coronavirus among healthcare workers.
Since the majority of students have gone home, there is room in Boise State's residential housing to temporarily house medical, nursing and other health professionals. The health systems and Boise State are working together to ensure that facilities are maintained with hygiene and safety in mind in order to mitigate the potential spread of COVID-19 and to protect Boise State students, faculty and staff from potential exposure.
The university views this as a service to the community and is only seeking to cover its costs from the participating systems.
In a press release, the university said each health worker will be staying alone in a suite of rooms and they will not be sharing bathrooms or living spaces. They will not come in contact with any of the rooms that still hold items that students have been unable to collect.
All remaining students are staying in apartment-style housing that is not being used to house health workers.