CHEEKTOWAGA, NY (WKBW) – Does your hotel also house COVID-19 patients? The 7 News I-Team has discovered that at least one hotel is being used for COVID isolation, while also taking guest reservations.
The I-Team has learned that the Best Western Hotel on Dingens Street in Cheektowaga – across from Stanley G. Falk School – is being used by Erie County to house people who have to isolate themselves due to COVID and do not have a stable. lodging.
The County of Erie selects the people to be placed in what is called the “hotel establishment” of the county.
They are referred by agencies that work with the homeless and health facilities.
But when you call and request a reservation at this hotel, you can book a room, no questions asked. There is no information released on who is staying here.
The I-Team has learned, there is a separate entrance and a set of parts especially for isolated people. It is remote from the general public.
The county uses federal money to pay for this. The total cost, according to a spokesperson for the Department of Health, is around $ 5,000 per week. It pays for the hotel room, meals, garbage, and cleaning.
It is not known how many people are staying in segregation at this hotel.
A spokesperson for the Erie County Department of Health said, “We started the isolation facility program at the start of the pandemic – March 2020. We changed hotels around that time. Costs have varied as the number of rooms under contract has changed based on demand. . “
The spokesperson also said: “Individuals need to be able to take care of themselves as we do not provide medical care at our facility. We provide instructions for individuals to contact their doctor or 9-1-1 s. ‘they feel they need urgent medical attention. “
The I-Team contacted Best Western headquarters. They did not respond to our request for information on the precautions taken and the disclosure of the information.