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Clinic wants to house homeless with H1N1 virus

Clinic wants to house homeless with H1N1 virus

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- A nonprofit health clinic is raising money to open a clinic for homeless people suffering from the H1N1 virus.

Fourth Street Clinic says it's trying to keep people infected with the virus out of shelters where they could infect others.

Clinic spokeswoman Jennifer Hyvonen says the plan to open a swine-flu clinic by Thanksgiving depends on raising $80,000 in cash donations and $75,000 in supplies and labor.

The Salt Lake Valley Public Health Department has pledged $20,000.

Previously, transients diagnosed with swine flu were put up in motel rooms and the clinic delivered food and medications. Hyvonen says the practice wasn't cost-effective and provided haphazard medical care.

Information from: The Salt Lake Tribune

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