The world's busiest airport, Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, is facing an increasing homelessness problem as hundreds seek overnight refuge in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.
Jeff Smythe, CEO of Hope Atlanta, an organization striving to curb homelessness, said his team screened more than 250 homeless people at the airport for Covid-19 symptoms each night this past weekend.
Smythe told CNN that at least one homeless person was sent to the hospital by Atlanta Police after being screened for Covid-19.
"We are very concerned about these vulnerable populations. I had a couple of veterans last night that were in either the high risk category because of age or chronic condition or both," Smythe said.
Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottom's spokesperson told CNN in a statement that the city is working toward alternative solutions for the homeless community.
"The Mayor has worked closely with her team to ensure immediate compliance, and as needed, additional measures to further reduce the risk of exposure to people experiencing homelessness and airport staff," the spokesperson said.
The spokesperson added: "The City and its partners are working to finalize funding and action plans for additional solutions, such as emergency lodging with the opportunity for placement into permanent housing."
Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport and Atlanta Police declined to comment referring CNN to statement released by City Hall.