Coronavirus: the city of Paris mobilizes building guards to identify fragile and isolated people

Coronavirus: the city of Paris mobilizes building guards to identify fragile and isolated people

“Our attention today must be focused primarily on fragile and isolated people whose caregivers encounter difficulties in being at their side,” writes the mayor of Paris Anne Hidalgo.

A man alone, at the entrance to the metro, wears a protective mask and looks at his cell phone.  (PHILIPPE LOPEZ / AFP)

The city of Paris has decided to call on the 16,000 building guards of the capital to identify people who are fragile and isolated, in the midst of the coronavirus epidemic, she announced in a press release.

“In the period we are experiencing, the risk of loneliness, of finding ourselves all alone in the face of this difficulty, is obviously a risk that exists and therefore this solidarity of Paris seems essential to us”, explains Ian Brossat, Wednesday March 18 on franceinfo. The deputy mayor of Paris in charge of housing is responsible for setting up the system. “The idea is that the guards will tell us, they will pass on the coordinates of these people, and we can take care of them,” he explains. As for homeless people, the government has announced that emergency accommodation centers would remain open.

All situations will be escalated to 3975, the call center of the city of Paris

“All the wardens of the City’s social housing will be mobilized in strict compliance with the health instructions in force”, explains Anne Hidalgo. Guardians of private buildings will be contacted “From [ce mercredi]“, Assures the mayor of Paris. For buildings that do not have a caretaker, “A suitable device will be implemented in the coming days”, specifies the press release from the City.

All information will be sent to the city of Paris call center, reachable at 3975.

The city is based on the file used during the heat wave plan

“Since the beginning of March, we have relaunched the plan that we usually launch during a heat wave. So we already have a file on which we rely to detect people who are in a fragile situation ”, details Ian Brossat, “But we know that there are some that may not necessarily be listed in this file, and so that we can detect them all, we want the caretakers to help us get the job done.