What is the IRQ (Isolation, Recovery and Quarantine) Site?

The Health District of Northern Larimer County has partnered with Homeward Alliance to offer a COVID-19 Isolation/Recovery/Quarantine site for people experiencing homelessness in Larimer County. Services at the Loveland Inn have concluded and we have returned to our primary Isolation Recovery Quarantine Site (AKA “Myrtle”, AKA “ElderHaus”).

Please note that we have transportation services available to and from the site, within Larimer County.

Below is how we generally prioritize use of the IRQ site (based on the risk of infecting others):

Candidates for Admission:

  1. Proof of recent positive COVID test and are in the CDC designated window for isolation OR
  2. Symptoms of COVID and in the process of being tested and receiving test results OR
  3. Those who have had an exposure that meets the guidelines of “close contact” and do not have a safe place to quarantine 24/7 OR
  4. IF space is available, people who have had an exposure meeting the guidelines of “close contact” who currently have a place to quarantine 24/7, but if we moved them into the expanded IRQ, it would free up that location to provide essential shelter those who do not require isolation or quarantine.

**All individuals must be independent in their ADLs, safe without supervision, and able to ask for help. There is NO on-site medical care provided and this is not a detox facility!


What can guests expect when they arrive?

Upon arrival to the Recovery Site, guests will be greeted by a staff member who will help them with intake, bed assignment, and supply them with essential items including a change of clothes, toiletries, snacks, and towels. Meals are provided and guest health will be monitored by staff throughout the day.

Guests will also have access to:


TV & Netflix

Phone & Computer

Length of Stay:

Guests typically stay at the IRQ Site for an average of 7-14 days. Decisions about length of stay are determined on a case by case basis depending on COVID status and in accordance with CDC guidelines for isolation and quarantine. If a guest chooses to leave the IRQ Site, they forfeit their bed and will not be allowed to access congregate shelter until their infectious period is over. IRQ staff will communicate with service providers to arrange for safe return to the community or to notify them if a guest has chosen to leave the site against CDC guidelines and staff recommendation.

As a reminder, CDC recommends the following guidelines for COVID positive individuals who need to isolate:

  • 10 days since symptoms first appeared and
  • 24 hours with no fever without the use of fever-reducing medications and
  • Other symptoms of COVID-19 are improving
  • If asymptomatic, isolation ends once 10 days have passed since the positive test result

For quarantine due to close contact:

  • 14 days after your last contact with a person with COVID
  • 10 days after last contact without testing
  • 8 days after last contact with a negative test result (test must occur on day 6 or 7)


How do I refer someone?

If you have identified someone who is experiencing homelessness in Larimer County and meets the criteria listed above, call 970-817-3516 or email recoverysite@homewardalliance.org to begin the referral process and arrange for transportation between the hours of 8am-6pm. If after 6pm, other arrangements will need to be made until site staff can be contacted the next morning to arrange for transportation and placement.