Flagstaff Shelter Services will soon begin to move clients out of area hotels. Officials say they are laying the necessary groundwork to transfer residents back to the congregate shelter within the next two weeks. At the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, 40-percent of shelter guests and staff were testing positive for the virus, prompting FSS to make the move to transfer people to hotels. The move successfully minimized transmission rates significantly, but it had extreme costs. Now because of a robust testing and vaccination partnership with North Country HealthCare, a move can now be made to stop using the hotels. However, those who are still extremely medically vulnerable will remain in the hotel setting for the time being. FSS staff will work with each client to determine and support their next steps, whether it’s a transition to housing, a return to the shelter or connection to another placement.