It’s been five weeks since DJJ first implemented a two-week quarantine to get a handle on the spread of the COVID-19 virus among our residents, as I described in my last message. During that time, thanks to an aggressive testing protocol in which we tested each youth who showed any symptoms or even a slightly elevated temperature of 99°F, 26 youth tested positive. Most of these residents would not have been tested in the community. While this was concerning to all of us, these aggressive steps have helped significantly in our efforts to keep our residents healthy. I’m pleased to report that since that time, only three additional residents have tested positive; and all that have tested positive have recovered, with no residents with an active case currently in our infirmary. Nearly all of those who tested positive never showed any outward symptoms; the others exhibited only very mild symptoms.
We have significantly lowered the number of positive tests because of the aggressive testing, and continue to test youth every day, as warranted. To date, we have tested well over 100 youth. While today’s results of no COVID 19 positive youth in treatment are promising, the Virginia Department of Health has told us that it may take some time to totally eliminate it on campus, just as it is difficult to eliminate in the community.
At the end of the initial quarantine period, outside contractors came in and sanitized the facility living units. This involved moving staff and residents from the living area, . . .