Two more youths at Stevenson House test positive for COVID

MILFORD — Two additional youths residing at Stevenson House Detention Center have tested positive for coronavirus, the Department of Services for Children, Youth and Their Families announced Monday, bringing the total secure care youth cases to four.

The department said it received the test results over the weekend and immediately initiated cleaning and notification protocol and coordinated care for the youth in a specialized COVID-19 unit.

Of the four youths who have tested positive, two are asymptomatic and two are experiencing mild symptoms. In order to protect personal health information, the department cannot disclose additional information on the positive cases.

Stevenson House, a secure care Level V facility in Miilford, has been cleaned with a disinfectant fogger and continues to be disinfected daily. As part of the facility’s monthly testing protocol, youths underwent COVID tests Monday and are being monitored for symptoms. Youth at all secure care facilities are required to wear face coverings as a COVID precaution.

Additionally, all Stevenson House staff are wearing personal protective equipment and attempts are being made to limit youth interactions in large group settings. Rehabilitative services are being transitioned virtually as well.

“Throughout this pandemic, the safety and well-being of our staff and youth has remained our primary concern. We have implemented procedural changes to protect staff and youth and make our decisions by following the guidance of public health officials. We will continue those efforts to protect our staff and youth,” Secretary Josette Manning said in a statement.

Visit kids.delaware.gov for information and a chart of secure care facility COVID-19 youth and staff cases.


Helpful Coronavirus links

Delaware Division of Health Coronavirus Page
CDC: About the Coronavirus Disease 2019
CDC: What to do if You Are Sick
Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center
AP News Coronavirus Coverage
Reopening Delaware: Resources for Businesses
Delaware Phase 2 guidance

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