First Migrant Children In US Custody Test Positive For Coronavirus

A number of unaccompanied alien kids have examined positive for coronavirus, in accordance to the Business office of Refugee Resettlement, creating them the initially minors in the agency’s custody to have the sickness.

The Place of work of Refugee Resettlement (ORR), the agency in the Office of Well being and Human Services that manages the treatment of alien minors who enter the U.S. with no any grownup relatives members, introduced on Thursday that 3 unaccompanied alien children (UAC) in New York have examined good for COVID-19.

“As of March 26, 2020, there have been a few confirmed COVID-19 ailment conditions between UAC in just one ORR care service provider facility in New York,” study an ORR assertion provided to the Day by day Caller Information Basis.

“At this time, ORR is suspending releases from New York treatment supplier services. ORR’s healthcare team is working with the packages in New York and community wellbeing office to gather details and identify subsequent techniques,” the assertion ongoing.

Migrant children make their way inside a building at Casa Presidente, an immigrant shelter for unaccompanied minors, in Brownsville

Migrant kids make their way inside of a setting up at Casa Presidente, an immigrant shelter for unaccompanied minors, in Brownsville, Texas, U.S., June 23, 2018. REUTERS/Loren Elliott

As a precautionary evaluate, ORR will stop all placements of unaccompanied alien small children (UAC) in New York, California, and Washington condition — a few states strike remarkably challenging by coronavirus. ORR added that it is “prioritizing community placements for all new referrals from DHS to restrict air vacation when attainable.”

A complete of 18 unaccompanied children in ORR care have been tested for the coronavirus, with 11 tests unfavorable, 3 screening good, and the other 4 are continue to awaiting effects. There are roughly 3,500 UAC at present in ORR treatment, in accordance to the agency. (Related: ICE Confirms 1st Detainee To Examination Favourable For Coronavirus)

The favourable cases appear as many ORR staffers and many others who run about UAC have also contracted the virus.

“Five workers associates and just one staff contractor at three separate care service provider facilities in New York just lately tested beneficial for COVID-19. One workers member at a facility in Texas, and one particular foster mum or dad in Washington State have also examined constructive,” the company mentioned, including that it is getting in touch with any one who may possibly have been uncovered at these services.

As of Thursday afternoon, far more than 81,500 people in the U.S. have examined beneficial for COVID-19. Of those people who have contacted the virus, at lest 1,180 have died.

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