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Maryland Department of Juvenile Services reports first coronavirus case

The Maryland Department of Juvenile Services reported Monday its first positive case of coronavirus in a staff member, state officials confirmed.

The department was notified Sunday that a staff member working at the Lower Eastern Shore Children’s Center in Salisbury tested positive for the virus that causes COVID-19, according to department a news release.

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The employee last worked at the facility March 27 and has quarantined since then.

Staff at Lower Eastern Shore Children’s Center are working with the DJS medical director and state and local health departments to “ensure that all appropriate measures are taken,” the release state.

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Some of the measures include that all staff and youth are required to wear protective masks. Each youth newly admitted to DJS custody must undergo a medical evaluation during intake and are housed separately until he or she has been monitored for COVID-19 related symptoms and cleared.

Those who were in contact with the worker are quarantining, with further tests ordered. Employees who display symptoms or test positive must be medically cleared to return to work, the release states.

Facility entry is also being limited to essential personnel, with all persons entering DJS buildings completing a medical screening and temperature check.

DJS and the Maryland Department of Education have maintained education services to date, but are planning to transition to a distance learning model, the release states.

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