Two test positive at Allen County juvenile detention center


LIMA — Allen County Juvenile Court officials report that two youths housed at the Juvenile Detention Center have tested positive for COVID-19. According to Court Administrator Berlin Carroll, both were already under medical observation and quarantine at the time administrators received the results of their individual tests.

Carroll said the Allen County Health Department was immediately contacted for guidance and support, as was Mercy Health who, by contract, serves as the facility’s medical authority. All residents in the facility have been placed in medical quarantine until such time as JDC officials receive the results of additional testing.

Testing was collected on all residents of the facility earlier Monday afternoon.

“In as much is it appears that the virus entered the facility by way of an asymptomatic carrier, we have initiated the process of contract tracing in the hopes of identifying a source if possible,” Carroll said in a prepared statement. “The parents/guardians of affected residents were notified by detention center staff as well the Allen County Health Department. While we cannot comment on the specifics of individual residents due to privacy/confidentiality concerns, we can say affected residents remain under close observation by staff members and our medical authority and that none have required hospitalization.”

Carroll said Juvenile Court Judge Glenn Derryberry and the entire team at JDC “remain committed to ensuring the safety of the community as well as that of the residents of the facility and, to that end, we will continue to monitor and follow all guidelines and recommendations from the CDC, the Allen County Health Department, and Mercy Health.”

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