Department of Juvenile Services worker from Salisbury tests positive for COVID-19

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SALISBURY, Md. – Officials with the Department of Juvenile Services say they were notified on Sunday that a staff member working at Lower Eastern Shore Children’s Center in Salisbury tested positive for the coronavirus.

We’re told the employee last worked at the facility on March 27th and has been in quarantine since. All staff and youth who were in contact with this worker are currently in quarantine.

The Department of Juvenile Services has taken precautionary steps at the Lower Eastern Shore Children’s Center and across the state, including:

  • Strict infection control measures (including wearing masks when out of his/her room)
  • Enhanced hygiene and sanitation practices
  • Limiting facility entry to only essential personnel and requiring all persons entering DJS facilities to
    complete a medical screening and temperature check
  • Each youth newly admitted to DJS custody undergoes a thorough medical evaluation as part of the
    intake process. Newly admitted youth are housed separately until they have been monitored for
    COVID-19 related symptoms and cleared
  • Modified movement and meal service that aligns with social distancing protocols
  • Increased visitation through video and phone calls
  • While DJS has maintained education services to date, DJS and MSDE are engaged in planning to
    transition to a distance learning model
  • On-site and on-call medical staff available at all facilities
  • In-person and remote mental health services available at all facilities
  • Implemented 24-hour recorded hotline with latest DJS COVID-19 information
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