Positive COVID-19 test in Bronx juvenile detention center

Posted: 5:06 PM, Mar 20, 2020
Updated: 2020-03-20 17:06:22-04
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THE BRONX — A positive case of COVID-19 has been detected at the Horizon Juvenile Detention Center in the Bronx, a spokesperson for the Administration for Children's Services confirmed to PIX11 News Friday.

“We can confirm one positive case at Horizon Juvenile Detention Center," said the ACS spokesperson. "In coordination with the Department of Health, as well as the health care professionals who work on-site 24/7, we have cleaned and sanitized all surfaces, implemented social distancing strategies, and continue to issue public health guidance. The safety and health of everyone in our facilities remains our number one priority.”

The ACS has not yet confirmed whether the positive test came from one of the juveniles detained there or an employee. There are 22 young people currently housed at Horizon.