2 juvenile residents at DYA test positive over the weekend

DYA Director Melanie Brennan (PNC file photo)

Two juvenile residents at the Department of Youth Affairs tested positive for COVID-19 over the weekend.

DYA Director Melanie Brennan says the 17 and 18-year-old residents were found during their 14-day quarantine period.

She says anyone who leaves the facility for off-site appointments must quarantine when they get back, as part of the department’s COVID-protocols.

As such, Brennan says the two did not expose the virus to other young residents and are both now in isolation.

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“We had planned [staff] testing on Saturday and it just so happened that two residents were complaining of not feeling well. They didn’t have fevers but they had body aches and headaches. And so because it was on-site staff testing, I just included them in the testing. At the end of the day we did get the results and our staff was all negative but the 2 residents actually tested positive for COVID,” Brennan said.

Brennan says early on in the pandemic, DYA tried moving their clients back with their families or alternative settings to ease the congregation at the facility.

They managed to get down to 18 residents, from some 32 originally.

There has so far been 5 staff total who’ve tested positive for the virus, although Brennan says they were all off-shift at the time.