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Mass COVID-19 testing to be done at Memphis youth facility

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Posted at 6:01 PM, Apr 21, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-21 19:01:29-04

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WTVF) — Mass testing is being done at a Memphis youth treatment facility the day after one of the juveniles at the facility tested positive.

The Tennessee Department of Children’s Services said it's working with the state department of health and the Unified Command to conduct the testing at the Memphis Center for Independence (CSI).

Officials say the juvenile was tested Monday and the facility was notified of the positive test result Tuesday. The juvenile was quarantined at the facility and officials said the child will not return to the general program until a full recovery is documented and clearance is received by the Department of Health in accordance with CDC guidelines.

CSI is operated under contract by Youth Opportunity Investments. It houses 48 youth and employees 60 staff. Medical personnel is expected to test all youth and staff at the facility Wednesday.

Officials said CSI is in the process of notifying the parents of all youth placed at the facility of possible exposure.

CSI is a staff secured juvenile justice facility that offers a residential treatment program for male youth age 13-18 who have been adjudicated delinquent and placed into state custody.