JANUARY 7, 2022: Juvenile Services Division (JSD) continues to receive notifications of people who test positive for COVID-19


January 7, 2022

The Multnomah County Juvenile Services Division (JSD) continues to receive notifications regarding those who test positive for COVID-19. On January 7, 2022, the division was notified of two employees (11 and 12 since mid-December) and an individual present at the Juvenile Detention Center who tested positive for COVID-19.

It was determined that there was no workplace exposure with any of the employees or with the person present at the JSD. However, there were exhibits identified by the second employee. In coordination with Public Health, the Division of Services for Minors has implemented pre-planned infectious disease protocols. These actions include:

  • The quarantine impacted young people and informing their parents / guardians.
  • Restrict movement and limit access to essential program personnel only.
  • Offer testing to all youth in the program where potential exposure has been identified.
  • Work closely with the Multnomah County Public Health Officer and Infectious Disease Control Specialist to review case history, information and protective measures.
  • Meet with healthcare partners to review and analyze potential exposure and coordinate next steps.

All persons who meet the exposure criteria are notified.

The latest notifications follow another case where a person – who was present at the juvenile justice complex on January 3, 4 and 5 – tested positive for COVID-19. It was determined that there was no workplace exposure in this case either. But that brings the total number of positive COVID cases in the Juvenile Services Division to 14 since mid-December.

The division continues to work side-by-side with public health infectious disease control experts and the Multnomah County health officer to take all recommended actions to best protect the health and safety of staff, youth, families and the community. This includes the following guidelines established by the CDC, state, and local health partners to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in the workplace, including stay home if you are sick and continue to wear masks correctly.

Get vaccinated. Be boosted.

Outbreaks of COVID-19 cases and new variants are being seen locally and nationally. Public health officials stress the importance of minimizing transmission and taking effective measures: get boosted, get vaccinated, stay home if exposed or sick, and upgrade your face covering for a better quality mask. Vaccination remains the most effective tool to prevent serious illness, which is why Multnomah County, acting as the local public health authority, is reallocating staff and other resources away from case investigation and from contact tracing to increase vaccination and boosters among those at highest risk for serious illness.

What you can do

Be boosted. People 16 and over who had a full streak more than six months ago (or more than two months for J&J), should get their booster now. Do not wait. If you are older, have an underlying health problem. This is especially important to avoid serious illness.

To get vaccinated. If you haven’t already, take your first dose now. Even a single dose starts to lower your risk of serious illness and death, at least for a few weeks. The second dose and the booster dose add a lot more protection.

Stay home if you are sick or exposed. If you have any symptoms – even if you are vaccinated and especially if you cannot get tested – we ask that you stay home and self-isolate to avoid potentially passing it on to others. If you have been in close contact and cannot pass a test, quarantine yourself for five days from the date of exposure, then wear a mask for the next 5 days while in the world.

Wear a quality mask. Wear a properly fitted mask indoors, outdoors in crowded spaces, and when around people at high risk of serious illness from COVID-19. People should wear the highest quality mask possible that is comfortable to wear.

For more information on COVID-19, including symptoms, visit County COVID-19 Website, which contains practical tips and information on testing and other Oregon Health Authority COVID-19 website or the U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention COVID-19 websites.

Find vaccination clinics:

Anyone Can dial 2-1-1 to find the clinic closest to them or consult the vaccine finder on Vaccines.gov


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