UPDATE January 28, 2022: Multnomah County Juvenile Services Division (JSD) has been notified that another employee has tested positive for COVID-19

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January 28, 2022

UPDATE: January 28, 2022: Multnomah County Juvenile Services Division (JSD) was notified that another employee tested positive for COVID-19 on Friday, January 28, 2022. In coordination with Public Health, the Juvenile Services Division continues to implement pre-planned infectious disease protocols, including:

  • Notify staff and affected youth/families.
  • Quarantine has impacted youth in custody and notification of their parents/guardians.
  • Offer testing to affected young people.
  • Work closely with the Multnomah County Public Health Officer and Infectious Disease Control Specialist to review case history, information and protective measures.
  • Meet with health partners to review and analyze potential exposure and coordinate next steps.

The latest case brings the total number of Youth Services Division employees who have tested positive for COVID-19 in the past six weeks to 27. Four non-employees, who were present at the juvenile justice complex, have also tested positive for COVID-19 in the past six weeks; and eight young people have tested positive in the past 10 days.

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 following guidelines established by the CDC, state, and local health partners to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in the workplace.

Get vaccinated. Be boosted.

Increases in COVID-19 cases and new variants are being seen locally and across the country. Public health officials stress the importance of minimizing transmission and taking steps that work: get stimulated, get vaccinated, stay home if exposed or sick, and upgrade your face mask to a mask better quality. Vaccination remains the most effective tool to prevent serious illness, which is why Multnomah County, acting as the local public health authority, has reallocated staff and other resources away from case investigations. and contact tracing to increase vaccination and boosters among those at highest risk of severe disease.

what you can do

Be boosted. People 16 and older who got 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 medical condition. 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 begins to reduce your risk of serious illness and death, at least for a few weeks. Second doses and boosters add much more protection.

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

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

For more information about COVID-19, including symptoms, visit County COVID-19 websitewhich contains practical advice and information on testing and other advice and Oregon Health Authority COVID-19 website or the US Centers for Disease Control & Prevention COVID-19 websites.

Find vaccination clinics:

anyone can dial 2-1-1 to find the nearest clinic or consult the vaccine finder at Vaccines.gov

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