25 children test positive for coronavirus in Virginia juvenile center
At least 25 children in the Bon Air Juvenile Correctional Center in Virginia have tested positive for the novel coronavirus, the Richmond Times-Dispatch reports, citing officials from the Department of Juvenile Justice.
- Inmates face overcrowding and often unsanitary conditions that can make social distancing and recommended hygiene nearly impossible.
Driving the news: Lawyers have sought the mass release of minors with underlying health conditions and those who do not pose a danger to society from juvenile facilities in Texas, Maryland and Pennsylvania, the N.Y. Times reports.
Background: Data from China suggests children who have contracted COVID-19 will experience milder or different symptoms than adults, the CDC reports.
- Nearly 9,000 minors have contracted the virus across the U.S., while fewer than 20 have died as a result, the CDC reports.