25 children test positive for coronavirus in Virginia juvenile center
Transmission electron microscopic image of an isolate from the first U.S. case of COVID-19. Photo: Smith Collection/Gado/Getty Images, courtesy of CDC/Hannah A Bullock, Azaibi Tamin.
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.