At least 37 children living in an immigrant youth shelter are estimated to be positive for coronavirus testing, the non-profit organization Heartland Human Care Services in the city of Chicago, Illinois reported.
According to NGO spokesperson Mailee García, there are currently three different locations operating with 69 people who are under the age of 17, of whom more than half are ill, People reported.
"While we will not share the details of any specific child in our care, 37 positive diagnoses have been confirmed to date," Garcia said in a statement. "We are operating under the assumption that we will see additional positive diagnoses as we receive results from the other tests that have been administered."
In addition, the social worker assured that given the high number of infections, the shelter has taken more precautionary measures, such as the use of protective masks, gloves and social isolation for employees who worked in areas where positive cases were registered.
"The outlook for all the children in our care is very good, and we continue to focus on the health and well-being of our participants," said Garcia, who declined to comment on whether any of the children had been hospitalized, People reported.
According to reports from the local Chicago Sun-Times newspaper, the migration policy has separated thousands of minors from their parents on the border of the United States and Mexico, and some are housed in facilities of the Heartland Alliance, which works with non-migrant children. accompanied for more than 30 years.
As of Tuesday afternoon, there were 22,025 cases and 800 deaths attributed to the coronavirus recorded in Illinois, according to figures published in The New York Times.
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