- Associated Press - Saturday, May 16, 2020

CONCORD, N.C. (AP) - The North Carolina Department of Public Safety announced Saturday that all juveniles held at the Stonewall Jackson Youth Development Center will be tested for COVID-19 after a staff member reported testing positive for the coronavirus a day earlier.

The agency in a statement said the employee of the juvenile correctional facility in Concord has been off work since May 10 after notifying management about a potential exposure to the virus. The employee showed symptoms Wednesday and was tested that day.

Facility director Peter Brown said no juveniles at the facility have shown symptoms associated with COVID-19.

“When we learned of our staff member’s potential exposure earlier this week, we placed on quarantine two juvenile living units where potential contact could have occurred as a standard precaution,” Brown said. He added that children in those units are being monitored twice a day for fever and other symptoms.

The department said all staff members believed to have had close contact with the ill employee will be tested and quarantined. Other staff members were also offered the opportunity to be tested.

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