GAINESVILLE, Texas - A staff member at the Gainesville State School in North Texas has tested positive for COVID-19, says the Texas Juvenile Justice Department.
The staff member, a youth development coach at the school, tested positive on Tuesday, says executive director Camille Cain. The coach has not been on the campus since May 8, when she left work for an unrelated medical issue.
Three days later, she began developing COVID-19 symptoms and took a test. TJJD says she is now resting comfortably at home.
TJJD is taking the following actions in light of the positive test:
- Conducting contact tracing and identifying any staff member with contact during the past 14 days
- Testing all youth in the dorms where the employee worked within the past 14 days
- Testing all youth who left those dorms during that time and taking appropriate precautions
TJJD says no other staff members or youth at the school have currently exhibited COVID-19 symptoms.
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This is the second staff member at a TJJD secure facility to test positive. In early April, an IT employee at Giddings State School tested positive, but no other cases were found at that campus.
TJJD says at this time, no youth at one of their facilities has tested positive for COVID-19.
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