April 1, 2020
COVID-19 Quarantines Taking Place at Barry J. Nidorf Juvenile Hall
The Los Angeles County Probation Department has confirmed that an employee who works at Barry J. Nidorf Juvenile Hall has tested positive for Coronavirus (COVID-19). The last day the employee worked at the facility was Friday, March 27th and has been self-quarantining at home after receiving the results of their positive test on Tuesday, March 31.
As of April 1, there are currently no youth or staff at Barry J. Nidorf Juvenile Hall who have COVID-19 symptoms. Twenty-one youth who were exposed to the staff member testing positive are from one unit and are being quarantined. Their parents and guardians have been notified about the exposure and youth have the ability to make extended calls to their family. The unit is being cleaned and thoroughly sanitized. Probation is doing its best to provide the personal protective equipment necessary to keep all staff and youth healthy. Juvenile Court Health Services are closely monitoring the health of the youths that are in that unit including checking their symptoms twice a day.
The Probation Department is working with the Department of Public Health (DPH) and have identified staff who potentially may have been exposed to this employee within an assigned unit. In an abundance of caution, these staff members have already been notified and have been directed to contact their personal physician and self-quarantine at home for 14 days. All employees are encouraged to follow all health and hygiene practices and to closely monitor their health on an ongoing basis. If they do not feel well or are experiencing any symptoms, staff are encouraged to stay home.
The Probation Department will continue to follow the guidance from Public Health and Juvenile Corrections Health Services to keep all individuals at its facilities safe. In response to the rapidly developing changes surrounding COVID-19, L.A. County Probation has increased the daily cleaning and sanitation at each facility. The youth have also been educated about the virus, are practicing social distancing and are washing their hands frequently. If warranted, additional details will be provided as Probation works with the Departments of Health Services and Public Health to assess the situation and investigate further.