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18-year old asymptomatic patient is first OYA youth in custody to test positive, has been moved to medical isolation

COURTESY OF OYA COMMUNICATIONS - An 18-year old youth at Woodburn's MacLaren Youth Correctional Facility has tested positive for COVID-19, becoming the first youth in the OYA system to test positive for the virus.A youth at MacLaren Youth Correctional Facility in Woodburn has tested positive for COVID-19 according to a press release from the Oregon Youth Authority on Thursday.

This is the first youth in OYA custody to test positive for COVID-19, and they have been moved to medical isolation. The youth is 18-years old, has shown no symptoms of the virus and their family has been notified.

The youth was one of 12 residents of the Pacific Unit - one of 13 living spaces inside MacLaren - to take a voluntary COVID-19 test a week earlier after their unit was placed on quarantine following close contact with an employee who tested positive for COVID-19.

Ten of the volunteers tested negative, while one test result was still pending as of Thursday, May 14.

An addition youth who had refused the test was showing symptoms of illness not indicative of COVID-19. That youth was moved to medical isolation out of precaution and their family was notified.

After learning of the positive COVID-19 test, OYA notified all staff at MacLaren and began tracking close contacts the youth had in the 48 hours before taking the test and while awaiting the results.

Staff who had worked within six feet of the patient for more than 15 minutes are being instructed to wear surgical masks and check for symptoms twice a day during their work shifts.

These staff members have been strongly encouraged to get tested for COVID-19. Close contacts with the positive patient have communicated with directly.


During the COVID-19 pandemic, the OYA has implemented a number of precautionary measures to help limit the spread of the disease to its staff and youths in custody, which can range from ages 12-24.

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