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YDDC intake worker tests positive for COVID; children tested

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A worker in the quarantine intake unit at the Youth Diagnostic and Detention Center in Albuquerque has tested positive for COVID-19, a state Children, Youth and Families Department spokesman said Friday.

The worker, who began feeling ill last week, was immediately sent home and subsequently tested. The positive test result came back Thursday, CYFD spokesman Charlie Moore-Pabst said.

One child who came in contact with the worker in the intake unit had been transferred to CYFD’s adjacent Camino Nuevo secure facility, but was later sent back and placed in an isolated room at YDDC.

CYFD staff and all 41 children at Camino Nuevo have since been tested. “We’re expediting testing through the Department of Health, but haven’t got the results back yet,” Moore-Pabst said.

It is the second time that children at Camino Nuevo have been tested. There were no positive test results from that first screening, he said.

None of the children at YDDC needed to be tested because none of them came in contact with the infected worker or the single child who may have been exposed, Moore-Pabst said.

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