As the numbers of COVID 19 positive cases continue to rise across the Commonwealth and within Chesterfield County, DJJ is taking measures to protect the safety of residents and employees. DJJ is suspending in-person visitation and the transfer of new residents into the facility for the next few weeks. Both will be reassessed on or about December 15th.
A recent youth admission into Bon Air has tested positive for COVID 19. His symptoms were identified soon after arrival. A second youth admitted from the same facility is currently being tested. Coordination is occurring with the facility to ensure that appropriate protocols are being followed for screening and notifications regarding possible exposure. Both youth were going through their initial quarantine period so little to no contact has occurred with other residents.
DJJ updates website to show COVID 19 curve demonstrating the results of the quarantine and relatively short duration of the period of positive tests. DJJ is cautiously optimistic as we continue to battle the virus.
DJJ hosted a Virtual Bon Air Parents Town Hall Meeting for parents, guardians and assigned employees - see attached Agenda and Director's Opening Remarks. Answers to parent questions submitted in advance were incorporated into the presentations to the extent possible. Parent questions obtained that evening and questions about individual youth will be responded to via email or telephone. Any additional questions should be sent to the resident's Bon Air counselor or Community Coordinator.
Currently zero Active COVID 19 cases at Bon Air - DJJ acknowledges that the spread of the virus has slowed on the campus with only 3 new cases in the last 3 weeks. The agency is cautiously optimistic but advised by VDH that eradicating the virus will be a long process just like in the community. Read the full message.
Residents of DJJ’s Bon Air Juvenile Correctional Center who test positive for the COVID-19 virus receive round-the-clock medical care from DJJ’s chief physician, nurse practitioner, and a team of licensed nurses in an area of the facility that is separate from other residents. Read press release here.
DJJ continues to take additional steps to protect the health and well-being of employees, youth on community supervision and committed residents. All employees are being issued cloth face masks per recommendation of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Governor Northam. Community staff will be required to wear their masks when meeting with clients in their offices or the community. Bon Air staff will be required to wear their masks when on the living units or in the presence of a resident. All staff are asked to wear their masks in the presence of colleagues when they cannot adequately social distance at 6 feet. Bon Air medical and other staff, as needed, are also being issued additional Personal Protection Equipment (PPE). All Bon Air residents have been provided cloth masks to use when not in their sleeping room. After our first youth tested positive, and in consultation with the Virginia Department of Health, we started taking the temperatures of the residents twice per day. It has been determined that some COVID 19 positive individuals display a low-grade fever and no other symptoms. With that in mind, our medical staff are conducting additional assessments and requesting COVID 19 tests as an added precaution, when warranted. Such testing and subsequent results will be reported to the parents / guardians of the youth in question consistent with confidentiality laws. DJJ continues to follow all previously reported protocols.
All in-person training events are cancelled until June 10 per the Governor’s Directive banning meetings for groups over 10.
One Bon Air Juvenile Correctional Center (JCC) resident tested positive for the coronavirus over the weekend. He was isolated in the Central Infirmary, and is well on the way to recovery. Click here for more information.
DJJ reports a positive test result for one employee. The employee is based at Bon Air JCC and was asymptomatic when last reporting to work. The employee did not have close contact with any youth as defined by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). The employee is being treated at home. DJJ is following Virginia Department of Health (VDH) protocols for notifications and CDC protocols for safety and cleaning.
DJJ has suspended all visits to Bon Air Juvenile Correctional Center until further notice. This includes all transportation services to and from the facility. We will make every effort for family members to have contact with the residents via telephone and video. We appreciate your understanding as we do everything we can to prevent the spread of the virus, and keep our residents healthy.
VPSTC remains open for essential operations only. All non-essential training and events scheduled through June 10 have been cancelled or postponed.