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More Youths Test Positive For COVID-19 At Adobe Mountain School

More youths have tested positive for COVID-19 at the Adobe Mountain School in Phoenix, Arizona’s juvenile detention center. Fifty-nine youths there have tested positive since the beginning of the pandemic.

According to a spokesperson for the Arizona Department of Juvenile Corrections, 58 of those youths have recovered and one is currently positive.

The department says 48 employees have tested positive for COVID-19 throughout the pandemic, and 45 of those staff members have recovered.

A spokesperson said youth programming is being limited to cohorts of eight, and additional measures are being taken to observe recommended social distancing protocols.

As of August, there were 205 juveniles living at the Adobe Mountain School.

Jimmy Jenkins is a senior field correspondent at KJZZ and a contributor to NPR’s Election 2020 and Criminal Justice station collaborations. His work has been featured on Morning Edition, All Things Considered, Marketplace, Here and Now, The Takeaway and NPR Newscasts.Originally from Terre Haute, Indiana, Jenkins has a B.S. in criminology from Indiana State University and a master’s degree in journalism from Indiana University.Much of his reporting has focused on the criminal justice system. Jenkins has reported on Tasers, body cameras, use of force, jail privatization, prison health care and the criminal contempt trial of former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio.