Thursday, July 23, 2009

H1N1 Virus Closes O.H. Close Youth Correctional Facility to Visitors, Volunteers

Precautions Taken to Minimize Spread of the Influenza Virus

STOCKTON - The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation's Division of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) today announced that the O.H. Close Youth Correctional Facility in Stockton will be closed to visitors and volunteers in order to minimize the spread of the H1N1 virus this weekend after three youth were confirmed to be infected and four probable cases were identified. The facility also will stop transfers and not accept new youth offenders in an effort to contain the virus.

DJJ is coordinating its efforts with the San Joaquin County Health Officer, Dr. Karen Furst, to ensure that all precautions are being taken to minimize the spread of H1N1.

"We are taking every precaution to protect the health of staff and youths in the facility, and will continue to evaluate the situation until we are convinced that the H1N1 virus has run its course and that no one at the facility is vulnerable to exposure," said Dr. Gabriel Tanson, Chief Medical Officer for the Stockton complex.

The O.H. Close Youth Correctional Facility houses approximately 192 youths, ages 13 to 18. The adjacent N.A. Chaderjian Youth Correctional Facility has been unaffected by the H1N1 influenza and will continue its normal classroom, visiting and volunteer activities while DJJ officials closely monitor the situation.

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