Thursday, July 30, 2009

O.H. Close Youth Correctional Facility Re-opens to Visitors, Volunteers After Temporary Closure Due to H1N1 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 has re-opened for visitors and volunteers. The facility was closed due to the H1N1 virus as a precaution last weekend, though has been reopened after consultation with local health officials.

O.H. Close is resuming normal operations for accepting new youth offenders and for transferring or releasing youth housed at the facility, after the three confirmed cases and four probable cases of H1N1 virus were successfully treated.

Throughout last weekend and early this week, the DJJ coordinated its efforts with the San Joaquin County Health Officer, Dr. Karen Furst, to ensure that all precautions were taken to protect the health of other youth and staff at the facility. Among those precautions was closing the facility to visiting and volunteer activities to minimize exposure to the virus.

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

For periodic updates, please visit the DJJ web site at:
http://www.cdcr.ca.gov/Juvenile_Justice/index.html
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