OYA’s Coronavirus Response

Check here regularly for updates on OYA’s response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) and its impact on the agency, staff, and the youth and families we serve.

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Friday, July 10

Visiting Update for OYA Facilities

MacLaren is still not able to have family visits at this time because they have not yet reached Phase 2 of reopening.

Oak Creek, the Young Women’s Transition Program, and Eastern Oregon will start allowing family visits beginning Saturday, July 11. Please contact their front offices if you wish to schedule a visit.

Camp Riverbend is now approved for Phase 2 of reopening and will start allowing visits beginning Tuesday, July 14. Contact their front office if you wish to schedule a visit.

All other OYA facilities have already started allowing family visitors again, by appointment only. Please contact your youth’s case coordinator or camp counselor to learn more.


Wednesday, July 8

Update on Cases at MacLaren

Today’s COVID-19 Weekly Report issued by Oregon Health Authority includes MacLaren Youth Correctional Facility on its list of active workplace outbreaks. (See page 14 of the report.)

Workplaces with 30 or more employees are added to this list when they have five or more active cases of the virus. For this report, OHA counted cases of the virus for a two-week period.

That means the five cases listed for MacLaren include the four employee cases that we reported about on Monday, plus the one youth case from earlier in June. That youth completed their time in medical isolation and returned to their regular living unit.


Monday, July 6

Four Staff Members at MacLaren Test Positive for Virus

On July 1, we shared that one staff member at MacLaren YCF had reported they tested positive for COVID-19. Since then, three other staff members at MacLaren also reported positive tests.

As a result, two living units are currently under quarantine. One youth who recently moved to Rogue Valley is also in quarantine, although they tested negative for the virus and have not shown any symptoms. The families of all the affected youth have been notified.

Also from MacLaren: The one youth who had tested positive and was in medical isolation has now returned to their living unit. We currently have no other positive cases among OYA youth.


Wednesday, July 1

Staff Member at MacLaren Tests Positive for Virus

This week, a staff member at MacLaren YCF reported that they tested positive for COVID-19.

As a result, we have combined two of the units at MacLaren and put all those youth under quarantine. We have also quarantined one youth who recently moved to Rogue Valley YCF. The families of all the affected youth have been notified.

Other News from MacLaren:

  • One youth is still in medical isolation due to testing positive for the virus. He should be able to return to his living unit this weekend.
  • Three other youth are still in medical quarantine. They tested negative and are not showing symptoms of the virus. They should be able to return to their living unit next week.

Clarification on Face Covering Requirements

Staff who work in our field offices or Central Office are required to wear a mask or face covering any time they are meeting with customers, even if they’re more than six feet apart.

Face coverings are also required whenever staff in these offices are not able to stay more than six feet away from each other.

In our facilities, all staff are required to wear face coverings whenever they are inside, unless they are in a room or office by themselves or supervising from a distance, like during a night shift. They also must wear a face covering outside whenever they are not able to stay at least six feet away from others.


Tuesday, June 30

Governor Extends State of Emergency

Today, Governor Brown extended her declaration of a state of emergency regarding COVID-19 for an additional 60 days, until Sept. 4.

This allows for her executive orders related to the pandemic to stay in place, including the orders around reopening.

“When I first declared a state of emergency due to the coronavirus, there were 14 cases of COVID-19 in Oregon. Today, there have been over 8,600 cases, with over a quarter of those cases identified in the previous two weeks of June,” she said in a statement. “Oregon, you have a choice. You can help to save lives again. What happens next is up to all of us.”

Masks Required Inside Public Places

Starting tomorrow, July 1, everyone in Oregon is required to wear a mask or face covering anytime they are inside a public space.

As a reminder, this does not apply to staff while they are working in our field offices or Central Office unless they are unable to maintain proper physical distancing.

Stay Safe for the Holiday

Many of us will want to celebrate or gather with friends and family for the July 4th holiday. Please try to keep your celebrations small and local, if possible, to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. And if you do gather, don’t forget to put your chairs six feet apart and wear your face covering!


Wednesday, June 24

Asymptomatic Youth at MacLaren Tests Positive for COVID-19

Last week, we shared that four youth at MacLaren Youth Correctional Facility were in quarantine as a result of being in close contact with an employee who tested positive for COVID-19.

Today, we learned that one of those four youth tested positive for the virus. That youth is now in medical isolation. The other three youth tested negative and remain in quarantine. All of their families were notified. None of them are showing symptoms of the virus.

Also, the entire living unit for the youth who tested positive was placed under quarantine.

Facility Schools to Resume In-Person Classes in July

Oregon Department of Education (ODE) issued guidance this week to the districts that run schools inside OYA facilities and county juvenile detention programs, requesting that they resume in-person classes no later than July 20.

The school districts and education service districts will be working with the teachers and our facility staff in the coming weeks to come up with a plan that meets ODE’s safety requirements. Those requirements include:

  • establishing a minimum of 35 square feet per person when determining room capacity;
  • maintaining six feet of distance between students to the greatest degree possible;
  • practicing proper hygiene, cleaning, and disinfecting;
  • checking teachers’ temperatures daily;
  • requiring all teachers to wear facial coverings, and strongly recommending the coverings for students; and
  • advising teachers not to come to work if they or anyone in their household recently had an illness with fever or cough.

In his guidance, ODE Director Colt Gill wrote, “Supportive staff such as teachers, social workers, mentors, mental health professionals, volunteers, and professional advocates are a stabilizing force in the lives of many incarcerated youth. … Where possible, it is vital that we must maintain the social and emotional bonds that act as protective features against the adverse experiences that are currently affecting all young people.”

Visitation Restarts Soon at More Facilities

All facilities except MacLaren and Camp Riverbend have received the go-ahead to move to Phase 2 of reopening, which means they can start allowing family visits again.

These facilities have announced their dates for when they will restart visits. They are notifying families this week.

  • Tillamook YCF and Camp Tillamook: Saturday, June 27
  • Camp Florence: Saturday, July 4
  • Eastern Oregon YCF: Saturday, July 11
  • Oak Creek YCF and Young Women’s Transition Program: to be announced soon

All families who wish to schedule visits are being told to reach out to their youth’s case coordinator.

Rogue Valley restarted family visits last week. In the first five days, 24 youth received visits. Superintendent Ken Jerin says their plan is to make sure all youth get the opportunity to have an initial visit before offering additional visits to the youth who already got to see their families.

“Youth and families were happy to see each other and appreciated our efforts to make it a safe environment for them,” Jerin says. You can watch and read more about visiting at Rogue Valley in this story on KDRV Channel 12 News.


Friday, June 19

Camp Riverbend moves back to Phase 1

Camp Riverbend in La Grande, which had been approved for Phase 2 of reopening, will be moving back to Phase 1. This is because the facility is located in Union County, which has voluntarily gone back to Phase 1 after a severe spike in coronavirus cases this week.

This means Riverbend’s plans to allow visits will be delayed until it reaches Phase 2 again.


Wednesday, June 17

MacLaren Staff Member Reports Positive Test

This week, a MacLaren Youth Correctional Facility staff member reported that they tested positive for COVID-19. They are currently out of the workplace.

As a result, four youth from two living units have been moved to quarantine. They were tested for the virus, and we are still waiting for the results. Families of the affected youth have been notified.

MacLaren leaders determined that no other facility staff had sustained, close contact with the person who tested positive.

State Offices to Maintain Status Quo through Aug. 31

This week, the Department of Administrative Services announced that all state offices should maintain their current status through Aug. 31.

For OYA field offices and Central Office, this means:

  • Teleworking: Employees who have been teleworking should continue to do so as much as possible. When telework options are not possible, everyone must maintain six feet of distance between themselves and others.
  • State Agency Offices Stay Closed to Public: Our offices will continue to serve the public only by phone, online, or with appointments.
  • Travel: Non-essential work travel is still not allowed.

This announcement does not apply to OYA’s close-custody facilities, which are on their own timeline for reopening.


Visiting Youth on OYA Probation or Parole

If your youth is living at a residential program, proctor home, or foster home, they may be able to have visitors there soon. Home visits are still not allowed.

First, the county where their care provider is located must be in Phase 2 of reopening.

However, even when this is true, the program may still decide not to allow visiting yet. Each program has a primary responsibility to keep youth safe, and doing this will mean different things in each program.

To learn if your youth’s care provider is going to allow visitors, please contact the provider first. If you still have questions, contact your youth’s juvenile parole/probation officer (JPPO).

Attached is a flier that talks more about the process for programs to allow visits, and the rules that will be in place to keep everyone safe and healthy.

Visiting Restarts at Rogue Valley

Rogue Valley Youth Correctional Facility will be able to allow families to visit starting Thursday, June 18.

Visits are by appointment only. Your youth’s case coordinator will reach out to you soon to schedule a visit.

All visits will have to follow these rules:

  • No physical contact except for a hug at the beginning and at the end of the visit. Please read the attached flier for guidelines on how to hug in a way that prevents spreading germs.
  • Stay six feet apart.
  • Bring a face covering – they are required.
  • No symptoms of COVID-19, and your temperature must be below 100.4. We’ll check at the door.

If you have had COVID-19:

You may still visit your youth, but only if these things are true:

  • It’s been at least 10 days since your symptoms first appeared; AND
  • It’s been at least 3 days since you’ve had any symptoms. That includes having a normal temperature without the use of aspirin or other medications that reduce fever.

Visiting for Youth in Other OYA Secure Facilities

All other facilities, except for MacLaren, will be able to allow visiting sometime in the next few weeks.

MacLaren will not be able to allow visiting until 28 days have passed since the start of their last positive case of the virus.

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Visitando a los jóvenes de OYA en libertad provisional o bajo custodia

Si su joven vive en un programa residencial, hogar de supervisión u hogar de crianza, es posible que pronto puedan recibir visitas. Las visitas a domicilio aún no están permitidas.

Primero, el condado donde se encuentra su proveedor de atención debe estar en la Fase 2 de reapertura.

Sin embargo, incluso cuando esto sea cierto, el programa aún puede decidir no permitir visitas. Cada programa tiene la responsabilidad principal de mantener a los jóvenes seguros, y hacer esto significará cosas diferentes en cada programa.

Para saber si el proveedor de atención de su hijo permitirá visitas, comuníquese primero con el proveedor. Si aún tiene preguntas, comuníquese con el oficial de libertad condicional / libertad provisional juvenil (JPPO) de su joven.

Adjunto se encuentra un volante que habla más sobre el proceso de los programas para permitir visitas y las reglas que se implementarán para mantener a todos seguros y saludables.

Visitas reiniciara en Rogue Valley

La Correccional Juvenil de Rogue Valley podrá permitir que las familias visiten a partir de jueves el 18 de junio.

Las visitas solo con cita previa. El coordinador del caso de su joven se comunicará con usted pronto para programar una visita.

Todas las visitas deberán seguir las siguientes reglas:

  • No habrá contacto físico a excepción de un abrazo al principio y al final de la visita. Por favor lea el folleto adjunto para seguir la guía de como abrazar de manera que se evite el esparcimiento de gérmenes.
  • Mantenerse a seis pies de distancia.
  • Usar cubrebocas – son requeridas.
  • No tener síntomas de COVID-19, y su temperatura debe estar abajo de 100.4. La verificaremos en la puerta de entrada.

Si usted tiene o ha tenido COVID-19:

Usted pudiera continuar con la visita, pero sólo sí lo siguiente es verdadero:

  • Han pasado al menos 10 días desde la prímera aparición de los síntomas; y
  • Han pasado al menos 3 días desde que tuvo cualquier síntoma Lo que incluye el tener una temperatura normal sin el uso de aspirinas u otros medicamentos para reducer la fiebre.

Visitas para jóvenes bajo custodia de OYA en otras instalaciones controladas

Todas las demás instalaciones, a excepción de MacLaren, podrá permitir visitas en las próximas semanas.

MacLaren no podrá permitir visitas hasta que hayan pasado 28 días desde el primer día del último caso positivo del virus.


Friday, June 12

Visiting Update

Youth on OYA Probation or Parole

If your youth is living outside of your home, they may be able to have visitors again soon.

First, the county where their residential program, proctor home, or foster home is located must be in Phase 2 of reopening.

We are still working with Oregon Health Authority to get approval for a visiting plan for these programs. We are close to finishing the plan and should be able to share more next week.

Youth at MacLaren

We still cannot allow visiting at MacLaren because they recently had positive cases of COVID-19 on campus.

MacLaren will not be able to allow visiting until 28 days have passed since the start of their last positive case of the virus.

We’ll keep you updated when we know more.

Youth in Other OYA Secure Facilities

All other facilities are working on plans for visiting to start again sometime in the next few weeks. If the facility goes into quarantine because they have cases of COVID-19, they will stop allowing visitation again.

We will give you the visiting start dates when we have them. We will also let you know who to contact to learn about setting up a visit.

All visits will have to follow these rules:

  1. No physical contact.
  2. Stay six feet apart.
  3. Bring a face covering – they are required.
  4. No symptoms of COVID-19, and your temperature must be below 100.4. We’ll check at the door.

If You Have Had COVID-19

You may still visit your youth, but only if these things are true:

  1. It’s been at least 10 days since your symptoms first appeared; AND
  2. It’s been at least 3 days since you’ve had any symptoms. That includes having a normal temperature without the use of aspirin or other medications that reduce fever.

Update on School

This week, Oregon Department of Education (ODE) released guidelines for reopening Oregon schools in the fall. Schools will need to keep students and teachers a certain distance apart, clean and disinfect their buildings regularly, and keep students in small groups.

OYA’s residential programs that provide school on site will continue to work with ODE to make sure they are following these guidelines.

For OYA correctional and transitional facilities, we’re still not sure what reopening school will look like. The challenges in these schools are different than for schools in the community.

However, we have been talking with ODE leaders about how to safely reopen our facility schools. We hope to be able to share more information soon.


Tuesday, June 2

Reopening: State Agencies to Maintain Status Quo through End of June

This week, the Department of Administrative Services announced that all state agencies would follow the same reopening timeline, instead of following the reopening phases of their counties.

For OYA field offices and Central Office, this means the following guidelines will stay in place through June 30:

  • Teleworking: Employees who have been teleworking should continue to do so as much as possible. When telework options are not possible, everyone must maintain six feet of distance between themselves and others.
  • State Agency Offices Stay Closed to Public: Our offices will continue to serve the public only by phone, online, or with appointments.
  • Travel: Non-essential work travel is still not allowed.

As for OYA’s facilities, our leaders are currently working on additional reopening plans. We will have more information to share soon.


Wednesday, May 27

Update on MacLaren

The good news this week: we’ve had no new youth or staff cases at MacLaren (or anywhere else).

As of today:

  • As we shared previously, three MacLaren staff members have reported they tested positive for COVID-19. One of them is now fully recovered and back at work. The other two team members remain on leave.
  • While multiple youth at MacLaren were tested last week — or retested at their request – none tested positive.
  • We no longer have any youth in medical isolation. The last two youth in medical isolation have recovered and are now in quarantine until June 6 as a precaution.
  • Both of the living units at MacLaren that had been on quarantine status were able to go off quarantine.

Thursday, May 21

Update on MacLaren

More MacLaren Youth Correctional Facility youth were tested for COVID-19 this week, either because they showed symptoms of illness or because they were in close contact with someone who tested positive.

As of today:

  • As we shared previously, three MacLaren staff members have reported they tested positive for COVID-19.
  • Two living units are in quarantine status, which means their youth are not able to leave the living unit until health officials tell us it’s safe to lift the quarantine.
  • Four youth from two different living units are in medical isolation, either because they tested positive for COVID-19 or they showed symptoms of illness. This week, MacLaren leaders have been tracking down and notifying anyone who had close contact with these youth. They’ve also been notifying the youths’ families.
  • Multiple COVID-19 tests are pending for youth on campus. Most of these were from quarantined youth who previously tested negative, but then asked to be retested. We’ll keep you updated if we learn of any new positive cases.

Marion County Enters Phase 1 — OYA Stays the Same

This week, Marion and Polk counties received the go-ahead to enter phase 1 of reopening. However, this does not change the status of any OYA sites in those counties.

  • MacLaren will not be lifting any restrictions while they have youth who have tested positive or are in quarantine.
  • Central Office and the Marion field office will remain closed to the public except by appointment only. Employees in these offices who are teleworking should continue to do so.

Phase 1 Update for Other OYA Sites

Close-Custody Facilities

Oregon Health Authority (OHA) has approved our plan for lifting some restrictions at our facilities, once their county is in Phase 1 and they have received approval from Facility Services leadership.

To get that approval, the facilities must have no positive COVID-19 cases, or sufficient time must have passed since their last case. All facilities except MacLaren have applied and were approved.

Phase 1 for these facilities means they may choose to do the following:

  • Staff who were assigned to specific areas may return to multiple-unit assignments.
  • These people may start coming inside facilities again, if they are screened for symptoms before entering, follow physical distancing requirements, and wear face coverings: contracted psychologists and psychiatrists, religious volunteers, and direct treatment service providers.
  • Youth may participate in treatment, education, work, and volunteer-led religious activities with youth from other living units. Group sizes are limited to 10, and the same 10 youth will be in each group for all off-unit activities.
  • Youth may receive hair care services, following statewide guidelines.
  • Visitation is still not allowed.

Field Offices

As we shared previously, our field offices will keep their current status, even when their counties have entered Phase 1. That means they will stay closed to the public except by appointment only, and employees who are teleworking should continue to do so.

Residential Providers

OYA has asked residential providers to send us their plans for Phase 1. We will review those plans based on guidance from OHA. We are also drafting proposed guidance for OHA review regarding respite for proctor and foster care.

Stay Safe for Memorial Day

The Governor and 26 mayors from across Oregon are asking you to stay local, stay safe, and support local businesses this Memorial Day weekend. If you love the Coast, if you love the Gorge, please be a good neighbor by keeping it local as we build a safe and strong Oregon.

If you wish to participate in a ceremony to honor this holiday, the Oregon Department of Veterans’ Affairs is holding their first-ever Virtual Statewide Memorial Day Ceremony on Monday at 10 a.m. You can find the ceremony on ODVA’s Facebook page.


Tuesday, May 19

Third MacLaren Employee Reports Positive Test

Sunday evening, we learned of a third staff member at MacLaren Youth Correctional Facility who reported they had tested positive for COVID-19.

As a result, we took these precautions, under the guidance of Oregon Health Authority:

  • We notified all staff at MacLaren, and any youth who were affected.
  • We tracked any close contacts the employee had with staff or youth on campus. We communicated directly with everyone we identified.

Oregon Supreme Court Puts Hold on Legal Challenge to COVID Executive Orders

On Monday, a Baker County judge issued a preliminary injunction against all of the governor’s COVID-19 executive orders. That includes the stay at home order; the new reopening order; the restrictions on gatherings; any of the restrictions on businesses and other entities; and the moratorium on evictions.

Hours after that injunction, the Oregon Supreme Court issued a stay order while the case is being appealed. That means that the governor’s executive orders remain in force until the court makes a decision or they are lifted by the governor.

Regardless of the legal outcome of the case, OYA will follow the Oregon Health Authority’s guidance on how to keep our youth and staff safe.


Friday, May 15

Two MacLaren Youth Test Positive for COVID-19

Two youth at MacLaren Youth Correctional Facility tested positive this week for COVID-19. Neither is showing symptoms of the virus, but we have moved them to medical isolation to help protect everyone else on their living unit.

Both youth live on the same unit. MacLaren staff notified the families of all youth on that living unit about the situation. The entire unit is quarantined, which means the youth have to stay on their unit.

These are the first youth in OYA custody to test positive for COVID-19.

Why These Youth Were Tested

The youth volunteered to take a COVID-19 test after their unit was placed on quarantine due to having close contact with an employee who reported testing positive for COVID-19.

Overall, 12 youth volunteered to take the test. That’s almost all the youth on the unit. Of the 12 who took the test, 10 tested negative.

One youth who declined the COVID-19 test was moved to medical isolation after they showed symptoms of illness. OYA will continue monitoring all youth on this unit for symptoms.

Actions We Took When We Learned About the Positive Cases

  • We tracked any close contacts the youth who tested positive had in the 48 hours before they took the test and during the time when they were waiting for test results. We communicated directly with everyone we identified.
  • Staff who had close contact with the youth must wear a surgical mask and check symptoms twice during their work shift. We have strongly encouraged these staff members to get tested for COVID-19.

Other MacLaren Updates

  • So far, we have had two staff at MacLaren report positive tests for COVID-19. Both stopped coming to work as soon as they noticed symptoms.
  • The quarantine on the only other affected living unit was lifted today (May 15).

Reopening Plan for OYA

The Governor’s Office announced that 31 Oregon counties are able to move into phase 1 for reopening starting today, May 15.

To see the list of each county’s status, and to read all the guidelines for phase 1, go to the governor’s COVID-19 website: https://govstatus.egov.com/reopening-oregon#countyStatuses

Field Offices and Central Office

State officials have advised all state agencies not to reopen their offices to the public until the counties where they are located enter phase 2.

Therefore, OYA’s central and field offices remain closed except for pre-scheduled appointments.

Close-Custody Facilities

MacLaren Youth Correctional Facility will not look at lifting any restrictions until Marion County enters phase 1.

All the rest of our facilities are in counties that are approved for phase 1. At these facilities, we are planning to change some of our restrictions, subject to approval by Oregon Health Authority. We know that we will be keeping our facilities closed to visitors during phase 1.

Community Placements

OYA is consulting with Oregon Health Authority and Department of Human Services about the best reopening plan for our residential programs and foster and proctor homes.

We are working to come up with a plan that keeps our youth, their providers, and the public safe and healthy, while also meeting the guidelines of the state and the counties. We will share more details when we have them.

OYA and Other Agencies Face Budget Challenges

Oregon Youth Authority and all state agencies could be facing some big budget cuts later this year due to the pandemic.

With everything closed because of COVID-19, there is not nearly as much money coming in to the state as usual. As a result, the governor told all state agencies to come up with plans for how to make some really big cuts to their budgets. You can read OYA’s plan here: https://insideoya.com/2020/05/12/oya-budget-cut-exercise/

We won’t know for many months whether we have to actually make these budget cuts. But we expect that if we do have to make them, it will impact the ways we run our programs and care for our youth.

Keeping our youth safe and healthy is our number one priority, followed by providing them the right supports and services for rehabilitation. These priorities will not change, even if we have to cut back certain parts of our agency.

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Dos pruebas a jóvenes de Maclaren dan positivo a COVID-19

Dos jóvenes en la Correccional Juvenil de MacLaren dieron positivo esta semana a COVID-19. Ninguno de los dos jóvenes muestra síntomas del virus, pero los hemos trasladado y puestos en aislamiento médico para ayudar a proteger a todos los demás en su unidad de vivienda.

Ambos jóvenes viven en la misma unidad. El personal de MacLaren notificó la situación a las familias de todos los jóvenes en esa unidad de vivienda. Toda la unidad está en cuarentena, lo que significa que los jóvenes deben permanecer en su unidad.

Estos son los primeros jóvenes bajo la custodia de OYA en dar positivo por COVID-19.

¿Porque se hicieron pruebas en estos jóvenes?

El mismo joven se ofreció como voluntario para tomar una prueba COVID-19 después de que su unidad fue puesta en cuarentena debido a que tuvo un contacto cercano con un empleado que informó haber dado positivo por COVID-19.

En general, 12 jóvenes se ofrecieron como voluntarios para tomar el examen. Eso es casi todos los jóvenes en la unidad. De los 12 que tomaron la prueba, 10 dieron negativo.

Un joven que rechazó la prueba COVID-19 fue trasladado a un aislamiento médico después de mostrar síntomas de enfermedad. OYA continuará monitoreando a todos los jóvenes en esta unidad para detectar síntomas…

Acciones que tomamos cuando nos enteramos de los casos positivos

• Rastreamos cualquier contacto cercano que los jóvenes que dieron positivo tuvieron en las 48 horas antes de tomar el examen y durante el tiempo en que esperaban los resultados del examen. Nos comunicamos directamente con todos los que identificamos.

• El personal que tuvo contacto cercano con el joven debe usar una máscara quirúrgica y verificar los síntomas dos veces durante su turno de trabajo. Recomendamos altamente a estos miembros del personal a hacerse la prueba de COVID-19.

Otras actualizaciones de MacLaren

  • Hasta ahora, hemos tenido dos miembros del personal de MacLaren que informaron resultados positivos para COVID-19. Ambos dejaron de ir a trabajar tan pronto como notaron síntomas.
  • La cuarentena en la Unidad Haystack se terminó hoy (15 de mayo).

Plan de reapertura de OYA

La Oficina del Gobernador anunció que 31 condados de Oregon pueden pasar a la fase 1 para reabrir a partir de hoy, 15 de mayo.

Para ver la lista del estado de cada condado y leer todas las pautas para la fase 1, vaya al sitio web COVID-19 del gobernador: https://govstatus.egov.com/reopening-oregon#countyStatuses

Oficina central y sucursales

Los funcionarios estatales han aconsejado a todas las agencias estatales que no vuelvan a abrir sus oficinas al público hasta que los condados donde se encuentren entren en la fase 2.

Por lo tanto, las oficinas centrales y sucursales de OYA permanecen cerradas, excepto para citas programadas previamente.

Correccional juvenil

La Correccional Juvenil MacLaren no considerará levantar ninguna restricción hasta que el Condado de Marion ingrese a la fase 1.

El resto de nuestras correccionales se encuentran en condados aprobados para la fase 1. En estas instalaciones, planeamos cambiar algunas de nuestras restricciones, sujetas a la aprobación de la Autoridad de Salud de Oregon. Sabemos que mantendremos nuestras instalaciones cerradas a los visitantes durante la fase 1.

Colocaciones en programas comunitarios

OYA está consultando con la Autoridad de Salud de Oregon y el Departamento de Servicios Humanos sobre el mejor plan de reapertura para nuestros programas residenciales, hogares temporales y de crianza.

Estamos trabajando para elaborar un plan que mantenga a nuestros jóvenes, sus proveedores y al público seguro y saludable, al mismo tiempo que se cumple con las pautas del estado y los condados. Compartiremos más detalles cuando los tengamos.

OYA y otras agencias enfrentan desafíos presupuestarios

La Correccional Juvenil de Oregon y todas las agencias estatales podrían enfrentar algunos recortes presupuestarios importantes a finales de este año debido a la pandemia.

Con todo cerrado debido a COVID-19, no llega tanto dinero al estado como de costumbre. Como resultado, el gobernador les dijo a todas las agencias estatales que elaboraran planes sobre cómo hacer algunos recortes realmente grandes en sus presupuestos. Puedes leer el plan de OYA aquí: https://insideoya.com/2020/05/12/oya-budget-cut-exercise/

Durante muchos meses no sabremos si realmente tenemos que hacer estos recortes presupuestarios. Sin embargo, si tenemos que hacer recortes, esto impactará las formas en que dirigimos nuestros programas y cuidamos a nuestros jóvenes.

Mantener a los jóvenes seguros y saludables es nuestra prioridad número uno, seguido de brindarles los servicios y apoyos adecuados para la rehabilitación. Estas prioridades no cambiarán, incluso si tenemos que recortar ciertas partes de nuestra agencia…


Thursday, May 14

Update on Reopening Plan for OYA

Today, the Governor’s Office announced that 31 Oregon counties are able to move into phase 1 for reopening starting tomorrow, May 15.

To see the list of each county’s status, and to read all the guidelines for phase 1, go to the governor’s COVID-19 website: https://govstatus.egov.com/reopening-oregon#countyStatuses

  • Field Offices and Central Office

Department of Administrative Services has advised all state agencies not to reopen any of their offices to the public until the counties where they are located enter phase 2.

Therefore, OYA’s central and field offices remain closed except for pre-scheduled appointments, and employees at those offices who were already teleworking will continue to do so.

  • Close-Custody Facilities

MacLaren Youth Correctional Facility will not look at lifting any restrictions until Marion County enters phase 1.

All the rest of our facilities are in counties that are approved for phase 1. At these facilities, we are planning to change some of our restrictions, subject to approval by Oregon Health Authority. We know that we will be keeping our facilities closed to visitors during phase 1.

  • Community Placements

OYA is consulting with Oregon Health Authority and Department of Human Services about the best reopening plan for our residential programs and foster and proctor homes.

We are working to come up with a plan that keeps our youth, their providers, and the public safe and healthy, while also meeting the guidelines of the state and the counties. We will share more details when we have them.

A New Resource for Veterans

The Oregon Department of Veterans’ Affairs has developed a new online Veteran Resource Navigator designed to assist veterans and their families in finding the federal, state and local resources that are helpful during the COVID-19 pandemic.

This tool includes resources that are organized by topic, including economic, health, education, housing, food and other resources. To learn more, go to www.oregon.gov/odva or call 1-800-692-9666.


Wednesday, May 13

MacLaren Youth Tests Positive for COVID-19

A youth on Pacific Unit at MacLaren Youth Correctional Facility has tested positive for COVID-19 but is not showing symptoms of the virus. Even though the youth does not appear sick, they have been moved to medical isolation.

This is the first youth in OYA custody to test positive for COVID-19. Their family has been notified.

The youth volunteered to take an optional COVID-19 test last week after their unit was placed on quarantine due to having close contact with an employee who reported testing positive for COVID-19.

Overall, 12 youth on the unit volunteered to take the test. Of the other 11, ten tested negative, and one result is still pending.

One additional youth on the unit was moved today to medical isolation due to showing symptoms of illness. So far, their symptoms are not indicative of COVID-19, but we moved them to medical isolation as an extra precaution. Their family has also been notified.

We will continue monitoring all Pacific youth for signs of illness. As soon as we learned about the one youth’s positive test result:

  • We notified all staff at MacLaren.
  • We began tracking any close contacts the youth had in the 48 hours before they took the test and during the period when they were waiting for test results. We communicated directly with everyone we identified.
  • Staff who had close contact with the youth (which means they were within 6 feet for over 15 minutes) must wear a surgical mask and check symptoms twice during their work shift. We have strongly encouraged these staff members to get tested for COVID-19.
  • We made a second offer of optional COVID-19 testing to the youth on Pacific who had previously declined it.
  • We continue to consult with Oregon Health Authority for guidance.

Reopening Plan for OYA

With counties submitting reopening plans to the governor’s office this week, OYA has been receiving a lot of questions about our agency’s plan.

OYA will not reopen any facilities, field offices, or the Central Office before the county where they are located has entered phase 1.

However, OYA leadership, in consultation with health authorities, have been working on a plan for how we will reopen. We’ll share our plan when it’s finished and approved by Oregon Health Authority, but there are a few things we can tell you now:

  • We will not be allowing in-person visits at youth correctional facilities during our first phase of reopening. We still do not know when we will be able to allow these visits.
  • Facilities will not reopen if they have any positive COVID-19 cases or units under quarantine.
  • Our field offices and Central Office will continue to only be open to the public for pre-scheduled appointments. Employees at these offices who are already teleworking will continue to do so.

Monday, May 11

Second MacLaren Employee Reports Positive Test

On Friday, we learned of a second staff member at MacLaren Youth Correctional Facility who reported they had tested positive for COVID-19. The employee has been out of the workplace since they first observed they had symptoms.

As a result, we took these precautions, under the guidance of Oregon Health Authority:

  • On Friday, we notified all staff at MacLaren, and any youth who were affected.
  • We tracked any close contacts the employee had with staff or youth on campus in the 48 hours before they had any symptoms. We communicated directly with everyone we identified.
  • We placed Pacific Unit under quarantine and we are monitoring the youth there for symptoms of the virus. We also offered the youth optional COVID-19 tests, if they wanted them.

So far, we have not had any youth at MacLaren, or anywhere at OYA, test positive for COVID-19. Haystack Unit at MacLaren remains under quarantine as a precaution related to a different employee who reported a positive test last week.

New Safety Guidelines for Facilities Staff

Starting Tuesday, Facility Services is implementing a new procedure requiring all staff in OYA close-custody facilities to:

  • wear face coverings while working with youth and other staff (many staff were already wearing them, but the coverings were not required until now); and
  • maintain a six-foot distance from other staff.

Previously, we had recommended these practices to staff; this new procedure makes those practices a requirement.

There will be some exceptions to the physical distancing restrictions; for example, if staff need to participate in an extended physical intervention or multiple staff are needed to transport youth.

We implemented these practices at the recommendation of OHA officials, who advised us that face coverings and physical distancing are a necessary part of preventing the spread of COVID-19.


Friday, May 8

Coronavirus Update for Families | Actualización del Coronavirus Para Familias

Still No Youth With COVID-19

As of today, we still have not had any youth in our custody diagnosed with COVID-19.

MacLaren Staff Member Reports Positive Test

Last week, a staff member at MacLaren Youth Correctional Facility reported to us that they had tested positive for COVID-19. This is the first case we have learned about at MacLaren.

The MacLaren employee stopped coming in to work as soon as they had symptoms.

We also took these precautions, as recommended by the Oregon Health Authority:

  • We tracked down all youth and staff who had contact with the employee in the 48 hours before the employee had symptoms.
  • We placed one living unit under quarantine: Haystack. This means Haystack youth have to stay on their unit for 14 days from the time they last had direct contact with the employee. We are checking their temperatures regularly and keeping an eye out for other symptoms of illness.
  • We found that no other youth outside of Haystack had direct contact with this employee in the 48 hours before the employee showed symptoms.
  • For any staff who had direct contact with the employee in question, we let them know that they can self-quarantine at home if they wish. Many of them chose to do this.
  • If any of them choose not to stay home, they can come to work only if they do not have any symptoms and have not tested positive for COVID-19. They also have to wear a medical mask while they work and check their temperature before they enter MacLaren and again during their work shift.
  • We offered an optional COVID-19 test to any youth on Haystack who wanted it. Ten youth chose to do the test. We’re happy to report all their tests came back with no COVID-19 detected.
  • If any Haystack youth show symptoms of the virus during their unit quarantine, we will move them to our medical isolation area.

If you have a youth at MacLaren and want to know more, your best option is to reach out to their case coordinator.

Governor’s Reopening Plan

Thursday, the governor announced a plan for starting to reopen Oregon beginning May 15.

On that date, these things will be able to reopen statewide, if they follow safety guidelines around cleaning and physical distancing:

  • Childcare facilities, with priority for childcare going to essential workers
  • Summer school, summer camps and other youth programs
  • Stand-alone retail stores that were previously closed: furniture stores, art galleries, jewelry stores, and boutiques.

After that, other things can start to reopen only when these things are true for their county:

  • The number of people with new COVID-19 infections has dropped for two weeks or there are less than five COVID-19 hospitalizations.
  • There is enough safety equipment for doctors and healthcare workers.
  • There are enough hospital beds to care for people with COVID-19.
  • Tests are available and there is a way to track COVID-19.

You can read more about the reopening plan on the governor’s COVID-19 website: https://govstatus.egov.com/or-covid-19

So what does this mean for OYA? The short answer is: We don’t know yet. Our agency leaders are already discussing the phased reopening and how it will impact OYA. We hope to be able to share more details sometime next week.

How to Stay Connected with Your Youth

We know it can be difficult to feel connected with your youth when you’re not able to visit them in person.

But it’s more important now than ever to stay connected. It’s hard for them to lose the chance to visit with you in person. And many of them are wondering whether their family members are safe and healthy.

Here are some meaningful ways for you to stay connected to your youth:

  • Let their case coordinator or other members of their treatment team know when you are available for video calls. We are doing our best to get these scheduled as quickly and as often as possible.
  • Send letters and photos. Please remember to follow the mail guidelines for your youth’s facility or program. If you don’t know the guidelines, your youth’s juvenile parole/probation officer (JPPO) or case coordinator can share them with you.
  • Sometimes we don’t know what to say during stressful or difficult times. During video or phone calls, consider the types of questions you normally ask to show that you care, such as:
    • What is going well?
    • What are you looking forward to?
    • What are you struggling with?
    • How can I support you?
  • Provide words of encouragement and assurance. Give them updates on how everyone in the family is doing.
  • Participate in treatment planning meetings and multi-disciplinary team (MDT) meetings.
  • If your youth is in an OYA youth correctional facility or transition camp, consider the Amazon Wish lists we have set up. These lists include items that youth and staff have requested to help them pass the time. You can find all the active wish lists at this link: www.insideoya.com/2020/04/21/wish-lists-for-youth

Do You Have Questions?

If you have questions, email them to us at OYA.Communications@oya.state.or.us and we will try to answer them in future updates.

Your best source for updates on your youth is to talk with their juvenile parole/probation officer (JPPO) or their case coordinator if they are in a facility.

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Hola a todos,

Esta es la tercera actualización del COVID-19 para los familiares de jóvenes bajo la custodia de la Correccional de Oregon (OYA por sus siglas en inglés).

Hasta el momento no hay jóvenes con COVID-19

Hasta el día de hoy, todavía no hemos tenido ningún joven bajo nuestra custodia diagnosticado con COVID-19.

Un miembro del personal de MacLaren reporto que dio positivo a esta prueba

La semana pasada, un miembro del personal de la Correccional Juvenil MacLaren nos informó que habían dado positivo al COVID-19. Este es el primer caso que conocemos en MacLaren.

El empleado de MacLaren dejó de venir a trabajar tan pronto tuvo síntomas.

También tomamos estas precauciones, según lo recomendado por la Autoridad de Salud de Oregon:

  • Localizamos a todos los jóvenes y al personal que tuvieron contacto con el empleado 48 horas antes de que el empleado tuviera síntomas.
  • Pusimos una unidad de vivienda bajo cuarentena: Haystack. Esto significa que los jóvenes de Haystack deben permanecer en la unidad durante 14 días desde la última vez que tuvieron contacto directo con el empleado.Monitoreamos sus temperaturas regularmente y estamos atentos a otros síntomas de enfermedad.
  • Descubrimos que ningún otro joven fuera de Haystack tuvo contacto cercano con el empleado en las 48 horas antes de que mostraran síntomas.
  • Para cualquier empleado que haya tenido contacto cercano. con el empleado en cuestión, les hacemos saber que pueden ponerse en cuarentena en casa si así lo desean. Muchos de ellos optaron por hacer esto.
  • Si alguno de ellos elige no quedarse en casa, pueden venir a trabajar solo si no tienen ningún síntoma y no han dado positivo por COVID-19. También tienen que usar una máscara médica mientras trabajan y controlar su temperatura antes de ingresar a MacLaren y nuevamente durante su turno de trabajo.
  • Ofrecimos una prueba COVID-19 opcional a los jóvenes en Haystack si los quisiera. Diez jóvenes decidieron hacer la prueba. Nos complace informar que todas las pruebas regresaron sin detectar COVID-19.
    • Si alguno de los jóvenes en Haystack muestra síntomas del virus, los trasladaremos a nuestra área de aislamiento médico.

Si tiene un joven en MacLaren y quiere saber más, su mejor opción es comunicarse con su coordinador de casos.

Plan de reapertura del gobernador

Ayer, la gobernadora anunció un plan para comenzar a reabrir el estado de Oregon a partir del día 15 de mayo.

En esa fecha, estos lugares podrán reabrir en todo el estado, si siguen las pautas de seguridad sobre limpieza y distanciamiento físico:

  • Instalaciones de cuidado infantil, con prioridad para cuidado infantil para trabajadores esenciales
  • Escuela de verano, campamentos de verano y otros programas para jóvenes
  • Tiendas minoristas independientes que anteriormente estaban cerradas: tiendas de muebles, galerías de arte, joyerías y boutiques.

Después de eso, otros negocios pueden comenzar a reabrirse solo cuando estas medidas son ciertas para su condado:

  • La cantidad de personas con nuevas infecciones por COVID-19 ha disminuido durante dos semanas o hay menos de cinco hospitalizaciones por COVID-19.
  • Hay suficiente equipo de seguridad para médicos y trabajadores de la salud.
  • Hay suficientes camas de hospital para atender a las personas con COVID-19.
  • Las pruebas están disponibles y hay una manera de rastrear COVID-19.

Puede leer más sobre el plan de reapertura en el sitio web COVID-19 del gobernador: https: https://govstatus.egov.com/or-covid-19

Entonces, ¿qué significa esto para OYA? La respuesta corta es: aún no lo sabemos. Los líderes de nuestra agencia ya están discutiendo la reapertura gradual y cómo afectará a OYA. Esperamos poder compartir más detalles en algún momento de la próxima semana.

Cómo mantenerse en contacto con los jóvenes

Sabemos que puede ser difícil sentirse conectado con su joven cuando no puede visitarlos en persona.

Pero ahora es más importante que nunca mantenerse conectado. Es difícil para ellos perder la oportunidad de visitarlo en persona. Y muchos de ellos se preguntan si los miembros de su familia están seguros y saludables.

Aquí hay algunas maneras significativas para mantenerse conectado con su joven:

  • Informe a su coordinador de casos u otros miembros de su equipo de tratamiento cuando esté disponible para realizar videollamadas. Estamos haciendo todo lo posible para programarlos lo más rápido y con la mayor frecuencia posible.
  • Enviar cartas y fotos. Recuerde seguir las pautas de correo para las instalaciones o el programa de su hijo. Si no conoce las pautas, el oficial de libertad condicional / libertad condicional (JPPO) o el coordinador del caso de su hijo pueden compartirlas con usted.
  • A veces no sabemos qué decir en momentos estresantes o difíciles. Durante las videollamadas o las llamadas telefónicas, considere los tipos de preguntas que normalmente hace para demostrar que le importan, como:
    • ¿Qué está yendo bien?
    • ¿Que estás esperando?
    • ¿Con qué estás luchando?
    • ¿Cómo puedo apoyarte?
  • Proporcione palabras de aliento y seguridad. Bríndeles actualizaciones sobre cómo les va a todos en la familia.
  • Participe en reuniones de planificación del tratamiento y reuniones del equipo multidisciplinario (MDT por sus siglas en Inglés).
  • Si su joven se encuentra en un centro correccional juvenil de OYA o en un campamento de transición, considere las listas de deseos de Amazon que hemos establecido. Estas listas incluyen artículos que los jóvenes y el personal han solicitado para ayudarlos a pasar el tiempo. Puede encontrar todas las listas de deseos activas en este enlace: insideoya.com/2020/04/21/wish-lists-for-youth

¿Tienes preguntas?
Sí tiene preguntas, mándelas a la siguiente dirección electrónica OYA.Communications@oya.state.or.us y trataremos de darles respuestas en las actualizaciones futuras.

La mejor manera de obtener actualizaciones acerca de los jóvenes es platicando con los oficiales de libertad condicional/probatoria o el coordinador del caso en las diversas unidades.


Friday, May 8

Update on Quarantined Youth at MacLaren

We told you earlier this week that one living unit at MacLaren YCF was placed under quarantine after we learned about a staff member who reported a positive COVID-19 test.

On Wednesday, we offered optional COVID-19 tests for any of the quarantined youth who wanted it. Ten youth chose to do the test. Today, we are happy to report that we learned that all of those tests came back with no COVID-19 detected.

Therefore, as of today, we can still report that no OYA youth have tested positive for COVID-19.


Tuesday, May 5

Update on MacLaren

Yesterday, we shared that a MacLaren Youth Correctional Facility employee reported to OYA that they tested positive for COVID-19. The staffer is currently out of the workplace and recovering at home.

We wanted to share a few updates from today:

  • We lifted the quarantine for one of the two units that had been under quarantine, based on guidance from Oregon Health Authority. The other unit remains under quarantine.
  • MacLaren leaders have worked hard over the past two days to trace all youth and staff who may have had contact with the employee in the 48 hours prior to them seeing symptoms. Campus leaders have directly contacted everyone they know might be affected to talk about options for them moving forward.

Governor Extends State of Emergency

A few days ago, Gov. Brown announced that she was extending Oregon’s state of emergency to July 6. The previous executive order declaring a state of emergency had been set to expire May 7.

There has been some confusion out there as to what this announcement means. It does not mean the governor is automatically extending Oregon’s stay-home order through July.

Extending the state of emergency simply gives the governor the legal authority to maintain all the coronavirus-related orders issued so far, and issue new ones if needed. You can read more about the executive order and Oregon’s plans for reopening on the OHA COVID-19 website.


Monday, May 4

Employee at MacLaren Reports Positive Test for COVID-19

This morning, a MacLaren Youth Correctional Facility employee reported to OYA that they tested positive for COVID-19. We cannot share their identity, because that is protected health information. However, the staffer is currently out of the workplace.

As a result of hearing about the positive test, we have taken these precautions:

  • We notified the entire MacLaren campus this morning.
  • Per Oregon Health Authority guidance, we are currently tracking any contacts the employee may have had with staff or youth on campus in the 48 hours before they had any symptoms. We initially believed we needed to track contacts for the 96 hours before the employee had symptoms, but OHA advised us that we only need to track contacts for 48 hours.
  • We will communicate directly with any staff we identify who had contact with the staffer.
  • Two living units are under quarantine. OHA is currently reviewing that status for one of the units.

Facility leaders and Health Services are consulting closely with Oregon Health Authority about this case, and we will continue to follow OHA’s direction for next steps.


Friday, May 1

Coronavirus Update for Families | Actualización del Coronavirus Para Familias

This is our second COVID-19 update for families of youth in Oregon Youth Authority (OYA) custody.

No Cases of COVID-19 at OYA

As of today, we still have not had any youth in our custody diagnosed with COVID-19.

Also, we do not know of any current cases of COVID-19 among our staff.

New Coronavirus Symptoms

The Centers for Disease Control updated their list of symptoms that might be COVID-19. We shared information with youth this week about the new list.

People with these symptoms or combinations of symptoms may have COVID-19:

  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Muscle pain
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • New loss of taste or smell that you didn’t have before

Making Sure Staff are Healthy

Everyone who enters our youth correctional facilities or transition camps must screen themselves for COVID-19 symptoms before entering.

We are telling them not to come inside if they have symptoms of coronavirus, have been diagnosed with COVID-19, or have been medically mandated by their health care provider to stay home.

We also have thermometers at all facility entrances so people can check their temperature before entering. If they have a fever of 100.4 or higher, they cannot come in.

At residential programs, managers are advising staff to stay home if they are experiencing any symptoms. They have educated staff about physical distancing, cleaning spaces regularly, and regular handwashing.

Visiting

We still don’t have a date for when we can allow our youth to have visitors or do home visits again. Health officials told OYA that we still need to suspend visiting for now.

Even though a few things are starting to re-open in the community, it will still be a slow and gradual process to open everything. We know that visits are important to you, so we will keep you posted on when we can allow them again.

School

The Oregon Department of Education (ODE) said that we will be able to have teachers come back into our youth correctional facilities and transition camps soon. This only applies to teachers who are not medically vulnerable. We don’t have a start date yet, but we hope it will be soon.

We will do multiple things to keep students and teachers healthy and safe. That includes keeping everyone six feet apart and having fewer students in each class.

At our residential programs, staff have been helping youth adjust to remote learning. The staff at these programs are working closely with local school districts and ODE to ensure they meet the youths’ educational needs.

Medical Appointments

Last week, the governor said doctors in the community could start seeing patients again for non-urgent things, such as certain surgical procedures, getting glasses, dental procedures, and follow-up medical appointments.

Doctors’ offices must have things in place to keep their workers and patients safe. Many require people to wear face coverings before they’re allowed inside.

We are working to set up these appointments for youth who need them. But not every health care location is open yet, so we’re only scheduling for places that are.

See What Youth Are Doing

On our blog and on social media, we frequently shares news and photos of what our youth are doing.

Do You Have Questions?

If you have questions, email them to us at OYA.Communications@oya.state.or.us and we will try to answer them in future updates.

Your best source for updates on your youth is to talk with their juvenile parole/probation officer (JPPO) or their case coordinator if they are in a facility.

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Esta es la segunda actualización del COVID-19 para los familiares de jóvenes bajo la custodia de la Correccional de Oregon (OYA).

No existen casos de COVID-19 en OYA

Hasta el día de hoy, no tenemos ningún jóven diagosticado con COVID-19.

De igual manera, no tenemos conocimiento de casos de COVID-19 entre nuestro personal.

Nuevos Sintomas del Coronavirus

Los centros de control y prevención de enfermedades han actualizado su lista de síntomas que pueden ser relacionadas al COVID-19. Esta semana hemos compartido dicha información con los jóvenes acerca de la lista nueva.

Las personas con estos síntomas o combinaciones de síntomas pueden tener COVID-19:

  • Tos
  • Dificultades respiratorias
  • Fiebre
  • Refriado
  • Dolor muscular
  • Dolor de cabeza
  • Dolor de garganta
  • Perdida del sabor u olfato que no padecía anteriormente

Asegurandonos de la salud de nuestro personal

Todo el que ingresa a las instalaciones de la correcional o unidades de transición deben verificar la ausencia de los sintomas del COVID-19 antes de su ingreso.

Se les ha informado que no deben ingresar si tienen síntomas del coronavirus, si han sido diagnosticados con COVID-19 o si se les ha indicado por su médico que se queden en casa.

También tenemos termómetros en la entrada de nuestras instituciones para verificar la temperatura de las personas antes de su ingreso. Sí tienen una temperatura de 100.4 o más no podrán entrar.

En los programas residenciales, los directores están solicitando a su personal que se queden en casa si experimentan cualquiera de los síntomas. Ellos han educado a su personal acerca de mantener la distancia física, limpieza de espacios de manera regular y el lavado de manos continuo.

Visitas

Todavía no tenemos fecha para permitir visitas a los jóvenes o visitas domiciliarias de nuevo. Los oficiales de la salud han solicitado a OYA el seguir manteniendo las visitas suspendidas por ahora.

A pesar de que en la comunidad se han estado reabriendo algunas cosas, será de manera lenta y gradual el proceso para las reaperturas totales de todo lo demás. Sabemos que las visitas son importantes para usted, entonces le diremos cuándo podemos permitirlas nuevamente.

Escuela

El Departamento de Educación de Oregon (ODE) ha informado que loa maestros podrán regresar pronto a nuestras correccionales y unidades de transición. Lo anterior sólo aplica a maestros que no sean medicamente vulnerables. No tenemos una fecha de inicio todavía pero esperamos que será pronto.

Haremos cosas múltiples a efecto de mantener a los maestros y jóvenes sanos y seguros. Lo que incluye mantenerlos a seis pies de distancia y menos estudiantes en cada clase.

En nuestros programas residenciales, el personal ha estado ayudando a los jóvenes en su aprendizaje  de manera remota. El personal en éstos programas están trabajando muy de cerca con los distritos escolares y el Departamento de educación para asegurarse que los jóvenes completen sus necesidades de educación.

Citas médicas

La semana pasada, la gobernadora indicó que los doctores de la comunidad podrán ver a sus pacientes nuevamente para situaciones no urgentes, como ciertos procedimientos quirúrgicos, obtención de lentes, procedimientos dentales, y citas médicas.

Las oficinas médicas deberán implementar medidas para mantener la seguridad de personal y pacientes. Muchos lugares requieren que las personas utilicen mascarillas antes de ingresar.

Nosotros estamos trabajando en la realización de citas médicas para los jóvenes que lo necesiten. Sin embargo, no todas las oficinas médicas han abierto aún, por lo que sólo lo estamos haciendo con las oficinas abiertas.

Observe lo que los jóvenes hacen

En nuestro blog y redes sociales, de maner frecuente compartimos noticias y fotos de lo que hacen los jóvenes.

¿Tienes preguntas?

Sí tiene preguntas, mándelas a la siguiente dirección electrónica OYA.Communications@oya.state.or.us y trataremos de darles respuestas en las actualizaciones futuras.

La mejor manera de obtener actualizaciones acerca de los jóvenes es platicando con los oficiales de libertad condicional/probatoria o el coordinador del caso en las diversas unidades.


Monday, April 27

Wish List for Camp Riverbend

We have added a new Amazon wish list for Camp Riverbend Youth Transitional Facility in La Grande.

The wish list contains items that our youth or staff are requesting to help keep the youth engaged and occupied during this time.

Please make sure to read all the guidelines at the top of the list before ordering.

Here is the link: https://bit.ly/RiverbendList


Thursday, April 23

Wish List for Oak Creek YCF and YWTP

We have added a new Amazon wish list for Oak Creek Youth Correctional Facility and Young Women’s Transition Program in Albany.

The wish list contains items that our youth or staff are requesting to help keep the youth engaged and occupied during this time.

Please make sure to read all the guidelines at the top of the list before ordering.

Here is the link: https://bit.ly/OakCreekList.


Tuesday, April 21

Wish List for Eastern Oregon YCF

We have added a new Amazon wish list for Eastern Oregon Youth Correctional Facility in Burns.

The wish list contains items that our youth or staff are requesting to help keep the youth engaged and occupied during this time.

Please make sure to read all the guidelines at the top of the list before ordering.

Here is the link: https://bit.ly/EasternWishList


Monday, April 20

Wish List for Camp Tillamook

We have added a new Amazon wish list for Camp Tillamook.

The wish list contains items that our youth or staff are requesting to help keep the youth engaged and occupied during this time.

Here is the link: https://bit.ly/CampTillamookList

Please make sure to read all the guidelines at the top of the list before ordering.


Thursday, April 16

How OYA Is Keeping Youth in Its Facilities Safe

We’ve gotten questions from families about what OYA is doing to keep youth in our facilities safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. So we put together a run-down here: https://bit.ly/OYA-COVID-safe. As of today, we can still say that no youth have tested positive for COVID-19, and we’re confident that’s due in no small measure to the steps our staff and youth are taking to stay safe.

COVID-19: Considering Youth for Early Parole

We have also gotten several questions about whether OYA will arrange for the early parole of its youth due to the pandemic. We’ve put together a brief article that highlights what we’re doing surrounding this topic: https://bit.ly/youth-early-parole.

Federal Relief Checks for Youth

Will working youth in close-custody facilities receive a federal relief check? We are not aware of any reason why these youth would not be eligible. As far as we know, they need to have filed a tax return, possess a valid social security number, and not be claimed as a dependent on someone else’s return. The IRS is mailing checks to the address on record.

The IRS has set up a website for anyone to check on the status of their relief check: https://www.irs.gov/coronavirus/get-my-payment.


Wednesday, April 15

Safety Precautions are Working

As of today, OYA still has no confirmed cases of COVID-19 among our youth. We’ve only heard about one case among those working at our facilities, and that person has since recovered.

We want to extend a big thank-you to all the staff and youth who have been vigilant about hand-washing, physical distancing, and coughing or sneezing into tissues or the crooks of their elbows.


Thursday, April 9

Budget Outlook

The COVID-19 pandemic and the associated economic slowdown has changed the state’s budget outlook.  The state economist expects the state’s revenue forecast to drop significantly in May.

As a result, the Governor’s Office and Department of Administrative Services (DAS) officials have directed agencies to slow down non-critical spending. That includes holding non-critical positions vacant.

We’re still figuring out what this will look like for OYA. We’ll also have a better picture once the May revenue forecast comes out.

What Does Medical Isolation Look Like?

If youth are getting tested for COVID-19 or have the virus, they have to be in “medical isolation.”

The term can be confusing, because youth in our secure facilities who are violent or are threatening violence are sent to “isolation”.

But medical isolation is different. Every facility has set up a separate area for medical isolation. In some cases, like at MacLaren and Eastern Oregon, the facility has set aside an entire empty living unit. In other cases, like at Oak Creek and Rogue Valley, medical isolation is located in a multipurpose room. (See below for examples from Oak Creek and Riverbend.)

If youth have to be medically isolated, they are not placed in a small isolation room where they can’t come out. Instead, they have access to the day room and bathroom/shower areas, and they also get to bring some personal items with them. The goal is to keep youth comfortable.

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Wednesday, April 8

New Link for MacLaren Wish List

Thank you to everyone who has donated items to MacLaren through the Amazon wish list. We really appreciate your generosity! Donations started arriving last week and the staff and youth are very thankful to have them!

We had to change the link for the wish list, in case you wanted to check it out yourself or share it with others: https://bit.ly/MacLarenlist

Please make sure to the read the guidelines at the top of the list before you order. Thanks again for your continued support!


Tuesday, April 7

Guidance on Cloth Face Coverings

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) changed its recommendations on April 3 to encourage cloth face coverings for anyone working outside of a health care setting where six feet of distancing cannot be maintained (such as in a grocery store or pharmacy).

Medical-grade masks still need to be reserved for youth in quarantine or medical isolation and staff working with those youth. However, employees who must be physically present at their worksites are welcome to bring their own cloth face coverings.

Wearing these cloth face coverings does not protect you from COVID-19, but it reduces the chance of you spreading germs to someone else.

Also, wearing a cloth face covering does not mean you can ignore previous guidance. Continue to wash your hands regularly, follow physical distancing guidelines, minimize sharing and/or touching of objects, cover your coughs and sneezes, and stay home from work while sick. You must also change and wash your face coverings as soon as they become moist or soiled.

Several efforts are currently happening to get hand-made face coverings out to our staff and youth at OYA facilities:

  • We have ordered 3,000 of these face coverings from Oregon Corrections Enterprises, and they are scheduled to arrive next week.
  • Sanya Kite in Facility Services passed along an easy no-sew face covering tutorial that only uses a bandanna and two rubber bands (thanks, Sanya!). Facility Services has ordered enough supplies to make these coverings for all youth and staff at all OYA facilities. The supplies should be arriving late next week and distributed so that youth can make the coverings.
  • The mother of a youth at our Tillamook site worked with her quilting group to make and donate face coverings for all the youth at that site. Also, the Tillamook County Face Mask Project donated these coverings for staff there.
  • At Rogue Valley, two inspired employees and a handful of youth are working this week on making about 200 face coverings for the facility’s youth and staff.

Intake Changes at MacLaren

We have created a new intake process for male youth to keep all new intakes and youth with parole violations in a holding area for a 14-day period to make sure they don’t have any symptoms of COVID-19 before we release them into the general population. The process involves emptying out one of the current intake units by moving some current youth to other placements at our facilities, and then using the empty unit as the holding area for new intakes.

Below is Facility Services Assistant Director Clint McClellan’s full update on the intake plan to this email. It’s a complicated plan with a lot of moving parts, and we are thankful to all the staff who are working toward making this plan happen.

Hello,

I hope you and your families are well. This is a tough time for everyone, and I appreciate the professionalism and dedication you and your co-workers are showing every day.

I am writing to get everyone up to speed on our recent efforts to create a new intake process for our male population. The recommendation from the medical world is that we keep all new intakes and PV’s in a holding area for a 14-day period, the incubation period of the virus, to make sure they don’t have any symptoms of COVID-19 before we release them into the general population.

Unfortunately, this isn’t possible for intakes at Oak Creek. But we can make it happen for the rest of the system.

Clearing Out One Intake Unit

This is easier said than done, obviously. In order for this to happen, we need to empty out one of our intake units at MacLaren.

Here’s how we’re doing that: We’re moving enough current youth out of both Maple and Noble so that we can combine the remaining youth in one unit. Our goal is to get them into their new placements by the close of business Wednesday, April 9. That will leave one empty intake unit we can use for enacting a 14-day hold on the new intake and PV youth as they come in.

Impact on Other Facilities

This will impact other facilities in our system significantly, because it will increase the rate at which new youth arrive in their facilities for the time being. It will also set a new standard for quickly processing intake youth as they arrive. Screenings and assessments will need to happen quickly, especially for the first month or two.

Operational Impacts at MacLaren

Implementing this plan will create operational issues that we need to be prepared for. We will be mixing PV youth with new intakes and managing all the conflicts that may occur with no options to separate youth beyond an IU placement or a temporary reprieve at STEPS.

We recognize that’s not ideal. However, we have made the decision to move forward, in order to reduce the risk of having the virus enter the population in our facilities.

There’s little we can do about the fact that staff members coming and going at our facilities also risk introducing the virus. But the 14-day hold on intake and PV youth is something we can do to minimize this risk. This effort is important and doable.

How We Will Make It Happen

  • Over the next six days, we will move male youth out of intake to units at other facilities and at MacLaren. Then we will combine the remaining intake youth into Noble living unit.
  • That same day, we will open the doors for all new intake and PV youth to come to Maple. Maple will remain open to new youth until enough arrive to make it operationally effective to stop taking new youth.
  • During that same period, we will be drawing down the numbers at Noble until we can empty that unit. Intake youth would move out to appropriate placements at MacLaren and other facilities, and PV youth would move to Summit to finish their PV program.
  • We will then close Maple to new youth for 14 days to make sure none of the youth there are showing symptoms of the virus. During this time, all new intake and PV youth would start going to Noble instead.
  • After the 14 days, we will move all the youth out of Maple to other appropriate placements. Simultaneously, we will close the door to new youth on Noble for 14 days.
  • Then we will repeat the process.

We know this can be confusing and complex, so we’ve included the graphic below to help you wrap your head around it.

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In this process we will also be trying to even out the population at all facilities. The goal is to get all 25-bed living units down to a population of 21 or fewer. This is meant to assist with social distancing and improve the morale and quality of life for those units managing numbers higher than that. Currently, outside of the Valley units at MacLaren, our numbers are balanced. Those units will be the areas of focus as we attempt to reach this goal.

Reducing Population on Male Units

The field will also have a hand in supporting the process. They will have to make adjustments to having their youth placed out of region. They will also be working to parole more youth where appropriate, and divert others from having their parole revoked.

Speed Matters

Both the new intake process and the balancing of the population throughout facilities need to happen quickly. We hope no staff or youth become ill with COVID-19, but if anyone does, this plan could rapidly become nearly impossible to achieve. Unit quarantines and placing youth in medical isolation may stall the process and force us to look at different options.

Please be patient and supportive of the people who will be shouldering this effort. This will not be an easy task, but I have seen us do some amazing things in the last few weeks that give me great confidence that if we work together, we will make it happen.

Thanks,

Clint McClellan
Assistant Director, Facility Services

Thank You from Governor

Gov. Kate Brown recently put out a video thanking health care heroes and workers in long-term care facilities who are on the front lines of this pandemic. Thank you for doing your part to continue keeping Oregonians healthy and safe.


Thursday, April 2

COVID-19 Testing Update

Last week, we learned of a case of COVID-19 at an OYA facility. The case was with someone who worked at our Tillamook site who reported they had tested positive.

Youth who were in contact with that person are in quarantine and none have shown symptoms of COVID-19.

Parents of the affected youth have been notified.

OYA does not have any confirmed cases of COVID-19 among youth.

Communications on COVID Testing

We are changing the way we share information on testing for COVID-19. When staff report to us they are getting tested, or when we know a youth is getting tested, we will continue making sure that those at their site who may be affected are aware of what’s going on. But we won’t post here unless we have a report of a positive test.*

It’s difficult to report exact numbers of who is getting tested among our staff, because we’re relying on self-reporting and we may not have all the information. Plus, we want to do all that we can to protect the privacy of our staff and our youth, particularly if they or their families are going through a difficult time regarding health decisions.

*UPDATE ON JUNE 2020: We have changed our practice again, in order to be more responsive to families and community stakeholders. We now report on youth who have been placed in medical isolation or quarantine for COVID-related reasons, even in the absence of a positive test result.

Take Care of Your Mental Health

Fear and anxiety are normal reactions to what has become a very abnormal situation. We are all better at managing stress when we stay connected with our friends and people we love, take care of our physical wellbeing (eat well, exercise, get plenty of rest), and limit how much news coverage of the virus we consume.

It’s understandable if you are noticing heightened levels of stress in your life right now. Watch out for these common signs of distress:

  • Feelings of numbness
  • Disbelief, anxiety, or fear
  • Changes in appetite
  • Energy and activity levels
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Difficulty sleeping or nightmares and upsetting thoughts or images
  • Physical reactions, such as headaches, body pains, stomach problems and skin rashes
  • Worsening of chronic health problems
  • Anger or short temper
  • Increased use of alcohol, tobacco or other drugs

We encourage you to seek help if needed. If stress affects your daily life for several days or weeks, connect by phone or online to a clergy member, counselor, or health care provider.

You can also contact the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration helpline at 1-800-985-5990.

State employees can call counselors 24/7 via the Employee Assistance Program. Initial sessions are free. Call them at 503-639-3009 (Portland), 503-588-0777 (Salem), or 800-433-2320 (toll free).


Friday, March 27

Amazon Wish List for MacLaren

April 8: Please note, the link below has been updated.

We have added a second Amazon wish list, this one for the youth at MacLaren Youth Correctional Facility in Woodburn.

This is a way for you to help support our youth during this tough time by donating items to help them stay engaged and occupied. Items include art supplies, games, and movies.

Make sure to read the rules at the top before you order: https://bit.ly/MacLarenlist.


Thursday, March 26

Amazon Wish List for Rogue Valley

If you’re wondering about ways to support our youth during this time, we have set up an Amazon wish list for Rogue Valley Youth Correctional Facility in Grants Pass.

The list is full of items to help keep them engaged and occupied — they really need it right now because they can’t go to school, volunteers can’t come in to run all the same programs, and they can’t have in-person visits.

Consider purchasing something, if you want to help. Make sure to read the rules at the top first: https://bit.ly/RogueValleyYCF.


Wednesday, March 25

COVID-19 Tests Among Youth and Staff

(UPDATE April 2: All the youth and staff listed below have tested negative.)

At this time, we have no known cases of COVID-19 among OYA youth or staff.

We do have several known instances of testing for COVID-19:

  • Two youth at a contracted residential program in the community are being tested this week. This is at a different program from the one we mentioned previously. One youth’s test already came back negative, and we’re still waiting for the result of the other test. Both youth have been in medical isolation since Monday and will remain there until health officials tell us this is no longer necessary.
  • Three OYA facility staff are currently being tested. The staff are self-quarantined at home for now and will be keeping us updated as they hear test results. We are working to determine whom these staff may have been in contact with and whether any youth would need to be quarantined.

Home Visits and Respite Care Suspended for Community Youth

Today, OYA suspended home visits for youth who are at community residential programs.

Additionally, OYA foster homes and contracted proctor care homes may not do respite care at this time. Respite care is when youth in foster or proctor care temporarily go to a different home in order to give their regular care providers a break.

Both decisions were in response to this week’s executive order from the governor directing everyone to minimize travel, as a way to help contain and reduce the spread of COVID-19.

These were tough decisions for us, because we know how important family visits are for youths’ well-being and rehabilitation. We also know how important respite care can be for foster and proctor families.

We are encouraging residential programs to allow youth more phone calls and video visits when possible, and our staff are continuing to support foster and proctor families through this time.

Update on School Closures

Currently, the districts running the schools inside OYA facilities have closed those schools until April 1. We’ve been receiving questions about whether the closures will be extended through the end of April.

OYA leaders have been consulting daily with Oregon Department of Education, which oversees the facility education program, to hear their guidance and interpretation of the governor’s executive order around school closures. Those discussions are continuing this week and we hope to have more guidance to share soon.

Education is an important part of our youths’ rehabilitation, so we will keep working closely with our education partners to see how programs will be provided to our youth.

MacLaren Accepts Youth Trust Account Money By Mail Only

Due to current facility access restrictions, MacLaren is currently only accepting money for youth trust accounts in the mail. Families will be able to leave money at the gatehouse after visitation is reinstated.

Families should send money in the form of a check. We do not recommend mailing cash. To help make sure money gets to the youth, please put their full legal name and living unit on the envelope.

Only those on a youth’s approved contacts list can put money on a youth’s account.

Youth may use money in their accounts to buy items from the facility canteen or personal items through the mail.


Tuesday, March 24

Clarification on Screening at Facility Entrances

We received several questions regarding yesterday’s communication about the screenings at the entrances to OYA facilities.

The screenings are an additional way for us to tell staff and contractors not to come inside if:

  • they have a cough, fever, or shortness of breath;
  • they have been diagnosed with COVID-19; or
  • they have been medically mandated by their healthcare provider to stay home.

We have posted new signs at all facility entrances with these questions, and there will be an area near those entrances where everyone must sign and date that they comply. To be clear, we are not asking health services staff to conduct the screenings.

We are directing staff and contractors not to enter if they answer yes to any of the screening questions.

Guidance from State Police

The Oregon State Police released a great FAQ today with answers to all the questions they’ve been receiving relating to how the governor’s “Stay Home, Save Lives” directive will be enforced.

Among other things, they note that they will not be pulling over drivers out on the roads for things related to the executive order. (They will, however, still stop drivers who are committing crimes or traffic violations.)

Their entire FAQ is posted on the Oregon State Police Facebook page.

Stay Home, Save Lives — and Stay Calm

We know that many essential staff are not able to stay home from work, but we did want to re-emphasize the governor’s guidance to “Stay Home, Save Lives” whenever possible outside of reporting to work.

We know that this directive is not easy, but if everyone does their part, we can help prevent spread of the virus. We’re all in this together!

And if you need another idea for how to calm your nerves during this time, try these amazing live webcams we discovered from Monterey Bay Aquarium. You can watch sea otters, jellyfish, fish, and more! https://www.montereybayaquarium.org/animals/live-cams/


Monday, March 23

Governor Issues Order to “Stay Home, Save Lives”

Gov. Kate Brown issued an executive order today directing all Oregonians to stay home as much as possible. The order adds more businesses to the list of what must close, including malls, gyms, hair salons, theaters, and state offices. You can read more details on the governor’s coronavirus website: https://coronavirus.oregon.gov/.

OYA is still determining what all the parts of the order will mean for our operations.

We do know that any staff designated as “essential” still need to report to work. Staff who have worked out a telecommuting option with their managers may continue to do this. Any staff with questions about what the order means for their position should talk with their manager.

We’ve gotten a few questions from OYA staff wondering if they might be stopped by police when trying to go to work. The Department of Administrative Services has advised us that law enforcement will be focused on preventing gatherings and making sure business are following directives to close, so state employees should not be concerned about being pulled over while traveling to and from work.

We recognize that all the restrictions are not easy. However, if everyone does their part, we can help prevent spread of the virus. We’re all in this together!

Central Office and Field Offices Closed to Public

Part of the governor’s latest order is for all state agencies to close their offices or buildings to the public when possible.

Effective March 24, the public will not be able to come in to OYA’s Central Office or field offices until we are told otherwise. The offices are still open to employees, but in-person interactions between staff and the public need to be by appointment only.

We are in the process of posting appropriate signage, including information about how to contact OYA for services.

Youth at Residential Program Test Negative for COVID-19

We are happy to report that both youth at the community residential program who were being tested for COVID-19 have had their tests come back negative.

Health officials tell us this means the two youth no longer need to be in medical isolation.

Screening at Facility Entrances

Starting Tuesday, all OYA facilities will do screenings of anyone coming inside, including staff. These screenings will include questions about whether the person has COVID-19 symptoms or has been in contact with someone who has COVID-19.

Anyone who is not able to pass the screening will not be allowed to go inside. This is to help keep all our staff and youth at our facilities safe and healthy.

Online Resources – Check Out These Sites

Gov. Kate Brown has a website dedicated to Oregon coronavirus information and resources: https://coronavirus.oregon.gov/

The Office of Emergency Management has a website with resources for members of the public wanting to learn more about COVID-19 in Oregon, plus ways for people to offer services to assist in the state’s response: https://oregon-coronavirus-geo.hub.arcgis.com/

There’s Help If You Need It

We encourage you to take care of yourself, your team members, and your loved ones.
OYA and state employees, don’t forget that the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) has counselors available who can assist you on a confidential basis 24/7. Initial sessions are free. Here’s how to contact them:

State of Oregon Employee Assistance Program
Portland: 503-639-3009
Salem: 503-588-0777
800-433-2320 (toll-free)

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Friday, March 20

Second youth at community program is tested

We’re happy to report that the COVID-19 test for the OYA youth at the contracted residential program in the community came back negative.

However, the other youth at the same program who was also sick has been tested for COVID-19.

Both youth have been in medical isolation since Saturday and will stay there until health officials advise us that they no longer need to do so. We will keep you updated as we hear results from the new COVID-19 test.


Thursday, March 19

UPDATED: Community Youth’s Test Comes Back Negative for COVID-19

Updated 5:30 p.m.:

An OYA youth’s COVID-19 test has come back negative.

The youth, who has been in medical isolation at an OYA contracted residential program  in the community, was tested Saturday after exhibiting symptoms. Today, we learned that test was negative.

The youth, along with another youth at the program who is ill, have been in medical isolation. They will remain there until health authorities advise us that it is safe for them to no longer be isolated.


Wednesday, March 18

Youth Being Tested at Residential Program

We already reported about a youth in a contracted residential program who was tested for COVID-19. Unfortunately, test results have been delayed.

In the meantime, the youth’s health is reportedly improving. The youth has been in medical isolation with another youth who has been ill, but is also feeling better. The provider is continuing to work with local public health officials.

School Closures

Yesterday, Gov. Kate Brown extended Oregon’s school closure through April 28. This does not apply to schools in our facilities. We are working with Oregon Department of Education to determine what our options are. We will keep you updated when we learn more.

Training Academy

Yesterday, DPSST (Department of Public Safety Standards and Training), where the OYA Training Academy is based, closed temporarily. You can read DPSST’s release here. OYA Training Academy staff are working remotely until further notice.

OYA Website Issues

You may have had issues this week accessing the OYA website. It has been experiencing intermittent outages due to recent high traffic. This has also been an issue for some other Oregon agencies. Our contractor is aware and working on a solution.

Rumor Control

Finally, we wanted to address a few rumors by providing these additional facts:

  • OYA intake and our contracted residential providers are still screening and accepting new youth.
  • We still do not have any youth in our facilities being tested for COVID-19. We did have a youth at one facility who was ill. Because the youth had a fever, we requested that the hospital test for COVID-19. However, the hospital advised that a test was not needed because the youth did not meet the criteria. The youth remains in medical isolation.

Tuesday, March 17

Youth Being Tested at Residential Program

We are still waiting for results for the youth at our contracted community residential program who is being tested for COVID-19.

We have been having trouble obtaining the test results. We are continuing to work with public health officials and the testing hospital to get the results. We learned today that the results may be further delayed.

The youth is still in medical isolation, along with one other youth at the program who is also sick.

Statesman Journal story: Some people were confused about a story on the Statesman Journal website about the community youth being tested. The story initially featured a photo of MacLaren. However, the youth in question is not at MacLaren, and we do not have any youth at MacLaren being tested at this time. We got the newspaper staff to change the photo to prevent further confusion.

Tips for Reducing Anxiety

Here are a few good articles and websites we found with tips for reducing anxiety during these trying times. If you see any other good articles on this issue that you’d like to share, please send them to OYA.Communications@oya.state.or.us.


Monday, March 16:

OYA Director Provides Coronavirus Update

Updates on the coronavirus situation continue to change by the hour, and we know you have questions and concerns.

Still Waiting for Test Result from Residential Program

On Saturday morning, we learned that a youth at one of our community contracted residential programs was sick and being tested for coronavirus. As of this afternoon, we still have not received test results.

The youth in question, plus another youth at the same program who is also sick, are being kept in medical isolation.

All youth at the program must remain there at this time. We have not yet received guidance saying that staff should be quarantined.

We have been reaching out to OYA staff who may have had recent contact with this program.

Visitors and Volunteers Not Allowed Inside OYA Facilities

Visitation at all OYA facilities is canceled until further notice, although exceptions may be made in rare circumstances. Also, no volunteers are allowed inside our facilities.

This started March 14 and is in effect temporarily for 30 days. We will re-evaluate this regularly.

Juvenile parole/probation officers, attorneys, and contractors still have access. Multi-disciplinary team meetings are being held via Skype.

Schools Closed in All Facilities

As of Tuesday, all the schools in our close-custody facilities will be closed until April 1. Most of them closed starting Monday.

Reschedule All Events

The governor’s office is advising agencies to reschedule all events, if possible. The latest guidance from this afternoon is to not have gatherings of more than 25 people for at least four weeks.

We ask that anyone who has planned any events for facilities or programs in the coming weeks to please take this into consideration.

Please let us know if you have any questions, and we will update you again when we know more about these issues.


OYA Announces School Closures in OYA Facilities

All schools in OYA facilities are closed through the end of the month.

While other close custody facilities’ schools are closed today, Monroe High School at Eastern Oregon Youth Correctional Facility in Burns held classes. However, it will be the last day of school for the next two weeks.

Oregon Department of Education oversees schools in our facilities, and leaders at both agencies consulted on the decision. Both agencies continue to evaluate the situation daily.


Sunday, March 15:

UPDATE: One OYA Youth In Community Being Tested for COVID-19

We previously reported that two youth at a residential program were being tested for coronavirus. We have since learned that two youth are being kept in medical isolation due to illness, but only one of them has been tested so far for coronavirus. We are still waiting for the test results. Additionally, program staff have not been quarantined, although all youth must remain at the program at this time. Below is a full update.


Saturday, March 14:

One OYA Youth In Community Being Tested for COVID-19

On Saturday morning, Oregon Youth Authority learned that a youth in one of our contracted residential programs is sick and is being tested for coronavirus (COVID-19). Test results take up to two days.

The youth in question and one other youth who is sick have received medical care and have been placed in medical isolation at the program.

OYA and the program directors have not yet received any guidance that program staff should be quarantined. Program directors are reaching out to local health officials to learn their guidance on how to proceed.

OYA has already contacted families of youth at the affected program. We are also notifying OYA staff who may have had contact with the youth or program staff.

OYA’s pandemic response team continues to meet to review next steps and operational concerns and to monitor the situation.


Friday, March 13:

Visitation at All OYA Facilities Canceled, Effective March 14

We know families, volunteers, and our partners are concerned about the coronavirus (COVID-19) and how we are keeping the youth in our care healthy and safe. We are closely monitoring the Oregon Health Authority for guidance.

We do not currently have any known or presumed cases of COVID-19 in OYA facilities. However, effective March 14, all visitation at all OYA facilities will be canceled until further notice.

This policy will be in effect temporarily for up to 30 days. We will re-evaluate regularly. It means:

  • No visitors or volunteers.
  • Juvenile parole/probation officers, attorneys, and contractors will still have access.

How to Contact Your Youth

We encourage you to contact your youth’s case coordinator or camp counselor to set up phone calls or video calls with your youth, using Skype for Business.

How Your Youth Can Stay Healthy

We are giving youth and everyone these tips for staying healthy:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water, for 20 seconds.
  • Don’t touch your face with unwashed hands.
  • Don’t have contact with people who are sick.
  • If you’re not feeling well, try to stay away from others the best you can.
  • Sneeze or cough into a shirt sleeve or tissue (and if it’s a tissue, throw it in the trash and then wash your hands).
  • Stay healthy by eating a good diet, exercising, getting plenty of rest, and making sure you’ve had all your vaccines, including your flu shot. Our facility clinics are still offering flu shots to youth who want them.
  • We are also telling our staff that if they have any symptoms of illness, it’s best for them to stay home.

We are sorry to have to cancel visitation. We understand the importance of communication and connections between youth and their families. However, we feel we must enact some temporary measures for everyone’s health and safety. Thanks for your understanding.

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Sabemos que están preocupados por el coronavirus (COVID-19) y cómo mantenemos a los jóvenes a nuestro cuidado sanos y seguros. Estamos monitoreando de cerca a la Autoridad de Salud de Oregon para obtener orientación al respecto.

Actualmente no tenemos ningún caso conocido o presunto de COVID-19 en las instalaciones de OYA. Sin embargo, a partir del 14 de marzo, todas las visitas a todas las instalaciones de OYA se cancelarán hasta nuevo aviso.

Esta política estará vigente temporalmente por lo menos 30 días. Lo reevaluaremos regularmente. Esto significa:

  • No visitantes ni voluntarios.
  • Los oficiales de libertad condicional/provisional, abogados y contratistas seguirán teniendo acceso.

Cómo contactar a su joven en OYA

Le recomendamos que se comunique con el coordinador de casos o el consejero de su joven en OYA para programar llamadas telefónicas o videollamadas con su joven en OYA, utilizando Skype para visita digital.

Cómo puede mantenerse saludable un joven en OYA

A estos jóvenes y a todos les damos estos consejos para mantenerse saludables:

  • Lavarse las manos con frecuencia con agua y jabón durante 20 segundos.
  • No te tocarse la cara con las manos sin lavar.
  • No tener contacto con personas enfermas.
  • Si no se siente bien, trate de mantenerse alejado de los demás lo mejor posible.
  • Estornude o tosa en su brazo o pañuelo (y si es un pañuelo desechable, tírelo a la basura y luego lávese o desinféctese las manos).
  • Manténgase saludable comiendo una buena dieta, haciendo ejercicio, descansando lo suficiente y asegurándose de haber recibido todas sus vacunas, incluida la vacuna contra la gripe. Las clínicas de nuestras instalaciones aún ofrecen vacunas contra la gripe a los jóvenes que las desean.
  • También le estamos comunicando a nuestro personal que si tienen algún síntoma de enfermedad, es mejor que se queden en casa.

Lamentamos tener que cancelar las visitas. Entendemos la importancia de la comunicación y las conexiones entre los jóvenes y sus familias. Sin embargo, OYA considera que debemos promulgar algunas medidas temporales para la salud y la seguridad de todos. Gracias por su comprensión.


Monday, March 2:

Coronavirus: What You Need To Know

By Marcia Adams, M.D.
OYA Medical Director & Assistant Director

I’m sure you’ve heard about the coronavirus, also known as COVID-19. We know you probably have concerns and questions. Some important things to know:

  1. As of March 2, there have been three presumed cases of coronavirus in Oregon. The situation is being monitored closely by public officials. Sign up here to get email updates on the coronavirus from the Oregon Health Authority.
  2. Get up-to-date information from the Oregon Health Authority. Because this is a rapidly-evolving situation, there is a great deal of misinformation about COVID-19 and its spread. Get up-to-date information on the Oregon Health Authority’s website and on OHA’s Facebook and Twitter.
  3. OYA has a plan for maintaining care for our youth in the event of widespread staff illnesses. We are reviewing the plan and will be working with OYA managers to make sure everyone knows what to do if a pandemic is declared — and educating youth on how to stay healthy. The governor’s office has also convened a coronavirus response team, made up of agency directors, to ensure a coordinated statewide response readiness plan is in place.
  4. We are working with OHA to gather answers to questions our staff and stakeholders may have. For those who have kids in school, the Oregon Department of Education has an information page with some FAQs.
  5. What you can do to reduce your risk.
  • Sneeze or cough into a tissue that you then throw away.
  • Wash your hands often or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that’s at least 60% alcohol. Here’s a great short video on how to do it right.
  • Avoid touching your face with unwashed hands.
  • Regularly clean high-traffic surfaces.
  • Take care of your overall health: Stay current on vaccinations (including your flu vaccine), eat well, and exercise to keep your body healthy.
  • Avoid close contact with those who are sick.
  • If you do get sick, please stay home to avoid infecting others.
  • If you plan to travel outside the United States, consult travel advisories first.
  1. There are also basic steps every household should take to prepare for any unexpected event:
  • Learn about the policies at your place of employment surrounding sick leave and working from home.
  • Establish a childcare plan in the event your kids need to stay home from school.
  • Make sure you have the kinds of foods, drinks, medications and pet supplies you would want if you needed to stay home and limit your contact with other people for a couple of weeks. The Oregon Health Authority and the Governor’s Office recommend that Oregonians be 2 Weeks Ready in case of the need to shelter in place for an extended period of time.
  • Get to know your neighbors, especially those who might need extra help like seniors or people living alone.
  1. The situation is changing rapidly. We’ll try to get you up-to-date information as we can.

We are keeping track of developments and will communicate regarding any updates affecting our staff, families, and the youth we serve.

  1. Shelley Braughton April 5, 2020 at 11:45 am

    How inspiring! Congratulations!

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