No additional cases of COVID-19 have been found at a privately-owned youth treatment facility in Gallatin after a staff member tested positive for the virus earlier this month, according to the Tennessee Department of Children’s Services (DCS).
In all, 30 juveniles and 41 employees at Bledsoe Youth Academy on South Hickory Avenue were tested by the Tennessee Department of Health and the Tennessee National Guard on May 13.
All of the test results were negative, DCS announced last week.
“We promptly requested the mass testing out of an abundance of caution and will continue to do so when positive cases are reported in facilities where our youth are placed,” DCS Commissioner Jennifer Nichols said in a prepared statement. “We are working every day with our providers, receiving reports on the juveniles in their care and helping them take precautions and appropriate steps to stop the spread of COVID-19 in their facilities.”
Bledsoe Youth Academy administrators were first notified of the positive COVID-19 test results by the employee on May 11, according to DCS. The individual was last at work on May 9 and is quarantining at home for at least 14 days.
The facility will continue to follow protocol for screening and care of all youth and employees. Staff will also continue to be screened for all symptoms and have their temperature checked before entering the building.
Bledsoe Youth Academy is a residential treatment program for both juvenile delinquent and dependent along with neglected youth placed into state custody, according to DCS. It is operated by Youth Opportunity Investments and provides cognitive behavioral therapy for male juveniles between the ages of 13 and 18 with severe behavioral issues.