• Matt Esnayra

700+ migrant children are sheltering at the LB Convention Center; 49 tested positive for COVID

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The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced Wednesday that 714 migrant children are currently being housed at the temporary shelter inside the Long Beach Convention Center and that 49 have tested positive for COVID-19.

Why it matters:

The federal government converted the Convention Center to accommodate up to 1,000 children — meaning 70% of the facility is currently occupied. Officials also confirmed that 47 children at the facility have tested positive for COVID-19. A total of 67 children were placed in isolation.

  • In March, almost 19,000 unaccompanied migrant children arrived in the United States. The total is the highest monthly tally in U.S. history, per BBC.

  • HHS says children are tested for COVID-19 every three days while at the shelter. A COVID-19 health screening protocol for all children is being implemented to follow CDC guidelines for preventing and controlling infectious diseases.

  • HHS has 22,174 children in "Emergency Intake Sites" in Long Beach, Dallas, San Diego, and Pomona.

What they're saying:

  • Zhan Caplan, a spokesperson for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, told KTLA that eight reunifications had been completed as of Wednesday as of Wednesday as of Wednesday, with another 20 planned for the next three days.

  • The amount of migrant youths being held at U.S. Customs and Border Protection facilities has dropped by 88 percent since March 28, according to Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, per VOA.

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