Youths released from rooms in Wayne Co. juvenile jail after up to 10 days of quarantine

Wayne County officials have lifted a COVID-19 quarantine they say forced them to confine youths to their rooms at the juvenile jail for up to 10 days in recent weeks, a move

that upset some parents and advocates. A county spokesperson said Thursday the last youth left quarantine at the Wayne County Juvenile Detention Facility on

Monday and that a total of 14 cases were confirmed and three were probable. Even those boys who have potentially been exposed to the virus were confined to

their rooms for days without showers or recreation recreation "out of an abundance of caution," county officials had said. Start the day smarter. Get all the news you need

in your inbox each morning. "We were able to contain the outbreak and limit further spread by taking the measures," Tiffani Jackson, a spokesperson for Wayne

County Executive Warren Evans, wrote in a text to the Free Press. The outbreak, which began in late December, affected the facility's male units, which housed

118 boys as of earlier this week. Keeping juveniles in their rooms for long periods of time has been a persistent complaint from parents, youths and advocates

even before last month's outbreak. Lengthy confinement can hurt kids' mental health, experts say, and national standards recommend no more than four hours daily during

non-sleeping hours.