PECOS, Texas (Nexstar) – After weeks of setup, Pecos is set to receive up to 125 migrant children today, according to the Department of Health and Human Services.
The facility has a bed capacity of 2,000 beds and will shelter boys and girls ages 13 through 17.
The setup is to be short-term care until the kids are able to be released to a sponsor or long-term care facility.
DHHS says the children will be tested every three days for COVID-19. CDC is onsite monitoring and providing guidance, according to DHHS.
If a child tests positive after arrival, they will be removed from the group and quarantined. Kids who have health conditions that cannot receive treatment at the facility will be taken to local hospitals.
Parents or potential sponsors seeking a child can call (800) 203-7001 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for help.
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Pecos officials were notified by DHHS of the temporary facility on March 20.