CDC lifts pandemic restriction, will allow migrant child facilities to fill to 100% capacity to handle surge

The government is reportedly abandoning its 50% capacity requirement for migrant child care centers to allow facilities to hit 100% capacity despite the coronavirus pandemic.

An internal document from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states that coronavirus protocols are being relaxed in an effort to detain the thousands of unaccompanied children arriving every week on the border in the limited number of federal facilities that are run by the Department of Health and Human Services, Axios reported Friday afternoon.

The CDC memo states that these facilities “should plan for and expect to have COVID-19 cases” as a result of packing sleeping and communal areas with
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