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CDC Forced to Nix Covid Limits on Migrant Facilities as Border Situation Spirals Out of Control

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Facilities housing migrant children will be allowed to operate at full capacity despite previous requirements that shelters operate at a reduced capacity to slow the spread of COVID-19, a Health and Human Services spokesperson confirmed to the Daily Caller News Foundation on Friday.

A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention memo first reported by CNN granted permission for facilities managed by HHS to operate at full capacity as the number of unaccompanied minors entering the U.S. continues to rise.

“Today based on CDC guidance, [the Office of Refugee Resettlement] has notified facilities they may temporarily reactivate capacity within their full licensed capability up to safe occupancy levels,” a spokesperson for the HHS Administration for Children and Families told the DCNF.

“Reactivating beds must be done in a way that maintains a safe and healthy environment for [unaccompanied children] and staff,” the spokesperson said.

HHS facilities are safer for children than Customs and Border Protection stations, according to the spokesperson.

A memo drafted on CDC letterhead said “facilities should plan for and expect to have COVID-19 cases,” according to CNN.

Currently, the “only available options” for holding unaccompanied children are “prolonged stays at [CBP] facilities operating significantly above COVID-19 capacities.”

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