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Dozens of unaccompanied migrant teens test positive for COVID-19 at San Diego Convention Center

Most of the girls purportedly tested positive for the virus before arriving at the shelter.

Updated: March 30, 2021 - 10:30am

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At least 69 unaccompanied migrant girls held at the San Diego Convention Center tested positive for the coronavirus, according to a news report Tuesday.

Most of the girls tested positive for the virus before arriving at the shelter, while six tested positive upon arrival Saturday and another four tested positive since then, according to NBC News.

There are now 723 unaccompanied migrant girls being held at the convention center. At least 247 arrived Monday, and about 250 are expected to arrive at the center every other day until the shelter hits its 1,400 person capacity, according to Department of Health and Human Services spokesperson Bonnie Preston.

Officials said those infected with the virus were transported separately to the shelter.

The first group of migrants reached the shelter Saturday and are made up of unaccompanied girls 13 to 17 years old. Officials expect the facility to reach its maximum capacity by April 4.

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