More than 1,000 migrant children in U.S. custody have been diagnosed with the virus since March.
In all, 1,061 cases were confirmed by the Covid-19 Laboratory among undocumented migrant children in the care of the Immigration Office, a federal agency under the Department of Health and Human Services.
Of the 1,061 cases, 943 children were cured and evacuated from medical isolation, according to the agency.
Currently, 118 children have been tested positive and are still in medical isolation, although no children need to go to hospital.
HHS funds a network of more than 100 shelters where immigrant children arrive in the United States without a parent or guardian until they are released to sponsors.
Children who contracted coronavirus while in care are in shelters in New York, Oregon, Texas, Illinois, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Arizona, Virginia, California, and Florida.
In a court statement in November, ORR Director Nicole Cub Garbage suggested that children were being infected before being taken into custody.
“The number of recently referred UACs tested during their initial health check-ups (which were performed within 48 hours of UAC care) has also increased significantly in recent weeks, indicating that these UACs are becoming infected before they go into care,” the citation states, according to Cub.
The Trump administration has argued that children should be evacuated from the United States as soon as possible after being arrested from the southern border – a change from the previous crackdown, which called for children to be transferred to the HHS after being detained by the Department of Homeland Security.
Last month, a federal judge Blocked The administration of the repatriation of undocumented migrant children to the US-Mexico border under the Public Health Order was implemented in March. Authorities have since appealed the ruling.