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  COVID-19 Updates  

Information Updated on 6/01/20

 

The Juvenile Justice Commission (JJC) takes the threat of coronavirus (COVID-19) seriously, and in consultation with the Department of Health, has taken proactive measures to mitigate the spread of the virus including:

  • Replacing in-person family visits with an increase in free phone calls and the use of video visitation for residents;
  • Suspending in-person visits of volunteers to all facilities;
  • Implementing work-from-home programs for non-essential staff;
  • Collaborating with the State Parole Board to conduct hearings via telephone and/or video conferencing;
  • Working with the Office of the Public Defender and Rutgers Law School’s Criminal & Youth Justice Clinic to modify dispositions so that youth scheduled for release in the near future can be released early when appropriate;
  • Temperature screening all staff entering JJC secure facilities and Residential Community Homes;
  • Temperature screening youth on a daily basis;
  • Conducting contact tracing and mandating that staff having contact with an employee or resident who has tested positive for COVID-19 self-quarantine at home for 14 days;
  • Communicating regularly with youth about preventative hygiene practices and what to do if they experience symptoms through written materials and routine conversation;
  • In any facility where someone has tested positive for COVID-19, using “cohort quarantining,” whereby residents remain in their assigned housing units except for outdoor recreation for 14 days, to minimize any potential spread of the disease;
  • Following any 14-day period of cohort-quarantining, moving to “modified cohort quarantining,” whereby residents have greater freedom of movement, but still do not interact with residents from another housing unit (i.e., residents might utilize the gym, programming space, or the dining room, but they do so only with their cohort);
  • Temporarily replacing on-site delivery of educational and social services with remote service delivery;
  • Implementing enhanced sanitization protocols, including contracting with two professional environmental firms to conduct enhanced cleaning at all facilities where an individual tested positive for COVID-19, and contracting with a third vendor to conduct weekly deep cleaning that supplements daily cleaning completed by the JJC’s own staff;
  • Effective April 8, mandating all individuals entering facilities wear face masks;
  • Making face masks available to all residents;
  • Making additional personal protective equipment available to staff at facilities impacted by COVID-19;
  • Preparing medical isolation areas for use in the event a resident exhibits symptoms consistent with COVID-19 and requiring staff to wear appropriate personal protective equipment when interacting with any resident in medical isolation;
  • Temporarily suspending work release programs for residents;
  • Cancelling all non-essential court, medical, and other transports;
  • Suspending all staff trainings and group meetings;
  • Prohibiting the intake of youth presenting with symptoms consistent with COVID-19 and otherwise holding new intakes in the Juvenile Reception Unit for 14 days prior to transfer to the general population; and
  • Implementing enhanced social distancing practices for youth and staff including moving furniture to ensure these practices are followed.
 
     
  Number of Staff Testing Positive for COVID-19
at Residential Community Homes
 
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Total 14
 
     
  Number of Staff Testing Positive for COVID-19
at Juvenile Medium Security Facility (JMSF)
 
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Total 8
 
     
  Number of Staff Testing Positive for COVID-19
at The Female Secure Care and Intake Facility
 
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Total 0
 
     
  Number of Staff Testing Positive for COVID-19
at The New Jersey Training School
 
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Total 14
 
     
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Total Number of Staff Testing Positive 36
 
     
 
 
     
  Number of Residents Testing Positive for
COVID-19 at Residential Community Homes
 
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Total 7
 
     
  Number of Residents Testing Positive for
COVID-19 at The New Jersey Training School
 
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Total 21
 
     
  Number of Residents Testing Positive for
COVID-19 at The Johnstone Campus
(Juvenile Medium Security Facility and The Female Secure Care and Intake Facility)
 
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Total 0
 
     
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Total Number of Residents Testing Positive 28
 
     
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As of 5/31/2020, 275 JJC residents have been tested for COVID-19
 
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Positive 28
 
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Negative 247
 
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Pending 0
 
     
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