Juvenile Justice Commission

Covid-19 Updates

Covid-19 Updates

Information Updated on 3/20/23

Confirmed COVID Cases at the JJC*

  Residents Staff
Residential Community Homes 163 309
The New Jersey Training School 167 360
The Johnstone Campus (Juvenile Medium Security Facility & The Female Secure Care and Intake Facility) 40 277
Other Staff who may have contact with youth 108
Total 370 1,054
  * This includes all cases among JJC residents and all JJC staff who work in residential and secure care facilities or who otherwise may have contact with youth.  

Prevention Strategies

The Juvenile Justice Commission (JJC) continues to take the following measures to mitigate the spread of COVID-19:

  • Testing residents for COVID-19 upon intake, when symptomatic, or when otherwise recommended by JJC’s medical provider;
  • Testing all staff who work in secure or residential facilities or who otherwise may have contact with JJC residents for COVID-19;
  • Making COVID-19 vaccinations and boosters available to all residents;
  • Delaying the intake of youth presenting with symptoms consistent with COVID-19 and quarantining new intakes prior to transfer to the general population
  • Mandating that staff who test positive for COVID-19 or who have contact with an individual who has tested positive for COVID-19 isolate/quarantine at home;
  • Maintaining medical isolation areas for use in the event a resident tests positive for COVID-19 or exhibits symptoms consistent with COVID-19 and requiring staff to wear appropriate personal protective equipment when interacting with any resident in medical isolation;
  • Communicating regularly with youth about preventative hygiene practices and what to do if they experience symptoms through written materials and routine conversation;
  • Implementing enhanced sanitization protocols, including contracting with professional cleaning firms to conduct enhanced cleaning, when appropriate;
  • Mandating all individuals entering facilities wear face masks when community transmission levels are high (orange), when facility transmission levels may be high, and during visitation;
  • Making face masks available to all residents and encouraging their use;
  • Making additional personal protective equipment available to staff at facilities impacted by COVID-19;
  • Encouraging social distancing practices for youth and staff.


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