Juvenile Justice Commission

Covid-19 Updates

Covid-19 Updates

Information Updated on 10/17/21

Confirmed COVID Cases at the JJC*

   
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  Residents Staff
Residential Community Homes 49 81
The New Jersey Training School 62 117
The Johnstone Campus (Juvenile Medium Security Facility & The Female Secure Care and Intake Facility) 3 73
Other Staff who may have contact with youth 25
Total 114 296
 
  * 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.  
     
 
  • Between 4/19/20 and 6/8/20, 246 JJC residents tested negative for COVID-19.
  • Between 6/9/20 and 8/3/20, 247 JJC residents tested negative for COVID-19.
  • Between 6/9/20 and 8/3/20, 717 staff tested negative for COVID-19.
  • Between 8/4/20 and 9/20/20, 250 JJC residents tested negative for COVID-19.
  • Between 8/4/20 and 9/20/20, 754 staff tested negative for COVID-19.
  • Between 9/21/20 and 10/22/20, 250 JJC residents tested negative for COVID-19.
  • Between 9/21/20 and 10/22/20, 823 staff tested negative for COVID-19.
  • Between 10/23/20 and 11/22/20, 195 JJC residents tested negative for COVID-19.
  • Between 10/23/20 and 11/22/20, 768 JJC staff tested negative for COVID-19.
  • Between 11/23/20 and 12/20/20, 161 JJC residents tested negative for COVID-19.
  • Between 11/23/20 and 12/20/20, 757 JJC staff tested negative for COVID-19.
  • Between 12/21/20 and 1/10/21, 148 JJC residents tested negative for COVID-19.
  • Between 12/21/20 and 1/10/21, 714 JJC staff tested negative for COVID-19.
  • Between 1/11/21 and 1/31/21, 133 JJC residents tested negative for COVID-19.
  • Between 1/11/21 and 1/31/21, 699 JJC staff tested negative for COVID-19.
  • Between 2/1/21 and 2/21/21, 152 JJC residents tested negative for COVID-19.
  • Between 2/1/21 and 2/21/21, 707 JJC staff tested negative for COVID-19.
  • Between 2/22/21 and 3/14/21, 140 JJC residents tested negative for COVID-19.
  • Between 2/22/21 and 3/14/21, 705 JJC staff tested negative for COVID-19.
  • Between 3/15/21 and 4/4/21, 136 JJC residents tested negative for COVID-19.
  • Between 3/15/21 and 4/4/21, 708 JJC staff tested negative for COVID-19.
  • Between 4/5/21 and 4/25/21, 140 JJC residents tested negative for COVID-19.
  • Between 4/5/21 and 4/25/21, 755 JJC staff tested negative for COVID-19.
  • Between 4/26/21 and 5/16/21, 142 JJC residents tested negative for COVID-19.
  • Between 4/26/21 and 5/16/21, 773 JJC staff tested negative for COVID-19.
  • Between 5/17/21 and 6/6/21, 148 JJC residents tested negative for COVID-19.
  • Between 5/17/21 and 6/6/21, 789 JJC staff tested negative for COVID-19.
  • Between 6/7/21 and 6/27/21, 145 JJC residents tested negative for COVID-19.
  • Between 6/7/21 and 6/27/21, 812 JJC staff tested negative for COVID-19.
  • Between 6/28/21 and 7/18/21, 166 JJC residents tested negative for COVID-19.
  • Between 6/28/21 and 7/18/21, 846 JJC staff tested negative for COVID-19.
  • Between 7/19/21 and 8/8/21, 179 JJC residents tested negative for COVID-19.
  • Between 7/19/21 and 8/8/21, 850 JJC staff tested negative for COVID-19.
  • Between 8/8/21 and 8/29/21, 178 JJC residents tested negative for COVID-19.
  • Between 8/8/21 and 8/29/21, 804 JJC staff tested negative for COVID-19.
  • Between 8/30/21 and 9/19/21, 270 JJC residents tested negative for COVID-19.*
  • Between 8/30/21 and 9/19/21, 1129 JJC staff tested negative for COVID-19.
  • Between 9/20/21 and 10/10/21, 288 JJC residents tested negative for COVID-19.
  • Between 9/20/21 and 10/10/21, 1,251 JJC staff tested negative for COVID-19.
  • Since 10/11/21, 117 JJC residents have tested negative for COVID-19 (testing ongoing).
  • Since 10/11/21, 419 JJC staff have tested negative for COVID-19 (testing ongoing).
 
 

Update

Beginning the week of June 21, 2021, the JJC resumed in-person family visits on a limited basis. Parents and guardians have been notified and should contact their child’s facility directly for additional information. Remote video visits will also continue.
The JJC has also started to phase in in-person delivery of educational and social services, carefully monitoring and adjusting service delivery plans as COVID-19 cases decrease.

 
 

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:

  • Testing all residents for COVID-19;
  • Testing all staff who work in secure or residential facilities or who otherwise may have contact with JJC residents for COVID-19;
  • Prohibiting the intake of youth presenting with symptoms consistent with COVID-19, testing all new intakes for COVID-19, and holding new intakes in the Juvenile Reception Unit for 14 days prior to transfer to the general population;
  • Conducting workplace 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;
  • Preparing 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;
  • 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;
  • 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;
  • 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;
  • Temporarily suspending work release programs for residents;
  • Cancelling all non-essential court, medical, and other transports;
  • Suspending all staff trainings and group meetings; and
  • Implementing enhanced social distancing practices for youth and staff including moving furniture to ensure these practices are followed.

 

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