Juvenile Justice Commission

Covid-19 Updates

Covid-19 Updates

Information Updated on 8/8/22

Confirmed COVID Cases at the JJC*

   
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  Residents Staff
Residential Community Homes 109 216
The New Jersey Training School 130 268
The Johnstone Campus (Juvenile Medium Security Facility & The Female Secure Care and Intake Facility) 26 205
Other Staff who may have contact with youth 77
Total 265 766
 
  * 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) takes the threat of coronavirus (COVID-19) seriously and continues to take the following measures to mitigate the spread of the virus:

  • 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;
  • Requiring all unvaccinated staff to submit to more frequent testing for COVID-19;
  • Making COVID-19 vaccinations and boosters available to all residents;
  • 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 Reception Unit for 10 days 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;
  • Temperature screening all individuals entering JJC facilities;
  • 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;
  • Implementing enhanced sanitization protocols, including contracting with professional environmental firms to conduct enhanced cleaning at all facilities where an individual tested positive for COVID-19, and contracting with a 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 and encouraging their use;
  • Making additional personal protective equipment available to staff at facilities impacted by COVID-19;
  • Implementing enhanced social distancing practices for youth and staff including moving furniture to ensure these practices are followed.

 

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