April 10, 2020

COVID-19 Status – April 9

Covenant House New Jersey COVID-19 Status as if April 9, 2020:

  • We have 55 young people who are in residence with us at our two crisis shelters. In addition to a warm bed, three meals a day, they are receiving additional support services from our staff to work through this pandemic.
  • We are caring for more than 100 young people at our Rights of Passage homes and independent living apartments.
  • We are caring for nine moms and their babies at our Raphael’s Life House.
  • On April 8th, one of our moms delivered a healthy baby girl. We have another young lady who is about to give birth.
  • The majority our young people are not able to work, as most businesses have closed.
  • We have implemented a detailed protocol and process to maintain the safest environment for our young people and our staff.
  • Essential personnel remains on-site with the youth using rotating schedules consistent with medical staffing best practices.
  • Non-essential staff is working from home utilizing remote technology and video conferencing.
  • We recently implemented teletherapy to increase services to young people in need.
  • We have converted classrooms into isolation units should youth display COVID-19 symptoms.
  • Relationships with community healthcare providers and local hospitals continue to strengthen, enabling us to coordinate medical care for our young people, our moms, and babies.
  • A significant effort is made each day to clean all common areas.
  • All staff and young people are equipped with masks.
  • To date, we have no known cases of COVID-19 at any of our Covenant House New Jersey homes.