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.