Regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Program Updates & Resources from Easterseals NJ

For any general questions about COVID-19 in NJ, call 2-1-1 or text NJCOVID to 898-211 to receive text information and stay informed.

UPDATED: September 30, 2021

Program Update: Millville Location Temporary Closure

Our Easterseals Employment Program site in Millville, NJ will be closed until October 11th. This is a precautionary measure due to COVID-19 concerns. Proper safety precautions have and will continue to be utilized. For additional questions, please contact our site at: (856) 327-6454

Vaccine Resources

New Jersey’s COVID-19 Vaccine Call Center, which will be staffed seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., is live. The toll-free number is 855-568-0545. The call center can assist residents with: Registering with the New Jersey Vaccine Scheduling System (NJVSS), Identifying whether they are currently eligible for vaccination, identifying vaccination locations, and general questions about vaccines.

NJ COVID-19 Vaccine Information Hub

Healthcare Worker COVID-19 Vaccine Locations

The NJACP Vaccine Committee has developed fact sheets for the Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson and Johnson vaccines that may be useful as you evaluate your vaccine options – especially considering the spread of the recent spread of the Delta COVID-19 variant.

Pfizer & Moderna Vaccine Facts

J&J Vaccine Facts

VACCINE STAFF MANDATE IN EFFECT

In early August, the governor of the State of New Jersey announced an executive order requiring mandatory vaccinations or testing requirements for all employees in health care settings effective September 7, 2021. This includes all staff at providers like Easterseals. As a result, all Easterseals NJ employees are now required to comply with executive order 252 by showing proof of vaccination or adhering to weekly testing requirements. We have shared resources with staff and will continue to provide guidance in regards to testing locations. We encourage them and anyone seeking more information about these new mandates or vaccination resources to visit the State of New Jersey Covid Information Hub.


UPDATE: The Department of Human Services’ Division of Developmental Disabilities Has Established New Reopening Guidelines

Day Program Re-Opening Requirements include the following:

  • Directive for all congregate day programs to re-open at 100% capacity. (Please note that due to staffing shortages it will take time for providers to obtain enough staff to open at full capacity). Programs for medically involved persons may elect to limit capacity for a period of time before moving to full enrollment.
  • Opening, re-opening and capacity are no longer tied to the COVID-19 Activity Level Index (CALI) measurement.
  • Flexibilities related to masking and physical distancing for fully vaccinated groups (this includes staff).
  • Flexibilities related to transportation.
  • Attestations are no longer required.

Updated Guidance for Residential Providers on Visits with Family and Friends include the following:

  • Directive that indoor visitation must be permitted so long as no residents are currently positive for/symptomatic of COVID-19 and no staff have tested positive for COVID-19 and exposed unvaccinated/not fully vaccinated residents.
  • Flexibilities related to masking and physical distancing for staff in the home if all staff and residents are fully vaccinated.
  • Attestations are no longer required.

For more information on these updates, use the links below

Easterseals New Jersey Program Updates:

  • At this time I/DD Residential continues to run as it has been and remains at full capacity.
  • Respite services will be offered at Day Hab locations now that all programs are opened. 
  • Both work centers are open and running with increasing capacity. Remote services are being provided for those participants who are not attending the work centers. At this time participants are utilizing natural supports (parents/providers/public transport) for transportation. We are diligently working to resolve transportation issues in preparation once all restrictions are lifted to resume full capacity.  
  • Woodbury and Maplewood Career Pathway Connections offices are now open 5 days a week 9-5 by appointment only.
  • Sayreville and Oakhurst Day Habilitation Programs will be reopening mid-late July.

UPDATE: Day Hab and Community Inclusion REOPENING!

New Jersey State Seal

We are excited to announce that eligible day programs can re-open as per the Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD).

  • Day Program opening capacity is tied to the COVID-19 Activity Level Index (CALI) for the region in which the program operates.  Following this guidance, Easterseals Day Habilitation Programs will open as follows:
    • Mercer and Northfield: Monday, 4/26/2021
    • Sayreville, Lacey, and Oakhurst: May 2021

Virtual services via Zoom will continue for Day Habilitation. Contact us for the schedule.

  • Community Inclusion will launch for in-person programming using the following schedule:
    • Cape May and Middlesex County – Monday, 4/26/2021
    • Atlantic, Mercer, Bergen, Monmouth, and Ocean County – May 2021

Virtual services for Community Inclusion concluded Friday 4/23/2021

Safety Info

We are monitoring the CALI report weekly and will update the status of all locations as additional information becomes available. Please note:

  • Only Easterseals employees and program participants will be permitted to enter locations. 
  • A quick screening involving temperature checks will occur upon arrival outside of the location.
  • Lunches must be pre-prepared, packaged, and ready to consume.
  • Social distancing will be maintained the entire day through new floor layouts and signage. 
  • Extra cleaning and sanitizing procedures are in place and sanitization stations are available to all.
  • Face coverings will be worn by all staff and each participant is required to bring their own.

For more information on how to get started in-person and virtual Day Habilitation, contact us at dayhab@nj.easterseals.com

To get started in-person Community Inclusion, contact us at communityinclusion@nj.easterseals.com

Frequently Asked Questions:

  • Q: Are vaccines required?
    • A: Vaccination is not required for attendance; however all eligible individuals are encouraged to be vaccinated.
  • Q: Are masks required?
    • A: Masks are required for all staff. Individual program participants are strongly encouraged to wear masks as well. However, some individual program participants may not tolerate wearing face coverings or it may not be medically advisable for them to wear one.
  • Q: Is transportation safe?
    • A: We practice social distancing for all consumer transports.

We ask and appreciate your continued patience during this time as we re-adjust, and things continue to change around us. Restarts take time and require a series of modifications. We’ve faced a lot of challenges as a community but remain committed to making this the best and safest experience for our program participants.  If you have additional questions, please contact your regional site manager.

Stay safe and thank you!


UPDATE: Millville & Raritan Valley Work Centers Update

We are happy to announce that the re-opening of Work Centers will be tentatively scheduled for the date of January 19th pending all NJ executive orders remain the same. Although the Work Centers will be open, your daily schedule will be based upon a hybrid A-Day, B-Day rotation at 25% capacity. Remote services will be available to those participants not eligible for onsite services due to reduced capacity.  

Your Service Specialist/Career Exploration team members will be in contact with you to make you aware of your scheduled day and discuss the details of our strategic re-opening plan. Please review the Strategic Plan as it was be mailed out to you. Within the plan packet there was also an acknowledgment that needs to be signed and provided to your team upon return.  As you all know, we are doing everything we can to make a safe return back to work so it is imperative that you thoroughly review the plan. 

The Work Center Safety Measures that will be posted and shared will help give you a brief overview of what to expect upon return. We look forward to getting everyone back to work in the quickest and safest way possible. 

If you have any further inquiries please reach out to the Director of Employment Development or our Work Center Workforce Operations Coordinators as listed below:

Amack@NJ.easterseals.com
Angela Mack, MSW
Director of Employment Development

palbano-capano@nj.easterseals.com
Pamela Albano- Capano, BA
Workforce Operations Coor. Millville

jblair@nj.easterseals.com
Jamail Blair, BA
WorkForce Operations Coor. RVW


UPDATE: Camp Merry Heart

For more than 7 decades, Easterseals Camp Merry Heart has prided itself in providing campers & travelers with friendships and memories which will last a lifetime. It comes with a heavy heart that we must announce, in response to the COVID-19 outbreak, it is not possible for us to operate Camp Merry Heart for the rest of 2021. We are forced to cancel all rentals, respites, and events for the summer and fall seasons. We are planning to resume operations in January 2022 on a limited basis with respite and hotel programs (to be confirmed at a later date). 

We will continue to provide all program updates regarding Coronavirus-related closures/re-openings on this page.


Disability-Related Legal Resources During the Pandemic

Community Health Law Project logo

In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, many individuals with disabilities need legal assistance navigating issues related to:

  • Housing, including rent and mortgage obligations, eviction, or need for repairs
  • Stimulus check issues
  • Unemployment benefits
  • Health insurance coverage
  • Food Assistance
  • Wills, Powers of Attorney, and Advance Directives
  • Family matters such as child support, visitation, or domestic violence
  • Other issues that may be affecting them during this crisis

If you are a person with a disability in need of legal help, please contact the Community Health Law Project for assistance.


Additional COVID-19 Resources

Deaf or Hard of Hearing?

Click this image for additional Coronavirus (Covid-19) updates

  • Was this helpful ?
  • yes   no

3 thoughts on “Regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19)”

  1. CMH, thanks for update. Good luck to everyone. Stay well. We will pray for you. Hope to see you in August. Scott Russell, Montville Rotary

    Reply
  2. On behalf of the Huff family in Hackettstown, New Jersey – we wish to congratulate Brian Fitzgerald and staff on a job well done to keep his employees safe and volunteers well informed in this COVID 19 crisis.

    We are looking forward to the announcement of Camp Merry Heart in Hackettstown re-opening schedule and our family’s continued support at this facility. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all.

    Reply

Leave a Comment