Christian Health takes extraordinary precautionary measures in providing care for the most at-risk population in our community. We have and will continue to implement all New Jersey Department of Health (NJDOH) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines and recommendations pertaining to COVID-19 prevention and control. We are committed to keeping everyone on our campuses and the community safe and healthy to the best of our abilities. We always have been, and we always will be. Thank you for your support and trust!
Our visitation guidelines are carefully designed to ensure the safety of our residents, patients, their family and friends, our team members, and the community-at-large. At this time, masks are required to be worn by all visitors at all times in all Christian Health buildings.
Christian Health’s clinical leadership team are confident in the
COVID-19 vaccines currently available and encourage all those who are
able to receive it to help keep our community healthy.
Christian Health Care Center Medical Staff Vaccine Endorsement Letter
We are closely monitoring current CDC and NJDOH recommendations for the distribution of a third dose of the COVID-19 vaccine for immunocompromised Christian Health residents. In addition, there are tentative plans for a COVID-19 vaccine booster clinic the first week of October for eligible residents and team members. These plans are contingent upon the recommendation for addition to the Emergency Use Authorization (EUA).
Third Dose of the COVID-19 Vaccine
As per CDC, the COVID-19 vaccines authorized in the United States continue to be highly effective in reducing the risk of severe disease, hospitalization, and death, even against the widely circulating Delta variant. Sometimes people who are moderate to severely immunocompromised do not build enough (or any) protection when they first complete a vaccination series. An additional dose of the vaccine can be helpful to build more protection against the disease.
CDC recommends that people who are moderately or severely immunocompromised receive a third dose of either the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna mRNA COVID-19 vaccines at least 28 days after the completion of the initial two-dose mRNA COVID-19 vaccine series. There is currently not sufficient data to support a booster dose of Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen COVID-19 vaccine. The Christian Health clinical leadership team has identified residents and patients who fit the criteria for these very important third doses and are in the process of reaching out to residents and their families for consent.
COVID-19 Booster Vaccines
Booster vaccines are different from the third doses of the vaccine recommended for those who are severely immunocompromised. Christian Health is working closely with NJDOH in preparing our plans for distribution of booster doses to eligible residents and team members. Christian Health will assist in identifying eligible residents who fit the criteria to receive a booster on site at Christian Health. A consent form will be required. We are working with our pharmacy partner to schedule a clinic date in the first week of October pending addition of the booster to the EUA authorization. Additional information is forthcoming.
Program-Specific COVID-19 Reporting
As of Thursday, September 23, 2021, Christian Health's current results for residents and patients in our care settings with a COVID-19-positive diagnosis are available below.
Heritage Manor is COVID-19 free.
Longview is COVID-19 free.
Southgate Special Care is COVID-19 free.
Ramapo Ridge Behavioral Health is COVID-19 free.
Christian Health continues to support our acute-care partners to meet the community’s health-care needs. Heritage Manor is accepting admissions from local acute-care hospitals. These new patients come to us for care to complete their recovery following hospitalization. They are tested before admission, upon arrival, and move into an established unit used to cohort new admissions.
Among the hundreds of employees across our long-term/post-acute care, and assisted living communities, there are currently no COVID-19 positive team members.
We are taking every precaution to prevent the spread of infection and safeguard everyone on our campuses. Christian Health continues to be in full compliance with state-mandated regular testing of employees. We value transparency and will continue to update this page, communicate directly to family members, and make ourselves available to answer questions.
Here are a couple of ways you can help keep members of your community – especially older adults – safe and healthy and support Christian Health.
Get vaccinated, wear a mask, practice physical distancing, and be vigilant about hand hygiene. For more tips to prevent illness and keep your community safe, visit CDC.gov.
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Note: In keeping with health-care facility regulations, Christian Health is committed to safeguarding protected health information (PHI) and does not violate resident/patient HIPAA privacy and security standards. PHI is only shared with authorized individuals.