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Woodbine Developmental Center (WDC), founded in 1921, is located on 250 acres of land in Woodbine, Cape May County. WDC provides a wide range of habilitation, behavioral and medical services and supports to men with developmental disabilities.

COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the entire State of New Jersey, including developmental centers (centers). Please take a moment to review the COVID-19 Response Plan that outlines protocols in place related to COVID-19 at the centers.

If you are interested in the overall number of COVID-19 positive residents and staff at any center, please review our data dashboard. It is updated every week and can be found in the Developmental Disabilities section of the Department of Human Services COVID-19 Information Hub.

Under certain parameters, outdoor visits are permitted for center residents.  Indoor visits will also be permitted under certain parameters once an individual’s guardian has provided the required consents.  Regardless of vaccination status of the resident or visitor, outdoor visits are the preferred method of visitation as they generally pose a lower risk of COVID-19 transmission due to increased space and airflow.  Permission of the resident’s guardian is required.  Visitor(s) are required to undergo screening, COVID-19 testing, and sign a Visitor’s Agreement at time of visit for any visit to take place.  While vaccination is highly encouraged, visitors are not required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 to engage in a visit.

Indoor and outdoor visits are permitted for all residents except in the circumstances outlined below:

Due to the above, residents living in areas that are designated as an Active Positive or Resident Isolation will be unable to receive visitors until they move to another type of living area. 

Any type of visit needs to be scheduled at least 24 hours in advance and comport with the center’s regular visitation schedule. Visits will occur in a designated location and be socially distanced at least six feet between persons at all times. The number of visitors a resident can receive at any one time shall be limited to two. The number of visits that can be accommodated each day by the center may be limited to ensure that there is no overcrowding, that sanitation of the visiting area can occur between visits, and that all residents have the opportunity to engage in a visit. 

Fully vaccinated[1] residents can choose to have close contact (including touch) with their visitor(s) as long as the visitor is wearing, at a minimum, a well-fitted surgical mask provided by the center and any other required PPE. Due to CDC guidance recommending masks with layers, visitors are asked to bring their own cloth mask to place overtop the surgical mask. The resident will wear PPE as tolerated/medically advisable for them to do so.

Other ways to visit with center residents are available. If you would like to visit with a center resident via telephone or virtual method, such as Skype or other video platform, the center is able to help. 

For questions, complaints, urgent inquiries or to schedule an in-person or virtual visit with a center resident, please contact the center’s Social Services Department. This can be done by calling the number below and asking to speak with someone in the Social Services Department.

[1] Fully vaccinated refers to a person who is more than or at 2 weeks following receipt of the second dose in a 2 dose series, or more than or at 2 weeks following receipt of one dose of a single-dose vaccine, per CDC Interim Clinical Considerations for Use of COVID-19 Vaccines Currently Authorized in the United States.

Contact information:

Woodbine Developmental Center
DeHirsh Avenue
Woodbine, NJ 08270
Phone: 609-861-2164
Fax: 609-861-5176

 
 
 
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