With the rapid rise of the new COVID-19 variant, many people who have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 or who have minor symptoms are seeking testing in our Emergency Department. CentraState wants to remind you that the Emergency Room is not the place to get tested if you have no symptoms or are experiencing mild-to-moderate symptoms.
We ask our community to be aware of the emergency warning signs* for COVID-19 and seek emergency medical care if you have:
- Trouble breathing
- Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
- New confusion
- Inability to wake or stay awake
- Pale, gray, or blue-colored skin, lips, or nail beds, depending on skin tone
*This list is not all possible symptoms. Please call your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning to you.
If you need a COVID-19 test and have no symptoms or have mild to moderate symptoms, you can find a testing site at the New Jersey Department of Health website.
CentraState is asking that you help us preserve Emergency Department resources for those experiencing emergency illnesses and injuries, including severe COVID symptoms and other life-threatening conditions such as heart attack or stroke. Please help us safeguard access to care for those facing a true emergency by seeking COVID tests in the appropriate place.