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COVID-19 Resources

COVID-19 Resources2020-05-28T16:14:51-04:00

Important Information for our Community about COVID-19

During these unprecedented times, the health and safety of our patients, staff and community remain our highest priority. CentraState Healthcare System remains agile in responding to the healthcare needs of our entire community, including those experiencing COVID-19. Our COVID-19 response team remains in close contact with local, state and national health officials and we will continue to update the public and our employees as the situation changes.

In addition, many of our key services also remain open. These include labor and delivery, radiology, the Women’s Health Center, laboratory services, cardiac diagnostics, the MS Center,  wound carephysical therapyoccupational therapyspeech-language therapy, and cancer services including medical oncology, radiation oncology, infusion center, and select cancer screenings, such as mammograms.

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Information on Visitation, Office Closures & Other Policies

For the safety of our patients, visitors and team members, CentraState is instituting a strict no-visitor policy at the following locations:

  • CentraState Medical Center
  • The Manor Health and Rehabilitation Center, with the exception of those receiving end of life care
  • Monmouth Crossing, with the exception of those receiving end of life care
  • Applewood Independent Living, Assisted Living, Skilled Nursing, and Memory Care.

Pediatric patients will be allowed one support person.

  • Labor and delivery patients are permitted one support person.
  • The designated support person must stay in the patient’s room at all times.
  • A support person is not permitted re-entry once they leave.
  • Please enter through our Emergency Department where we have a designated triage for non-COVID-19 cases.
  • Prior to entry, patient and support person will be screened for symptoms and have their temperature checked for fever.
  • If a person screens without symptoms, they will be allowed to proceed to Labor and Delivery unit.
  • If support person screens positive, they will not be allowed to visit.
  • As a precaution, both patient and support person are masked when arriving to the Labor and Delivery unit.
  • Siblings and family members with the exception of the one support person are not allowed to visit.​

For everyone’s safety, we are limiting personal items being dropped off for patients. For patients who are COVID-positive/potentially positive, we are allowing only essential items which can be effectively sanitized (for example: cell phone, glasses, hearing aid). Non-essential items are not permitted at this time for patients who are COVID-positive/potentially positive, including flower deliveries. We appreciate everyone’s understanding and cooperation during this time.

View the full patient belongings and valuables guidelines here.

Outpatients will be screened for fever and respiratory symptoms, plus other factors such as contact with a person who is under investigation for coronavirus. Please call ahead if you have any questions about whether you should come in.

We are currently offering virtual programs. Click here to view the schedule of classes and events.

CentraState will continue to identify the risks associated with COVID-19 to determine when to continue in person programs. Please check back often for updates on class cancellations or contact us with any questions.

In accordance with directives from the New Jersey Department of Health and Governor Murphy, CentraState Medical Center will reinstate surgeries and invasive procedures on May 26, 2020 that had been previously suspended due to COVID-19.

The suspension of these surgeries and procedures preserved the medical center’s capacity to handle the surge of COVID-19 cases, which peaked in mid-April. Learn more here.

Telemedicine Now Available

CentraState medical practices are offering telehealth services for new and current patients. To find a CentraState primary care or specialty physician that participates in the program, visit www.centrastate.com/find-a-physician.

Family Practice of CentraState

Family Practice of CentraState at East Windsor, Freehold, Marlboro, Monroe and Jackson are open. At this time, patients are only being seen in person by appointment. Patients may also schedule telehealth appointments. Schedule an appointment here.

Family Practice of CentraState at Colts Neck is currently closed for in person appointments. Patients are still being seen via telehealth.

 Women’s Health Specialists of CentraState

The Women’s Health Specialists of CentraState office is open. Patients are only being seen in person by appointment. Schedule an appointment here.

CentraState Laboratory

East Windsor lab hours are Monday-Friday, 8 am-4 pm; Saturday, 8am-noon. Freehold lab hours are Monday-Friday, 6:30 am-5 pm and Saturday, 7 am-1 pm. Marlboro lab hours are Monday-Friday, 8 am- 4 pm. Monroe lab hours are Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 8 am-4 pm. Jackson lab hours are Tuesday, Thursday, 8 am-1 pm. No appointment is necessary.

  • Fact Sheet for Admitted Patients Under Investigation for COVID-19 symptoms: DOWNLOAD
  • Fact Sheet for Healthcare Providers: DOWNLOAD
  • Fact Sheet for Recipients of SARS-CoV-2 IgG Assay: DOWNLOAD
  • Fact Sheet for Healthcare Providers of SARS-CoV-2 IgG Assay: DOWNLOAD

Donate Convalescent Plasma

If you meet the following criteria and wish to donate your convalescent plasma to treat seriously ill COVID-19 patients, please fill out an application at the American Red Cross or New York Blood Center.

  • Tested positive for COVID-19
  • Have documentation of your test results
  • Have been asymptomatic for two weeks
American Red Cross
New York Blood Center

Prevention

There is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19. The best way to prevent illness is to follow preventive steps to stay healthy such as:
  • Practice social distancing. This includes staying home as much as possible and avoiding close contact by maintaining a 6ft distance.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
  • Stay home when you are sick. Where a mask if you need to leave your house to seek medical attention.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Preliminary research suggests using face coverings, such as cloth masks or bandanas, to slow the spread from presymptomatic or asymptomatic carriers.

Daily updates on coronavirus can be found on the CDC website. In addition, the New Jersey Department of Health has COVID-19 educational information available here or call the 24-hour hotline at 1-800-222-1222. Trained healthcare professionals are standing by to answer questions about coronavirus. The call is free.

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