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COVID-19 Resources

COVID-19 Resources2020-07-23T10:16:57-04:00

Information for our Community about COVID-19

The health and safety of our patients, staff and community have always been our highest priority and we have instituted enhanced safety protocols for all patients and visitors. We understand how difficult some of these guidelines can be and appreciate your understanding and patience as we continue to put your health and safety first. Please check back here for regular updates and visit our Contact page to sign up for our e-newsletter to stay abreast of the latest news from CentraState.

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Hospital Visitation Guidelines

  • Patients are allowed one visitor per day.
  • A no-visitor policy remains in effect for COVID-19 positive patients and patients under investigation for COVID-19.
  • Pediatric Patients are permitted both parents or guardians.
  • End-of-Life Care: Patients receiving end-of-life care may have visitors two at a time throughout the day.
  • All visitors must be 18 years of age or older and present proper photo ID.
  • All visitors must be screened for COVID symptoms and perform hand hygiene before entry.
  • Masks/facial coverings must be worn throughout the duration of the visit.
  • Visitors are allowed from 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
  • Visitors who do not adhere to these restrictions will be asked to leave.

Adult patients who arrive at the Emergency Department will be individually evaluated by a triage nurse and screened for COVID-19. Anyone accompanying the patient will be asked to wait in the reception area until the triaging of the patient is complete. If it is determined that the patient may have a visitor, the visitor will be screened and only ONE person may accompany that patient to the Emergency Department bay.

Pediatric patients (under age 19) are allowed 2 parents/guardians during triage and after patient is admitted to the ED bay.

  • Labor and delivery patients are permitted one support person. Certified doulas will be allowed in addition to the patient’s 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.

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.

Inpatient Lab Testing

  • 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

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