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Public Health Update

Public Health Update2020-03-30T09:38:42-04:00

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates

During these unprecedented times, the health and safety of our patients, staff and community remain our highest priority. As coronavirus concerns escalate, CentraState Healthcare System remains agile in responding to the crisis and is prepared to handle patients with infectious diseases such as COVID-19. Our infectious disease experts remain 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.

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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 support person must remain in the patient’s room for the duration of the hospital 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, gearing 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.

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.

Community Education Classes are cancelled through May 17th. Full and pro-rated refunds will be issued to class participants who have already registered. CentraState will continue to identify the risks associated with COVID-19 to determine whether to extend cancellations further. Please check back often for updates on class cancellations or contact us with any questions.

On Friday March 13, 2020, the U.S. Surgeon General and the American College of Surgeons (ACS) recommended that healthcare facilities consider the suspension of elective surgeries in an effort to ease the strain on the healthcare infrastructure. In response, CentraState has suspended elective and non-urgent surgeries effective March 15. Please contact your physician’s office for additional guidance.

  • Family Practice of CentraState offices in Jackson, Marlboro and Monroe will be temporarily closed. Our locations in Colts Neck, East Windsor and Freehold remain open to receive patient calls and make appointments.
  •  Women’s Health Specialists of CentraState will remain open during regular business hours to receive patient calls and make appointments. Note that the office has limited hours for office visits.
  • CentraState’s laboratory at East Windsor will be closed on Saturdays until further notice. For Saturday appointments, please access CentraState’s lab in Freehold between 7 am-11 am.

Information on Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Daily updates on coronavirus can be found on 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.

Reported illnesses have ranged from mild symptoms to severe illness and death for confirmed COVID-19 cases. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath

Use this self-assessment tool to check if you or a loved one are experiencing symptoms, determine whether you should be tested for COVID-19, and learn steps to follow to protect yourself and others.

Call your healthcare professional if you develop symptoms. You may also call our COVID-19 Community Info line at 732-637-6556.

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. It prevents those who may be sick but don’t know it yet, from infecting others in the community.
  • 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.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.

Important Guidelines for Use of Facemasks

CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19. Please follow these guidelines for use of facemasks:
  • Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others.
  • The use of facemasks is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a health care facility).​