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Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Updates for Our Community

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It Only Gets Better: This video is a tribute to our Health Care Heroes on the front lines; there are no words to thank you for all you are doing. We are #InThisTogether.

With the current outbreak of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in our community and beyond, Englewood Health has implemented important restrictions to help keep our patients and care team members safe.

Information on this page supersedes any contradictory information on other pages of our website.

This information is also available in Spanish and Korean.

If You Are Coming to Us for Care

To ensure the well-being of our patients, visitors, and team members, we are:

  • Screening all patients for symptoms and exposure risks.
  • Asking patients who are under self-quarantine to call ahead if they must come to the hospital. Elective care should occur after your quarantine is over.
  • Requiring masks for any outpatients with symptoms of respiratory illness. In some cases, we are recommending postponement of elective services or office visits for these patients. Speak to your doctor if you have questions about any upcoming elective services or appointments.
  • Asking patients to call ahead to their doctor’s office if they are experiencing fever and/or symptoms of a respiratory illness. Your doctor’s office can advise you on whether you should come in to be seen or manage your symptoms at home.

Cancellation of Services

In addition to canceling elective, nonurgent surgeries and procedures, we have also taken the proactive step of canceling many outpatient services. Decisions about which specific services to cancel are being made by your medical team, based on the best interest of the patient. Patients will be contacted if their appointment is impacted.

Our Outpatient Lab is open with reduced hours for routine laboratory tests. Hours: Monday – Friday, 7 a.m. – 3 p.m. and Saturday, 7 a.m. – 2 p.m. Closed on Sundays.

Visitor Restrictions for Hospital Patients

Until further notice, we are not allowing any visitors for admitted patients or patients in the Emergency Department, except for patients in:

  • Hospice/End of Life
  • Pediatric Care – Emergency Department or Inpatient (one parent)
  • Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (one parent)
  • Labor & Delivery Unit and Maternity Unit
    • Only one support person allowed, designated with a hospital-issued wristband.
    • All support persons will be screened for COVID-19 symptoms and exposure risks. Anyone with such symptoms or deemed at high-risk due to exposure will not be permitted. No one under self-quarantine will be permitted to visit.
    • Patients (mothers) who have suspected or confirmed COVID-19 will not be permitted any visitors until/unless their status has changed.
    • All support persons must wear masks.
    • Support persons must remain in the labor room during labor and in the mother’s postpartum room at all other times.
    • No re-entry. Support persons may not leave the facility and come back. Support persons may otherwise stay for the duration of the mother’s hospitalization.
    • Support persons must follow all instructions from the patient’s care team and may be asked to leave at any point if not complying with those instructions or otherwise in the interest of safety.

We understand how important family and friends are to patients recovering in the hospital, but these restrictions are an important step in protecting the health and safety of all our patients and health care team members.

All visitors will be screened for symptoms and exposure risks.

Patients may not be sent any belongings from home or food.

Visitor Restrictions for Outpatient Appointments

Until further notice, we are not allowing any visitors to attend outpatient appointments.

Visitors must wait in their car or outside, but may not wait inside the hospital.

Drop-Off Patient and Self-Parking

All valet service is suspended. Security and valet staff will be on-site across the campus to direct patients and visitors to park in the Visitor Lot or the Emergency Department lot. Patient drop-off will be permitted at any entrance, but the driver will need to self-park.

Telemedicine Visits

Many of our physicians are now offering telemedicine visits so you don’t need to leave your home. Learn more

Classes and Events

As the safety and well-being of our patients, visitors, and staff is our top priority, all classes at the Graf Center for Integrative Medicine, childbirth education classes and tours, and support groups are postponed until further notice. EMS Training Center classes are canceled through at least April 30, 2020.

More Information About COVID-19

Symptoms

It’s important to know what signs and symptoms to look for and how to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Patients with COVID-19 have had mild to severe respiratory illness with fever, cough, and shortness of breath.

Remember, if you have these symptoms, you should call ahead to your doctor’s office for advice on whether you should come in to be seen or manage your symptoms at home. If you do come to the doctor’s office and have these symptoms, ask for a mask as soon as you arrive.

Prevention

There are simple everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, including the coronavirus. These include:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.

If you are sick with any respiratory illness, to keep it from spreading to others, you should:

  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

Testing

If you have symptoms, contact your doctor, who can determine whether testing is appropriate. You can also contact the NJ COVID-19 hotline, 800-222-1222 for more information.

Mental Health Tips and Resources 

As the COVID-19 outbreak continues to spread throughout our community, we have all been impacted. On a practical level, the closures of schools, gyms, and restaurants have upended our lives and have forced most to practice social distancing or even quarantine in their homes.  

For many of us, the impact of the pandemic is akin to a prolonged traumatic experience and can take a toll on our emotional wellness. Our usual approach to life and the rules we follow are no longer in place. The normal lifestyle and function of a routine in a relatively safe and stable world now feel compromised. When our normal way of life is overturned, and our sense of safety and security is disrupted, what can you do? Read more

Support the Power to Prepare Fund

Thanks to the strength, resilience and generosity of our collective community, the Englewood Health Foundation has established the Power to Prepare Fund. This fund will provide continuity of high-quality care for all of our patients, obtain necessary supplies and equipment to aid in screening and treatment, and deliver much-needed support for our indispensable caregivers on the frontlines. Make a gift now

More Information

For information specific to Englewood Health, this page will be continually updated as the situation evolves.

For general information, we encourage you to consult the CDC website and/or the NJ Department of Health website, which have the most up-to-date information for the general public. Coronavirus questions are being handled by the health experts at the NJ Poison Control Center at 1-800-222-1222.


Updated March 25, 2020