Coronavirus (COVID-2019)

At Inspira Health, we are committed to keeping you informed about the new coronavirus (COVID-19).

Our clinical leadership teams continue to closely monitor the situation and put policies and procedures in place to protect patients, visitors and staff. Our facilities continue to follow the most current guidance provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and local health authorities to appropriately screen, isolate and manage patients who meet the criteria.

Anyone with cold or flu-like symptoms should seek care as they normally would, immediately alerting the health care facility or health care provider if they have recently been in close contact with someone who has been under investigation for, or is a confirmed case of, COVID-19. Anyone concerned that they or a loved one might be displaying clinical distress (such as breathing difficulties) should call 9-1-1 as they normally would.

It’s important to understand that this situation continues to evolve. For the most current information about COVID-19 please visit the CDC website.

Assess Your COVID-19 Symptoms

Try Rosie. Our virtual assistant (in the bottom right corner of this page) can help individuals decide what steps they should take, based on symptoms and possible exposure to COVID-19. After answering a few questions, Rosie recommends if the individual should seek medical care.

For anyone who thinks they may have been exposed to the coronavirus, we are offering a free 16-Day Self-Monitoring Tool to track and monitor how they’re feeling without leaving home, making it useful to both symptomatic and asymptotic people. This virtual tool also provides helpful information and reminders for people who are self-isolating. It guides patients daily through a series of questions that check for and log coronavirus symptoms in an effort to improve awareness and education around the disease. The tool also provides important resources for caring for yourself at home, managing stress and anxiety, early warning signs, cloth face coverings, and more. Enroll Here to Try It.

Safety Across the Network

The safety of our patients, our staff and our community-at-large has always been and will continue to be our top priority. We have been taking every precaution to protect our community through comprehensive protocols for social distancing, the use of personal protective equipment, sanitation, staffing and other initiatives.

As a result, if you need to seek medical care, it is safe to be treated at Inspira Health medical centers. Do not avoid treatment out of fear.

Additionally, our Emergency Department continues to and will remain open to safely treat patients. Anyone experiencing an emergency should call 911 immediately or go to the nearest emergency department if able.

To further enhance safety, we have put in place additional measures across the network to ensure everyone who walks into our buildings (employees, patients, visitors) remains safe and healthy:
  • Masks are provided to and worn by all employees, physicians, and patients upon entering the hospital.
  • Every unit is sanitized daily with an UV light treatment to supplement our current hospital cleaning and disinfecting practices.
    • Elevators, chairs, desks and doors in all areas of the hospital sanitized with a virucide disinfectant solution by the sanitation team.
  • COVID-19 patients and non-COVID-19 patients are concentrated in different locations, treated by distinct care teams.
  • Negative pressure rooms are used to safely care for our patients with COVID-19 to prevent further spread of the disease.
  • Temperature and sign/symptom checks are conducted prior to any employee, physician or patient entering the hospital.
    • Any individual with a fever or a sign/symptom of COVID-19 will be assessed further clinically before they enter.
  • Plexiglass shields continue to be installed at all information and registration areas, as well as cafeterias.
  • Hand washing with soap and water and the use of hand sanitizer is available throughout the hospital.
  • Microsoft Surface tablets are used by staff and doctors to communicate with COVID-19 patients without entering their hospital rooms when it’s not necessary to do so.
  • Visitor restrictions are put in place to decrease potential virus transmission (see below).

Visitor Policy

Maternity, same-day elective surgery, elective procedure, outpatient, and pediatric patients are limited to 1 visitor. The maternity visitor/support person must remain with the patient at all times.

For the safety of our patients and staff, you cannot visit if you:
  • are presently ill (with fever, cough)
  • are under the age of 18
  • are presently a person under investigation for COVID-19
  • have had any contact with individuals who are confirmed to be a “person under investigation” for coronavirus

For patients who are at the end of life, we will exercise flexibility in number and age for visitors during this difficult time.

Designated support persons essential to patient care for patients with disabilities where the disability may be due to altered mental status, intellectual or cognitive disability, cognitive impairment including dementia, communication barriers or behavioral concerns are also permitted to maintain the safety of the patient.

Exceptions may be made for specific cases with the approval of Administration.

All visitors must wear a mask at all times.

Resumption of Elective Surgeries

As of May 26, elective surgeries and invasive procedures have been permitted to resume in New Jersey by Gov. Murphy. Inspira has developed a robust plan to safely address the significant demand for surgical and procedural care, while also maintaining a capacity and readiness to pivot and flex to a potential second wave of COVID-19. As part of its plan, Inspira has identified the levels of severity by which a patient will be measured to determine who is eligible for procedures, and have taken thoughtful consideration of a patient’s surgical journey to ensure safety from pre-op to post-discharge and every phase in between.

The organization has instituted strict guidelines by which each hospital must follow in order to resume and continue elective surgeries, which includes information on the presence of COVID cases, required equipment, staff training and more. These guidelines are aligned with those published by the New Jersey Department of Health.

Modified Schedules

Our facilities and community services are following the most current guidance provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and local health authorities.

All patients with appointments will be contacted directly to notify of any changes, as we do normally. Any patients who may have questions regarding a scheduled appointment should speak with their healthcare provider.

View Modified Schedules

Questions

For general questions about the coronavirus, the New Jersey Poison Control Center has experts available to answer your questions. The number is 1-800-222-1222. You can also call 1-800-962-1253 to speak to a healthcare professional. For general information, testing, and basic needs, dial 211 or text your zip code to 898-211. For alerts/updates, text NJCOVID to 898-211.

To provide an additional resource for our community, Inspira Health has established a hotline. Call 1-800-772-2848, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays to receive information about Inspira’s state of readiness and up-to-date decisions regarding the status of our services provided at our 150+ access points.

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Donations

To confront the COVID-19 pandemic and address the needs of patients and caregivers impacted by coronavirus, the Inspira Health Foundation is accepting monetary donations as well as food, supplies, masks, words of encouragement, and more. Learn more on our Donations Page or contact InspiraGiving@ihn.org or 856-641-8290.