COVID-19 in South Jersey: What You Need to Know

Paul M. Lambrecht, MJ, MHA, CPHQ, CPPS, FACHE, Vice President Quality and Patient Safety, Inspira Health

In South Jersey, across the country and around the world, we’re in unprecedented times as we navigate the Novel Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19). At Inspira Health, we’re here to be a resource for our community, sharing the latest information to keep our community informed and help minimize the potential impact this virus could have in our region.

Potential Reopening of Woodbury Facility

The New Jersey Department of Health (DOH) has contacted Inspira Health about reopening its Woodbury facility as a fully operating hospital for general overflow in South Jersey. It would be utilized for a variety of services to relieve strain on health care systems across South Jersey if the number of patients with Coronavirus continues to grow and overwhelm existing hospitals. While the plans are still evolving, Inspira is doing everything we can to assist the NJ DOH in regard to the reopening of Inspira Medical Center Woodbury.

Responding with Due Diligence

Last week, Inspira Health was diligently responding to the first cases of COVID-19 in Gloucester County: two individuals who work at our hospitals. We have notified all potentially impacted patients, as well as staff, and implemented several measures in accordance with CDC guidelines. This situation sheds light on the continued need for collective vigilance in monitoring our health, and we are working swiftly and diligently in response to this situation for the safety and health of our patients, employees, and the community at-large.

Daily Precautions to Reduce Your Risk

It’s critical that everyone takes necessary precautions to reduce exposure to the virus and prevent the virus from spreading. The CDC recommends these daily preventative actions:
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • 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 using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Face masks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others. The use of face masks is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings, such as at home or in a health care facility.
  • 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.


If you have symptoms of a respiratory infection (sneezing, coughing, runny nose, etc.) please observe “respiratory etiquette.”
  • Sit as far from others as possible
  • Cover your face when sneezing or coughing
  • Avoid touching others


Available Resources

Remember, staying informed and taking basic precautions are your best defense against COVID-19. In this rapidly evolving situation, here are several resources offering the most up-to-date information and the instructions to help lessen the risk around the community.