COVID-19 (Coronavirus 19)

For up-to-date information about COVID-19, visit these websites:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

New Jersey Department of Health

Pennsylvania Department of Health

You may also contact the New Jersey Department of Health Hotline at 1-800-222-1222 or the Pennsylvania Department of Health Hotline at 1-877-PA-HEALTH (1-877-724-3258) if you have additional questions about COVID-19.

Click here for information about COVID-19 testing at Capital Health.

 

COVID-19 Vaccine Update

The COVID-19 vaccine continues to be distributed in phases throughout New Jersey and Pennsylvania according to prioritization guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Capital Health is currently administering COVID-19 vaccines as part of the state’s network of vaccine sites. Vaccines are being administered to eligible community members who have registered, and are scheduled, through the NJ Vaccine Scheduling System (NJVSS).

Vaccinations are by appointment only.

To pre-register with the state for your vaccine, please visit https://covidvaccine.nj.gov/. The state system will contact you to schedule a vaccine when appointments are available. Unfortunately, we cannot accommodate walk-ins. Additional information about vaccine distribution is available at www.covid19.nj.gov for New Jersey and www.health.pa.gov for Pennsylvania.

Click here for frequently asked questions related to the COVID-19 vaccine.

 

Visitor Restrictions

Click here to download/print the COVID-19 Waiver that must be completed by all hospital visitors.

Capital Health is working hard to keep our patients, community and staff healthy during the COVID-19 pandemic. As the pandemic evolves, Capital Health will be resuming performance of certain inpatient and outpatient procedures. This update to visitation directives incorporates and balances patient rights and experience with best practices in infection prevention.

NJHA issued updated guidance on hospital visitation on November 19, 2020. This guidance provides for three general tiers of visitation (red, yellow, green). The guidance recognizes that individual hospitals and units face challenges that require specific solutions. Capital Health is following the NJHA guidance. As of 12/17/20, NJHA has classified our region (and the entire state) Red due to the prevalence of the virus. Therefore, Hopewell campus visitation status is being changed to Red at this time. Visitation status at the RMC campus remains Red . Details are below.

Visitor or Support Person Requirements for All Areas

  • Visitors must not be ill, or display signs of illness including:
    • Fever or chills
    • Cough
    • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
    • Extreme fatigue
    • Muscle or body aches
    • Headache
    • New loss of taste or smell
    • Sore throat
    • Congestion or runny nose
    • Nausea or vomiting
    • Diarrhea
  • Visitors must be age 18 or older
  • Visitors must wear a face mask
  • Visitors must perform hand hygiene
  • Visitors must comply with a temperature screening
  • Visitors must bring identification for badge processing
  • Visitors must sign the waiver above
  • Visitors must not have returned from a state currently subject to a travel advisory within 14 days

Persons not meeting these criteria will be denied entry into the facility.

Belongings

Limited belongings for COVID patients will be taken in at the front desk subject to the following considerations.

Items are accepted at the front desk only from households in which there are no known positive individuals. Family members attempting to deliver/drop off items must pass symptom and temperature checks for items to be accepted. To aid in infection control, we are only accepting limited items. These are:

  • Phone
  • Device charger
  • Tablet or small device
  • Limited reading material

Hopewell Campus

No Visitors Allowed (Limited Exceptions)No visitors are permitted at any time. The nurse manager on each floor has the authority to override this limitation and allow one visitor based on extraordinary circumstances to assure compassion for patients and families. These situations are generally limited to end-of-life care. Clergy who meet medical screening requirements above will be permitted to attend patients as an additional visitor.

In accordance with DOH policy, patients with intellectual or cognitive disability, communication barriers or behavioral concerns may have a designated care partner with them at all times throughout their hospitalization at either campus. This designated care partner can be a family member; personal care assistant; or other disability service provider knowledgeable about the patient's care. This individual will be identified by an orange band .Outside of designated visiting hours, this individual must stop at the lobby security desk and present the band to enter the facility. This individual must meet COVID-19 symptom and temperature screening criteria. Once in the unit, the designated care partner must not access other areas of the hospital.

The following exceptions apply to visitors in the Maternity and Pediatric Services areas:

  • OB (3M and Labor & Delivery) patients are limited to one support person and an appropriately certified Doula (when applicable)
  • Visitation for NICU patients is limited to parents or legal guardian(s). In the event that there is one parent or legal guardian, a second support person may be designated to visit with the parent or legal guardian. The identified individuals will be banded according to organizational standard. The visitors will be the same for the duration of the admission. Visitation may be altered at the discretion of the organization and unit leadership.
  • Pediatric inpatients less than 18 years of age may have one parent or guardian visitor at all hours. This must be the same designated individual for the entire hospitalization.

No visitors are permitted in the adult emergency department treatment areas. A single designated support person may remain in the emergency department waiting area wearing a mask. In the pediatric ED at Hopewell, patients less than 18 years of age may have one parent or guardian visitor in the treatment area.

Same day surgery or procedure patients may have one support person accompany them through the registration process at the front desk. Support persons are not allowed in patient care areas and must exit the facility after the registration process. The support person may reenter the facility to accompany the patient at discharge. Visitors are not permitted in the Operating Room waiting area for surgical patients being admitted after the intake process. Visitors are not permitted in other outpatient diagnostic areas including Maternal Fetal Medicine.

Exceptions include patients who are less than 18 years of age who may have one visitor. Patients with intellectual or cognitive disability, communication barriers, behavioral concerns or general debility limiting their ability to navigate the facility may have a designated support person with them during their outpatient care. This individual must meet COVID-19 symptom and temperature screening criteria and wear a facemask. At times when their physical presence is not required to assist the patient, these individuals should wait in the designated area for the relevant service practicing social distancing.

RMC Campus

No Visitors Allowed (Limited Exceptions)No visitors are permitted at any time. The nurse manager on each floor has the authority to override this limitation and allow one visitor based on extraordinary circumstances to assure compassion for patients and families. These situations are generally limited to end-of-life care. Clergy who meet medical screening requirements above will be permitted to attend patients as an additional visitor.

In accordance with DOH policy, patients with intellectual or cognitive disability, communication barriers or behavioral concerns may have a designated care partner with them at all times throughout their hospitalization at either campus. This designated care partner can be a family member; personal care assistant; or other disability service provider knowledgeable about the patient's care. This individual will be identified by an orange band and must be the same individual throughout the patient’s stay. This individual must stop at the lobby security desk and present the band to enter the facility. This individual must meet COVID-19 symptom and temperature screening criteria. Once in the unit, the designated care partner must not access other areas of the hospital.

No visitors are permitted in the adult emergency department treatment areas. A single designated support person may remain in the emergency department waiting area wearing a mask. Patients less than 18 years of age may have one parent or guardian visitor in the treatment area. This individual must meet COVID-19 symptom and temperature screening criteria.

Same day surgery or procedure patients may have one support person accompany them through the registration process at the front desk. Support persons are not allowed in patient care areas and must exit the facility after the registration process. The support person may reenter the facility to accompany the patient at discharge. Visitors are not permitted in the Operating Room waiting area for surgical patients being admitted after the intake process. Visitors are not permitted in other outpatient diagnostic areas.

Exceptions include patients who are less than 18 years of age who may have one visitor. Patients with intellectual or cognitive disability, communication barriers, behavioral concerns or general debility limiting their ability to navigate the facility may have a designated support person with them during their outpatient care. This individual must meet COVID-19 symptom and temperature screening criteria and wear a facemask. At times when their physical presence is not required to assist the patient, these individuals should wait in the designated area for the relevant service practicing social distancing.

We thank you in advance for adhering to our restrictions and understanding.

 

Video Visits for Primary Care and Behavioral Health

Now more than ever, your primary care provider should be your first point of contact if you’re not feeling well. To safely and conveniently provide you with the most appropriate care, Capital Health Medical Group offers video visits with the same great doctors, nurse practitioners and physician assistants that patients see in our Primary Care Network locations throughout the region.

Available to current and new patients, these appointments are now covered by insurance, including Medicare and Medicaid, and in many cases co-pays will not be charged.

Click here for more information. If you are a patient at one of our primary care offices, call your office to schedule your video visit. If you are a new patient, call 1-844-343-2464
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The incredible physical toll of the COVID-19 pandemic on both patients and health care workers is unmistakable, but the crisis is also having a significant impact on the population as a whole that is sometimes less obvious. With more people experiencing feelings of helplessness, loss, and loneliness during the current health crisis, Capital Health – Behavioral Health Specialists offers video visit appointments to help current and new patients process and navigate these challenging times.

Out of an abundance of caution for patients and providers, Capital Health – Behavioral Health Specialists has temporarily switched to video visits only, with limited group support options available as well. Video visits for behavioral health are now covered by most major insurances, including Medicare, and in many cases co-pays will not be charged. Referrals from primary care providers are not required.

To schedule a video visit appointment with one of the providers at Capital Health – Behavioral Health Specialists, call 609-689-5725 or visit capitalhealth.org/behavioralhealth for more information.

 

Learn More About COVID-19

Click here to listen to our latest Health Headlines podcast with more information on COVID-19 from Capital Health Infectious Disease Specialist Dr. Marc Whitman.

Concern about this virus leaves many Americans wondering if there is anything they can do to protect themselves and their families from getting sick. Click on the links below for more information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on COVID-19:

How It Spreads

How to Protect Yourself

How to Protect Your Loved Ones

How to Protect Your Home

Managing the Anxiety & Stress