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.

Monoclonal Antibodies Update

We have received additional supply and are once again able to offer monoclonal antibodies for COVID-19 at both campuses. Please check back here for updates on availability.

COVID-19 Testing Alert

Please be aware that our Emergency Rooms do not provide COVID-19 screening tests for asymptomatic members of the community. Testing is only administered to appropriate patients who are sick and require emergency room services. Results of those tests have a turnaround time of up to 72 hours. Thank you for understanding, and allowing us to focus on those patients in need of emergency care.

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

Click here for information about how to receive your results for a COVID-19 test taken at Capital Health.

COVID-19 Vaccine Update

Capital Health is currently administering vaccines in partnership with Mercer County. We are currently offering vaccines at pop-up clinics throughout the area.

Consistent with the larger statewide shift from mega-site vaccination clinics to community-based efforts, we are no longer offering vaccines at CURE Arena.

The CDC recommends that people with moderately to severely compromised immune systems receive an additional dose of mRNA COVID-19 vaccine at least 28 days after their second dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine or the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine. Additional doses have not been approved at this time for other populations. Click here to learn more about these recommendations.

Members of the community who have an interest in getting vaccinated can find appointments online at one of more than 1,800 vaccine locations identified by the state by visiting https://covid19.nj.gov/pages/finder.

Additional information about vaccine distribution is available at www.covid19.nj.gov for New Jersey and www.health.pa.gov for Pennsylvania. You may also call New Jersey's toll-free vaccination hotline at 855-568-0545.

Click here to learn more about the Moderna vaccine.

Click here to learn more about the J&J/Janssen vaccine.

Click here to learn more about the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine.

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 has an organized approach to meeting the needs of our community regarding COVID-19. Our protocols follow the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the New Jersey Department of Health (NJDOH), and the New Jersey Hospital Association (NJHA).

NJHA issued updated guidance on hospital visitation on December 23, 2021. This guidance provides for three general tiers of visitation (red, yellow, green) which are periodically reevaluated. The guidance recognizes that individual hospitals and units face challenges that require specific solutions. As of April 20, 2022, the NJHA has reclassified our region as yellow. This updated Capital Health directive incorporates and balances patient rights and experience with best practices in infection prevention.

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.

Volunteers

Fully vaccinated volunteers are permitted at this time if cleared by the Volunteer Service department to begin and/or resume providing service.

Belongings

Limited belongings for COVID-19 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

Visitation of Decedents: Both Hospital Campuses

Decedents who are not COVID + or PUI: One family member may visit the decedent on the clinical unit provided there is no impact on ability/capacity to care for other patients.

Decedents who are COVID + or PUI: No visitation is permitted for infection control. The nurse manager can override this based on his/her discretion to allow one visitor. Factors to be considered include social dynamic of family, timing in which they can arrive, and workflow/workload of the unit at that time.

No families are permitted in the morgue at any time.

Hopewell Campus

Hospital VisitorsOne visitor at a time is permitted for each patient between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. daily. These do not need to be same individual throughout the patient stay. Each visitor must meet screening criteria. The nurse manager on each floor has the authority to override this limitation and allow additional visitors 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. At physician discretion, visitation may be limited for immunocompromised patients on a case-by-case basis.

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.

If requested, overnight stays for one care partner are permitted for adult patients during yellow risk level (per New Jersey Hospital Association guidelines) if the care partner is fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or has tested negative for the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 within 72 hours of the visit. The nurse manager, or their designee, on each floor is responsible for validating vaccination or test results of any care partners requesting an overnight stay. Care partners who plan to stay overnight should carry documentation of vaccination or test results with them and be prepared to show documentation. Intensive care units may have restrictions on overnight visits based on space limits and the patient safety.

Any visitor behavior that creates risk to patients, families or staff may lead to visitation restrictions.

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

  • OB (3M and Labor & Delivery) patients may select one visitor/support person who will have access to visitation at all hours. This individual will be banded with the child’s information and must be the same individual throughout the duration of the hospitalization. One additional visitor per patient who meets screening criteria is welcomed during the hours of 3 - 8 p.m. for 3M (not Labor and Delivery). This additional visitor does not need to be the same person throughout the hospital stay. In addition to the designated support persons, one doula may attend the patient at all hours. The doula is determined to be an essential element of the patient’s health care team. This must be the same doula throughout the labor process. The doula will be provided with an orange band to be worn at all times. The doula must meet all screening requirements and will have their temperature monitored twice daily.
  • Visitation for NICU patients is limited to two 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.
  • Patients less than 18 years of age may have two parents or guardian visitors at all hours. These do not need to be the same designated individuals for the entire hospitalization. Each visitor must meet screening criteria. For the inpatient unit, these individuals will be identified by a band given on the unit. The band must be shown to gain entry to the facility.

One visitor per patient is permitted in the adult Emergency Department treatment areas at all hours. This should be the same individual throughout the ED stay. When not in the treatment area, the single designated support person may remain in the Emergency Department waiting area wearing a mask. 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 may not accompany patients in the holding area but may wait in the Operating Room waiting area maintaining social distancing. One visitor is permitted in other outpatient diagnostic areas for patients requiring assistance.

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

Hospital VisitationOne visitor at a time are permitted for each patient between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. daily in single patient rooms. One visitor at a time per patient is permitted in double occupancy rooms. This does not need to be same individual throughout the patient stay. Each visitor must meet screening criteria. At physician discretion, visitation may be limited for immunocompromised patients on a case-by-case basis. The nurse manager on each floor has the authority to override this limitation and allow additional visitors at a time 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.

If requested, overnight stays for one care partner are permitted for adult patients during yellow risk level (per New Jersey Hospital Association guidelines) if the care partner is fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or has tested negative for the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 within 72 hours of the visit. The nurse manager, or their designee, on each floor is responsible for validating vaccination or test results of any care partners requesting an overnight stay. Care partners who plan to stay overnight should carry documentation of vaccination or test results with them and be prepared to show documentation. Intensive care units may have restrictions on overnight visits based on space limits and the patient safety.

Any visitor behavior that creates risk to patients, families or staff may lead to visitation restrictions.

For non-covid and non-PUI patients, one visitor per patient is permitted in the adult emergency department treatment areas at all hours. This should be the same individual throughout the ED stay. When not in the treatment area, the single designated support person may remain in the Emergency Department waiting area wearing a mask. 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 may not accompany patients in the holding area but may wait in the Operating Room waiting area maintaining social distancing. One visitor is permitted in other outpatient diagnostic areas for patients requiring assistance.

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.

Outpatient Offices

One companion may accompany a patient to an office visit per DCA Administrative Order 2021-11. The companion must be screened for temperature < 100.0 F and symptoms as defined on the first page of this document. The DOH defines “Companion” as a person accompanying a patient who is a minor or accompanying a patient receiving health care services in an office, whose presence is needed to provide assistance with mobility, communication, or understanding, or as a support person for pregnancy-related care including but not limited to office-based ultrasound, genetic counseling, miscarriage management, and postpartum exams.

If a person who has accompanied the patient is needed only for transportation to the appointment and not needed to be present as a companion during clinical consultation, that person should wait outside of the premises if feasible.

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