COVID-19 Patient and Visitor Information
Your Safety is Our Top Priority
You may be concerned about news of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), and
its implications for your health and those of your loved ones. Your safety
and well-being are our top priority.
Please know that:
- St. Mary's General is taking all necessary measures and precautions
to protect the safety of our patients and staff.
- We specialize in the care of patients with complex illnesses and have experience
with managing and containing novel viruses.
This is a rapidly evolving situation and we suggest you check out the latest
updates on the
CDC website as well as the
New Jersey Department of Health site.
At this time, there are no patient visitors allowed into St. Mary's
General Hospital, in an effort to limit the spread of COVID-19. Exceptions include:
- Maternity patients are allowed one companion/visitor.
- Pediatric patients are allowed one parent/guardian.
- Visitors to patients at end of life will be allowed at the discretion of
the care team.
Hospital entry points will be limited to to the Main Lobby. Any visitor
who shows any signs of illness, including mild symptoms, and not seeking
not be permitted into the Hospital building.
For more information visit
Patient Visitor Restrictions.
Frequently Asked Questions about the Novel Coronavirus
What is our hospital doing to protect patients?
- We are screening patients with symptoms of fever, cough or shortness of
breath and with a history of travel within the past 14 days to communities
with widespread or sustained community transmission of the coronavirus.
- If we have a confirmed or potential patient with COVID-19, we will institute
standard infectious disease protocols, as well as additional measures,
to prevent the potential spread of the virus. All healthcare providers
who have contact with the patient will use appropriate personal protective
equipment (PPE), following U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
How concerned should I be about the coronavirus?
- As of now, the seasonal flu remains a significant health risk.
Coronaviruses can cause the common cold and pneumonia. Most people infected
with the novel coronavirus have mild cold symptoms. A small fraction of
people, however, may require more intensive care. The CDC has launched an
online self-checker for the novel coronavirus in the form of a bot named Clara (click the
green “Coronavirus Self-Checker” banner to launch it). We
understand your concern about protecting yourself from respiratory diseases.
There is no recommendation to routinely wear a mask at this time.
Keep informed of the risk by checking the
situation update on the CDC website.
Where can I get tested for COVID-19?
Sites for outpatient testing for COVID-19 have been limited in our community
to date, but new testing access and capabilities are becoming available
each day. Community-based testing is now available at William Paterson
University, Bergen County Community College and PNC Bank Arts Center,
as well as other locations across the state. The NJDOH will provide updates
for these centers and more
Remember, your first resource is your primary care doctor, who knows you
best. Please contact your doctor if you have symptoms that would usually
result in your making an appointment, including fever, cough and shortness
Can St. Mary's General test me for COVID-19?
It is important for members of our community to be aware that hospitals
are not COVID-19 screening centers. St. Mary’s General, along with
all hospitals, are for individuals experiencing serious health episodes.
In regard to COVID-19, this would include trouble breathing or a consistent
fever of over 101 degrees. Many infected with COVID-19 will display minimal
symptoms, and will be able to recover comfortably at home. A general rule
of thumb, whether or not you are experiencing any or mild symptoms, is
to practice social distancing in public places at all times. The New Jersey
Department of Health has a 24-hour hotline at
1-800-222-1222, where trained health care professionals are standing by to answer questions
What can I do to protect myself?
It is understandable to feel uncertain or anxious during a public health
crisis, and we need to remember to avoid making assumptions about others'
perceived symptoms or any characteristics of identity. Currently, there
is no vaccine to prevent the novel coronavirus infection. The best way
to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to this virus.
Here are the current
CDC recommendations to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses:
- Take everyday preventive actions for respiratory infections, such as avoiding
close contact with people who are sick, staying home when sick, and washing
Avoid traveling to places with widespread or sustained community transmission
of the coronavirus. A good place for reliable travel information can be
found on the
CDC's travel advisory page.
Should I wear a mask?
The CDC does not recommend the use of face masks for the general U.S. public
to protect themselves from respiratory viruses, including the novel coronavirus.
The best way to protect your health is by practicing preventive measures
listed above to help prevent illness and symptoms similar to the novel
Where can I learn more?
New Jersey COVID-19 Information Hub provides New Jerseyans with the most up-to-date information about COVID-19
and the State's response, including information about services such
as food assistance and small business assistance. If you are concerned
about your personal health, please speak to your healthcare provider.
You can also find more information about the virus from these websites.