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Atlantic Health System updates rules for visitation

NEW JERSEY – Atlantic Health System has announced updated visitor restrictions that went into effect on Friday, January 29.

“For the safety and well-being of patients, support persons and health care professionals, visitation is limited at our hospitals. This includes Chilton, Hackettstown, Newton, Overlook and Morristown medical centers, as well as Goryeb Children’s Hospital. All restrictions are subject to change based upon guidance from our care teams, the New Jersey Department of Health and the New Jersey Hospital Association,” according to Atlantic Heath System’s website.

Virtual visitation may be available and you should asked their care team for assistance.

Visitors or support persons will only be permitted with the following:

Adult Inpatients:

  • One visitor is permitted per day between 12:00pm and 8:00pm. The individual must be the same person within a 24-hour period.
  • Visitors are not permitted with:
    • confirmed COVID-19 patients or persons under investigation for COVID-19
    • patients in behavioral health units, except where approved by the care team
    • immunocompromised patients, except where approved by the care team

Emergency Department Patients:

  • One support person will be allowed to accompany an adult patient for an emergency department visit, however the support person may be asked to leave depending on the amount of activity in the emergency department. When permitted, the support person must remain the same for the duration of the visit.
  • In cases where the patient is cognitively impaired, one support person is permitted. The support person must remain the same for the duration of the visit.
  • One parent or guardian of a pediatric patient will be allowed. The support person must remain the same for the duration of the visit.

Maternity Care Patients:

  • One support person will be allowed, which must be the same person for the duration of the mother’s stay.
  • One doula will be allowed, which must be the same doula for the duration of the mother’s stay.

Surgery or Procedure Patients:

  • One support person may accompany a patient until the patient is taken to prepare for their procedure. At that time, the support person will be asked to leave.
  • The support person should provide a contact phone number so that the care team can regularly communicate the status of the patient and contact them with ample time to return for pickup.
  • If social distancing can be achieved, the support person may be present to review discharge instructions.

Pediatric Patients:

  • Two parents or guardians may be with the child during the day.
  • One parent or guardian may remain with the child overnight and throughout the duration of the inpatient hospital stay.

Support Person During Hospital Discharge:

  • To support our patients and their caregivers, a support person may be present to review discharge instructions and education as long as social distancing can be achieved.

Exceptions may be made for patients receiving compassionate end-of-life care, pediatric patients, and caregivers for patients with special needs, which may include intellectual, developmental or cognitive impairment including dementia, communication barriers or behavioral concerns. Patients will be asked to provide contact information for a family member or support person who will receive updates on their care.

No visitors are permitted with confirmed COVID-19 patients or persons under investigation for COVID-19.

General Guidelines for Visitors and Support Persons:

  • All visitors/support persons will be screened to determine if they have tested positive for COVID-19 within the past 14 days, have a pending COVID-19 test or have someone within their household who tested positive for COVID-19 within the past 14 days.
  • Hospital visitors/support persons will be required to complete temperature and symptom screening upon entering the facility, including questions about COVID testing. If the individual does not pass any element of the screening, they will not be permitted to visit. If they pass, they will be limited to visit non-COVID patients/units only.
  • All visitors/support persons must be 18 years of age or older except for the rare exception as determined by the facility.
  • All visitors/support persons will be required to wear a face mask and appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at all times. They may wear their own cloth mask, or a mask will be provided upon entry. Bandanas, gaiters and vented masks are not permitted. Those wearing vented masks will be provided a surgical mask to wear over it. Anyone refusing to wear a mask or other PPE as indicated will be asked to leave the facility.
  • Visitors/support persons are asked to remain in the patient’s room unless otherwise directed by an Atlantic Health System team member.

Jay Edwards

Born and raised in Northwest NJ, Jay has a degree in Communications and has had a life-long interest in local radio and various styles of music. Jay has held numerous jobs over the years such as stunt car driver, bartender, voice-over artist, traffic reporter (award winning), NY Yankee maintenance crewmember and peanut farm worker. His hobbies include mountain climbing, snowmobiling, cooking, performing stand-up comedy and he is an avid squirrel watcher. Jay has been a guest on America’s Morning Headquarters,program on The Weather Channel, and was interviewed by Sam Champion.

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