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Atlantic Heath System implements new visitation guidelines

NEW JERSEY – For the safety and wellbeing of patients, visitors, support persons and health care professionals, Atlantic Health System on Nov. 11 has implemented the following visitor restrictions for Chilton, Hackettstown, Newton, Overlook and Morristown medical centers, as well as Goryeb Children’s Hospital.

The policy includes hospital visiting hours, restrictions and COVID-19 safety measures along with special guidelines for maternity and certain neonatal and pediatric units.

  • Visiting hours for Overlook Medical Center are between 2:00pm and 8:00pm
  • Visiting hours for Morristown Medical Center are between 12:00pm and 8:00pm
  • Visiting hours for Chilton Medical Center are between 12:00pm and 8:00pm
  • Visiting hours for Newton Medical Center are between 12:00pm and 8:00pm
  • Visiting hours for Hackettstown Medical Center are between 12:00pm and 8:00pm
  • Hospital visitors will be required to complete temperature and symptom screening upon entering the facility, including a travel inquiry. If the visitor 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 arriving from states or countries under a travel advisory that requires a 14-day quarantine upon arrival to New Jersey, will not be permitted to enter an Atlantic Health System facility.
    • For the list of states for which NJ requires quarantine, click here. This list is updated frequently; check it regularly.
    • For the list of countries that require quarantine, click here.
  • All visitors must be 18 years of age or older except for the rare  exception as determined by the facility.
  • The hospital strongly recommends inpatients be limited to one healthy visitor per day. The healthy visitor can change day-to-day, unless:
    • The patient is a minor, in which case the pediatric patient may have both parents or guardians, or
    • At the facility’s discretion, a limited number of additional persons may be determined to be appropriate. Rare exceptions for unique circumstances will be made only after consultation and approval by the medical center nurse management team.
  • All visitors will be required to wear face coverings 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. A vented mask may only be worn with a surgical mask placed over it. Any visitor refusing to wear a mask or other PPE as indicated will be asked to leave the facility.
  • Pediatric Inpatient Units and Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU):
    • The same two healthy parents, guardians or caregivers who are identified by the family initially will be the only approved visitors. Rare exceptions for unique circumstances will be made only after consultation and approval by the medical center nurse manager or assistant nurse manager.
    • One parent or guardian is permitted to stay overnight (in addition to daytime visiting). A second parent or guardian can also be present from 8:00am to 8:00pm.
    • Caregivers staying overnight must arrive by 8:00pm.
    • Visitors must remain in the patient’s room as much as possible.
    • Visitors must remain masked both in and outside of the patient’s room and when staff enter the room.
  • COVID-19 Travel Advisory for Pediatrics
    • If an inpatient minor’s parent is within the 14-day quarantine period and there is no option to have a lower-risk parent or guardian be present, then only one parent will be permitted to visit, and that parent must wear a mask whenever staff are present in the room. The parent will be asked to stay in the room for the duration of the hospitalization.
  • Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU):
    • During maternal hospitalization, two individuals given visitor wristbands (i.e., parents or caregivers) may visit their newborn infant in the NICU any time of day (24/7).
    • After maternal discharge from the hospital, the two individuals with visitor wristbands may visit separately between 8:00am and 10:00pm for the duration of the newborn hospitalization.
    • Two individuals with visitor wristbands may both come on the day of their infant’s discharge.
    • Exceptions may be made on a case-by-case basis (i.e. transfers from other hospitals whereby at the initial visit to the NICU both individuals with visitor wristbands will be permitted, parent conferences with the health care team, and day of infant surgery).
  • Maternity
    • One designated support person is permitted with a pregnant patient during labor, delivery, and the entire postpartum hospital stay.
    • The support person can be the patient’s spouse, partner, sibling, or another person that they choose.
    • A doula who is part of the patient’s care team is permitted and does not count as a support person.
  • Procedural Areas
    • To promote social distancing and keep everyone safe, one designated support person is permitted to accompany a patient having an ambulatory procedure.
    • We encourage all support people to drop their loved one off and provide a contact phone number so that we can regularly communicate the status of the patient.
    • We will contact you with ample time to return and pick up your loved one.
    • We would be happy to provide you with a list of local restaurants and stores that you can visit during the procedure.

For additional information, click here.

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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