MORRISTOWN, NJ - Atlantic Health wants the community to know that they are "working closely with local, state and federal public health agencies, as well as our own health care professionals, to assure that Atlantic Health System is prepared.
"At this time there is no patient at Morristown Medical Center who has tested positive for the coronavirus", stated Karen Zatorski Senior Public Relations Manager for Atlantic Health System.
The statement was made to TAPinto on Friday March 6, 2020.
As the virus continues to evolve, the hospital is reminding the community that their top priority is the safety of patients, communities and health care professional.
"Our expert clinicians regularly care for patients with severe respiratory illnesses and other infectious diseases", stated hospital officials. "They are well trained and follow specific procedures using all the tools and techniques in place to protect themselves, including the use of personal protective equipment (PPE). We are drawing on this experience as we continue to prepare and address key issues, including the early recognition and isolation of any patient identified as being high risk for COVID-19".
"We remind all members of our community that there are everyday preventative actions they can take to help limit the spread of respiratory viruses, including COVID-19 and flu", they stated.
A few common measures the CDC advises for the general public include:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water or alcohol-based hand rub for at least 20 seconds
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
- Avoid close contact (6 feet) with people who appear to have a respiratory infection
The New Jersey Department of Health has a 24-hour hotline at 1-800-222-1222, where trained healthcare professionals are standing by to answer questions about COVID-19. The CDC and NIH are also excellent sources for the latest information.
"We will continue to provide our community with updates as conditions evolve", said hospital officials.