March 16th Message from Trinitas Regional Medical Center on COVID-19

Gary S. Horan, FACHE, President & Chief Executive Officer

I'm writing to update you on activities at Trinitas designed to halt the spread and treat possible active cases of COVID-19. As of now, there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 at Trinitas.

But we have been very busy. All Senior Management and Department Directors have been meeting daily for the several weeks to enact policies and processes to protect our staff and patients during the COVID-19 pandemic, especially as it increases in New Jersey. We are closely following CDC and NJ Department of Health recommendations for mitigating and containing the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

Be assured, these are the types of events that we anticipate and train for in our Emergency Preparedness activities.

The public should know that we have taken the following steps:

Effective immediately, all patient visiting at Trinitas is suspended. Exceptions will be made as follows:

  • One support person will be allowed to accompany a patient in the below units/situations:
    • Labor and Delivery, Maternity
    • Neonatal Intermediate Care Nursery – mother and banded support person
    • Intensive Care Unit
    • Emergency Department
    • Patients receiving End of Life care

Medical and Nursing Students – will be allowed entrance as part of their clinical rotations. All other students will not be permitted to enter.

The Volunteer program has been suspended until further notice.

A tent located outside the Emergency Department has been erected and will be used in surge situations for purposes of triage.

All services, including outpatient care and elective surgery, will continue until further notice.

Staff working in point-of-entry positions, including Information Desk Staff, Emergency Department front desk staff and Emergency Medical Pre-hospital Services Staff, greeters, registrars, security guards, EMTs and Paramedics must wear a surgical mask at all times while in their assigned work area.

Vendors will not be allowed entrance to the Medical Center unless they are bringing patient-related equipment and supplies.

ALL individuals entering the building MUST use hand sanitizer at their point of entry to the building.

We remind visitors and any support person that they must not come to the Medical Center if they answer β€œyes” to any of the below screening questions.

  • Do you have a fever, cough or shortness of breath?
  • Did you travel to a location outside the US in the past 14 days?
  • Did you have contact with someone who has been infected with COVID-19?

We thank everyone for their cooperation and understanding during this challenging period.

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