- COVID-19 virus infection
Dear Community Members:
There are patients being treated at Shore Medical Center, who are suspicious for COVID-19 virus infection. Shore continues to follow its informed and precautionary COVID-19 triage processes when patients present to the hospital for evaluation to mitigate the spread of the virus, protect and keep our staff safe and care for the patients and families.
Recently, one of the patients hospitalized at Shore was a confirmed positive for COVID-19 and we anticipate being informed of a second positive hospitalized patient. Both remain in respiratory isolation and are in stable condition.
Shore's focus remains safe patient care and the safety of our dedicated staff. We continue to follow the guidelines of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the New Jersey Department of Health (NJDOH) and are in continuous communication with our neighboring healthcare entities to learn from each other and employ consistent strategies together. We ask that all in the community heed the call to social distance and first seek an electronic contact with your primary care provider before visiting any medical setting for symptoms unless you would otherwise seek 911 for symptoms that need urgent attention. For those seeking electronic contact with a primary care provider, Shore Physicians Group is offering telehealth visits. For phone numbers to providers, visit the Shore Physicians Group web site.
- Telehealth Available
Shore Physician Group is now accepting telehealth visits for new and current patients. Call Your SPG Provider’s Office for an appointment. For a complete list of our providers and office phone numbers, please visit https://shorephysiciansgroup.com/doctor/.
- How to Donate During COVID-19
The outpouring of support from our community during this time has been tremendous. We have received food, masks and other supplies from stores, dental offices, and from numerous members of the community. Our doctors, nurses and clinical support staff are on the front lines in the battle against COVID-19, and your donations help uplift their spirts and put a smile on their faces at a time they need it most.
We are so thankful for this generous outreach and wanted to offer some guidance:
- To donate food, masks & surgical caps* and other supplies: Please contact our Patient Experience department at 609-653-3882. We will arrange to have someone meet you at our main entrance. If someone doesn’t answer your call right away, please leave a message with what you are donating and we will return your call soon.
- To send ‘thank you’ notes and artwork to our frontline staff: Please take a photo of your art or message and email it to email@example.com. We will print it and post on a gratitude wall for our staff to enjoy!
- To donate to our COVID-19 Emergency Fund: Your financial contributions will help us in the short term and long term as we fight this battle against COVID-19. Every little bit helps! Give here: https://interland3.donorperfect.net/weblink/weblink.aspx?name=shoremem&id=51
*Guidelines for donating homemade masks and surgical/scrub caps:
We are currently accepting homemade masks and surgical scrub caps that are made of cloth, with elastic, and are washable.
Surgical/scrub caps will be used by our staff. Homemade masks can be used for patients who come to the hospital WITHOUT symptoms of COVID-19. Hand-sewn masks provide a layer of protection for others as it will help prevent you from spreading the virus if you have it but you are not yet showing symptoms.
They can also be worn at home or if needed when people are in public for essential needs such as groceries. They need to be kept clean and washed frequently.
Those who present to our hospital with upper respiratory symptoms such as cough or symptoms suspicious for COVID-19 infection will, along with our staff, receive and wear commercially made hospital masks as the protective barrier. We are also accepting donations of these home-made masks.
Please put them in individual Ziploc bags before dropping them off. We will arrange to have someone meet you at the entrance.
Shore Medical Center has adopted a No-Visitor Policy in accordance with the New Jersey Hospital Association and other NJ hospitals.
These visitor restrictions include:
- No hospital visitors will be allowed until further notice.
Limited exceptions include:
- Patients in hospice or end-of-life care
- One visitor/support person for maternity patients
- One visitor/support person for pediatric patients
- One visitor/support person for an individual undergoing same-day surgery or an ambulatory procedure.
Visitors who meet these exceptions will be screened for symptoms before being allowed to visit. These visitor restrictions will remain in place until further notice.
We take the health, safety and welfare of our patients and staff members very seriously. We have been collaborating with local and state health officials to ensure appropriate local protocols and guidelines for cleaning and disinfection, are followed.
We strongly encourage all patients to use hand sanitizer upon entering Shore Medical Center and to remain vigilant in handwashing. Along with good hygiene practices, we emphasize unless it is an emergency, stay home if you feel sick. Try to avoid errands and largely populated areas when you are sick. This will help prevent the spreading of illness to others.
When contacting our offices, disclose if you have had recent travel history to countries considered high risk, have been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19 and if you are experiencing the following symptoms: fever, cough and shortness of breath.
If you are symptomatic, the state has activated a 24-hour hotline with trained health professionals available for those who want to be tested and for those who have questions about the virus at 1-800-222-1222. Shore is continuing to closely monitor this situation and work with the appropriate agencies. We will continue to provide additional updates as needed. If you are having a medical emergency, call 911.