COVID-19 Patient and Visitor Information
Please take a moment to watch this video featuring our chief medical officer,
Dr. Hamid Shaaban discussing the virus that causes COVID-19 and why our
community must take the virus seriously.
Please take a moment to watch Dr. Christina Picciano of the Primary and
Speciality Care Center at Saint Michael's, who answers some common
questions about what to do if you have the symptoms of coronavirus, but
can't get tested. She also has some practical advise about how to
prevent transmission of the virus.
I tested postive for COVID-19. What should I do now?
I tested negative for COVID-19. What should I do now?
Your Safety is Our Top Priority
You may be concerned about news of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), and
its implications for your health and those of your loved ones. Your safety
and well-being are our top priority.
Please know that:
- We are taking all necessary measures and precautions to protect the safety
of our patients and staff.
- We specialize in the care of patients with complex illnesses and have experience
with managing and containing novel viruses.
This is a rapidly evolving situation and we suggest you check out the latest
updates on the
CDC website as well as
In light of the decreasing number of COVID-19 cases in New Jersey, Saint
Michael’s has reinstated patient visitation.
- Visitation for patients with confirmed COVID-19 will still be restricted
to extenuating circumstances only such as hospice or end of life.
Visitors must abide by the guidelines form the New Jersey Department of Health:
- All visitors must be 18 years of age or older, except in rare exceptions
as determined by the facility.
- Adult Inpatient Acute Care Units: one visitor per patient at a time is
permitted between the hours of 2pm and 4pm and 6pm-8pm.
- Emergency Department: one visitor per patient is permitted at any time
for adult patients. Two parents or guardians are permitted at any time
where the patient is a minor.
- Behavioral Health Adult Units: no visitors permitted until further notice.
- Same day surgery or procedure patients may have one support person prior
to and after the procedure. The support person may remain with the patient
through the initial intake process and may rejoin the patient for the
- Outpatients may be accompanied by one adult. Visitors may wait for the
patient in the hospital or facility’s designated waiting area (subject
to physical space availability), while the patient is having his/her procedure.
- All visitors must pass through a hospital screening station upon entering
the building, use hand sanitizer and wear a surgical mask while inside
the facility. If a visitor presents with fever or symptoms, they will
not be allowed entry into the facility as recommended by the Centers for
Disease Control and Prevention (“CDC”).
SMMC continues to require that all physicians, employees, patients, visitors,
caregivers and contractors undergo non-contact thermal scanning process
upon entering the hospital. This measure is part of the hospital's
ongoing efforts to provide and maintain a safe environment. The hospital
also continues to ask screening questions of anyone entering its building.
Visitors and staff are required to wear a mask in common areas of the hospital
Phone and video calls to patients are welcomed and encouraged. You may
call 973-877-5000, and the operator will transfer the call to your loved one.
Where to Enter the Building
- The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Blvd. entrance and the outpatient entrance
are closed. All patients must enter through the Central Avenue Entrance
or the Main Entrance off MLK Blvd. All visitors will be screened. Visitors
who show any signs of illness, including mild symptoms, should not visit
patients in the hospital or accompany patients to the emergency department.
Due to public health concerns related to COVID-19, the Health Information
Management Department is closing the office to the public to eliminate
person to person contact. More information about how to obtain your medical
records can be found
Frequently Asked Questions about the Novel Coronavirus
What is our hospital doing to protect patients?
- We are screening patients with symptoms of fever, cough or shortness of
breath and with a history of travel within the past 14 days to communities
with widespread or sustained community transmission of the coronavirus.
- If we have a confirmed or potential patient with COVID-19, we will institute
standard infectious disease protocols, as well as additional measures,
to prevent the potential spread of the virus. All healthcare providers
who have contact with the patient will use appropriate personal protective
equipment (PPE), following U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
How concerned should I be about the coronavirus?
- As of now, the seasonal flu remains a significant health risk.
- Coronaviruses can cause the common cold and pneumonia. Most people infected
with the novel coronavirus have mild cold symptoms. A small fraction of
people, however, may require more intensive care. We understand your concern
about protecting yourself from respiratory diseases.
- We have launched an online self-checker for the novel coronavirus in the
form of a bot nicknamed Robby. Robby walks users through symptoms and
then gives recommendations if medical care is needed. Robby is not intended
to be used for diagnosis or treatment purposes. Click the blue "Start
Self-Check Assessment" button to launch the self-checker:
Start Self-Check Assessment
What if you think you've been exposed to COVID-19 and have symptoms?
Call your medical provider for medical advice.
If you develop emergency warning signs for COVID-19, including*:
- Difficultly breathing or shortness of breath
- Persistant pain or pressure in the chest
- New confusion or inability to arouse
- Bluish lips or face
GET MEDICAL ATTENTION IMMEDIATELY.
*This list is not all inclusive. Please consult your medical provider for
any other symptoms that are severe or concerning.
What can I do to protect myself?
It is understandable to feel uncertain or anxious during a public health
crisis, and we need to remember to avoid making assumptions about others'
perceived symptoms or any characteristics of identity. Currently, there
is no vaccine to prevent the novel coronavirus infection. The best way
to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to this virus.
Here are the current
CDC recommendations to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses:
Should I wear a mask?
- Take everyday preventive actions for respiratory infections, such as avoiding
close contact with people who are sick, staying home when sick, and washing
Avoid traveling to places with widespread or sustained community transmission
of the coronavirus. A good place for reliable travel information can be
found on the
CDC's travel advisory page.
CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing
measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies),
especially in areas of significant community-based transmission.
Have general questions about COVID-19?
The NJ Poison Control Center and 211 have partnered with the State of New
Jersey to provide information to the public on COVID-19:
Call: (24/7): 1-800-962-1253
Text: NJCOVID to 898-211
Text: your zip code to 898-211 for live text assistance
nj.gov/health for additional information
Where can I learn more?
Concerned patients and family members should talk with their healthcare provider.
You can also find more information about the virus from these websites.