PRINCETON, N.J., March 11, 2020 /PRNewswire/ --New Jersey hospitals have partnered with the New Jersey Hospital Association to develop heightened visitor restrictions to protect patients statewide amid the coronavirus outbreak.
These voluntary restrictions provide a statewide standard that create consistency for visitors while providing new safeguards for patients and hospital staff members.
"COVID-19 is a novel virus that poses an unprecedented threat to our patients, especially those who are elderly, have underlying medical conditions or have compromised immune systems. New Jersey's hospitals and health systems have partnered with the New Jersey Hospital Association to initiate heightened precautions by adopting standardized visitor restrictions across our state," the voluntary policy states.
These precautions include:
"These standards are the result of the collective leadership of healthcare CEOs in New Jersey," said NJHA President and CEO Cathy Bennett. "Our top priority is to protect patients, but we all agreed that a statewide approach also provides consistency during a time of uncertainty and anxiety over coronavirus."
Nursing homes also are adopting similar, and in some cases, additional visitor restrictions to protect their frail residents. Visitors are encouraged to check ahead as restrictions may change as the coronavirus situation evolves.
SOURCE New Jersey Hospital Association (NJHA)