As the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to evolve as a global and local health concern, St. Joseph’s Health is prepared to care for our patients and community.
We are working in conjunction with the Passaic County Health Department and the New Jersey Department of Health, as well as federal public health agencies, on screening and treatment protocols for the protection of our patients, visitors, and staff. At St. Joseph’s we routinely encounter patients with symptoms of respiratory illness. Our clinical teams are well-trained to use all of the tools and techniques available to effectively manage potential cases.
What is coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)?Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person. The virus that causes COVID-19 is a novel coronavirus that was first identified during an investigation into an outbreak in Wuhan, China. The virus is highly contagious and can be transmitted through droplets in the air when an infected person coughs or sneezes.
What are the symptoms of COVID-19?Patients with COVID-19 have had mild to severe respiratory illness with symptoms of:
- Shortness of breath
How can I help protect myself?People can help protect themselves from respiratory illness with everyday preventive actions:
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Practice Social Distancing
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
What to do if you are sick?
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
- Wear a face mask if you are around people
What should I do if I think I have COVID-19 (Coronavirus)?If you are concerned that you may have COVID-19 (Coronavirus) you should CALL your primary care physician or urgent care. They will instruct you on what you should do based off of your symptoms and scenario. If you are having difficulty breathing you should call 9-1-1.
If you have a medical emergency and need to call 911, notify the operator that you have or think you might have, COVID-19. If possible, put on a facemask before medical help arrives.