Local hospitals are slowly returning to some version of normal as the curve flattens in Hudson County amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Hudson Regional Hospital (HRH) is prepared to treat non-COVID patients at its independent areas of the emergency room and intensive care unit
However, some residents have apparently avoided seeking treatment for non-virus-related issues out of fear of contracting the virus while at a hospital.
HRH has employed measures to prevent this since the start of the pandemic.This includes the formation of a completely separate patient recovery floor, as well as a staff with no crossover with COVID-19 patients.
The hospital’s strict safety protocols have been largely in response to reports that patients in need of medical treatment are waiting until symptoms become unmanageable at home due to fear of the COVID-19 virus.
HRH is using the most technologically advanced cleaning systems available, including UV cleaning robots and the NanoVapor BioTech Microbial Suppression System (MSS). The technology uses a large scale surface application system that disinfects and protects surfaces from all microorganisms, including viruses like the COVID-19 for 70 days or more.
All patients are tested for COVID-19 and receive antibody testing before admittance for any treatment. All staff get their temperatures tested daily and wear PPE to ensure the safety and best outcomes for patients in all its departments.
COVID-19 cases on the decline
Dr. Nizar Kifaieh, President and CEO for HRH, reports that the hospital is seeing a dramatic decrease in COVID-19 cases and deaths and is optimistic that this will continue if everyone practices proper social distancing guidelines.
“Everyone should know that it is safe to come to our ER,” Kifaieh said. “If you have concerning medical conditions or symptoms for stroke, uncontrolled diabetes, or other potentially life-threatening conditions, don’t wait at home and risk further deterioration.”
HRH’s maternity ward has been following state and federal social distancing guidelines throughout the COVID-19 pandemic crisis. In fact, the maternity ward has delivered 95 babies since March 1.
“The only time I thought about the virus was when my husband’s family and my family came to the hospital to see me and the new baby,” said Souyi Ma, a resident who had her baby at Hudson Regional Hospital’s maternity ward on March 13. “Overall my experience at the hospital was a good one and I personally did not feel like my stay was affected negatively by COVID.”
HRH will continue to operate its drive-through COVID-19 testing by appointment until the need for the service in Hudson County subsides. It is also conducting IgG antibody testing between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. The testing is held between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.
The cost for those who come to their appointment without a prescription or insurance is $120, collected at the time of the test.
HRH advises patients currently experiencing COVID-19 symptoms to go to the nearest emergency room immediately. For more information about HRH visit www.hudsonregionalhospital.com or call 201.392.3100.
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