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Concerned you might have Coronavirus (COVID-19)?

Call The Atlantic Health hotline if you or a loved one is exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 or have had direct contact with someone who has a confirmed case of Novel Coronavirus. Please note that this line cannot provide direction or referrals for COVID-19 testing. Atlantic Health System is following specific CDC guidelines regarding patient testing.

The Nurse Screening Hotline at 1-862-260-3199 is available seven days a week from 7:00am to 7:00pm. A highly-trained Atlantic Health System nurse will answer your call, consult with you, and direct you to the resources you need. 

The New Jersey Department of Health has a 24-hour hotline at 1-800-222-1222, where trained health care professionals are standing by to answer questions about COVID-19. 

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What is COVID-19?

COVID-19 is a highly contagious respiratory illness caused by a virus. Most cases of COVID-19 are mild to moderate, like the common cold. But it can be more severe in older adults and people with chronic health conditions.

The virus is most likely to be spread from person to person by droplets when coughing and from contact with surfaces where those droplets have landed. Since this virus is new, health authorities continue to carefully watch how this virus spreads

Who is at a higher risk?

  • Older adults
  • People who have serious medical conditions like:
    • Heart disease
    • Diabetes
    • Lung disease

If a COVID-19 outbreak happens in your community, it could last for a long time. Depending on how severe the outbreak is, pubic health officials may recommend com- munity actions to reduce people’s risk of being exposed to COVID-19. These actions can slow the spread and reduce the impact of disease.

If you are at higher risk for serious illness from COVID-19 because of your age or because you have a serious long-term health problem, it is extra important for you to take actions to reduce your risk of getting sick with the disease.


What should you do? 

  • Stock up on supplies
    • Extra medications
    • Over-the-counter medicines to tret fever and other symptoms
    • Enough household items and groceries to stay home for a period of time
  • Take everyday precautions to keep space between yourself and others
  • When you go out in public, keep away from others that are sick and wash your hands often
  • Avoid crowds as much as possible
  • Avoid crusie travel and non-essential air travel
  • During a COVID-19 outbreak in your communtiym stay at home as much as possible to further reduce your risk of being exposed


Get Ready Now

If soap and water are not available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol

Avoid touching high-touch surfaces in public places—elevator buttons, door handles, handrails, and handshaking with people. Use a tissue or your sleeve to cover your hand or finger if you must touch something

Clean and disinfect your home to remove germsConsider ways of getting food brought to your house through family, social, or commercial networks

Have a plan if you get sick:

  • Consult with your health care provider for information about monitoring your health for symptoms suggestive of COVID-19
  • Stay in touch with others by phone or email
  • Determine who can provide you with care if your caregiver gets sick


Testing Information

  • Morristown Medical Center in partnership with the Morris County Office of Emergency Management and the Morris County Office of Health Management, has built a self-contained, patient triage and assessment system located adjacent to the emergency department on its Madison Avenue campus. The structure has dedicated space for patient evaluations and treatment by qualified medical professionals.
  • Overlook Medical Center recently stationed a temporary triage structure outside of its emergency department at the Overlook Medical Center Union Campus, to help more efficiently assess patients with concerns for COVID-19 while patients with other medical needs to be seen expeditiously. The 8-by-40-foot open container office, similar in structure to a shipping container, was stationed at the Union Campus on Wednesday and is operational. An additional, 20-by-40-foot tent-like structure will be erected at Overlook Medical Center’s main campus, in Summit.