NJSS’s May 2020 Reopening Strategy
New Jersey is currently in phase one of the reopening process, with the second phase beginning in the next couple of weeks. In accordance with New Jersey’s recommended safeguards, NJSS is now accepting in-person appointments at our Summit office location. Patients should continue to wear masks in public and stay 6 feet away from others.
NJSS’s Initial Response to COVID-19
The team at New Jersey Spine Specialists has been proactive in pivoting to remote work as much as possible during this coronavirus pandemic. The health and safety of our patients is a top priority. Now that the number of cases are decreasing, we look forward to being able to better care for patients’ spinal issues once more.
In order to continue to decrease COVID-19 spread, we are encouraging patients to stay home unless they have an urgent spinal concern. If you are not certain about the urgency of your condition, please speak with our staff and we are happy to help determine this. Social distancing and particularly mask wearing are currently recommended to try and further decrease community transmission. Even if you are young and healthy, you can transmit the virus to others. We are still operating normal business hours but, like many other businesses, are working remotely when able. We are in the process of reopening and we are prioritizing patients who must be seen in person, while still seeing others via telemedicine. Please be patient with us and all healthcare providers as our healthcare environment is constantly adapting to new information and recommendations.
We are starting to do more surgeries, particularly as the executive order banning elective surgeries is planned to be lifted after Memorial Day. Patients with urgent surgical issues are still prioritized. We have been actively involved in discussions with our hospitals and surgery center to ensure that appropriate precautions are being followed. All patients must be tested for COVID before being able to undergo a surgical procedure, to protect themselves and others.
Ways to Limit the Spread of COVID-19
As COVID-19 (Coronavirus) continues to spread, NJSS would like to remind our patients that – as with all viruses – prevention is key. There is no vaccine to prevent COVID-19, and, while a couple of medications have shown early promise, there is no “silver bullet” that can cure coronavirus.
As we reopen, we have modified our workplace practices based on guidelines from the CDC and recommendations from public health experts. The changes we have implemented include:
- Prescreening for all patients, both before the visit and again at the time of the visit
- Temperature checks at arrival
- Avoidance of people in the waiting area; patients remain in the car until the exam room is ready
- All staff and patients must wear a mask at all times in the office
- Cleaning each exam room between patients
- Minimizing exchange of paperwork and instead using digital versions when able
We welcome any feedback you may have regarding our workplace policies; again, please be patient with us. As with all other components of our lives, office visits may be less efficient because of the extra time that must be taken with these precautions. However, especially as medical providers, we have to ensure that we protect even the most vulnerable among us.
Additional COVID-19 Resources
Keep informed by obtaining information from trusted and reliable sources, including the CDC, WHO, NJDOH, and local health departments.
CDC Frequently Asked Questions: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
World Health Organization: https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/advice-for-public
New Jersey Department of Health: https://www.nj.gov/health/cd/topics/ncov.shtml
Atlantic Health Guidelines: https://www.atlantichealth.org/about-us/stay-connected/news/content-central/2020/covid-19-coronavirus.html
Hackensack Meridian Health Guidelines: https://www.hackensackmeridianhealth.org/covid19/
NJ COVID-19 Information Public Call Center: 1-800-222-1122
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