COVID-19 UPDATE: GUIDANCE ON GROUP MEETINGS, VISITORS AND TRAVEL
Due to the concerning number of cases of COVID-19 within the United States and certain areas experiencing community spread of this virus, we are taking all precautions to limit the exposure of COVID-19.
Meetings and External Visitors
New Jersey Urology is requiring all meetings to be conducted virtually. Limit vendors and visitors from entering the offices to only those essential to patient care. Advise visitors ahead of time of the CDC precautionary measures we have implemented at NJU. These may include suppliers, contractors, delivery workers, vendors, key community partners and stakeholders. For those people that have been identified as critical for business continuity or patient care, they are required to fill out the Screening Survey prior to coming on site to mitigate any risk of exposure.
Business and Personal Travel
We are also banning all business travel in the states and abroad. If you have personal travel plans already scheduled prior to the PTO Blackout Period (May 18 through June 5, 2020), we strongly recommend cancelling or postponing it. While we cannot restrict personal travel plans, please practice every precaution to keep our patients and employees safe. Here are several factors to consider:
- Is COVID-19 spreading where you’re going?
If COVID-19 is spreading at your destination, but not where you live, you may be at higher risk of exposure if you travel there.
- Will you or your travel companion(s) be in close contact with others during your trip?
Your risk of exposure to respiratory viruses like COVID-19 may increase in crowded settings, particularly closed-in settings with little air circulation, if there are people in the crowd who are sick. This may include settings such as conferences, public events (like concerts and sporting events), religious gatherings, public spaces (like movie theatres and shopping malls), and public transportation (like buses, metro, trains).
- Are you or your travel companion(s) at higher risk of severe illness if you do get COVID-19?
People at higher risk for severe disease are older adults and people of any age with serious chronic medical conditions (such as heart disease, lung disease, or diabetes). CDC recommends that travelers at higher risk for COVID-19 complications avoid all cruise travel and nonessential air travel.
- Do you have a plan for taking time off from work or school, in case you get exposed to, or are sick with, COVID-19?
If you have close contact with someone with COVID-19 during travel, you may be asked to stay home to self-monitor and avoid contact with others for up to 14 days after travel. If you become sick with COVID-19, you may be unable to go to work or school until you’re considered noninfectious. You will be asked to avoid contact with others (including being in public places) during this period of infectiousness.
- Do you live with someone who is older or has a severe chronic health condition?
If you get sick with COVID-19 upon your return from travel, your household contacts may be at risk of infection. Household contacts who are older adults or have severe chronic medical conditions are at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19.
- Is COVID-19 spreading where you live?
Consider the risk of passing COVID-19 to others during travel, particularly if you will be in close contact with people who are older adults or have severe chronic health condition These people are at higher risk of getting very sick. If your symptoms are mild or you don’t have a fever, you may not realize you are infectious.
It is critical for everyone to understand all the potential risks and to comply with CDC guidelines. As stated in previous communications, please do not return to the office if you experience flu-like or respiratory symptoms or had any exposure to someone diagnosed with the coronavirus, and immediately contact your primary care physician.
Our top priority is the health and safety of our employees and patients. We will continue to diligently monitor up-to-date information as it becomes available from the CDC and state and local authorities, and report any changes to all our employees.
Thank you for your cooperation.
New Jersey Urology IRT