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SJFMC is working to protect our communities during the Coronavirus/COVID-19 outbreak.

At Southern Jersey Family Medical Centers (SJFMC) your health and safety is our number one priority, and we are following COVID-19 guidelines as recommended by the CDC and the New Jersey Department of Health.

With that mission in mind, we are taking a number of steps to protect our patients, employees, and the community during this outbreak. Our dedicated Task Force of senior leaders, both clinical and non-clinical, are following planned protocols to keep our facilities as safe as possible and help stop the spread of COVID-19(Coronavirus).

What can you do if you think you have been exposed to the Coronavirus?

If you or your family members have been exposed to anyone with a suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19 or have any of these symptoms:

  • Fever
  • Coughing
  • Sneezing
  • Running Nose
  • Chills
  • Muscle Pain
  • Weakness
  • Severe Headache
  • Joint Pain
  • Loss of Smell
  • Loss of Taste
  • Abdominal Pain
  • Vomiting
  • Fatigue
  • Diarrhea
  • Bruising or Bleeding
  • Red Eye
  • Rash

The best practice is for you to immediately schedule a same-day SJFMC telemedicine appointment at 800-486-0131.

If you have any of these emergency warning signs* for COVID-19 get medical attention immediately:

  • Trouble breathing/shortness of breath
  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
  • New confusion or inability to arouse
  • Bluish lips or face

*This list is not all inclusive. Please consult your SJFMC Medical Provider at 800-486-0131 for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning to you.

COVID-19 Testing

Testing is available at our health centers in your local community. COVID-19 Walk- Up Testing is now ongoing in Atlantic, Burlington and Salem Counties. Locations by county are listed below:

COVID-19 Walk-Up Testing in Atlantic County

Free COVID-19 Diagnostic and Antibody Testing is available for all ages. You do not have to have symptoms to get tested. Pre-registration is highly recommended if you are symptomatic. Call 609-569-4510.

Testing Sites:

Southern Jersey Family Medical Centers
Merle Pavilion
932 South Main Street
Pleasantville, NJ, 08232

Every Wednesday 11:00 am-2:00 pm

Southern Jersey Family Medical Centers
Hammonton Center
860 S. White Horse Pike
Hammonton, NJ 08037

Every Thursday 11:00 am-2:00 pm

All should wear a mask or face covering. Testing is weather permitting.

COVID-19 Walk-Up Testing in Burlington County

Free COVID-19 Diagnostic and Antibody Testing is available for all ages. You do not have to have symptoms to get tested. Pre-registration is highly recommended if you are symptomatic. Call 609-569-4510.

Testing Site:

Southern Jersey Family Medical Centers
Burlington City Center
651 High Street
Burlington City, NJ 08016

Every Tuesday 11:00 am-2:00 pm

All should wear a mask or face covering. Testing is weather permitting.

COVID-19 Walk-Up Testing in Salem County

Free COVID-19 Diagnostic and Antibody Testing is available for all ages. You do not have to have symptoms to get tested. Pre-registration is highly recommended if you are symptomatic. Call 609-569-4510.

Testing Site:

Mt. Zion Baptist Church
437 Grieves Parkway
Salem, New Jersey 08079

Every Monday 11:00 am-2:00 pm

All should wear a mask or face covering. Testing is weather permitting.

 

SJFMC testing is available for children 18 and under at:

Old Salem County Courthouse
104 Market St,
Salem, NJ 08079

This testing site accepts symptomatic children only. You must call 609-569-4712 to pre-register.

Monday-Friday 2:00 pm-4:00 pm

All should wear a mask or face covering.

Safety Policy and Visitor Guidelines

All patients and guest must complete a temperature check and wear a face covering to enter our health centers. If you do not have a mask, please stop at the front desk immediately.

We are also limiting the number of people in our waiting room and practicing social distancing to reduce risk to patients and staff. Guest of patients, please remain outside of our centers or stay in your car unless you are accompanying a minor who needs to be seen by a provider.

Telemedicine Available for Visits from home

SJFMC is now using Telemedicine to allow you to talk to your provider and receive medical care at home. Visits are available virtually on video or by phone. Please call 800-486-0131 to make an appointment today.

Dental Services

Full service dentistry is offered at all of our dental sites. Our team is following guidance from the American Dental Association and adhering to strict safety protocols in addition to normal infection control procedures to keep you and our team safe.

How You Can Help

As we continue to navigate through the COVID-19 crisis, personal protective equipment(PPE) is in high demand. You can help protect our Health Care Heroes by donating , masks, gloves, gowns, googles, face shields, disinfectants, and hand sanitizers. Please call Mika Hasan at 856-298-8493 to arrange your donation drop-off.

Similarities and Differences between Flu and COVID-19

Influenza (Flu) and COVID-19 are both contagious respiratory illnesses, but they are caused by different viruses. COVID-19 is caused by infection with a new coronavirus (called SARS-CoV-2) and flu is caused by infection with influenza viruses.

There are some key differences between flu and COVID-19. COVID-19 seems to spread more easily than flu and causes more serious illnesses in some people. It can also take longer before people show symptoms and people can be contagious for longer. Another important difference is there is a vaccine to protect against flu. There is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19. The best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to the virus. More information about differences between flu and COVID-19 is available here.

Steps you can take to prevent the spread of common cold, flu, and Coronavirus:

  • Wear a mask in public
  • Wash hands often with soap and water. If not available, use hand sanitizer
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands
  • Avoid contact with people who are sick
  • Stay home while you are sick and avoid contact with others
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or sleeve when coughing or sneezing

For more information regarding Coronavirus COVID-19 in New Jersey, visit the New Jersey Department of Health website.

Frequently Asked Questions About Coronavirus

What is Coronavirus (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.

Who is at risk for Coronavirus (COVID-19)?

Currently, those at greatest risk of infection are persons who have had prolonged, unprotected close contact with a patient with symptomatic, confirmed COVID-19. Close contact is defined by the CDC as:

  • Being within approximately six feet of a COVID-19 case for a prolonged period of time; close contact can occur while caring for, living with, visiting, or sharing a health care waiting area or room with a COVID-19 case; or
  • Having direct contact with infectious secretions of a COVID-19 case (such as being coughed or sneezed on).

Similar to the flu, people who are older than 65, or have chronic illnesses or a weak immune system are more vulnerable to be infected by COVID-19.

What are the symptoms of Coronavirus (COVID-19)?

According to the CDC, symptoms of COVID-19 may appear two to 14 days after exposure and include fever, cough, and shortness of breath.

How can I protect my child from COVID-19 infection?

You can encourage your child to help stop the spread of COVID-19 by teaching them to do the same things everyone should do to stay healthy.

  • Clean hands often using soap and water or alcohol-based hand sanitizer
  • Avoid people who are sick (coughing and sneezing)
  • Clean and disinfect high-touch surfaces daily in household common areas (e.g. tables, hard-backed chairs, doorknobs, light switches, remotes, handles, desks, toilets, sinks)
  • Launder items including washable plush toys as appropriate in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions. If possible, launder items using the warmest appropriate water setting for the items and dry items completely. Dirty laundry from an ill person can be washed with other people’s items.

Are the symptoms of COVID-19 different in children than in adults?

No. The symptoms of COVID-19 are similar in children and adults. However, children with confirmed COVID-19 have generally presented with mild symptoms. Reported symptoms in children include cold-like symptoms, such as fever, runny nose, and cough. Vomiting and diarrhea have also been reported. It’s not known yet whether some children may be at higher risk for severe illness, for example, children with underlying medical conditions and special healthcare needs. There is much more to be learned about how the disease impacts children

Should children wear masks?

No. If your child is healthy, there is no need for them to wear a facemask. Only people who have symptoms of illness or who are providing care to those who are ill should wear masks.

Is there a vaccine for Coronavirus (COVID-19)?

There is currently no vaccine to protect against COVID-19. The best way to prevent infection is to take everyday preventive actions, like avoiding close contact with people who are sick and washing your hands often.

For up to date information visit the CDC website and check out NJDOH updates.