Valley COVID-19 Testing Updates

Effective Wednesday, April 1, The Valley Hospital will discontinue drive-up testing on the hospital’s campus in Ridgewood. Bergen County residents in need of testing can seek it at Bergen Community College in Paramus, and at New Bridge Medical Center in Paramus.

In addition, Valley physicians who wish to send their patients for testing can direct them to one of Valley’s Walk-In Care Centers, but are asked to review Valley’s guidelines in advance of making that decision.

See “How to Get Tested for COVID-19” on this page for more information.

COVID-19: Ways to Help

There are many ways you can help Valley’s efforts to fight the COVID-19 outbreak, including: 

  • Making masks for front-line clinicians
  • Donating food and meals to our healthcare team
  • Donating needed supplies to Valley (see below for more)
  • Donating to Valley's COVID-19 Response Efforts fund

Visit The Valley Hospital Foundation's website to learn more.

Thank You for Your Help!

The COVID-19 pandemic has put us all on the front lines of fighting this virus. We’d like to extend our gratitude to those who have donated much-needed supplies so that we can continue serving our patients and community.

Scroll through the gallery below for a few examples of our community’s generosity:

COVID-19 donations of medical supplies to Valley
COVID-19 donations of medical supplies to Valley
COVID-19 donations of medical supplies to Valley
COVID-19 donations of medical supplies to Valley
COVID-19 donations of medical supplies to Valley
Valley staff collects donations of medical supplies
Valley staff collects donations of medical supplies
COVID-19 donations of medical supplies to Valley

 

Supplies needed to help The Valley Hospital care for COVID-19 patients

 

Watch as the first person to recover in NJ talks about his experience with COVID-19 and his care at The Valley Hospital:

COVID-19 Information

We recognize that news and information regarding novel coronavirus (COVID-19) exposures and risks can give rise to questions and be a source of concern. We want to assure our patients and the communities we serve that Valley Health System is working closely with local, state, and federal public health agencies, as well as our own infection control professionals, to make sure that we are prepared for COVID-19.

It is important to understand that our healthcare professionals regularly care for patients with respiratory illnesses and other infectious diseases, and are well trained in the specific precautions and protocols to follow to protect themselves and others. This includes the early recognition and isolation of any patient identified as being high risk for COVID-19.

If You Have Symptoms

If you are having symptoms of respiratory illness such as fever, cough, diarrhea, and shortness of breath, please call ahead before seeking medical care. This will help your healthcare provider’s office take steps to keep other people from becoming exposed or infected, and to determine the best setting for you to receive care. If your symptoms are mild, you may be advised to remain home and self-quarantine for 14 days, as recommended by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

When you call, it is particularly important that you advise the office staff if you or any close contacts have traveled within the last 14 days to an area with widespread or ongoing community spread (Level 3 Travel Health Notice). Countries that have a Level 3 Travel Health Notice include:

  • China
  • Iran
  • South Korea
  • Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Monaco, San Marino, Vatican City 
  • England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, Republic of Ireland

If you become ill after returning home to the United States, call your healthcare provider before going to a doctor’s office or emergency department of a hospital. They may want to place a mask on you before you enter the building to protect other people.

Should You Get Tested for COVID-19?

While it’s important to be aware of COVID-19 symptoms and testing guidelines, please keep in mind that cold and flu season is still in effect. As a result, many people with cold and flu symptoms will have a cold or the flu, not coronavirus. 

You may qualify for coronavirus testing if:

1. You have a fever of 100.4 or greater OR a cough OR you are experiencing diarrhea OR shortness of breath.

AND

2. You have traveled to one of the countries most affected by the virus – Australia; Brazil; Canada; China; Europe (Schengen area: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Monaco, San Marino, Vatican City); Iran; Ireland; Israel; Japan; Malaysia; South Korea; or the United Kingdom (England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland) – within 14 days of the start of your symptoms; OR you have had close, direct contact with a person diagnosed with COVID-19 in the past 14 days; OR you have had close, direct contact with someone who traveled to a country listed above in the past 14 days.

If you are age 65 or older, have a chronic medical condition, or are immunocompromised, please call your primary care doctor at the first sign of fever or respiratory illness. If you do not have a primary care doctor, please call 1-800-VALLEY 1 to request an appointment.

How to Get Tested for COVID-19

Drive-thru COVID-19 Community-Based Testing Sites are open at: 

  • Bergen Community College (Lots B and C), 400 Paramus Road, Paramus (8 a.m. to 4 p.m., 7 days a week)
  • New Bridge Medical Center, 230 E Ridgewood Ave., Paramus (by appointment; for symptomatic first responders and healthcare workers only)

To be eligible for testing, individuals must be current New Jersey residents and experiencing symptoms of respiratory illness. Priority will be given to symptomatic individuals experiencing cough, fever (99.6F or above) and shortness of breath.

Valley physicians who wish to send their patients for testing can direct them to one of Valley’s Walk-In Care Centers, but are asked to review the guidelines below in advance of making that decision. Patients directed to one of Valley’s Walk-in Care Centers should call before entering the Center. 

Valley’s Guidelines for Coronavirus Testing

  • Testing supplies remain limited. Patients with mild symptoms do not necessarily need to be tested, but rather they should be encouraged to stay home and follow recommendations regarding isolation precautions.
  • Testing is now based on meeting strict criteria, including symptoms and risk factors.
  • Valley Medical Group’s testing criteria focuses on testing symptomatic patients who are high risk. High risk includes symptoms AND any of the following:
    • Healthcare workers and first responders
    • Pregnant
    • Elderly (60+)
    • Chronic medical conditions, such as diabetes, COPD, heart disease, etc.
    • Compromised immune systems.
  • Not all members of the same household should be tested for COVID if they are symptomatic and have been in direct contact with one another.

Protect Yourself

There are simple everyday preventive measures you can protect yourself and limit the spread of respiratory viruses, including COVID-19 and flu.

A few common measures the CDC advises include:

  • Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or sleeve, not your hands.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 percent alcohol, covering all surfaces of your hands and rubbing them until they feel dry.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Stay home if you are sick.
  • Avoid close contact with someone who appears to have a respiratory infection.
  • Clean all “high touch” surfaces every day. These include countertops, tabletops, doorknobs, bathroom fixtures, phones, keyboards, tablets, toilets, and bedside tables.
  • Review and follow CDC travel advisories when planning travel. 

Additional COVID-19 Resources

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

You can also visit the following sites for more information:

New Jersey COVID-19 Information Hub - NJ.gov

New Jersey Department of Health

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention