COVID-19 RESOURCES FOR NJ PHYSICIANS & PATIENTS
News and information on the COVID-19 outbreak from sources you can trust.
Dear Members and Friends of NJAFP,
These are indeed, unprecedented times. We are in the midst of a growing pandemic which is impacting all of us to one degree or another.
For many, this is a first experience of a such a wide spread medical emergency in their careers. Even for those of us who have been in practice for many, many years this is the most impactful disease outbreak we have seen.
This situation is evolving so rapidly that responses today may be different from responses tomorrow or next week. In order to help you navigate this ever evolving situation, we have gathered the most reliable sources of information on COVID-19 on this page.
We will keep it updated, so NJAFP can be your first step as you search for information for yourself and to share with your patients.
Please scroll down to view links to important content from official State and Federal government and national medical sources.
These resource pages will be updated as new information becomes available.
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Information and Next Steps for Patients
Check out these “information and next steps” documents for patients who test positive and patients who test negative. Note that the quarantine period has been extended from 7 to 10 days because the virus sheds longer than originally thought. Use the links below or click here to find these documents.
This antibody infographic explains what antibody tests can and cannot do. NJDOH wants people to know that a positive antibody test is NOT a pass to skip wearing a mask and ignore physical distancing. People with positive results may still get COVID19 and infect others. Testing is encouraged because the data collected from testing is crucial to ongoing research. Click to view.
Join our NJ Physician's Forum
Please join our NJ Physician's Forum, a secure place for New Jersey physicians to discuss, share and network as we face this rapidly evolving crisis.
It is our hope that this is a place where NJ physicians can share questions, problems, solutions, and ideas with one another to assist the primary care community in being unified in its response.
Feel free to start threads as you see fit – including sharing info on telehealth issues.
ALL ELECTIVE PROCEDURES SUSPENDED IN NJ
Effective 5 pm, Friday, March 27, all elective surgeries or invasive procedures, both medical and dental, have been suspended. No operation that can be safely delayed, as determined by a patient’s doctor or dentist, will be performed after this time, and until further notice. See attached or link for details of the Executive Order.
On March 18, 2020 the Families First Coronavirus Response Act was signed into law to provide relief to employees and small and midsize businesses affected by the Coronavirus pandemic. The act allows most employers with less than 500 employees to take a payroll tax credit on the newly required leave that must be provided to employees affected by COVID-19.
Updated Resources from Trusted Sources
American Academy of Family Physicians
American Medical Association
State of New Jersey
American College of Physicians
ACP COVID-19 member forum Requires ACP login
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services