The Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has fully approved the Pfizer Bio-N-Tech COVID-19 vaccine for people 16 and older — making it the first to be fully licensed for use in the United States. We anticipate full approval for the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson (J&J) COVID-19 Vaccines for adults as soon as the FDA has conducted its final analysis. For more information, please click the button “FDA Fully Approved Pfizer-BioNTech Vaccine (Comirnaty) Information.”
The FDA has authorized a third shot of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines as a booster shot. These shots are now available to immunocompromised people and are anticipated to be available to Pfizer and Moderna-vaccinated people eight months after the date of their second shot, beginning around September 20. The J&J vaccine data is currently being evaluated for booster shot efficacy and information on this vaccine’s booster shot will be provided when available. For more information about the booster shots, visit “Vaccine FAQ” below.
Mountainside Medical Center will begin a new Post-COVID exercise program individually designed for those who have had COVID-19 to improve their strength, flexibility, endurance and activities of daily living. The goal of the program is to improve quality of life and promote positive lifestyle changes through education and exercise.
This program is medically supervised by the Mountainside Cardiac Rehabilitation and includes two 1-hour sessions per week for four to eight weeks at the Mountainside Medical Center Cardiac Rehabilitation Fitness Center.
"COVID-19 can have long lasting effects particularly on the cardiopulmonary system. Lifestyle modification and a guided exercise program can be beneficial to speeding the recovery process," says Kevin McCoach, M.D., medical director of Cardiac Rehabilitation at Mountainside Medical Center.
What are the requirements to participate?
This program is not covered by Medical Insurance. The program cost is $88 per month.
The situation surrounding COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) continues to evolve and changes occur rapidly. Visit our Visitation page for the most current updates.
Mountainside Medical Center continues to perform elective surgeries and procedures in accordance with NJDOH requirements. Learn how we are keeping you and our team members safe by visiting mountainsidehosp.com/MountainsideSafe
If you have a loved one in the ICU, we kindly request that you contact us for status updates and questions after 12 noon to allow our team members to provide your loved one with safe and excellent care.
Mountainside Medical Center is hosting all seminars and classes virtually. This decision was made in accordance with guidance set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to at-risk populations to avoid mass gatherings.
Additionally, Mountainside Medical Center will be unable to accommodate community use of our meeting and conference spaces until further notice.
Mountainside has established an offsite testing facility in close proximity to the hospital. For more information please visit https://mountainsidehosp.com/covid19testing.
Only those experiencing symptoms, such as respiratory symptoms or a high fever, should go to the emergency department.
Essex County residents meeting testing criteria have access to receive free testing. Please visit https://essexcovid.org/ for more information.
If you have a medical emergency, call 911 and tell the dispatcher about your symptoms and recent travel history.
Unless it is an emergency, stay home if you feel sick, even if your symptoms are mild. To reduce your risk of catching or spreading illness, do not go to work, school or public places, and avoid public transportation if possible.
If you feel like you need medical care, you are encouraged to call before you go to a doctor’s office or urgent care center and describe your symptoms over the phone. If symptoms are severe, you can also call 911.
Follow Your Health Care Provider’s Instructions
Based on your answers to these questions, the care provider will provide instructions over the phone. You will be told if you need to be evaluated. Based on your risk for COVID-19, your health care provider may recommend that you:
Practice Hand Hygiene and Respiratory Etiquette
The possibility of having a contagious illness is concerning but doctors, nurses and other caregivers are working together with national and international agencies to identify and provide care to patients while avoiding spread of the illness in the community.
COVID-19 may be prevented by frequent, thorough hand washing, coughing into a tissue or the crook of your elbow, staying home when sick and limiting contact with people who are infected.
COVID-19 is caused by one virus, the novel 2019 coronavirus is now called severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2, or SARS-CoV-2.
We are committed to treating every patient who needs medical care. Our expert, well-trained clinicians regularly care for patients with severe respiratory illnesses and other infectious diseases. Our providers and staff follow best practices, using recommended tools and techniques to protect themselves, including the use of personal protective equipment (PPE).
We are closely monitoring updates from the World Health Organization (WHO), the infection rate from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and other tracking tools.
We will rely on our emergency management plan and practices to care for suspected and confirmed cases of COVID-19.
For the protection of our patients, visitors, and non-employees, our plan includes screening patients and guests. Depending on the status of the spread of the disease in the community, we may limit the number of hospital entrances in order to stage for respiratory screenings. We may also choose to restrict visitors for the protection of our patients and staff. These decisions will be announced through signage and other notices.
We are also screening employees who have symptoms, have traveled by sea or air, or who have household members who have recently traveled internationally or domestically by sea or air.
We care for infected patients in isolated areas of the hospital. Access to these areas is limited to a small group of staff who only care for patients in that area. The materials used to care for infected patients are isolated and handled using the most current infection-control practices.
For the safety of all, our environmental care staff uses evidence-based disinfection procedures and products. We are confident patients entering our facility for inpatient or outpatient care are safe.
We understand the public’s high level of concern and are committed to protecting our patients’ privacy.
Coronaviruses are a type of virus. There are many different kinds and some cause disease. A newly identified type has caused a recent outbreak of respiratory illness now called COVID-19 that started in China.
Symptoms include cough, fever and shortness of breath. COVID-19 can be severe and some cases have caused death. This new coronavirus can be spread from person to person. It is diagnosed with a laboratory test.
There is no vaccine for coronavirus. Prevention involves frequent hand-washing with soap and water, coughing into a tissue (throw away immediately) or the bend of your elbow and staying home when you are sick.
We are closely monitoring updates from the World Health Organization (WHO), the infection rate from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and New Jersey Department of Health.
To help identify and treat patients while avoiding the spread of the disease, we are asking all patients to follow these guidelines when seeking care:
This page is updated regularly to reflect the latest recommendations and best practices.