River’s Edge Hospital asks public to take steps to stay healthy

Sick child with fever

River’s Edge Hospital and hospitals and clinics across the state are reporting record-breaking numbers of seasonal illnesses such as Influenza A & B, RSV, COVID-19 and other respiratory illnesses.

As many look forward to gathering with friends and family for the holiday season, an early and difficult respiratory illness season puts additional strain on our healthcare system.  These seasonal illnesses are peaking sooner, faster, and stronger than usual, which is putting strain on our Urgent Care and Emergency Departments.

Because of the increased number of patients being treated, wait times in both the Urgent Care and Emergency Departments are longer than normal.  River’s Edge asks that the community do not call to ask about wait times as those times can change in a matter of minutes.  If you are ill and need care, please do not delay care because of the possibility of a long wait.

“We are asking our patients and family members to be patient with our health care team while they do their very best to navigate these challenges.  Providing high quality care for all patients who choose us for their care is our highest priority,” said Paula Meskan, Chief Executive Officer at River’s Edge Hospital.

River’s Edge providers ask the public to follow these precautions to help slow the spread of seasonal illnesses:

  • Stay home if you or a family member is sick.
  • Wash hands often.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or shirt sleeve, not your hands.
  • Clean frequently touched surfaces, such as doorknobs, and mobile devices.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Wear a mask when appropriate.
  • Stay up to date on full shots and COVID-19 boosters.
  • Consider urgent care, a primary health provider or telehealth options for non-emergency care.

Always go to the Emergency Room for emergencies or life-threatening illnesses and injuries and call 9-1-1 if you need immediate medical attention.  As RSV is particularly dangerous for children, seek emergency medical assistance if advised by the primary care provider or if they are displaying severe symptoms such as difficulty breathing, not drinking enough fluids or experiencing worsening symptoms.

Featured Services

  • person receiving physical therapy

    Physical and Occupational Therapy >

    Our physical therapists are trained to effectively rehabilitate a variety of conditions and will work with you to assess your needs and design a treatment plan to meet your therapy goals.

  • orthopedics

    OrthoEdge >

    The OrthoEdge Joint Replacement Program includes the involvement of your entire care team to help you through the joint replacement process and return you to an active lifestyle as quickly as possible.

  • doctor looking into patients throat

    Emergency Room >

    Emergency Room River’s Edge Hospital Emergency Department is a Level IV Trauma Center that is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.