Preventing the spread of coronavirus: A look inside St. Peter’s negative pressure room

Posted: Updated:

New Jersey currently has at least 11 “presumptive positive” cases of coronavirus COVID-19, prompting Gov. Phil Murphy to declare a state of emergency.

To prevent the outbreak from spreading further, hospitals around the state must take extra precautions if they have a patient come in who exhibits symptoms of the virus. At St. Peter’s Hospital in New Brunswick, a patient fills out a questionnaire. Then, if they show signs of having the virus, the hospital acts.

Photos: The impact of the coronavirus around the world


"If they're positive, they're giving a mask right at the door,” says Henry Redel, chief of infectious diseases. “We like to protect all of our healthcare personnel."

RELATED: Gov. Murphy declares a state of emergency amid coronavirus concerns 
RELATED: 5 new ‘presumptive positive’ coronavirus cases identified in NJ; total at 11 

The person is then taken to the native pressure room for testing. St. Peter’s has 55 such rooms, which are used for a variety of communicable diseases.

MORE: Coronavirus details from the CDC

“The patient gets placed in the room, the door gets shut, it then becomes negative pressure so that contaminated air isn’t going anywhere else. It says with a patient in that room and gets exhausted outside, so that prevents the spread of the virus to other people,” says Kimberly Simon, director of infection prevention.

Simon says that the air that is exhausted outside goes through a filter and gets cleaned and discharged outside of the hospital through the roof. A series of sensors make sure that the room is working properly.

St. Peter’s officials say that multiple people with suspected cases of coronavirus have been treated at the hospital this year. All tests have come back negative.

Will a Mask Really Protect You From Coronavirus? - Cheddar Explains

 

sorry to interrupt
your first 20 are free
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Spectrum Networks® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please enjoy 20 complimentary views of articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.
you have reached your 20 view limit
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Spectrum Networks® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please login or create an account to continue enjoying News12.
Our sign-up page is undergoing maintenance and is not currently available. However, you will be given direct access to news12.com while we complete our upgrade.
When we are back up and running you will be prompted at that time to complete your sign in. Until then, enjoy the local news, weather, traffic and more that's "as local as local news gets."