Doylestown Health is consistent with the COVID-19 recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC)

Doylestown Health supports continued proactive efforts to prevent an uncontrolled outbreak among our most vulnerable populations, including unvaccinated adults as well as children who are ineligible for vaccination at this time.

For more Doylestown Health COVID-19 information, visit our COVID-19 Update page.

Information on Coronavirus (COVID-19)

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update from Doylestown Health
  • Current COVID-19 Data

    2021 COVID-19 Data Reports:
  • How to Keep Your Family and Children Safe

    How to Protect Your Family

    • To maximize protection from the Delta variant, have everyone in the family, even those who are vaccinated, wear a mask indoors in public places.
    • Outdoor activities are safer than indoor ones.
    • If your child must attend a function indoors, have them wear a mask and maintain three- to six foot-distance from others, and open windows whenever possible.
    • If your child is under two years old or cannot wear a mask, limit visits with people who are not vaccinated to outdoor activities maintaining a distance of three to six feet.

    Research has shown masking and vaccines work to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The quicker we stop the spread, the quicker we can put this pandemic behind us.

    Recommendations for Unvaccinated Children

    The best way to protect unvaccinated children is to have everyone in your family 12 years or older receive the COVID-19 vaccine*. COVID vaccines are effective at helping protect against severe disease and death from variants of the virus that causes COVID-19.

    Symptoms

    Pediatric symptoms are similar to those for adults and include cough, fever, tiredness, muscle/body aches, headache, sore throat and GI symptoms (diarrhea).

    Quarantine Recommendations

    Anyone with symptoms of COVID should quarantine from others in the household until testing can confirm the diagnosis. Most tests results are returned in 24 to 48 hours. When possible, remove yourself from your family, in a separate room with a bathroom if possible, until you get your results. If this is not possible, wear a mask around your family and maintain three to six feet of distance whenever possible. Family should also wear a mask when you are in the room.

    You are considered COVID “cleared” ten days after your first symptom appeared and once you have been fever-free for 24 hours.

    How to Get Tested for COVID-19

    Doylestown Health’s testing site at 584 W. Swamp Road is open Monday thru Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Please call 267.810.1820 to make an appointment for testing. Most drugstore chains including CVS, Walgreens and Rite Aid offer testing. Call to make an appointment and confirm hours.

    *Currently three vaccines are available: Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson. Pfizer is an mRNA vaccine and requires two doses, 21 days apart; Moderna is an mRNA vaccine and requires two doses, 28 days apart; and J&J is a one-dose vaccine.

  • Doylestown Health Facemask Recommendations

    Doylestown Health, consistent with the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and the American Academy of Pediatrics, strongly supports having all unvaccinated children (which includes children under 12) use face masks in confined spaces in school buildings and on school busses. We want to preserve in-person classes for our students and protect the health and welfare of our community. We are closely following developments in school districts across the country that opened without mask mandates, and then closed down due to widespread COVID outbreaks.

    Over the past four weeks, Doylestown Hospital has had increasing numbers of patients coming to our Emergency Department and COVID testing site with upper respiratory symptoms, and our COVID positivity rate is increasing. Our COVID test volume has returned to levels similar to last winter and spring, with a positivity rate in excess of 10% and climbing.

    These emerging data patterns are similar to the prior COVID surges. Among our patients, vaccinated people are having much milder symptoms and fewer hospitalizations, while unvaccinated patients have much more serious illness and require more intensive treatment.

    We support continued proactive efforts to prevent an uncontrolled outbreak among our most vulnerable populations, including unvaccinated adults as well as children who are ineligible for vaccination at this time.

    Over the past 17 months, we have been vigilant about precautions that reduce transmission of disease, including use of facemasks, proper hand sanitizing, maintaining social distance, avoiding crowds and poorly ventilated places and disinfecting surfaces after use.

    By the fall of last year, these proven infection prevention measures had not only reduced the incidence of COVID cases, but also practically eliminated the seasonal flu and other respiratory disease spikes that predictably happen in the autumn and winter months.

    As fall 2021 approaches, Doylestown Health remains firmly committed to the health and safety of our patients, our staff and our community. We continue to urge everyone who is eligible to be vaccinated to reduce the likeliness of severe illness or hospitalization, and encourage all to follow proven protection measures including facemasks.

  • Doylestown Health Vaccination Efforts

    Doylestown Health has not only been a leader throughout this pandemic but a leader in the vaccine distribution for our county. Since the very first Pfizer doses of COVID vaccine became available on December 17th, 2020; Doylestown Hospital in collaboration with our physician community and under the direction of the State Department of Health, made the commitment to provide the vaccine to the community in which we serve.

    Over the last several months we have routinely administered more than 1,000 doses daily, five days a week, and providing over 24,300 associate hours. Due to our commitment to serving the community we are ecstatic to report that we provided more vaccine than any health system in the county; Doylestown Health has administered more than 70,000 doses to our general community, vulnerable groups (e.g.- comorbidities, elderly, and socioeconomically vulnerable), children 12 years and older, healthcare workers, and our patients.

    For available appointments for those 12 years and older, please call 267.810.1820

    While community vaccination has been viewed as our highest priority project, it was only accomplished with great commitment of the organization and associates; as it oftentimes created many challenges to also simultaneously maintaining the health system’s breadth of quality services.

    Doylestown Hospital has administered more than 10,000 second doses in May and will continue to be an administration location for individuals in need of vaccination. As the local availability and access to vaccines have dramatically increased recently, Doylestown Hospital has been able to reallocate resources to our more routine clinical responsibilities.

    We thank everyone in the community and within the organization for their support of these efforts.

    Please see below the resources available for vaccination. https://vaccinatepa.org/counties/Bucks_County

  • Booster Vaccine Information

    Consistent with FDA recommendations, Doylestown Health offers COVID19 Boosters for those patients who have received one of the two mRNA vaccines (Pfizer or Moderna) and are immunocompromised due to underlying illness or drug treatment. A physician prescription is required and must be presented the day of vaccination. Patients will be administered the same mRNA vaccine that was originally administered. To make a COVID19 booster appointment please do so by scheduling directly through the website or calling our testing center.

    For community members who are not immunocompromised, please consult with your physician for the latest vaccine booster information.

  • Doylestown Health Vaccine Appointments

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    Urgent Care Age 12+ (October 6)

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    Doylestown Health continues to deliver vaccine to the most vulnerable members of our community in a variety of ways:

    • Doylestown Health also provides vaccines to underserved communities not affiliated with the health system, such as Grundy Hall in Doylestown, a county housing authority facility; patients of the Ann Silverman Community Health Clinic, a free-clinic for the uninsured supported in part by Doylestown Hospital, and similar facilities. Additionally, Doylestown Health provided vaccine to Christ’s Home in Warminster, an unaffiliated senior community.
    • Doylestown Health has administered more than 70,000 doses of vaccine.

    All of these efforts are designed to meet the demand for vaccine. For available appointments please call 267.810.1820.

    For available appointments for those 12 years and older, please call 267.810.1820

    If you are in need of a vaccine and Doylestown Health does not have any appointments available we encourage you to check availability at other site locations at Department of Health or Vaccinate PA. Consistent daily availability at these locations is prominent and some locations also allow walk-ins.

    If you need to cancel a COVID Vaccine appointment please e-mail cancelcovidvaccine@dh.org or call 267.810.1820.

  • Doylestown Health Vaccine Records

    To obtain a copy of your Doylestown Health COVID-19 vaccination record, please submit your request on the Medical Records page.

  • Symptoms of COVID-19

    Symptoms of COVID-19 may vary by person and range from mild to severe illness. Symptoms of Coronavirus include:

    • Cough
    • Fever
    • Shortness of breath
    • Chills
    • Sore throat
    • The loss of sense of smell and taste
  • Testing for COVID-19

    Screening Tests

    Doylestown Health has established a dedicated drive-thru testing site at 584 W. Swamp Road (Route 313) for the screening of COVID-19 or seasonal flu infection.

    To schedule a drive-thru test, please call 267.810.1820.

    Patients interested in being tested should consult their primary care physician first about the need and appropriateness for a screening test.If you do not have a primary care provider, please visit the Find a Doctor section of our website for a complete listing of Doylestown Health Medical Staff primary care providers. You may also call the Bucks County Department of Health at 215.345.3318 to ask about screening options.

    Drive-Thru Testing Location and Hours

    Doylestown Health's COVID and Flu Testing site is located at:
    584 Swamp Road (Route 313, just south of the intersection with Ferry Road)

    Timed reservations are scheduled:
    • Monday through Friday, from 8 am to 3 pm

    To schedule please call 267.810.1820 for direct access.

    Test Results

    Patients who were tested and experiencing even mild symptoms should stay home while awaiting results.

    Testing Cost

    Federal law requires private insurers, Medicare and Medicaid to cover COVID-19 tests without any cost to the patient and provides funding to support free testing for some people without health insurance, though it does not guarantee access to no-cost tests for the uninsured. In order to bill your insurance, an order from your healthcare provider is required. If you do not have an order from your healthcare provider, we can perform the test for a fee of $125.

  • COVID-19 Resources

    Guidelines and recommendations from the Department of Health and CDC are updated regularly. Please visit these websites for the most recent information:

  • Restricted Visitor Policy

    For the safety of patients, visitors and staff, Doylestown Hospital has implemented a RESTRICTED visitor policy due to COVID-19. For details, please visit our Visiting Hours page.

  • Should I postpone treatments or procedures?

    Speak to your physician about the risks and benefits of maintaining your healthcare appointments. For some patients, missing an appointment or postponing a procedure may be detrimental. Please follow your physician’s direction.

    Outpatient Services Are Open

    Your health and well-being are our highest priority. We have set high standards for safety and are taking every precaution possible when you visit us for outpatient services at Doylestown Health locations.

  • Telehealth

    Doylestown Health Medical Staff providers are now offering telehealth appointments, bringing you safe, effective healthcare in the comfort of your home. Telehealth is the safest option for managing routine healthcare and addressing the challenges of COVID-19, because you don't have to leave your house to see a doctor.

    Learn more about Telehealth

  • Further Questions

    Guidelines and recommendations from the Department of Health and CDC are updated regularly. Please visit these websites for the most recent information:

    You may also email questions to ContactDH@dh.org. We strive to answer any emails within 24 hours, but please expect a delay during times of high volume. In an emergency, call 9-1-1.

  • Donations

    Doylestown Health Foundation is the philanthropic arm of Doylestown Health, raising funds to support patient care excellence and improve quality of life for the patients and families we serve.

    Doylestown Health’s response to the pandemic was extraordinary; philanthropic support ensures that Doylestown Hospital remains independent and empowers our flexibility to respond to the needs of our community with agility and expertise. The best way to make an impact is with a contribution to the Doylestown Hospital fund, which supports the top priority needs of the health system.

    You can learn more about Doylestown Health’s rapid and innovative response to the pandemic in this groundbreaking docuseries.

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About Doylestown Health

Doylestown Health is a comprehensive healthcare system of inpatient, outpatient and wellness education services connected to meet the health needs of all members of the local and regional community. Doylestown Hospital, the flagship to Doylestown Health has 271 beds and a Medical Staff of more than 435 physicians in over 50 specialties. An independent nonprofit health system, Doylestown Health is dedicated to providing innovative, patient-centered care for all ages.

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