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 under 5 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

  • 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 5 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.

  • 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.

  • Doylestown Health Vaccination Efforts

    Doylestown Health has been a leader, not only throughout this pandemic, but also in the vaccine distribution for our county. Since the very first Pfizer doses of COVID vaccine became available on December 17, 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.

    At our peak, Doylestown Health was routinely administering more than 1,000 doses daily, five days a week, allocating over 30,000 employee work hours to this effort. 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. As the local availability and access to vaccines have dramatically increased recently, Doylestown Health has scaled down our vaccine footprint to meet demand and allow the reallocation of resources to our clinical responsibilities.

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

    NOTE: Doylestown Health is not offering vaccines for children under 12 at this time. Parents of children ages 5-11 can contact their pediatrician or family doctor for COVID vaccination information.

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

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

  • Doylestown Health Vaccine Appointments

    Bucks County-Operated COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic Information:
    https://www.buckscounty.gov/1251/Coronavirus-COVID-19-TestingVaccination
    The Bucks County Department of Health takes walk-ins from 10 am to 4 pm Monday through Friday through the end of December at the Jamison and Neshaminy mall locations.

    Doylestown Health – Appointment Only

    Initial and booster series to patients 12 years and older
    Providing Pfizer, Moderna, J&J vaccines

    The Vaccine clinic are open on Wednesdays from 9 to 4:30 (location below)
    (clinic will not be open Christmas week)

    NOTE: Doylestown Health is not offering vaccines for children under 12 at this time. Parents of children ages 5-11 can contact their pediatrician or family doctor for COVID vaccination information.


    Booster Shots

    Doylestown Health offers COVID-19 Boosters for all three U.S.-available COVID vaccines, consistent with FDA recommendations. Booster shots enhance the strength of the immune response.

    Who Qualifies –

    The FDA now authorizes booster vaccinations for all three U.S.-available COVID vaccines to all individuals 18 years and older

    • Moderna and Pfizer:
      • 6 months after the 2nd dose in the primary vaccine series
    • Janssen (aka Johnson and Johnson):
      • 2 months after the 1st

    Third Dose in the Primary Vaccination Series

    Who Qualifies –

    Adding a third dose of COVID vaccine to the initial vaccine series is for those who have a weakened immune system (immunocompromised) to help them get a full response (which may not be possible). This dose can be received at least 28 days after a second dose of Pfizer BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine.

    A third dose is appropriate for patients who have cancer, an organ transplant, a disease or are on a medicine that weakens the immune system. Third dose appointments can be made by clicking on the EventBrite buttons above.

    Third Dose Information
      Pfizer Moderna Janssen (J&J)
    3rd Dose (Primary Series) for Immunocompromised Yes
    28 days after second dose
    Yes
    28 days after second dose
    No

     

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

  • How long should I wait between COVID Vaccine and the Flu Vaccine?

    You can get a COVID-19 vaccine and other vaccines, including a flu vaccine, at the same time. Experience with other vaccines has shown that the way our bodies develop protection, known as an immune response, and possible side effects after getting vaccinated are generally the same when given alone or with other vaccines.

    CDC Frequently Asked Questions about COVID-19 Vaccination

    NOTE: Please contact your primary care physician to schedule a flu shot.

  • 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.

  • COVID Monoclonal Antibodies

    COVID Monoclonal antibodies are designed to act like the body’s natural immune response and bind to the SARS-CoV-2 virus and prevent it from invading human cells.
    COVID monoclonal antibodies are available as treatment for COVID-19 for patients at high risk of progression to severe disease who meet specific criteria as defined by the FDA emergency use authorization.
    Doylestown Health administers COVID monoclonal antibodies to patients upon referral by a healthcare provider for treatment of COVID-19. There is limited availability. Antibodies are administered at Doylestown Health by appointment only, and must be arranged through a patient’s doctor.

    • Antibodies will not be provided to patients who have not been referred by a doctor.
    • Antibodies will not be provided if a patient does not have an appointment.

    If you are currently positive for COVID and would like to know if you qualify, please reach out to your doctor. Below are more details about qualifications and links to FDA Emergency Use Authorization patient fact sheets on COVID-19 monoclonal antibodies. Other locations for COVID monoclonal antibody administration are available through https://covid.infusioncenter.org

    COVID monoclonal antibodies have FDA emergency use authorization for patients:

    • Positive for COVID-19 with mild to moderate symptoms
    • Not requiring hospitalization or oxygen due to COVID
    • At high risk for developing severe disease
      • (for example but not a full list: patients over the age of 65 years, or immunocompromised, or pregnant or have organ dysfunction)
    • There are specific scenarios where antibodies may be given to patients with exposure to COVID-19, but not yet positive for the virus.
      • DH does not provide antibodies for patients who are not positive for COVID-19 with symptoms.

    FACT SHEET FOR PATIENTS, PARENTS AND CAREGIVERS EMERGENCY USE AUTHORIZATION (EUA) OF CASIRIVIMAB AND IMDEVIMAB FOR CORONAVIRUS DISEASE
    https://www.fda.gov/media/143893/download
    FACT SHEET FOR PATIENTS, PARENTS, AND CAREGIVERS Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) of Sotrovimab for the Treatment of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
    https://www.fda.gov/media/149533/download

  • 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.

    Support Doylestown Health

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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