NJ Hospital In 'Eye Of The Storm' Navigating COVID-19 Testing, Treatment Process

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TEANECK, N.J. (WCBS 880) — Most of the coronavirus cases in New Jersey are centered in Bergen County, and one of the hospitals in the center of the storm is Holy Name in Teaneck.

A cluster of cases formed in Teaneck and almost immediately, state and local officials moved to try to contain the spread of the virus.

Officials say the best way to do that is by practicing social distancing and ensuring the healthcare system is equipped to help the most vulnerable.

WCBS 880’s Wayne Cabot spoke with Holy Name Hospital CEO Mike Maron who is awaiting results from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

“I think it’s important, people should understand there is no differentiation in treatment based on the test,” Maron said. “Testing is important for us here, associated with close monitoring so that we can learn as much as we can about this disease as fast as we can.”

Maron says he wishes the hospital could have access to quicker testing and results, but says “the reality is we have seen enough cases, we know kind of what’s manifesting.”

He says the hospital is mostly worried about the asymptomatic people who do not know they have the virus and are continuing about their daily lives, potential infecting hundreds of people in the vulnerable population.

He says that the testing is important – but not vital at all.

“It doesn’t change,” Maron explains. “If there were a decision and a different treatment plan were invoked because of a test result, then it would be vital. But, because there is no treatment plan, because there is no treatment at this point, the test – at this point – is purely for educational purposes.”

Maron worries that the test can provide false positives.

He also things giving some people, who may still be carrying COVID-19, a reason to let their guard down is foolish.

Listen to the full interview with Wayne Cabot and Mike Maron above.