Here in NJ we are facing the very real possibility of a shortage of respirators, PPE and ICU beds. On Wednesday, April 1, the state reported 22,255 cases of COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus; this represented a 19% increase over the previous day. New Jersey ranks second in the nation, behind only New York, in the number of people testing positive and is responsible for roughly 12% of cases in the United States, as charted by Johns Hopkins University’s Coronavirus COVID-19 global tracker. More than 900,000 cases have been confirmed worldwide since the outbreak of the disease late last year in the Hubei province of China.
Nursing home populations and older adults, often with underlying chronic medical conditions, are at the highest risk of being affected by COVID-19. Many will get sick, some critically, and many will die.
Goals of Care Coalition of New Jersey (GOCCNJ) is offering to help by educating those high-risk populations and their caregivers about the importance of discussing and documenting their wishes for medical care. Dr. David Barile, geriatric and palliative care physician at Penn Medicine Princeton Medical Center and Founder and Chief Medical Officer of GOCCNJ, will be hosting a daily webinar M-F at 1pm to help educate people and address their questions regarding POLST and advance directives. Click here to register for the webinar or visit goalsofcare.org.
Please see the attached flyer for more information. Please share broadly. We can make an impact if we get the word out.