Gov. Phil Murphy said he’ll pump $140 million into the state’s health care industry in a bid to help ramp up its ability to conduct COVID-19 testing and help treat a potential surge of patients.
“We must ensure their viability to meet the challenge,” Murphy said at daily press conference on the outbreak in Trenton on Friday.
This comes as the total count of positive diagnosis for COVID-19 in New Jersey reaches 8,825, with a death toll of 108 people.
Hospitals and health care providers have become dangerously low on N95 masks, beds, facemasks and most importantly, ventilators.
Businesses and all non-hospital health care facilities are being ordered by Murphy to hand over a list of any such equipment they possess.
The COVID-19 testing centers at Bergen Community College in Paramus and at PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel – run by the state government and Federal Emergency Management Agency – have frequently reached capacity less than an hour after opening.
Murphy said Thursday he would expand BCC’s daily test capacity from 350 a day to 500 a day.
In response to a widely anticipated patient surge, the Murphy administration and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers are bringing two decommissioned hospitals back online, one in Woodbury and another in Plainfield.