In recent days, New Jersey reported a record-high daily number of COVID-19 cases and Gov. Phil Murphy tightened some restrictions on indoor gatherings. At the same time, another vaccine showed exceptional promise, leading some experts to believe wide distribution might be possible sooner than expected. So while the pandemic is raging again at even worse rates than in the spring, researchers are getting closer to providing a tool to end it. The mix of news left Brian Gragnolati, the president and CEO of Atlantic Health System, both concerned and optimistic. In a special edition of NJBIZ Conversations, Editor Jeff Kanige talked to Gragnolati about how Atlantic Health is getting through the pandemic, what he learned during his tenure last year as chairman of the American Hospital Association, and how the latest outbreak will likely unfold. “The increase has been particularly concerning over the last two weeks where we have seen in some instances between seven and 10% increases per day and those numbers are consistent with what you see in the state,” he said. At the same time “our modeling shows us that we’re not going to hit the levels that we hit back in April, in terms of hospitalizations and that’s because of, one, better access to testing that we have, and two, we’ve got kind of a different cohort of patients that we are seeing get the virus.” Watch the full interview here.