New Jersey Health Commissioner Judith Persichilli said that the Department of Health is working closely with the New Jersey Hospital Association, and all of the state’s hospitals, to ensure that there is adequate bed capacity for individuals with COVID-19—particularly those who need critical care.
Persichilli said the department is working with hospitals to determine which patients can be safely transferred to the alternative care sites that are now in operation.
“We’ve also identified 100 nursing home beds in the northern region and another 100 in the central region for individuals awaiting nursing home placement and are currently in acute care hospitals.”
At Monday afternoon’s COVID-19 briefing with Gov, Phil Murphy, Persichilli said those homes will be able to cohort, they have adequate personal protective equipment and the staffing required for a safe transfer and care of patients.
As of Monday, the field medical station at the Meadowlands reported housing 37 individuals; by end of day it was expected to have a total of 62 patients.
The Edison field medical site is ramping up and is anticipating a soft opening on Friday; it currently has four patients and is expecting more. The Atlantic City site is expected to open next week.
On Monday, there were 3,219 new positive COVID-19 cases for a total of 64,584. There were also 7,781 new hospitalizations, 1,886 patients in critical care or intensive care and 1,611 patients on ventilators.
The department reported 94 new deaths for a total of 2,443. Twenty-nine deaths were residents of long-term care facilities.
There are 324 long-term care facilities with COVID-19 cases for a total of 5,264 cases of positive COVID-19, about 10 percent, in long term care facilities.
Of the seven labs sending the health department COVID-19 results, 118,000 were tested, 54,600 came back positive for a positivity rate of 46.22 percent, up 2 percent.