Four NJ Coronavirus “Pop-Up Hospitals” Planned; Newark Area Needle Exchange Suspended

Sources: NJ Patch.com, NJCRI.org

The state of New Jersey is opening four “pop-up” hospitals to accommodate the expected influx of coronavirus cases — and one of them will be located at the Edison Convention Center.

The sites were announced in a press conference led by Gov. Phil Murphy and New Jersey State Police Colonel Patrick Callahan. But an opening date for all four has not been released.

“One is going to be at the Meadowlands Exposition Center, another is going to be at the Convention Center in Edison, the third one will be set up in Atlantic City’s Convention Center,” says Callahan. The location for the fourth one will be determined at a later time.

The hospitals will be constructed by the Army Corps of Engineers and each is expected to have up to 250 beds. It will be fully staffed by doctors, nurses and pharmacists.

Persichilli said they’ve invited Level-1 trauma centers to be coordinating agencies, and that New Jersey will be divided into three regions: North, Central and South. “We know what supplies need, we’ve have identified the number of staff, the number of RNs, number of pharmacists,” she added.

New York and New Jersey have experienced many more coronavirus cases than the rest of the nation. In New York, the Jacob Javits Convention Center, SUNY Stony Brook, SUNY Old Westbury and the Westchester Convention Center were identified as locations for “pop-up” hospitals.


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