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Where has New Jersey established alternate care sites for COVID-19 response?
The East Orange Alternate Care Site, located in a former physical therapy rehabilitation center, has space set aside for individuals in isolation who have tested positive for COVID-19, don't have shelter and need a higher level of medical care.
Three earlier field medical stations providing 1,000 beds – at the Meadowlands Exposition Center in Secaucus, New Jersey Convention and Exposition Center in Edison and the Atlantic City Convention Center – were stood up for patients who no longer required critical care in an acute care hospital, but were still appropriate for a hospital setting because they required 24/7 medical care.
The medical stations were capable of treating COVID-19 patients, and were set up to allow acute care hospitals to focus solely on patients in need of critical care.
The sites have now shut down, and the items and supplies at all three are being placed in storage by the Office of Emergency Management for rapid deployment elsewhere as needed.
Expanded Hospital Capacity
The state Department of Health has also worked with hospitals to increase bed capacity. A former gym at New Bridge Medical Center in Paramus has been transformed into a 30-bed facility and a 100-bed tented facility has been added outside through the work of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. In addition, 37 beds have been added to St. Francis Medical Center in Trenton. Salem Memorial Hospital, Hackensack Meridian – Pascack Valley and St. Joseph's hospital have all increased capacity as well.
The state Health Department is actively working with local health departments that have put up hotels for individuals who are in quarantine, as well as to provide care to COVID-positive health care workers and community members who are in need of a safe place to isolate but no longer need medical care.