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First New Jersey field hospital opens at Meadowlands Exposition Center

Posted at 7:47 AM, Apr 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-06 07:59:25-04

SECAUCUS, N.J. — New Jersey's first field hospital opened Monday at the Meadowlands Exposition Center as the state continues to battle the COVID-19 outbreak.

The facility can accommodate 250 non-COVID patients in order to free up beds at local hospitals.

Though the field hospital is meant for non-COVID-19 patients, the state's health secretary said that can change as New Jersey prepares for the apex in the coming weeks.

"Our reality is similar to New York, but we're a beat or two behind them in terms of numbers," Murphy said.

An emergency hospital created at New York's Jacob K. Javits Conventional Center was intentionally made for non-COVID patients, but with the number of cases in NYC over 67,500, the makeshift hospital will now be open to only coronavirus patients.

The USNS Comfort, a navy hospital that docked at New York Harbor, could also be used for coronavirus treatment, President Donald Trump said Sunday. The 1,000-bed hospital was not intended for COVID-19 patients.

An additional field hospital will open at Edison this week, and a facility at Atlantic City is expected to open next week.

As of Sunday afternoon, there are over 37,500 confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus and 917 deaths in the state, according to Murphy.