NEW JERSEY OPENED ITS first field hospital on Monday to treat non-COVID-19 patients in an effort to alleviate hospitals overrun with virus patients.
The 250-bed facility is located at the Meadowlands Exposition Center in Secaucus, New Jersey and was constructed in about a week.
New Jersey currently has more than 37,500 coronavirus cases and 917 people in the state have died from the virus. The state has the second most cases in the country after New York, which has more than 123,160 cases and 4,159 deaths.
While the medical facility is meant to free up hospital beds by treating non-coronavirus patients, the state's health secretary said that may change as New Jersey prepares for its apex in the coming weeks.
Gov. Phil Murphy said the state's situation is similar to New York's, just "a beat or two behind them in terms of numbers."
A second field hospital will open at the New Jersey Convention Center in Edison on April 8 and a third will open at the Atlantic City Convention Center on April 14.
The state is working with business partners regarding transportation and lodging arrangements for volunteers coming from out-of-town areas to work at the facilities. The governor's office is also working with hospitals across the state to increase capacity in their current facilities, as well as reopen closed hospitals.
These steps will open about 1,360 hospital beds for potential COVID-19 patients, increasing overall capacity by 2,360 beds over the ...