At a community hospital in the heart of New Jersey’s coronavirus outbreak, time can be counted in spare ventilators. Six patients are on the devices right now at Holy Name Medical Center in Teaneck. Twenty-one more are at the ready.
Gov. Phil Murphy promised more aggressive steps — including closing all schools statewide and a possible curfew — to slow the spread of coronavirus Sunday, as the number of cases in New Jersey shot up to almost 100. What had seemed unthinkable 10 days ago, when the first case was identified, is coming closer.
As the number of coronavirus cases in the region continues to swell, Bergen County leaders are considering measures that would restrict businesses and encourage residents to self-quarantine, similar to recent steps announced in Teaneck and Hoboken.
Holy Name Medical Center in Teaneck has taken to testing patients for COVID-19 in two tents outside of their emergency department, officials said. The tents are being used to test patients who have been screened by their physicians via phone or in-office visit and meet criteria for testing that triggers a referral to the center's infectious disease team, said hospital spokesperson Jessica Griffin in a statement.
As the number of COVID-19 infections continues its stubborn ascent, government officials and other leaders in New Jersey and beyond announced steps aimed at controlling the spread of the virus that will force a seismic shift in both the cultural landscape of the region and day-to-day life of residents. day life of residents.