As NJ cases climb, health care experts prepare for second COVID-19 wave

There are enough indications, says one Rutgers University expert, that we should be thinking about targeted closings

New Jersey hit its high of COVID-19 cases one month after Gov. Phil Murphy ordered the state into lockdown, logging 4,391 cases in a single day, April 17. COVID-19 patients jammed hospital ICUs. That nightmare is still fresh in the minds of many health care professionals, who see a second wave of infection building.

Despite the rising number of cases, Murphy currently is not planning to roll back any openings. That’s largely because most of the new cases the state is tracking aren’t coming from schools or reopened businesses, but from gatherings inside private homes. State leaders say pandemic fatigue has set in. So how ready is our health care system if New Jersey is on the cusp of a second wave? Senior Correspondent Brenda Flanagan reports.