One New Jersey hospital system is adjusting its visitation policy due to a rise in COVID-19 cases. Atlanticare is temporarily suspending visits at its hospitals in Atlantic City and Galloway Township. It will not allow inpatient, outpatient (surgeries, procedures, tests) or emergency patient visits. There are some exceptions; for instance visitors will be allowed to see children who are hospitalized.
Another health care company, CarePoint Health, announced this week that it will convert from a for-profit hospital system to a nonprofit one. CarePoint owns Bayonne Medical Center, Christ Hospital in Jersey City and Hoboken University Medical Center.
In other news, New Jersey regulators are seeking to make permanent a pilot program that brings solar energy to low-income communities. Before the program, low-income communities were being left out of the move to solar due to cost and other factors. You can learn more about the program here.
The number of workers filing for unemployment benefits for the first time continues to drop in New Jersey and across the country. But one segment of the population remains underemployed, and that’s people with disabilities. This month is Disability Employment Awareness month, and EasterSeals NJ has released a guide for businesses on inclusive hiring.