Newark needs new hospital, officials say one year after first COVID-19 wave peaked

Essex officials back state funding to kickstart hospital planning

Newark needs a new, larger hospital, officials said Wednesday — one year after the first COVID-19 surge peaked in New Jersey.

With COVID-19 still impacting hospital staff, some keenly recall the first wave — when many contracted the disease, and lost friends and co-workers to the virus. They’re watching with high anxiety as another surge of infections builds in the state.

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