The impact of COVID-19 on NJ hospitals and long-term care facilities

How they coped in an unprecedented year and what they're facing in 2021

Early in March, there was little realization that the coronavirus was about to unleash such a deadly assault on the New Jersey health care system. By mid-April, COVID-19 was killing more than 300 people a day across the state and by Easter Sunday, a crisis in infections at long-term care facilities had become apparent.

After a summer respite, fall brought a predicted second surge in infections. But even as vaccination programs have begun, worst-case models predict that COVID-19 cases could again overrun New Jersey hospitals by mid-January. Senior Correspondent Brenda Flanagan reports on how New Jersey’s health care system coped with the pandemic in 2020 and what the prospects are for 2021.