Under strain from rise in COVID-19 cases, some NJ hospitals divert ambulances

Hospital administrators say they’re deeply concerned about what the holidays will bring

The strain on New Jersey’s hospital system could be worse than it was in April if not enough people wear face masks and practice social distancing, according to the head of New Jersey’s health department on Monday. Health Commissioner Judy Persichilli pointed to new coronavirus patients in our hospitals, more than 2,100 as of Sunday night. Another 253 COVID-positive patients were admitted on Nov. 15 alone. The count is also consistently increasing in hospital intensive care units.

All the statistics of the disease’s resurgence paint a bleak picture and some hospitals are temporarily diverting ambulances to other health care facilities. Senior Correspondent Brenda Flanagan reports.