Gov. Phil Murphy, New Jersey State Police Col. Pat Callahan, and two officials from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers are set to visit the field hospital in Secaucus tomorrow prior to the operation getting up and running next week.
By John Heinis/Hudson County View
“Tomorrow morning, I will visit the Meadowlands Convention Center to tour the field medical station that is being stood up there. I will be with Gen. Jeffrey Milhorn and Lt. Col. David Park of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. New Jersey State Police Col. Pat Callahan will join us as well,” Murphy said during a press conference in Trenton today.
Also referred to as a pop-up hospital, the facility is expected to open on April 6th and provide 250 additional beds.
Last week, Murphy thanked President Donald Trump (D) and other federal partners, particularly the U.S. Army Corps and the Federal Emergency Management Agency, for signing off on three locations throughout the state, as HCV first reported.
The one at the Meadowlands Exposition Center will be the first one in the state to be up and running.
The next day, Trump announced a major disaster declaration for New Jersey, which the governor said at the time would “lift remaining bureaucratic barriers to assistance” relating to the COVID-19 pandemic response.
About an hour ago, the New Jersey Department of Health disclosed that there are now 22,255 positive cases of the coronavirus in the state, including 1,910 in Hudson County.