Murphy Tours NJ’s Newest Field Hospital in Atlantic City

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) -
Governor Phil Murphy tours the Atlantic City field hospital during the COVID-19 outbreak Tuesday, April 21 2020. (Edwin J. Torres for GovernorÕs Office).

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy on Tuesday toured the state’s third and newest field hospital to open during the COVID-19 outbreak.

The Atlantic City Convention Center field hospital is aimed at alleviating pressure on local hospitals and will treat non-coronavirus patients in 258 beds. Rows of one-bed units line the Convention Center floor, and the hospital also includes an on-site pharmacy and lab testing center.

The U.S. Army Corps of engineers and the state have already opened two other similar field hospitals, a 250-bed facility in Secaucus and a 500-bed pop-up site in Edison.

New Jersey’s death toll from the virus stands at 4,377, with nearly 89,000 people who tested positive.

The number of infections has been leveling off, and Murphy said he expects to discuss plans to begin reopening the state soon.