The Sen. Walter Rand Institute for Public Affairs, at Rutgers University-Camden, released a research brief, projecting a need for between 1,270 and 3,249 Cape May County hospital beds to accommodate COVID-19 infected individuals at the peak of the health crisis. The county has 242 beds, according to the study.
Researchers behind a Rutgers University-Camden study into the need for additional hospital beds in South Jersey amid the novel coronavirus pandemic have updated their findings and included the needs of the hard hit northern section of New Jersey.
New Jersey has more than 18,000 acute care beds including 2,000 for critical care patients, Murphy said. Officials are working to increase the capacity by 2,360 beds over the next several weeks. But according to a study by researchers at Rutgers University-Camden, that’s not nearly enough.
The need for hospital beds will exceed the number available in every county in New Jersey over the next six months, according to a new study from researchers at Rutgers University-Camden. But strong social distancing measures like those in effect now could delay the peak and reduce its severity.
If New Jersey residents continue “moderate” social distancing from one another amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Morris, Bergen, Somerset, Monmouth and Union counties could still see their hospitals filled to capacity before the end of April, based on new analysis by researchers at Rutgers University-Camden.
A sobering analysis out of Rutgers University-Camden attempts to tackle those questions, warning that if people don’t stay at home and stay away from others, some counties in New Jersey could start running out of hospital beds within a week.