January 13, 2022, 12:41 p.m.Updated 10 m ago
President Joe Biden is expected to make an important announcement today to help states cope with the surge in omicron, including New Jersey.
Garden State is on a list of six states that receive additional medical assistance in hospitals.
The number of hospital admissions continues to increase with those for COVID-19 and with COVID-19.
Earlier this week, Health Commissioner Judy Persichilli said the modeling had shown it would hit a high of around 8,000 hospital admissions over the next few weeks. Just a little less than half of the 6,000 currently hospitalized patients are being treated solely for COVID-19, while the others tested positive for COVID-19 but were admitted for something else.
The increase in cases since December has in some cases led to staff shortages.
President Biden is expected to announce that New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Rhode Island, Michigan, and New Mexico will receive medical teams to aid with the current Omicron wave.
New Jersey recorded an additional 23,000 positive cases on Wednesday, up from a high of more than 30,000 cases on Jan. 7.