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NJ has 6,000 COVID hospital stays for the first time since April 2020

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NEW JERSEY – In a way, things are looking more like the start of the pandemic. New Jersey surpassed 6,000 hospital admissions for patients with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 for the first time since April 2020.

The New Jersey Department of Health reported 6,075 COVID patients on Sunday, the highest number in the state since April 30, 2020. Publicly available data for the state for COVID hospital admissions dates back to April 28, 2020 when readings were 6,253 Peaked.

Garden State saw a sharp increase in the number of people on ventilators, from 61 on November 9 to 474 on Sunday – New Jersey’s highest number of people on ventilators since January 4, 2021.

Of the COVID patients admitted to the hospital, 843 were in intensive care as of Sunday – the highest number of COVID patients in the state in intensive care since May 21, 2020.

Meanwhile, cases among hospital staff continue to increase. State officials reported 3,099 hospital workers Tuesday through Sunday who tested positive for the virus.

Burden on hospitals

The influx of COVID patients has placed many New Jersey hospitals under further stress.

The ratio of COVID hospital admissions to total beds provides information about the stress on a hospital. Anything over 10 percent is worrying, while numbers over 20 percent represent “extreme stress,” according to a framework from the University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation.

According to the institute, the capacity of the intensive care unit is another important indicator of the stress on the hospital. When COVID patients fill 30 percent of intensive care beds, the data point to “high stress”. Sixty percent or more indicate “extreme stress”.

Based on the above metrics, Warren, Sussex, and Cumberland Counties were categorized as “extreme stress” for the week of December 24-30 – the last week with data available. In Warren County, 62.14 percent of ICU patients and 21.29 percent of hospital patients had confirmed or suspected COVID-19.

COVID patients filled 27.92 percent of Cumberland County’s inpatient beds and 20.16 percent of such beds in Sussex County.

Here was the New Jersey hospital data for each district from the week of December 24th through December 30th, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Medicine:

  • Atlantic: COVID patients occupied 10.62 percent of hospital beds and 24.16 percent of ICU beds.
  • Mountains: COVID patients occupied 13.62 percent of hospital beds and 8.13 percent of ICU beds.
  • Burlington: COVID patients occupied 8.17 percent of hospital beds and 18.56 percent of ICU beds.
  • Camden: COVID patients occupied 13.31 percent of hospital beds and 10.95 percent of ICU beds.
  • Cape May: COVID patients occupied 18.82 percent of hospital beds. ICU data were not immediately available.
  • Cumberland: COVID patients occupied 27.92 percent of hospital beds and 49.46 percent of ICU beds.
  • Essex: COVID patients occupied 16.88 percent of hospital beds and 16.78 percent of ICU beds.
  • Hudson: COVID patients occupied 14.04 percent of hospital beds and 24.44 percent of ICU beds.
  • Hunter don: COVID patients occupied 18.11 percent of hospital beds and 36.5 percent of ICU beds.
  • Mercer: COVID patients occupied 19.72 percent of hospital beds and 27.45 percent of ICU beds.
  • Middle Sex: COVID patients occupied 13.04 percent of hospital beds and 17.38 percent of ICU beds.
  • Monmouth: COVID patients occupied 16.18 percent of hospital beds and 27.26 percent of ICU beds.
  • Morris: COVID patients occupied 8.72 percent of hospital beds and 15.09 percent of ICU beds.
  • Ocean: COVID patients occupied 15.42 percent of hospital beds and 17.84 percent of ICU beds.
  • Passaisch: COVID patients occupied 14.39 percent of hospital beds and 15.19 percent of ICU beds.
  • Salem: COVID patients occupied 10.12 percent of hospital beds. The data in the intensive care unit were not immediately available.
  • Somerset: COVID patients occupied 13.93 percent of hospital beds and 20.22 percent of ICU beds.
  • Sussex: COVID patients occupied 20.16 percent of hospital beds and 37.50 percent of ICU beds.
  • Union: COVID patients occupied 20.16 percent of hospital beds and 12.53 percent of ICU beds.
  • Labyrinth: COVID patients occupied 21.29 percent of hospital beds and 62.14 percent of ICU beds.

COVID-19 patient records for the Gloucester County hospitals were not immediately available. Check the University of Minnesota COVID-19 Hospitalization Tracking Project for data updates.

Do you need to find a COVID-19 test or a vaccination site? Visit the New Jersey Department of Health’s Department of Health Finder of Vaccine Appointments and Testing Sites.

Although most people with COVID-19 feel better within weeks of the illness, some medical conditions known as long-term COVID or long-range COVID do occur, according to the CDC. For more information on long-term COVID, please visit the CDC’s Post-COVID Terms page.

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