Gov. Murphy tours Wildwood storm damage, Atlantic City field hospital

Gov. Phil Murphy made two stops in South Jersey Tuesday morning – one stop to tour Wildwood storm damage and another to see a FEMA field hospital set up in Atlantic City.

News 12 Staff

Apr 21, 2020, 9:59 PM

Updated 1,453 days ago

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Gov. Phil Murphy made two stops in South Jersey Tuesday morning – one stop to tour Wildwood storm damage and another to see a FEMA field hospital set up in Atlantic City.
The governor surveyed the Wildwood Boardwalk, which was badly damaged last week by a storm.
Wildwood Mayor Pete Byron says that the stretch of the boardwalk that was damaged will be closed through Memorial Day at this point as the town works with its insurance company to get it repaired. Byron says that it will cost about $400,000 to fix.
As for when the entire boardwalk will reopen amid the ongoing COVID-19 crisis – Byron says that he is working with the mayors of Wildwood Crest and North Wildwood to re-assess the situation regularly.
Murphy said that decisions to reopen certain parts of the Shore communities will be made by local officials.
“That’s their call in some respects. The executive orders that we put out or the executive orders that bind up and down the state, but we’ve deliberately allowed some latitude as I hope folks would respect and want that certain decisions get made locally,” Murphy said.
Byron says that he is eager to get things reopened again, once it is safe to do so.
“I know it’s important for us. We all want to get everything open. I’m a businessman as well, but as the end of the way, we don’t want to jump the gun and put people’s lives at stake,” he said.
Beaches in Wildwood remain open for walking, biking, surfing and other activities. But beachgoers are not allowed to sunbathe or bring chairs to sit on the beach. These rules will be in effect until at least May 1 when officials say they will re-assess the situation.
The governor also soured the FEMA hospital at the Atlantic City Convention Center. It is the third hospital to open to alleviate pressure on local hospitals. The Atlantic City hospital has 258 beds to treat non-COVID-19 patients. There is also an on-site pharmacy and lab.
The two other FEMA hospitals are in Secaucus and Edison.


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