Level red status: New Jersey hospitals restrict visitors as COVID-19 cases increase
New Jersey hospitals are now at level red status when it comes to visitation restrictions due to the dramatic increase in COVID-19 positive cases.
It means visitors are not allowed at any hospital in the state, except for limited situations that must be approved by a hospital care team.
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New Jersey Hospital Association officials call it a necessary precaution as the daily increase in COVID-19 cases reaches new highs in New Jersey. COVID hospitalizations have increased nearly 50% in just one week.
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The president of the New Jersey Hospital Association, Cathy Bennett, says they understand the importance of hospital visits, but adds these guidelines aim to protect patients, visitors, and health care workers from COVID-19 transmission.
Bennett also asks New Jersey residents to help health care teams by getting vaccinated or boosted and continue to wear a face mask and wash your hands.
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