NJ hospitals face staff shortage as hospitalizations climb

New Jersey hospitals and long-term care facilities are facing staff shortages amid a “tsunami” of COVID-19 cases, and hospitalizations have climbed by nearly 60% since the end of last month.
That's according to Gov. Phil Murphy and health officials, who spoke Monday during a remote news conference on the pandemic.
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Hospitalizations in the state climbed from nearly 3,000 on Dec. 27 to over 4,700 on Sunday.
Health Commissioner Judy Persichilli says hospitals and nursing homes also face staffing shortages.
She suggested the shortage is due to staff being out sick and added that hospitals and nursing homes are planning for the loss of 30% of their staff at minimum.