State lawmakers call for accountability in hospitals following Palisades Medical Center coronavirus outbreak
State lawmakers say hospitals in New Jersey need to be more up-front when workers test positive for COVID-19.
The concerns come to light just days after an outbreak at Palisades Medical Center in North Bergen, which is run by Hackensack Meridian. The medical center had three dozen employees out sick just Monday because of the virus.
Hospitals currently do not have to report the information to the state, while nursing homes and schools do. State Sen. Loretta Weinberg says legally, they don't have too, but, she says it has to change.
"I think it is imperative and it is their responsibility along with the governor’s office to have on that dashboard with all the other statistics that we look at to make our judgments about COVID-19 about future treatment."
She says the legislature should fix it right away, and if not, Gov. Phil Murphy should take executive action.