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NEW JERSEY – At least six New Jersey hospitals have been on partial "divert" status as they deal with too many coronavirus cases and other issues amid the second-wave of the COVID-19 outbreak. "Divert" status usually means that hospitals send notice to incoming ambulances to bring patients to other local medical care facilities.How many people have been hospitalized in New Jersey?
Persichilli said New Jersey has 1,827 people hospitalized, about five times more than two months ago. But it's also far lower total than what New Jersey had at its peak during the spring, when there were more than 8,000 hospitalized.What is the expected staff vacancy rate in New Jersey hospitals?
In a statement, the New Jersey Hospital Association said its members had been advised by the state Health Department to plan for a possible staff vacancy rate of up to 30%.Why are so many hospitals diverting CT scans?
Health Commissioner Judith Persichilli, speaking during a Thursday news conference, said the rising coronavirus case counts is the biggest reason for the diversions. But she also said that at least one facility had a CT scanner that was not operating. Persichilli said these hospitals have had to go on divert status: