More than 37 thousand people have tested positive for coronavirus in New York State as of Thursday. That’s an increase of more than six thousand from Wednesday.

New York City has more than 21-thousand cases. Governor Cuomo says the state is focusing on finding extra hospital space in New York City, Long Island and the lower Hudson Valley.

“Our goal is to have a one-thousand plus overflow facility in each of the boroughs downstate and the counties.”

Haunted by Italy Scenario, N.J. Rushes to Add Hospital Beds

Mar 20, 2020

The experience of northern Italy hangs over New Jersey’s health care workers like a specter. If they can’t create the bed space now to handle an inevitable surge in coronavirus patients, they’ll face the same agonizing decisions as their counterparts in Italy: whom to help and whom to turn away.

But as the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the Garden State soars above 800 and the death toll ticks up, its leaders are meeting the challenge with the urgency — and creativity — of war.

A New Jersey bill aimed at helping patients is facing criticism from medical professionals who say it could cause delays in care.

The “Patient Protection Act” would place new requirements on New Jersey medical professionals who want to transfer their patients out of state for care.

Under the proposal, medical professionals would have to explain the rationale for transferring their patients, inform patients of other in-state options or certify that there are none, contact their insurance provider, and more.

NJ Hospitals Get Better Marks For Improving Care

Apr 12, 2017

A national survey shows New Jersey hospitals have improved their quality of care.

The nonprofit health care watchdog organization Leapfrog Group ranks New Jersey 15th best for protecting patients from harm.

Communications director Erica Mobley says that's up from 22nd a year ago.

"What we've seen overall is an improvement in both the processes and procedures hospitals have in place to prevent errors and in the outcomes. So in things like infection rates, rates of blood clots, rates of air embolism, we've seen improvement across many hospitals."