New Jersey’s Department of Health will receive nearly $2.7 million through the National Hospital Preparedness Program, U.S. Sens. Bob Menendez and Cory Booker announced Wednesday.
“We all owe a tremendous debt of gratitude to the health care professionals across our state working around the clock to protect the health and safety of all New Jerseyans,” Booker said. “It’s vital that we continue to fight for federal resources like this so hospitals in hard-hit states like New Jersey can continue to prepare for and respond to this public health crisis.”
With 155,764 confirmed cases and 11,191 virus-related deaths, New Jersey has been hit harder by COVID-19 than any state in the nation save New York.
The HPP provides funding and assistance to states to shore up healthcare systems following an emergency.
“While the curve is bending in the right direction, New Jersey is not out of the woods yet. Our hospitals and medical professionals are still on the frontlines of this crisis and they need the resources to keep up the fight against COVID-19.” Menendez said. “This funding will help ensure our state’s health care system can continue to treat patients suffering from COVID-19. And I’ll continue fighting for the federal funding New Jersey needs to see this through.”