Mayor Ted Green, East Orange City Council Chairman Christopher James and Health Director Dr. Monique Griffith joined Governor Phil Murphy as he toured the East Pavilion Wing of East Orange General Hospital, which is being rehabbed into a Non-Acute COVID-19 Alternate Care Facility by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' (USACE) Philadelphia District.
The unused portion of this hospital space is currently under conversion into a 250-bed facility to care for COVID-19 patients throughout the region. It is expected to open in the next few weeks.
This is one of three alternate care facilities in New Jersey being built as part of the ongoing response to the COVID-19 Pandemic. The other two are in Paramus and Trenton.
USACE Philadelphia District is providing planning, engineering, contracting and construction management support to the State of New Jersey and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to address possible medical facility shortages due to COVID-19. The mission is part of a nationwide federal, state and local effort to respond to the public health emergency.
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