TRENTON, NJ  – Citing the need to know the availability of health care resources including beds, ventilators, masks, gowns, gloves and other items Gov. Phil Murphy has signed an executive order requiring hospitals to file daily inventories with the state Office of Emergency Management.

Executive Order No. 111 includes Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital/Somerset in Somerville.

“Personal protective equipment for our frontline health care workers and first responders is critically important to fighting COVID-19,” Murphy said after signing the order Saturday. “We must work within our health care networks to ensure that we are properly disbursing the personal protective equipment we receive from the national stockpile and donations proactively. Today’s executive order will allow us to more efficiently and effectively manage the flow of personal protective equipment as hospitals begin expanding their capacities to meet the need of more COVID-19 patients, and allow us to have constantly up-to-date data on bed capacity throughout the State.”

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“This will be invaluable in order to manage the movement of patients, supplies and equipment and to make sure everyone gets the safest care that we can give,” said New Jersey Department of Health Commissioner Judith Persichilli.

"This executive order will enable the New Jersey Department of Health, working in cooperation and conjunction with the Office of Emergency Management, to allocate critical resources to the frontline medical professionals and first responders who need it most,” said Colonel Patrick Callahan, Superintendent of the New Jersey State Police.