POMPTON PLAINS, NJ – US Representative Mike Sherrill (NJ-11) announced a second round of funding for hospitals in her district from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act that Congress passed in April. Chilton Medical Center in Pompton Plains will receive an additional $2.8 million dollars.
In May, Chilton received over $21 million during the first round of funding, and St. Joseph’s Medical Center based in Paterson received over $88 million. This was part of $1.7 billion that went to 53 New Jersey hospitals. $12 billion in total went to 395 hospitals who had at least 100 COVID-19 cases.
“Our hospitals have moved heaven and earth to care for the residents of our community during the pandemic,” said Rep. Sherrill, regarding the second round of funding. “I’ve fought to ensure our frontline healthcare workers have the resources they need to keep themselves safe and our hospitals whole.”
This new funding will help Chilton and other local hospitals to sustain a level of much-needed personal protective equipment (PPE) such as N-95 masks, gowns and gloves, reagents for testing and so much more. Hospitals across the nation continue to stockpile PPE as spikes of COVID cases hit dozens of states, making this equipment hard to come by.
Here in New Jersey, a second wave of COVID-19 has been predicted by Dr. Charlene Gungil, the Director of Passaic County’s Department of Health.
“From my experience, when you have an outbreak you always have a second wave,” said Gungil. “But the second wave is usually smaller. What we have done with flattening the curve, is we have extended the first wave. Which means we are going to have the same number of cases, approximately, but they are spread out more over time so as not to overwhelm the healthcare system. Because that first wave was elongated, our second wave, which might be smaller, is going to be further down the road.”
Dr. Gungil felt the second wave may come in early- to mid-fall of this year.
During the first wave, hospitals in New Jersey were not prepared for the sheer number of COVID cases and have learned from this. They understand the need to keep enough PPE on hand.
“The essential aid [Rep. Sherrill] has helped secure will ensure that our health care heroes have the resources they need to continue to safely fight COVID-19,” said Brian Gragnolati, President and CEO of Atlantic Health.
If Dr. Gungil is right and a second wave of COVID hits New Jersey this fall, the hope is that our local hospitals will be better prepared to handle it. This new funding will be a big help.