New Jersey’s most popular hospital has just added a new plan for its patients: get your heart rate checked, then see if it’s normal.
It’s the latest move by the state’s largest hospital to respond to the coronavirus pandemic, which has led to a sharp increase in emergency room visits in New Jersey.
New York’s public health department says the increase has also affected its emergency room wait times.
The average waiting time to get an appointment at St. Barnabas Hospital in Manhattan is now about five minutes, the department says.
The increase in calls to the emergency room was more pronounced in the early days of the crisis, and has since slowed to an average of about three minutes, according to the department.
But New Jersey Gov.
Chris Christie (R) says the state is still seeing a surge in patients.
Christie told reporters Friday that the state has seen a significant increase in patients who require treatment.
The governor also said he was concerned about a sharp rise in the number of coronaviruses, and is encouraging hospitals to provide free tests.
New Jersey Gov., Chris Christie, arrives at the Statehouse in Trenton, N.J., on Thursday, Nov. 17, 2017.
Christies administration said it had not received a request for the test, which it says is already free.
It has also not seen any requests for testing on New York City residents.
On Monday, the state added a second hospital to its list of emergency rooms, bringing the total number of emergency departments in New York to 6,955.
The city also has a plan in place for those in need of tests.