"The good news is 367 persons were discharged yesterday but another 507 COVID positive residents were right there to fill those beds and were admitted," said Governor Phil Murphy on Wednesday.
Data on hospitalizations and deaths shows the virus sickened and killed more people during the holidays.
According to 6abc's data team, currently, 3,129 New Jersyans are hospitalized for COVID-19 and those admission rates are growing.
Pennsylvania's hospitalization trends surpassed New Jersey's with 4,744 patients hospitalized. Those numbers are also growing fast.
"It is critical right now. We don't expect the peak filled at least mid or late December given travel and Thanksgiving. We're still expecting (it) to go up," said Dr. Rohit Gulati, the chief medical officer of Einstein Healthcare Network in Philadelphia. He says they currently have more COVID patients than they did in the spring but now they are more prepared from equipment to logistics.
"The fewer people in our hospitals, the less stress and strain on our health care system. The less chance that one of our doctors, nurses, EMTs, and medical professionals contract this virus," added Murphy.
On Wednesday, 4,350 new COVID-19 cases were reported, bringing the state's total to 346, 206.
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New Jersey announced Wednesday it is leaving what was formerly known as the Tri-State Travel Advisory. "As COVID-19 cases continue to rise at an alarming rate throughout our nation, New Jersey will no longer utilize previously outlined metrics to inform its travel advisory," Governor Phil Murphy said.
Hospitalizations on the rise
As COVID numbers rise throughout New Jersey, hospitals have seen an uptick in patients who can't fight the virus at home over the past month.
Moderna Inc. said it would ask U.S. and European regulators Monday to allow emergency use of its COVID-19 vaccine as new study results confirm the shots offer strong protection - ramping up the race to begin limited vaccinations as the coronavirus rampage worsens.
The nation's top health officials are warning that recent travelers are at an increased risk of possibly spreading COVID-19 after the Thanksgiving holiday.
Americans should expect more COVID-related restrictions and advisories for the Christmas holiday, said Dr. Anthony Fauci, the government's top infectious disease expert.
United Airlines has begun shipping the first batches of the COVID-19 vaccine on charter flights, a source told ABC News.
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