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To deal with overcrowding from emergencies, hospitals are supposed to have "surge" plans -- when they would postpone elective surgeries to free up beds, for instance, and when they might even need to call in government help for mobile hospital units.
Those are among the options in New Jersey hospitals' surge plans, as well as doubling-up single rooms and even using nursing-home beds as necessary, says the state health department, which deems its hospitals ready to meet the challenge.
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