NEW JERSEY — A new federal travel ban targeting the nursing homes of New Jersey has sparked a nationwide emergency at nursing facilities in the state, prompting a series of evacuations as emergency crews worked to restore service.
More than 100 people were rescued from an overflow room at an Loyola University Medical Center in Trenton, New Jersey, after a large group of patients, many of them with respiratory ailments, started to get sick.
The evacuations were announced by Gov.
Chris Christie, a Republican, who said he was “outraged” by the new travel ban.
The governors office said the order was issued to protect the safety of the nursing home community.
It’s a reminder of the impact of this temporary travel ban and a reminder that the governor has an obligation to keep us safe and keep New Jersey residents and visitors safe.
A state of emergency is in effect in New Jersey as the Governor and other state officials seek to restore the safety and security of New Yorkers, tourists and business travelers, officials said in a statement.
Officials said the governors order will affect hundreds of nursing homes and other community health care facilities.
Some New York City and New Jersey hotels and restaurants were temporarily closed Friday and Sunday.
There was an increase in the number of people stranded on the streets of New York, including some of those stranded at the Empire State Building in Manhattan.
A group of protesters blocked a busy road and chanted: “Get out of our city.”
The protests came after President Donald Trump issued a revised travel ban Friday that restricts some immigrants from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States.
Earlier in the day, protesters blocked Interstate 95 in New York state, shutting down lanes of Interstate 90 and blocking several lanes of traffic in the area.
In New Jersey , the New York Police Department and other agencies were called in to restore traffic flow to major highways.
Andrew Cuomo ordered a statewide state of lockdown for all schools in the Garden State, including the State University of New Brunswick campus, while Gov.
Tom Corbett ordered schools in Middlesex County closed.
New Jersey schools were closed Friday for a time as New York State Department of Education officials evaluated safety protocols.