The St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center emergency room doctor infected with the new coronavirus is no longer in critical condition.
James Pruden, 70, of Teaneck, the Bergen County town hit hard by the new virus, is on the “road to recovery,” said governor Phil Murphy on Friday afternoon.
“He’s been off the ventilator for a few days,” said Murphy. “That’s really, really good news to hear.”
Pruden had been admitted to the intensive care unit at St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center on Mar. 6. He had become symptomatic in Feb. 28.
Pruden has worked as the director of emergency preparedness at St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center. He is immensely popular in Paterson. He previously resided in Paterson before moving to Bergen County.
Over the past decades, Pruden served as a volunteer search and rescue physician. He served as a first responder on 9/11 and led a team from St. Joseph’s University Medical Center to Houston, Tex. to relive healthcare workers after hurricane Harvey.
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