Health officials in New Jersey are calling a medical center in the city of Newark, New Jersey, a “hospital.”
The city’s health department on Wednesday released a news release saying the center in Newark has been designated a “hazardous and potentially life-threatening environment” for the past month.
Health officials are calling it a “high-risk area” because of the fact that “a significant number of patients have reported serious symptoms of gastroenteritis and acute bacterial infections,” according to the release.
A report released by the city’s Department of Health in January said the center had a high rate of admissions with gastrointestinal symptoms.
Officials are warning that the hospital will have to be closed by Oct. 1.
The facility is in the New Jersey-based Medical Services Corp., which is run by a company owned by the billionaire Carl Icahn, who is known for his investments in pharmaceutical companies.
Icahn has been critical of the Affordable Care Act and President Donald Trump in recent days.
He has been vocal in his criticism of the law, and he has been pushing to eliminate it.
He said Wednesday that he hopes Congress will repeal the Affordable Health Care Act.
The hospital, in a news conference Thursday, said it will be closed indefinitely.
The New Jersey health department says it is “committed to meeting all health care needs for our residents and staff in the immediate future.”
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