NEW PROVIDENCE, N.J. (WCBS 880) — The Transplant Games have been postponed because of the coronavirus.
The Olympic-style competition recognizing the success of organ donation and honoring those who helped was scheduled to take place this summer in New Jersey.
Organizers have now decided to wait until next July.
"We didn't think it would be safe or wise to hold the games later this year," said Elisse Glennon with the New Jersey Sharing Network.
There are roughly 4,000 New Jerseyans waiting for transplants and 115,000 nationwide.
"By and large the transplant programs had temporarily suspended surgeries at this time," Glennon said. "Hospitals right now are not really the safest place for a transplant patient to be."
There are exceptions in life-saving cases.
The death toll from the virus is also not increasing the donor pool.
"We are not transplanting organs from COVID-19 patients," Glennon said. "Any COVID-19 patient is an automatic ruleout."
Glennon says support services are being offered through the New Jersey Sharing Network.