Bayonne High School sports are on hold after an unidentified assistant coach tested positive for COVID-19 last week, Superintendent of Schools John Niesz said.
“We would like to inform our community of a COVID-19 positive result. A Bayonne High School assistant coach has tested positive for COVID-19. As per our protocol – the coach has been out since being tested -the test was administered last week,” Niesz wrote in a letter to parents today.
“At this time all Bayonne Athletics and facilities are closed and all athletics are temporarily suspended until at least next week.”
Niesz added that the public schools are working with their local partners, such as Chief Medical Examiner Dr. John Dedousis and the Bayonne Office of Emergency Management, to ensure that all coronavirus safety measures are considered before sports can safely resume.
Any parents or student athletes with further questions are urged to contact Athletic Director Dr. Michael Pierson at 201-858-5566, firstname.lastname@example.org, or email@example.com.
As of October 8th, Bayonne OEM indicated that 1,416 residents have tested positive for COVID-19, 77 have died, and the rest have recovered – with just 18 residents currently positive.
Niesz did not say in his letter whether or not the assistant coach was a Bayonne resident.