Bayonne superintendent: 14-year-old 8th grade student tests positive for COVID-19

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A 14-year-old 8th grade Bayonne student has tested positive for COVID-19, according to a letter sent to parents and guardians today from the head of the public schools.

The John M. Bailey Community School in Bayonne. Photo via Google Maps.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

“The Bayonne School District officials were notified that a 14-year-old 8th grade student at John M. Bailey School has tested positive for COVID-19. The City of Bayonne Health Office has been informed and confirmed the case,” wrote Superintendent of Schools John Niesz.

“As per the Bayonne Board of Health the 14-year-old student was in school on March 12th and was not symptomatic. The City of Bayonne Board of Health and /or the Board of Education will contact all potential at-risk parties in the City of Bayonne.”

This is the first case of the coronavirus linked to a student in the Bayonne school system, likely the ninth case in the city overall as Mayor Jimmy Davis announced the 8th patient as a 39-year-old man yesterday.

“We hope for a quick recovery for all those affected with COVID-19,” Niesz said at the end of the letter.

The Bayonne, North Bergen, and Jersey City Public Schools have all announced that they’ll remain closed until at least April 20th.

Last week, Gov. Phil Murphy (D) closed all public and private learning institutions indefinitely to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

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