As cases of the coronavirus continue to surge around the globe, the Jersey City Public Schools have already announced that they will close at least another week: from March 23rd through March 27th.
“The Jersey City Public Schools will be closing most onsite operations at the end of the business day, Tuesday, March 17, 2020. However, some essential staff will continue to work onsite to provide meals, support to our families, and maintain the district’s operations and meet our moral and financial obligations,” according to a letter from the district forwarded to HCV.
“We hope to reopen on March 30, 2020, but that will depend on the status of the health crisis. Our students and families need the Jersey City Public Schools employees to work onsite and remotely to deliver instruction, nutrition, and social-emotional support. We will continue to provide updates as this health crisis continues to evolve.”
The announcement comes after Gov. Phil Murphy (D) said earlier today that all New Jersey schools, both public or private, would close indefinitely – effective Wednesday.
With five announced cases of the coronavirus, Jersey City issued a state of emergency on Monday “closing most commercial businesses except food providers.”
There are currently 19 cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Hudson County, the New Jersey Department of Health revealed this afternoon.
At this point, 14 cases have been announced publicly: five in Jersey City, five in Hoboken, two in West New York, and two in North Bergen.
Two CarePoint Health workers were also confirmed to have tested positive for the virus, one from the Bayonne Medical Center and one from the Hoboken University Medical Center, but it was not revealed if they live in Hudson County or not.