COVID-19 cases cause closures at North Bergen, Memorial High Schools

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COVID-19 cases have led to closures at North Bergen and Memorial High Schools, with both facilities expected to open again this week.

Memorial High School in West New York. Photo via wnyschools.net.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

” … A Memorial High School Staff member tested positive for COVID-19 over the weekend,” says an email sent to teachers last night obtained by HCV.

“Out of an abundance of caution, and in consultation with the local health department, Memorial High School staff will telework on Tuesday, October 20th and Wednesday, October 21st to allow time for the custodial staff to complete a deep cleaning and disinfecting.”

Sources with knowledge of the situation, who spoke under the condition of anonymity, said there have been at least four coronavirus cases at memorial since school resumed last month.

While students are still learning virtually, teachers and staff are still giving their lessons from their respective schools and classrooms.

Additionally, a North Bergen High School teacher tested positive on Thursday, which led to the school closing early and has remained shuttered since for sanitation/safety purposes.

A North Bergen Board of Education spokesman did not immediately return an inquiry seeking comment, but sources said the school is expected to reopen by the end of the week.

HudPost first made mention of the situation on Twitter last week.

Last week on CNBC, Gov. Phil Murphy (D) indicated that he is hopeful New Jersey won’t have to go into a second lockdown, citing increased efforts for COVID-19 testing and contact tracing as cases are on the rise statewide.

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