On the heels of new COVID-19 cases in Hudson, Union City, WNY schools also closing

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On the heels of new COVID-19 cases in Hudson County, one in Jersey City and one in Hoboken, being announce, the Union City and West New York Public Schools are joining the long list of closures.

West New York Superintendent of Schools announced in a YouTube video (embedded above) that students will utilize Google Classroom next week when schools will be closed “as a precautionary measure to ensure the health and safety of everyone.”

Breakfast and lunch can still be picked up for students between 8 a.m. and 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., respectively, at the West New York Middle School, Schools No. 1 and 2, and the Robert Menendez and Albio Sires schools.

While a 32-year-old West New York man was the 1st positive presumptive case of the coronavirus in Hudson County, he does not have any children in the school district and is making a rapid recovery, as HCV exclusively reported.

Yesterday, Mayor Gabriel Rodriguez said that the town health department’s investigation into the case concluded that his level of exposure to the community was “extremely limited.”

Furthermore, the Union Board of Education announced that they will be undertaking similar measures.

“The Union City Board of Education, together with Mayor and State Senator Brian P. Stack and the Union City Board of Commissioners, has decided to close all Union City schools as a precautionary measure against the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19),” they said in a statement.

“As of this writing, there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Union City. Nevertheless, being mindful of the health and safety of our students, staff, and community—which is, as always, our highest priority—and in coordination with neighboring school districts in Hudson County, we have reached the decision that we feel necessary to ensure the well-being of our Union City family.”

As of this writing, the Bayonne, Hoboken, Jersey City, Guttenberg, North Bergen, and Weehawken Public Schools will also all be closed next week.

Hudson County currently has three presumptive positive cases of COVID-19: the aforementioned West New York man, a 41-year-old woman from Jersey City, and a man in his 40s from Hoboken.

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