NJ confirms 11 outbreaks of COVID-19 in schools; unveils new dashboard to track infections
A new dashboard website unveiled by state officials Wednesday confirms that there are 11 outbreaks of COVID-19 in New Jersey’s schools.
The dashboard breaks the infections down by county – with Cape May having the most at three separate outbreaks, linked to 10 cases of the virus linked to in-school transmission.
“Our overarching aim remains ensuring that our schools do not become the epicenter of new outbreaks. We have in place the protocols and guidance to ensure that, when identified, a case is removed as quickly and carefully as possible from the building environment,” Gov. Phil Murphy said.
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According to state officials, there are currently 81 school districts in the state that are open for all in-person instruction, while 403 districts are open with a hybrid plan. There are 278 schools that are all-remote and 40 are using some combination of remote, in-person and hybrid schedules.
Murphy said that the purpose of the new dashboard is to provide transparency and public information while also protecting the privacy of those in the schools.