State Creates COVID Dashboard For School Cases

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Since the early days of the pandemic, the New Jersey Department of Health has maintained a tracker of COVID-19 cases and deaths by county. This week, the department added a page to report in-school transmission as well. The data is presented only at the county level and not by school district. As of Wednesday, September 30, there were 11 in-school transmission cases statewide.

The department defines as outbreak as two or more laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 cases among students or staff with onsets within a 14-day period who are epidemiologically linked within the school setting, do not share a household, and were not identified as close contacts of each other in another setting during standard case investigation or contact tracing. In-school transmission as transmission between students and/or staff that occurs on school property in the context of curricular activities.

“Our overarching aim remains ensuring that our schools do not become the epicenter of new outbreaks,” Gov. Phil Murphy said on Twitter. “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.”

As of September 30, Verona had 162 confirmed COVID-19 cases town-wide, and 14 deaths.

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