State and local health departments are keeping tabs on 39 in-school outbreaks of COVID-19 currently being reported in New Jersey and the root source of the more than 200 positive cases on their radar, double the amount from just over a week ago. Hundreds of other COVID-19 cases haven’t been linked to in-school transmission but are keeping teachers and students who may have been exposed at home in quarantine.
In Toms River, more than 800 students and staff have had to quarantine. “Currently we have 791 students quarantined and 26 staff. When you look at percentages, that’s a little bit more than 5% of the students and a little bit more than 1% of the staff,” said Superintendent Stephen Genko. Genko blames the summer tourism in the region for the infection rates that have plagued the start of the school year and says it’s not about the mask-optional days that were granted during those first few warm-weather weeks.