A positive COVID-19 test and a staffing shortage have reportedly prompted the Pearl River High School to go all-remote for the next two weeks. That’s according to DailyVoice.com, which says Pearl River High School principal Michael Murphy has worked with the Rockland County Department of Health to determine who may have been exposed. Those students and staffers will be quarantined for two weeks as a precaution. Students will reportedly return to a hybrid learning model on Thursday the 22nd. St. Thomas Aquinas College in Sparkill is in a “safety pause” for at least a week after getting four positive tests last week. All instruction this week is being conducted remotely.
New York’s governor is blaming COVID clusters in Ramapo red zones on members of the Orthodox and Hasidic Jewish communities who didn’t follow the rules when the pandemic began and the local leaders who didn’t enforce them. That’s according to the Journal News. In a press conference on Monday, governor Andrew Cuomo said we could still be dealing with COVID for at least another year.
COVID-19 by the numbers now, here in Rockland, we’ve got three in the hospital being examined, another 28 have been confirmed with coronavirus, and a total of 1,582 active cases. The state says since the crisis began, we’ve had a total of 16,760 reported cases, 161 more than Monday, and the Rockland Health Department says we have 679 total fatalities, no change for the last week.