Due to an increase in COVID-19 cases, one of the biggest public school districts in New Jersey will start enforcing masks on Wednesday.
There are roughly 14,000 students enrolled in the 17 schools that make up Passaic Public Schools, which also includes Passaic High School.
In accordance with a school board regulation, masks are necessary “during periods of a High Activity Level” of COVID-19, as reported by the state health department, the superintendent Sandra M. Diodonet informed parents on Tuesday.
Diodonet stated as much in a statement posted by the school district on Twitter: “Therefore, as of Wednesday, December 21, 2022, all workers, Pre-K through grade 12 students, and visitors are obliged to wear face coverings in all district facilities, school grounds, and buses.”
According to state health officials, 10 counties in New Jersey, including Passaic County, have “high” community levels of COVID-19 as of Tuesday. Bergen, Cumberland, Essex, Hudson, Middlesex, Monmouth, Somerset, Union, and Warren were the other states.
Transmission levels were “medium” in the remaining 11 counties. The masking requirement will be lifted when Passaic County is in the moderate or lower category, according to Diodonet. Gov. Phil Murphy revoked the state’s mandatory mask law in March.
On Tuesday, 2,207 more COVID-19 cases and 28 confirmed fatalities were recorded in New Jersey. Since the state reported 35 deaths on February 16, that was the most deaths reported in a single day.
The seven-day average for confirmed positive tests in the state was 1,965, up 43% from a month earlier and up 3% from the previous week.