Health and Safety Weekly Update
Week of Monday, November 16th - Friday, November 20th
Good Day South Brunswick,
As you will see below, the positive cases continue to expand in South Brunswick. The recent Nixle also showcases the vastness of the spread, which is altering plans all across the country. We are hoping that by December 14th, things begin to calm down and take a turn for the better, but as I shared in my last communication; must be prepared for things to take a turn for the worse.
For the time being, we will be suspending the daily health communication and will work with the Township to determine if a school communication is needed while we are in full remote.
For this holiday season stay safe, be well and enjoy the little things and any traditions that come with this time of year.
Be well South Brunswick!
(Latest Published Results)
Orange - High
Number of cases (last 7 days) in South Brunswick
Number of school aged cases (last 7 days) in South Brunswick
SOUTH BRUNSWICK SCHOOL DISTRICT HAPPENINGS
Number of Students and Staff in Buildings (Daily Average)
Number of students/staff sent home during the day with symptoms
Number of COVID confirmed cases reported to the schools
7 students/10 staff
(All students were remote except for one.)
Athletics Reporting Over a 6 day period (HS & MS)
Athletics Reporting (Daily Average)
51 athletes/10 coaches (daily average)
Number of athletes/coaches sent home during the day with symptoms
1 athlete/0 coaches
Number of athletes not able to follow health and safety directions
STATE (most current reporting)
State Transmission Rate (most current reported)
Regional Positivity Rate (Central East)
Regional Case Rate (Central East)/100,000 residents
Statewide School Outbreaks/Middlesex County
(the State uses the term "outbreak" when a minimum of
two cases independent of each other are in a school)
56 statewide/1 outbreak/3 linked cases in Middlesex County
What guidance exists at this time:
- RESTRICTIONS ON GATHERINGS - UPDATED STATE GUIDELINES: Executive Order 196:
- INDOOR GATHERINGS are limited to a maximum of 10 people
- OUTDOOR GATHERINGS are limited to a maximum of 150 people
- EXCEPTIONS are made for religious services or celebrations, political events, weddings, funerals, memorial services, performances, judicial and legislative proceedings
- DINING - Indoor dining will remain limited to 25% capacity
- Given the current surge in COVID-19 cases, it is recommended that everyone only celebrate Thanksgiving with members of their household. Indoor gatherings are particularly dangerous places for COVID.
- INDOOR SPORTS -The state recently banned all indoor interstate organized sports up to the high school level. Indoor dining will also remain limited to 25% capacity.
- OUTDOOR SPORTS - practices and games, there will 150-person limit that includes players, coaches, team personnel, and officials. This means the number of spectators allowed will be lower than 150.
- RELIGIOUS SERVICES - Indoor religious services and celebrations, political activities, weddings, funerals, and memorial services, and performances in New Jersey will continue to be limited to 25% of capacity but with a maximum of 150 people. Outdoor religious and political activities will continue to have no limit.
- The CDC recently modified their definition of a close contact. New definition is now “A person who spent 15 minutes or more within a 24-hour period and was within 6 feet of a person who is infected with COVID-19. Exposure must happen while the infected person is infectious (2 days before onset to 10 days after)”
- COVID Alert NJ is NJ's free and secure mobile app that anonymously alerts users if they have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive.
- For information and considerations for events and gatherings for holiday celebrations and safety, follow the link to the CDC holiday page: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/holidays.html
- Food and alcohol will not be permitted to be served inside establishments after 10:00 p.m. but restaurants can continue outdoor service past 10:00 p.m.
Other local district progress with cases and quarantine
- Last week, Gloucester Township, Hillsborough, Millville, Newton, North Arlington, North Brunswick, Old Bridge, Vineland and Woodbridge School Districts were among the districts that pivoted remote only instruction. Hackensack and Phillipsburg halted plans to shift to hybrid instruction.