Around Manchester: Schools Weighing Additional In-Person Days

Karen Wall
·3 min read

MANCHESTER, NJ — The surge in coronavirus cases and hospitalizations around the state and in Ocean County is having an impact in Manchester.

The Manchester Township School District announced another case, this time in a student at Ridgeway Elementary School, according to a letter distributed to parents. . None of the cases in the district have resulted in a school being moved to remote learning.

The district has been discussing a shift to four or five days of in-person instruction for the second marking period, which likely will be discussed when the Manchester Board of Education meets at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Cases have been rising dramatically in New Jersey and in Ocean County. The state has 279,274 cases as of Sunday, an increase of more than 24,000 since Nov. 8. It's not just the number of cases that has officials concerned; hospitalizations have risen 30 percent, from 1,538 on Nov. 8 to 2,004 as of Sunday.

Ocean County's health department announced 172 new ones on Saturday, giving Ocean a cumulative total of 18,621 cases of COVID-19 since the pandemic began in March. That number is up more than 1,000 since Nov. 8. Of those, 5,290 people have been hospitalized, and there have been 1,021 people who have died, an increase of 10 deaths from Nov. 8, according to the Ocean County Health Department. There are 527 people hospitalized as of Sunday in the Central region of the state, which includes Hunterdon, Somerset, Middlesex, Mercer, Monmouth and Ocean counites, according to the state health department.

Manchester and Lakehurst have seen increases in the number of cases. Manchester added more than 70 cases since Nov. 8, from 1,073 to 1,149 cases as of Sunday, according to the health department, and there have been 166 deaths, up one from Nov. 8. Lakehurst added eight cases, rising from 53 to 61 as of Sunday; the borough has fewer than five deaths.

Murphy has taken some steps to contain the virus's spread, imposing a 10 p.m. indoor curfew at bars and restaurants and eliminating bar seating. Murphy also signed an order allowing communities to establish a curfew as early as 8 p.m. Read more: Gov. Murphy Clarifies Rules For NJ Indoor Dining, Bars, Barbers

New Jersey also joined six other states in banning interstate competitions and tournaments in ice hockey, after a number of outbreaks were tied to the sport. Read more: NJ Joins 6 States In Barring Interstate Youth Hockey In Pandemic

Around town

The Manchester Township Council has a special meeting scheduled for 10:50 a.m. Monday to readopt Bond Ordinance 20-036 and the corresponding resolution authorizing the township's chief financial officer to issue bonds. The meeting will be held in the court room at the municipal building.

The annual Kevin's Kids Christmas Gift Drive has started. Learn how you can help families who are struggling have a happy Christmas this year. Read more: Kevin's Kids Kicks Off Annual Manchester Christmas Drive

A former deacon at St. John's Roman Catholic Church in Lakehurst has been charged with possession of child pornography, the Ocean County Prosecutor's Office said. The church said Anthony Laterza served as a deacon for just a couple of months in 2019. Read more: Ex-Deacon At Lakehurst Church Charged With Child Porn Possession

The township paid tribute to veterans on Veterans Day. You can watch the ceremony here.

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