Mercer’s college walks away after ‘dramatic rise’ in COVID

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MERCER COUNTY, NJ – A college in Mercer County was forced to move away during the week after an increase in COVID-19 cases.

Hamilton Township School District’s Grice Middle School began virtual learning on Tuesday after authorities reported a “dramatic increase” in positive COVID-19 cases.

“Hamilton Township School District works closely with the Hamilton Division of Health and follows the policies and procedures the district has developed in accordance with updated CDC, state, and local health guidelines for ensuring the health and safety of everyone in our community,” district officials told parents in a letter Monday.

The college will be away all week and will reopen on Wednesday, June 1, after Memorial Day weekend.

“The district cleans and disinfects all exposed areas of the school. The school also takes precautions to prevent the introduction and spread of viruses and other germs and cleans frequently touched surfaces daily,” officials said.

District officials asked parents and guardians to remain “vigilant but reasonable in your approach to dealing with this health issue.”

On Monday, New Jersey reported 2,402 new cases of COVID-19 and four coronavirus-related deaths. Mercer County reported 109 positive cases of COVID-19 and 16 new probable cases Tuesday morning. The statewide transmission rate is 1.25. The level of COVID-19 activity in Mercer County remains “high.”

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