By George N. Saliba, Editor-in-Chief July 20, 2020
The New Jersey Department of Education will release guidelines later this week allowing parents to have the option of “distance learning” for their children when schools finally reopen, Gov. Phil Murphy told the conference state press release today.
Without providing further details, Murphy said, “There are a lot of moving parts with that. And be [associated with] back to school, it’s about as complex a step as we – or any US state – will take. We want to do it right.
He added: “We want to do it responsibly. We want to respect public health, but we also want to do everything we can to try to recapture that magic of a semblance of in-person education that no state likes New Jersey. “
The resumption of high-risk sports
Murphy meanwhile said contact drills, training and even competition can resume today for high-risk sports such as soccer, rugby, boxing, martial arts and cheerleading – as long as l The activity takes place outdoors and also adheres to the New Jersey Department of Health Guidelines.
“We are confident that in an outside setting and with the proper public health and safety protocols in place – and being monitored, by the way – these sports, as we predicted, will be able to resume,” said Murphy.
John robert lewis
Murphy also ordered the state flags to be flown half-length in honor of Georgian civil rights leader and Congressman John Robert Lewis, who died on Friday at the age of 80.
Murphy said: “In his 60 years fighting for the rights of African Americans and all who have faced oppression and bigotry, Congressman Lewis has dedicated the past 34 years to fighting for our national soul in the halls of Congress. “
Public health update
Today marks New Jersey’s 97th COVID-19 state press conference, where a total of 13,741 confirmed deaths and 1,974 additional “probable deaths” have been announced since March.
There have been 177 new cases of COVID-19 announced today as 798 New Jerseyans remain hospitalized, with 146 of those patients in intensive care.
The statewide transmission rate of the coronavirus is 0.90.
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