Three elite private schools in Manhattan and New Jersey close amid coronavirus outbreak as ‘New York City woman in her 50s who recently returned from Israel also tests positive’

Friday, March 6, 2020
By Paul Martin

The all-girls Spence School and all-boys Collegiate School closed on Friday
There are concerns that a family with ties to both may have COVID-19
One of the parents recently returned from an international trip and is in quarantine
The Frisch School in Paramus, New Jersey, has also closed
Some of its students attended the bat mitzvah in Westchester that a Manhattan lawyer who has spread the virus to 17 people so far also attended
The Jerusalem Post reports that a NYC woman who visited Israel in February has also tested positive
Her case has not yet been confirmed by New York officials, who said on Thursday the situation was ‘unpredictable’ and ‘worrisome’

6 March 2020

Two private schools in Manhattan and one in New Jersey have closed amid fears of a coronvirus outbreak.

The all-girls Spence School on Manhattan’s Upper East Side closed on Friday for ‘sanitization’ as did the all-boys Collegiate School on the Upper West Side due to a family with ties to both that are being monitored.

According to The New York Post, the family likely has a child at each school. One of the parents recently returned from an unspecified international trip and is awaiting test results in quarantine.

Additionally, the Frisch School in Paramus, New Jersey, has closed due to fears that some of its students might have been exposed to the Manhattan lawyer who lives in Westchester who has the virus and has now infected 17 others with it.

PIX 11 reports that school staff are concerned the students attended a bat mitzvah in New Rochelle and also a hockey game in Riverdale, where the lawyer’s daughter attends school.

The lawyer is in the hospital but is recovering. He was particularly ill because he had an underlying respiratory condition, believed to be pneumonia.

His wife and 14-year-old daughter have tested positive for the virus but neither is showing symptoms.

His 20-year-old son, a student at Yeshiva University in Manhattan, also has the virus. He was showing symptoms but is recovering.

A rabbi at the university, who also attends the same synagogue the family does in New Rochelle, has the virus too. Yeshiva is advising his students to self-quarantine for 14 days as a precaution.

Additionally, a family that are friends with the lawyer have all tested positive for the virus, as has the neighbor who drove him to the hospital.

In New York City, there is also the case of a female healthworker who recently returned from Iran with the virus. She is 39 and has been self-quarantined in her apartment and is on the mend. Her husband tested negative.

A woman in her 80s also has the virus, as does a man in his 40s who has lung illnesses related to smoking and vaping.

Additionally, a man on Long Island who is 42 tested positive.

Two men in New Jersey have also tested positive.

Officials have confirmed the East Coast numbers as two in New Jersey, four in New York City, 17 in Westchester and one on Long Island.

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