Parents, school officials urge kids to ‘play with their toys’ in preschool
Parents, educators and other community members say a recent outbreak of severe ear infections is hurting kids’ ability to play with their toy.
The outbreak began when a kindergartener at a New Jersey preschool was diagnosed with a potentially deadly form of the coronavirus.
Many of the children in the preschool are deaf.
In the past two weeks, nearly 1,300 people have tested positive for the virus, and more than 600 have tested negative, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
New Jersey State Health Commissioner Dr. Mary May said this week that it’s likely that about 100 of those infections were related to the outbreak.
May told the Associated Press that she’s been trying to get answers from the CDC and school officials about what happened in the New Jersey case.
“We need to have a conversation about what went wrong, what could have been done better,” she said.
Officials said Friday that they have received at least 100 new cases in the state and another 500 to 700 people have come down with the virus.
More than half of those people have recovered.
But a number of people have been hospitalized with complications.
On Monday, two New Jersey elementary school teachers were hospitalized with ear infections and were scheduled to be transferred to a hospital in New York.
Meanwhile, New York State Department of Health officials said Thursday that they will open an investigation into the outbreak in New Jersey.
The state’s Department of Public Health and Senior Services said Thursday it is conducting an investigation to determine how many of the 2,600 people who were hospitalized were in contact with a person who tested positive.
According to the department, those patients are being monitored and their health care providers are aware of the outbreak, including people who have not yet been confirmed.