As thousands of students in New York learned that their schools would be mostly or entirely shuttered for the entire week, state officials and educators grappled on Monday morning with the possibility that more schools would need to close to fight the coronavirus outbreak.
The virus has spread quickly throughout the New York region. On Monday morning, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said that 142 cases had been confirmed statewide, including the executive director of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, Rick Cotton.
In the afternoon, New Jersey officials announced 5 new cases of the virus, bringing that state’s total to 11. In three of the new cases, the patients are hospitalized.
- Yeshiva University has canceled classes on both its Beren campus in Midtown and Wilf campus in Washington Heights for the rest of the week. An undergraduate adjunct professor tested positive, but he has not been on the campus for the last three weeks, the school said.
- Columbia University in Morningside Heights has suspended classes through Tuesday after a member of the Columbia community was quarantined as a result of exposure to the coronavirus. Columbia will shift to remote classes for the remainder of the week, said officials.
- Barnard College in Morningside Heights has suspended classes through Tuesday and will move to remote classes through the end of the week before spring break.
- Fordham University in The Bronx suspended face-to-face instruction through Tuesday. Classes will begin online Wednesday.
Late Monday, Gov. Philip D. Murphy of New Jersey declared a state of emergency and a public health emergency, effective immediately.