Yeshiva Parent Confirmed with Coronavirus; Three Westchester-area Orthodox Jewish Schools Close for the Day

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Nurses assemble plastic face shields at a hospital designated for the coronavirus patients in Wuhan in central China's Hubei province, Sunday, March 1, 2020. New York confirmed Sunday the state's first positive test of the new virus that has sickened tens of thousands of people across the globe. (Chinatopix via AP)

NEW YORK (VINnews-Sandy Eller) — An Orthodox Jewish man has been hospitalized with coronavirus, prompting the closure of three local yeshivas.

In a Tuesday morning news conference, Governor Andrew Cuomo and New York State Health Commissioner Howard Zucker said that the 50 year old man lives in Westchester with his family and had traveled to Miami, although he was not infected with the virus at that time.

According to Cuomo, the man is a parent at SAR in Riverdale. Parents at the yeshiva were notified by elementary and high school principals Rabbi Binyamin Kraus and Rabbi Tully Harcsztark that both schools would be closed for the day as a precautionary measure because of a suspected case of coronavirus “in our community.” No one at SAR was available to comment on the matter and Cuomo confirmed that the school closed on its own accord.

According to the governor, the man is an attorney and had been hospitalized at Lawrence Hospital and had been transferred to an unnamed New York City hospital.

Both Westchester Day School and Westchester Torah Academy also closed for the day. Parents at Westchester Torah Academy were told that buses would be turned around to send students back home. School officials said that they remain in close contact with both the Westchester County Department of Health and the White Plains Public School District and would be following their guidelines. No one at any either yeshiva was available to comment on the coronavirus closures.

In a press conference this morning Cuomo described the spread of coronavirus as “inevitable” and said that the state would continue its efforts to manage the outbreak.

In addition, the Shul of the man who has been hospitalized with coronavirus has been ordered to close for the time being. The Young Israel of New Rochelle received a notice from Westchester County Health Commissioner Dr. Sherlita Amler, at the direction of New York State.

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