Covid-19 Instances Shut Newark North Ward Recreation Heart; Out of doors Pool Stays Open



A Covid-19 outbreak at a Newark recreation facility had closed the center to summer camp activities since Friday, several parents told RLS Media.

On Wednesday, city officials told Rotunda Recreation Center staff that a 9-year-old camper had tested positive for the virus. The facility remained open Thursday, but officials ordered all staff to undergo tests before returning to work, according to parents.

Campers were not told to test themselves, parents said.

RLS Media has learned most staff tested positive for Covid-19 on Thursday night, forcing officials to close the leisure center portion of the facility on Friday and Monday.

Upon visiting the Clifton Avenue facility, we found that the swimming pool stayed open all weekend.

The infected child is part of an organized group of campers who are paired in their age group, but children of all categories participate in contactless and maskless activities throughout the center.

Parents of several children told RLS Media that officials would not elaborate on why the center was closed, but said the Rotunda Recreation Center’s summer camp area was “closed until further notice.”

Officials have not responded to public requests for information.