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DEVELOPING: Covid-19 Cases Close Newark North Ward Recreation Center; Outdoor Pool Remains Open


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

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

Campers were not told to test, parents said. 

RLS Media has learned that most employees tested positive for Covid-19 on Thursday evening, forcing officials to close the recreation center portion of the facility on Friday and Monday.

On a visit to the Clifton Avenue facility, we noticed that the swimming pool remained open through the weekend. 

The infected child is a part of an organized group of campers who are paired in their age group, but children in all categories engage in contact 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 did say Rotunda Recreation Center's summer camp section is 'closed until further notice". 

Officials have not responded to public information requests.