During the Q&A portion of his Nov. 20 coronavirus briefing, New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy was immediately asked whether he’s downplayed the danger to students and school staff by allowing in-person instruction to continue and if the data he’s using to support keeping schools open is misleading.
“Educators are on the pedestal … I can’t say enough good things about them,” Murphy said. “I don’t have a lot more to add other than the data that we present is the data that is vetted. We wouldn’t present it if it weren’t blessed by the Department of Education and the Department of Health.”
He added, “There is behavior outside of schools that does have a behavior on the inside. … That is absolutely the case, and we gotta watch that like a hawk.”