The JCC at 76th Street and Amsterdam Avenue, a key Upper West Side gathering spot, will close for Wednesday and Thursday as a precautionary measure after a mother and child who attended a program at the building tested positive for the coronavirus.
Rabbi Joy Levitt, the executive director of the JCC, explained the closure in a letter:
We are writing tonight to let you know that we learned today that a child who was in a program at the JCC on Saturday night has since tested positive for COVID-19 along with her mother. Both mother and child are currently asymptomatic and doing well, and we appreciate their quick and honest communication with us. All parents with children in that program have been directly notified of the specific situation.
Out of an abundance of caution, the Board of Directors of the JCC has made the decision to close the JCC tomorrow (Wednesday, Mar 11) and Thursday, Mar 12 in order to do a thorough and deep hospital-grade sanitizing of our building. It is our expectation that we will reopen on Friday; should that change, you will hear from us.
While the Department of Health has not asked us to close any part of the JCC, we believe this is the right decision as we navigate these uncharted waters. Our concern for your health and safety is always uppermost in our minds.
The JCC is more than a building. It is the heart of our community and we are here for you even when we aren’t physically open. We’ll be sending you suggestions about how to stay engaged and connected with the many resources we have available. Our staff will be working diligently to help you find good films, podcasts, articles, and lectures worth taking a look at, and making suggestions about how to stay healthy and connected.
For the latest information, please check our webpage or email us if you have any questions. We will stay in touch as more information becomes available. We are deeply grateful to those of you who have called or emailed with your support for our work during these challenging times. Now it’s time to call the people you love, hold the people you can, and remember that together, we will get through this. We remain committed to the community we are building—one filled with chesed/lovingkindness and connections to one another.