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NEW JERSEY — New Jersey public schools could continue to be closed for a “long and extended” period of time, Gov. Phil Murphy said Monday.

Schools were closed statewide on March 18 at Murphy’s direction and were expected to remain shuttered for at least two weeks.

As the number of coronavirus cases continues to skyrocket, however, Murphy conceded on Monday that it was “overwhelmingly likely” that schools would remain closed for longer.

When asked if schools could be closed for the rest of the year, Murphy said it was “yet to be determined.”

Many schools have moved to some form of remote learning to keep students on track for the year.

New Jersey had at least 2,844 confirmed coronavirus patients and 27 deaths, as of Monday afternoon.