By CBS3 Staff

TRENTON, N.J. (CBS) — The New Jersey Department of Health says there are nearly a dozen COVID-19 outbreaks linked to schools. They are using a new tool to monitor those outbreaks.

On Wednesday, officials unveiled a new dashboard to report instances of school transmission in each county.

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“In-school transmission is considered the transmission of the virus between students and/or school staff that occurs on school property in the context of academic school activities,” New Jersey Health Commissioner Dr. Judy Persichilli said.

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The health commissioner says there are 43 cases of COVID-19 linked to those 11 outbreaks.

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Seven of the outbreaks have happened in South Jersey schools located in Cape May, Gloucester and Burlington Counties.