Greenwich sees COVID-19 in 11 schools, with 29 new cases reported
Greenwich sees COVID-19 in 11 schools, with 29 new cases reported

Greenwich sees COVID-19 in 11 schools, with 29 new cases reported

GREENWICH – A small outbreak of COVID-19 continues in Greenwich Public Schools, with 29 new cases reported and 40 active cases across the district as of Friday, according to the latest update on the district’s online tracker.

With the 40 active cases, 11 schools were currently affected. For the second report in a row, the most cases were reported at North Mianus School with 15 active cases compared to 13 active cases on Tuesday, according to the tracker.

The second highest report is at Eastern Middle School, with seven active cases of COVID-19, followed by Greenwich High, Old Greenwich and Riverside, with three active cases each; then Central Middle, New Lebanon and North Street, with two active cases each; and Glenville, Hamilton Avenue and Western Middle, with one active case each.

The 40 active cases of COVID-19 affected 37 students, two teachers and a non-teaching staff member, according to the tracker.

Many local families in the district have been severely affected by COVID-19, with 376 families reporting 816 cases during the school year, according to the tracker.

“We are experiencing small clusters of positive cases, typically with mild symptoms, in a limited number of classes right now, which according to other districts of Fairfield County have become commonplace over the past two weeks in our region,” Jonathan Supranowitz, director of communications and education counseling at Greenwich Public Schools, said Tuesday.

The district continues to offer COVID-19 test kits to families if needed.

“We have also reminded families to keep their children at home if they are not feeling well. Because of these many cases, we have temporarily co-ordinated these classes as much as possible, keeping them separate from other classes during lunch, recess, etc., ”Supranowitz said Tuesday.

The mini-increase this week comes two weeks after the Greenwich school district went to a mask-choice policy for students and staff in its buildings. With the change in policy from March 1, masks are no longer required in the classrooms of the district and on school buses for the first time since the pandemic hit in mid-March 2020.

The district has seen a slight jump in cases in just the past week. The 29 new cases of COVID-19 reported on Friday and the 30 reported on Tuesday were each double the 15 new cases reported on the tracker on March 11 On March 7 the local schools reported 10 new caseswhich was down from 11 cases reported every March 4th and March 1st in the district updates twice a week.

So far in March, the district has reported 106 cases of COVID-19 and 141 cases since students returned from the winter break on February 22nd.

So far, 2,209 cases of COVID-19 have been reported in the school district since teaching began on September 1, more than tripling the 700 total cases reported in the 2020-21 school year.

The number of COVID-19 cases reported in Greenwich Public Schools increased in early January, starting with single- and double-digit numbers, which were mostly reported in the updates during the first three months of the school year.

In September, the district reported 58 cases of COVID-19, according to the tracker, with 29 cases in October and 65 cases in November. The number of cases began to increase, with 392 cases of COVID-19 reported in December and an increase of 1,422 cases in January before the numbers dropped to 137 in February, according to the tracker.

The school district updates the tracker on Tuesdays and Fridays to keep the local community informed of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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