COVID-19 cases on the rise in Greenwich schools
GREENWICH — The number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the Greenwich Public Schools continues to trend upward.
According to the school district’s weekly Friday tracker — which was revamped with additional information Oct. 23 — there have been 14 cases of the coronavirus since the start of the school year, 11 of which have been confirmed since Oct. 12.
Hamilton Avenue School families were notified of the district’s latest case Thursday night, according to Board of Education communications liaison Jonathan Supranowitz. A third-grader at the school tested positive for the virus due to exposure from a family member and, as a result, the district has decided the school’s entire third grade will quarantine until Nov. 2.
In addition to Hamilton Avenue, Greenwich High, Central Middle, Windrose, Julian Curtiss, North Mianus and Old Greenwich schools each have active COVID-19 cases.
During her monthly update at the Board of Education’s meeting on Thursday evening, Superintendent of Schools Toni Jones noted that none of the 14 cases had been traced back to exposure in a Greenwich school. Rather, the confirmed cases were traceable back to non-school activities, such as sports activities and social gatherings.
The new tracker sheds more light on the extent to which contact tracing has been done in the district and also lists the number of negative tests returned by students and staff.
According to the tracker, there were 350 negative staff tests in September (October numbers for staff have yet to be updated) and 112 negative students tests in October (September numbers for students were not included on the site).
The district has made 210 phone calls as part of its contact tracing efforts since Oct. 1.
Supranowitz, who joined the district earlier this month, said Friday that the district would likely begin to update the tracker twice a week, on Tuesdays and Saturdays.
In the town of Greenwich, the Health Department is tracking 30 active cases of the coronavirus, according to First Selectman Fred Camillo. Since the pandemic hit in mid-March, the total number of cases in town is up to 1,070, an increase of 21 cases from last week, Camillo said.
Greenwich Hospital reported that it is treating four patients with the virus, which is a decrease from Monday, he said.
Staff Writer Ken Borsuk contributed to this story.
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