NEW CANAAN — More than 70 Saxe Middle School students remain quarantined in connection with two COVID-19 cases at the school, the superintendent said.

One staff member at New Canaan High School and two staff members at East Middle School join the two Saxe students who have tested positive, according to the New Canaan Public Schools COVID information website.

In addition to the 71 Saxe students quarantined due to contact, there are four students at New Canaan High, five at East School, seven at South School and two at West School in quarantine. Also quarantined are one staffer at NCHS, two at Saxe, two at East and one at West.

Close contact is defined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as being withing six feet of an infected person for 15 minutes or longer over the course of a day.

“As with past cases, the majority of the quarantines are connected to activities outside of school, and we are grateful for our partnership with the New Canaan Health Department as we have worked through each positive case,” Superintendent of Schools Bryan Luizzi wrote in a message to families on Tuesday.

Connecticut bases its remote learning decisions on the 14-day average of the number of new COVID-19 cases per 100,000 residents, which Luizzi said has been rising.

As of Tuesday, with 16.5 cases per 100,000 residents over a seven-day span, Connecticut as a state could be considered a “red alert” zone.

“This upward trend reminds us that we must stay alert, informed and flexible in the months ahead. If the trend continues and both Fairfield County and New Canaan move from ‘low’ to ‘moderate’ community spread, we will reassess our learning models and consider the best path forward,” Luizzi wrote in an email Tuesday.

The spread in the moderate classification is 10 to 24 new cases per 100,000, Luizzi wrote.

“Additional mitigation strategies will be implemented, either in conjunction with or in advance of transitioning back to a hybrid modality, depending upon local and regional factors,” Luizzi wrote.

The superintendent echoed a suggestion from public health officials to get a flu shot this year.

“COVID symptoms and influenza symptoms can be similar,” Luizzi wrote, “and getting a flu shot is another way to help keep yourself and your family safe and healthy.”

With more students riding the bus, Luizzi reminded students to wear masks throughout their trip to and from school.