10 more COVID cases reported in Greenwich schools, online tracker shows

Students are dismissed after the first day of the 2021-2022 school year at Greenwich High School in Greenwich, Conn. Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2021.

Students are dismissed after the first day of the 2021-2022 school year at Greenwich High School in Greenwich, Conn. Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2021.

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GREENWICH — Ten more cases of COVID-19 have been reported at Greenwich Public Schools since Tuesday, bringing the total to 53 since school began.

Just about half — 26 — of total cases have been designated “resolved,” according to the school district’s online tracker.

The new cases included two more service providers than Tuesday for a total of 21 students, three staff and three providers currently on the list as testing positive for COVID-19 spread across eight schools.

A total of six cases are at the middle and high school level; the rest — 21 — are at the elementary schools, with the most cases at North Mianus and Hamilton Avenue, which are registering six cases each. The other schools with confirmed cases are Eastern and Western middle, Greenwich High, Glenville, New Lebanon and Old Greenwich.

Of the current 27 active cases, 16 are listed as being contracted from outside activities or family, nine were considered undetermined and two were confirmed as having been contracted in school.

Eight families have reported more than one case for a total of 20 individuals in those families affected.

Under an executive order from Gov. Ned Lamont, masks are required for everyone, regardless of immunization status, in schools statewide until at least Sept. 30. The governor has asked that his emergency powers — and the mandates now in place — be extended until Feb. 15. The five-month extension would need to be approved by the General Assembly in its special session next week.

The Greenwich Board of Education also voted to approve a mask mandate through at least Sept. 30 and require social distancing in school buildings.

As of Sept. 23, Connecticut’s school submission summary of COVID-19 reported 855 cases of COVID-19 in public and private schools statewide during the week of Sept. 16 through 22. That was slightly lower than the week before, when 899 cases in public and private schools were registered.

While 728 students in grades K-12 have tested positive for COVID-19 since the start of the school year, 89 percent of the cases have been found in students who are not vaccinated — many of whom are still ineligible. The state has also reported 127 cases among staff, about 33 percent of whom were not vaccinated.

The Greenwich Public Schools will continue to update the online COVID-19 on Tuesdays and Fridays, according to Jonathan Supranowitz, director of communications for the school district.

The school district will also send letters to staff and families if they are impacted directly, he has said.

A year ago, the first confirmed COVID-19 case in Greenwich Public Schools came in mid-September and, until late October, cases remained in the single digits districtwide. For the entirety of the 2020-21 school year, a total of 697 cases of COVID-19 were reported.