Greenwich Schools updates its Covid tracker on Tuesdays and Fridays. As of Friday, Jan 7, the district reported 1,209 cases, with all 15 public schools affected.
There were 392 new cases on Tuesday, Jan 4, which was the first update after holiday break.
Then, on Friday there were an additional 349 new cases.
Of the 1,209, 1082 were among students, 104 among teachers, 47 among service providers, 7 among administrators and 45 among non-teaching staff.
The schools with the most cases were Greenwich High School which reported 357 cases, EMS with 131, CMS with 84 and Riverside School with 80.
The evening before the Covid tracker was updated, superintendent Dr.Toni Jones emailed families to ask them to bear in mind that many of the cases added were still being reported from the previous week’s holiday break.
She said the district monitors the situation closely, and while cases continued to rise in town, the vast majority of cases were coming from the outside community.
“In fact,” she said, “Most of our families and staff are telling us where the exposures occur (family gatherings, holiday parties, travel, etc.). Since returning from our break, we have not experienced an outbreak within a classroom.”
The spike in public schools coincides with the increase across the State of Connecticut.
Between Thursday and Friday there was an increase of 10,076 cases across the state. The daily positivity rate was 24.55%.
On Friday Governor Lamont released an update saying, that of the 1,810 patients hospitalized with laboratory-confirmed Covid-19, 1,218 (67.3%) were not fully vaccinated. For the week beginning December 26, 2021, unvaccinated persons had a 3.3x greater risk of testing positive for Covid-19 compared to fully vaccinated persons. For the week beginning December 26, 2021, unvaccinated persons had a 17.2x greater risk of dying from COVID-19 compared to fully vaccinated persons.
Also, on Friday, Governor Lamont announced two executive orders (Executive Order No. 14B and Executive Order No. 14C) requiring employees of all long-term care facilities and state hospitals in Connecticut to receive Covid-19 booster shots by February 11, 2022.