As some Greenwich High students prepare to get vaccinated, COVID-19 cases increase in the school district

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Students from the first cohort are dismissed to make way to the second cohort at Greenwich High School in Greenwich, Conn. Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2020.

Students from the first cohort are dismissed to make way to the second cohort at Greenwich High School in Greenwich, Conn. Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2020.

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GREENWICH — Even as many juniors and seniors at Greenwich High School became eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, the number of coronavirus cases reported in the school commuity remains relatively high, according to the district’s online tracker.

Since last Friday, there have been 26 new cases of COVID-19 reported in the district, including 17 since Tuesday. The total number of cases since the start of the school year is now at 553, according to the tracker.

There are currently 31 active cases affecting 13 different Greenwich schools.

As of April 1, all Connecticut residents age 16 and older are eligible to schedule and receive vaccines against the coronavirus.

Kwame Boateng, a junior year at GHS, said the availability of the vaccine to students age 16 and up, shows that “things are slowly but surely getting back to normal.”

“Most students are still looking to get vaccinated as soon as they can, and I imagine students will be making appointments (if available) over the next couple of weeks,” said Mark Chen, student body president at GHS who said he hopes to get his vaccine as quickly as possible.

According to the state Department of Public Health, the state’s Alliance School Districts — 33 designated districts with the highest percentage of students living in poverty and facing barriers to educational attainment — can conduct on-site clinics for students between April 19 and May 7. Additional high school clinics for non-Alliance districts, including Greenwich, can start in May.

For now, Greenwich students interested in becoming vaccinated will have to schedule appointments through the Connecticut Vaccine Administration Management System (VAMS), the Yale New Haven Health Network, Stamford Health, or a variety of other options.

“The district does not provide vaccinations, all vaccine administration must go through the Greenwich Department of Health, a local hospital or an approved medical provider,” Superintendent of Schools Toni Jones said in a recent note to Greenwich families. “We will share details on where to access more information about vaccinations in a subsequent update.”

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Schools affected by COVID

Cos Cob - 5

Greenwich High - 5

New Lebanon - 4

Western Middle - 4

Central Middle - 3

Eastern Middle - 3

Glenville - 1

Hamilton Avenue - 1

International School at Dundee - 1

Julian Curtiss - 1

North Mianus - 1

Riverside - 1

Windrose - 1