COVID cases decline in Greenwich schools, but total since end of mask mandate tops 1,400

An exterior view of Old Greenwich School along Sound Beach Avenue in Greenwich, Conn., on Friday April 30, 2021.

An exterior view of Old Greenwich School along Sound Beach Avenue in Greenwich, Conn., on Friday April 30, 2021.

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GREENWICH — As the last day of school approaches, the number of COVID-19 cases in the Greenwich Public School is on the decline with 21 new cases reported on Tuesday, according to the district’s online tracker.

That is drop from the 34 new cases reported Friday, and a small decrease from the 28 new cases reported June 7 and the 25 new cases reported on June 3, according to the district.

It also brings the June total to 108 cases of COVID-19 among students and staff, according to the tracker. The daily June numbers are the smallest since April 1 in the school district.

For the 2021-22 school year, the district has seen two spikes in cases of COVID-19, one in January with 1,422 cases and a smaller one in May with 686 cases, according to the district.

Since March 1, when the Greenwich school district moved to a mask-optional policy, the district has reported a total of 1,412 cases of COVID-19, more than twice the number of cases reported in the entire 2020-21 school year.

COVID hits 11 schools

The number of active cases of COVID-19 dropped to 20, down from the 36 active cases in the district last Friday. Active cases have been steadily declining in the past month, with 27 active cases reported June 7; 38 active cases on June 3; 40 active cases on May 31; 51 active cases on May 27; 67 active cases on May 24; 68 active cases May 20; 93 active cases on May 17; and 119 active cases on May 13, according to the tracker.

As of Tuesday, the 20 active cases were reported in 11 schools, with all the numbers in the single digits. For the first time in weeks, there were no active cases reported at Greenwich High. Additionally, there were no cases at Central Middle, Cos Cob and North Mianus.

Old Greenwich had the most active cases of COVID-19, with six active cases, down from seven active cases on Friday, according to the district. There were two active cases each at Eastern Middle, Glenville, New Lebanon and Parkway. And one active case each was reported at Hamilton Avenue, International School at Dundee, Julian Curtiss, North Mianus, Riverside and Western Middle.

Of the 20 active cases, 12 were reported among students; five cases among teachers; two cases among nonteaching staff; and one with a service provider, according to the district.

A number of families in the Greenwich Public Schools have been hit hard by COVID-19 this school year, with 510 families reporting 1,098 cases.

More numbers

The monthly totals for new cases of COVID-19 reported in the Greenwich school district have varied widely, with 108 cases so far in June; 686 cases in May, 339 cases in April, 167 cases in March, 137 cases in February, 1,422 cases in January, 392 cases in December, 65 cases in November, 29 cases in October and 58 cases in September, according to the tracker.

Since students and staff returned from the Memorial Day holiday, a total of 155 cases of COVID-19 have been reported.

The district has seen 901 cases, according to the tracker, since the weeklong Spring Recess in April, which is more cases of COVID-19 than was reported in the entire 2020-21 school year.

Some 3,403 cases of COVID-19 have been reported in the school district since classes began Sept. 1. That is nearly five times the 700 cases total reported in the 2020-21 school year.

The school district updates its online tracker twice each week to keep the community informed on the COVID-19 pandemic.

The last day of classes will be later this month for all students, on June 24 in the elementary schools and middle schools and on June 28 at Greenwich High.