With 95 new cases reported in Greenwich schools, COVID-19 total for the year tops 3,000 cases

The Greenwich Board of Education Building in Greenwich, Conn., photographed on Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020.

The Greenwich Board of Education Building in Greenwich, Conn., photographed on Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020.

Tyler Sizemore / Hearst Connecticut Media

GREENWICH — With 95 new cases reported Tuesday, the Greenwich Public Schools has now seen a total of 3,065 cases of COVID-19 since classes began this school year on Sept. 1, according to the latest update on the district’s online tracker.

That is more than four times the 700 cases reported in the entire 2020-21 school year, according to the tracker.

The total so far in May comes to 456, ranking this month as second in the number of new cases of COVID-19, according to the district. The spread of the BA.2 subvariant, which is considered highly contagious, corresponds with the spike in cases in Connecticut this spring, experts say.

May is now behind only January, when the omicron variant hit and the district reported 1,422 cases for the whole month.

The Tuesday total of 95 new cases drops the daily report back to double digits, after reports last week of 112 new cases last Friday and 113 on May 10, according to the tracker. Those 225 cases were the largest one-week report of COVID-19 in the Greenwich school district since the week of Jan. 10, when 395 cases were reported, according to the tracker.

As of last Thursday, Greenwich qualified for the state’s red alert category by reporting at least 15 daily cases per 100,000 residents over a two-week period. The rate in Greenwich was reported at 54.8 per 100,000 residents with a positivity rate of 13.9 percent.

Active cases

As of Tuesday, the Greenwich Public Schools was reporting 93 active cases of COVID-19, down from 119 active cases last Friday and from 104 active cases on May 9, according to the tracker.

Those 93 active cases were impacting 66 students, 16 teachers, eight service providers, two administrators and one nonteaching staff member, according to the district.

Active cases were reported in every building except Central Middle School, with the most cases reported at Greenwich High, with 30 active cases; and Eastern Middle with 13, accounting for about half of the active cases according to the tracker.

There were active cases reported at Western Middle and the International School at Dundee with nine each; Cos Cob and New Lebanon with seven each; Glenville and Julian Curtiss with five each; and Riverside with three.

One active case was reported at each of the following schools: Hamilton Avenue, North Mianus, North Street, Old Greenwich and Parkway.

A number of families in the Greenwich Public Schools have been hit hard by COVID-19 this school year, with 475 families reporting 1,023 cases.

More reports

Since students returned to classrooms on April 24 after a weeklong Spring Recess, the total number of COVID-19 cases reported is 563, according to the tracker.

Since March 1, when the Greenwich school district moved to a mask-optional policy, a total of 1,074 cases of COVID-19 have been reported among students and staff, which is more cases than were reported in the entire 2020-21 school year.

According to the tracker, the monthly totals for new cases of COVID-19 reported in the Greenwich school district have varied widely, with 456 cases so far 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.

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