At least 25 coronavirus cases have been linked to gatherings involving Wilton High School students, First Selectwoman Lynne Vanderslice said in a town notice posted late Wednesday night.
In a letter to families dated Jan. 20, Superintendent of Schools Kevin Smith said he was made aware of “several social gatherings involving members of the Wilton High School community” held over the previous weekend, and “one or more individuals associated with these gatherings began exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 and tested positive days later.”
“We are very concerned about the number of individuals who were involved in these events and are concerned about the potential for greater spread in our high school and community,” he said, noting the local health department instructed the school to transition to remote learning from Jan. 21 through Jan. 29.
“While we have been engaged in contact tracing, we have learned through officials at the health department that they are experiencing difficulty gathering the information necessary for this important process,” Smith said. “We are asking all families who participated in any of these events to share that information so the town can contact trace thoroughly.”
Last updated Wednesday afternoon, the district’s dashboard showed that 20 high school students were in isolation after testing positive for COVID-19, and 26 other students were in quarantine due to close contact with a positive case.
Vanderslice said Wilton Director of Public Health Barry Bogle provided an update Wednesday on the high school’s “outbreak” that “clearly demonstrated the critical importance of the swift response by school and health department personal and the cooperation of gathering attendees.”
“Without swift containment, cooperation and contact tracing, yesterday’s cases easily could have been double that or more,” she wrote, noting the cases “are a caution to all residents, especially at a time when Wilton and almost every other municipality in the state are classified as a red alert community because of our high average daily case rates.”
Data released by the state Thursday show there were 78 confirmed coronavirus cases in Wilton between Jan. 10-23.
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