In-school COVID-19 transmissions up slightly in Greenwich schools

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Eastern Middle School in the Riverside section of Greenwich, Conn., photographed on Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2019.

Eastern Middle School in the Riverside section of Greenwich, Conn., photographed on Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2019.

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GREENWICH — There have been 16 new cases of COVID-19 reported in the Greenwich Public Schools since Friday, including three traced back to in-school transmission, according to the school district’s tracker.

The new cases bring the total number of positive coronavirus cases since the start of the school year to 312, 22 of which are active, affecting nine schools in the district, the tracker said.

As of December, just two of the district’s confirmed cases had been attributed to in-school transmission. As of last Tuesday, there were four cases linked to in-school contact, but that number nearly doubled by Tuesday’s update.

Two of the recent in-school transmissions, a seventh-grade student and a sixth-grade teacher, came from Eastern Middle School. A first-grade teacher at Julian Curtiss, who had two students who tested positive before contracting the virus, was exposed via in-school contact, according to the district.

Currently, students account for 16 of the active cases. Six teachers have also tested positive for the virus.

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Schools in Greenwich affected by the coronavirus, as of Tuesday:

Eastern Middle - 4

Julian Curtiss - 4

North Street - 4

Central Middle - 3

Cos Cob - 2

Greenwich High - 2

Glenville - 1

Parkway - 1

Riverside - 1