Second COVID case confirmed at Dag as school prepares to reopen Wednesday

Second COVID case confirmed at Dag as school prepares to reopen Wednesday

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WALLINGFORD — School officials announced a second COVID-19 case involving a member of the Dag Hammarskjöld Middle School community on Tuesday.

The school is still scheduled to reopen Wednesday after being closed Monday and Tuesday following an initial COVID-19 case reported on Sunday. 

The school was notified that an individual at Dag had tested positive for COVID-19 on Sunday, prompting the district and Wallingford Health Department to close the school for cleaning and to initiate a contact tracing investigation. The district was notified of a second individual at the school testing positive on Tuesday.

Two “teams” of students will not return to school Wednesday and will continue their distance learning instruction. Superintendent Salvatore Menzo said there are two teams for each grade level, each comprised of around 100 students.

The second individual to test positive was determined to have been in close contact with the case identified on Sunday. A message sent to parents on Tuesday also said that the individual identified Tuesday had been in “close contact with one or more people while in a school setting.”

“The Wallingford Public School District, in collaboration with the Wallingford Health Department, initiated a case investigation at Dag Hammarskjold Middle School and contact tracing activities to identify all individuals who may have been in close contact with the Case,” Tuesday’s message said. The statement was signed by Menzo, Wallingford Director of Health Stephen Civitelli and Nurse Coordinator Kathy Neelon.

Following Sunday’s case, Civitelli said health privacy laws restricted the district’s ability to divulge additional details about the case.

“The Wallingford Public School District and Wallingford Health Department are committed to maintaining a safe environment for students and staff,” the message said. “We continue to proactively monitor illness of students and staff, apply cleaning protocols, and social distancing practices. We will continue to review the circumstances of this case and will make any necessary adjustments in our plans.”


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