Wallingford school board to hold special meeting on COVID spike

Wallingford school board to hold special meeting on COVID spike

WALLINGFORD — The school board will hold a special meeting today to discuss how the latest uptick in coronavirus cases has affected operations.

Wallingford Health Department Director Stephen Civitelli and the school system's nursing coordinator, Kathy Neelon, will brief the board starting at 6 p.m. on how they plan to handle the increase, according to a weekly update Superintendent of Schools Salvatore Menzo published on Monday.

Wallingford's surge includes the discovery of 230 COVID-19 infections over the last two weeks, a total of  31 confirmed COVID-19  resident cases at Masonicare Health Center from Nov. 4 to 10, and the closing of Lyman Hall and Mark T. Sheehan high schools to on-site learning until Nov. 23. 

As of Friday, Wallingford was among 64 of Connecticut's 169 municipalities that the state classifies as being at red alert, meaning cities or towns that have the heaviest caseload of COVID-19 cases, at least 15 cases per 100,000 people. The state has 66 municipalities at orange alert, the next most severe classification. Those in orange alert have 10-14 cases per 100,000. 

As of Nov. 5, Connecticut has had a threefold increase in new cases since Sept. 20, with 6,895 reported from Oct. 18 to Nov. 1, compared to 2,537 reported from Sept. 20 to Oct. 4.  At least 70 percent of the state lives in red or orange alert municipalities. Virus hospitalizations have increased from 68 on Sept. 20 to 329 on Oct. 29, a 483 percent increase, state officials have said.

Menzo's notice didn't provide details on possible changes. 

"The mitigation strategies we have put in place (masks, distancing, cleaning and hygiene, ventilation, cohorting, etc.) are working," he wrote. "We are not seeing sustained person-to-person transmission of COVID-19 in schools or outbreaks of COVID-19 in schools, despite increasing levels of COVID-19 in the community." 

In-person attendance of the meeting will not be permitted. Anyone wishing to attend the meeting remotely can via youtube.

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