Wilton gets ‘red-zone’ COVID designation from state, has highest week of transmission in schools

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WILTON — The town has earned its first “red zone” designation, signifying high rates of transmission, in months after numbers jumped to 43 positive cases over a two-week period to end the month of November.

The town had only five confirmed cases from the week of Nov. 7 to 13, according to the state Department of Public Health. That number rose to 21 cases for the week of Nov. 14 to 20.

After earning an “orange zone” designation in the midst of November for that total, the Thanksgiving week numbers just eclipsed the prior week with 22 confirmed cases town, according to the CT DPH as updated on Dec. 2.

Transmission has gone up in the town’s schools as well.

Wilton Public Schools saw just six cases of COVID-19 since Oct. 4 until mid-November. That total was matched in just the week of Nov. 15 to 19. The next week, Thanksgiving week, there were another seven confirmed cases.

Last week, the return week from the long Thanksgiving weekend, the schools reported 15 cases of COVID-19, marking its highest one-week transmission total of the school year and five more than its second-highest week of transmission, which was the schools’ openeing week.

As of Monday, Dec. 6, there is already one Miller-Driscoll School member confirmed positive for the week.

Inquiries sent to Superintendent of Schools Kevin Smith Monday on the possibility of changes in the school buildings to combat these higher transmission rates were not responded to.

Wilton Public Schools currently have 11 students and 3 staff members self-isolating after being confirmed positive with COVID-19. Of the students, four are from Cider Mill, three are from Miller-Driscoll, three are from Wilton High School and one is from Middlebrook Middle School.

The schools also have 25 students quarantining after being deemed “in close contact” with someone who was confimed positive for the coronavirus. 18 of the students are from Miller-Driscoll, four are from Cider Mill, two are from Wilton High School and one is from Middlebrook Middle School.