District officials said Monday that a second positive case of COVID-19 virus has been identified at New Canaan High School.
Close contacts already are undergoing quarantine and the district is now doing full contact tracing for the affected individual, according to Superintendent of Schools Dr. Bryan Luizzi.
As with the first case disclosed Sunday, it wasn’t clear from an email Luizzi sent to public schools families whether the affected person is a member of the staff, faculty or student body. He or she is part of the “Y cohort,” Luizzi said—a reference to one of two divisions the district has used for the student body as it phases in at the start of this academic year. This week, that cohort is not scheduled to attend school in-person until Thursday, so “we have time today to identify and notify any close contacts in need of quarantine prior to their return to school on Thursday,” he said in the email.
“The mitigation strategies implemented at NCHS continue to be strong, and opening in a hybrid structure helps us to quickly identify those close contacts, isolate them through quarantine and work to contain the spread of the virus in our school and community,” he said.
News of the positive cases at the high school comes as the community adapts to living with COVID-19 virus in new circumstances with the start of the academic year. A large number of New Canaan families have called for state officials to allow for 11-on-11 full contact football this fall, while groups of young people can be seen after school downtown, gathered in areas such as the terraces in front of Starbucks without wearing masks or social distancing.
Police have declined to say whether they will enforce a $100 fine, as allowed by a new order from Gov. Ned Lamont—for those violating a prior order requiring “any person in a public place in Connecticut, whether indoors or outdoors” to “cover their mouth and nose with a mask or cloth face-covering” when within “a safe social distance of approximately six feet from every other person.” The chief of police declined to comment on the matter when reached by NewCanaanite.com. (The new order also allows for a $250 fine for those attending large, unsanctioned gatherings and $500 for organizing, hosting or sponsoring such events.)
District officials learned of the second case out of NCHS shortly after notifying the New Canaan Public Schools community about the first one, Luizzi said.