New Haven official: 110 in quarantine as more COVID-19 cases confirmed in city schools

NEW HAVEN —The city’s public schools reported Tuesday that one individual each at the Wexler Grant School and the John S. Martinez Sea and Sky STEM Magnet School had cases of COVID-19 confirmed over the weekend.

District spokesman Justin Harmon said Tuesday that to date, since school started Sept. 1, there have been 15 active COVID-19 cases at schools in the city.

Also on Tuesday, Harmon said two additional individuals from Wexler and one from Martinez were quarantined for exposure to the confirmed cases. He said a total of 110 people connected to the district currently are quarantining.

On Friday, according to the district, two individuals at James Hillhouse High School, one at Benjamin Jepson Magnet School and one at Sound School had tested positive for COVID-19.

“The individuals have been instructed by the New Haven Health Department to remain home in isolation for 10 days, and have been provided with additional instructions to follow prior to returning to school,” according to the district.

The New Haven Public Schools follows Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance and Connecticut state mandates in the management of suspected COVID cases, Harmon said. He did not say whether the confirmed cases since last Wednesday were students or school staff.

Prior to Friday, but since the beginning of school, at least four New Haven Public Schools students had been confirmed with cases of COVID-19, according to officials.

Multiple students across the district also were quarantining.

The district said Thursday that a COVID-19 case was confirmed that day at each of Barack H. Obama Magnet University School, Wilbur Cross High School and Bishop Woods Architecture and Design Magnet School. Twelve individuals were quarantined at that time as a result: eight at Obama, two at Wilbur Cross, and two at Bishop Woods.

“A student each in the Davis Street Magnet and the Edgewood Magnet had cases confirmed (Wednesday),” the district said in emails last week. Two students in the Beecher Magnet school also had tests confirmed, according to the district.

Nine Davis students were quarantined for exposure to the student whose case was confirmed, according to the district. Three Edgewood students and six Beecher students initially were quarantined, the district said.

In a later update last week, the district confirmed that, in addition to two students at Beecher, as third individual at the school tested positive for COVID-19. “The individuals have been instructed by the New Haven Health Department to remain home in isolation for 10 days, and have been provided with additional instructions to follow prior to returning to school,” district spokesman Justin Harmon said.

Any student quarantining at home will have asynchronous instruction, meaning they will complete assignments posted online by the teacher and not receive live instruction, according to officials.