Shelton's COVID cases climb, three more deaths reported

Griffin Health has opened a new COVID-19 vaccination center on Progress Drive, in Shelton, Conn.

Griffin Health has opened a new COVID-19 vaccination center on Progress Drive, in Shelton, Conn.

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SHELTON — The city had more than 100 residents test positive for COVID-19 and three additional virus-related deaths recorded between Jan. 7 and 14, according to state data released earlier this week.

The city, like nearly all communities in the state, remains in red alert status. In the state Department of Public Health data released on Monday, Shelton has had 2,425 — 2,237 of which are confirmed — positive cases since the onset of the pandemic in mid-March.

Overall, the city reports 156 COVID-related deaths.

DPH data shows that 18,169 city residents have been tested through Monday.

Over a two-week period, Dec. 27 to Jan. 9, 304 residents tested positive — a rate of 52.8 per 100,000 people.

According to data collected by the school district’s central office, 18 school community members have tested positive between Jan. 13 and 19, yet only two — an individual from Long Hill School and another from Elizabeth Shelton School — required contact tracing, which has been completed.

None of the remaining positive cases — eight at Shelton High, three at Shelton Intermediate, two at Long Hill School, and one each at Mohegan and Perry Hill schools and central office — required contact tracing because they “were not in the school environment.”

Schools moved to all remote learning on Nov. 11 due to limited staffing, with so many instructors being forced to isolate at that time. Schools reopened for students’ in-class learning on Jan. 11.

brian.gioiele@hearstmediact.com