Shelton school COVID cases continue to climb

Exterior of Shelton City Hall, in Shelton, Conn. Jan. 11, 2021.

Exterior of Shelton City Hall, in Shelton, Conn. Jan. 11, 2021.

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SHELTON — Students have returned to city schools, even as positive COVID cases continue to mount in the district and citywide.

According to data collected by the district’s central office, 38 school community members have tested positive since Jan. 1, yet only one — an individual from Mohegan School who reported positive on Monday — required contact tracing, which has been completed.

None of the remaining positive cases — 14 at Shelton High, six at Shelton Intermediate and Mohegan schools, five at Perry Hill School, three at Booth Hill School, and two each at Elizabeth Shelton and Long Hill schools — required contact tracing because they were reported prior to the return to in-class learning.

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 Monday.

The city, like nearly all communities in the state, remain in red alert status. In the state Department of Public Health data released on Monday, Shelton has had 2,323 — 2,147 of which are confirmed — positive cases since the onset of the pandemic in mid-March. Overall, the city reports 153 COVID-related deaths.

DPH data shows that 17,746 city residents have been tested through Monday.

Over a two-week period, Dec. 20 to Jan. 2, 260 residents tested positive — a rate of 45.2 per 100,000 people.