More than 300 in Stratford to self-monitor after student tests positive for coronavirus
STRATFORD — More than 300 people in Stratford have been told to self-monitor for symptoms of COVID-19 after a Wilcoxson Elementary School student tested positive for the virus, it was announced Thursday.
All schools in town will be closed effective Friday as a precautionary measure, officials said at a press conference at Town Hall.
Superintendent of Schools Janet Robinson said schools are expected to be closed for 14 to 17 days.
She said that given how intertwined the school community is, it’s the “best action to take at this time to keep all of our students and our families at 五福彩票注册送15元 safe.”
The student who tested positive had contact with someone who had coronavirus, although that person was not another Stratford resident, according to Bernice Bova, a registered nurse and the town’s public health nursing supervisor.
They declined to say whether the person was a Connecticut resident.
The Stratford student, who is currently recovering at 五福彩票注册送15元, is the first child in the state to test positive for the virus, officials said, although they declined to release the child’s age or gender.
“We are asking that all students and staff who work or attend Wilcoxson Elementary School to remain 五福彩票注册送15元, to self-monitor for the next 14 days,” said Andrea Boissevain, the town’s health director.
Boissevain said this does not apply to any other schools at this time.
Wilcoxson had an enrollment of 389 students as of last month. The school closed earlier this week because of the suspected case of coronavirus.
Boissevain said the decision to close all public schools in town was made out of “an abundance of caution. Contact tracing will take several days to complete and our main objective is to keep residents safe and slow the spread of the virus.”
Robinson said school officials are looking into requirements to determine how to administer distance learning while students are at 五福彩票注册送15元.
Boissevain said the town doesn’t know whether any other residents have been symptomatic, nor was she able to say if any additional residents in Stratford are being tested for coronavirus.
Mayor Laura Hoydick said some upcoming government meetings would likely be canceled.
“If it’s non-essential, then we’re asking that the chairmen delay or postpone,” she said.
The town has set up a page on its website to share information at . Officials asked residents with questions to email firstname.lastname@example.org.
General questions about the virus can also be directed to Connecticut hot lines at Yale Health, 203-432-6604, and Hartford Healthcare, 860-972-8100 or by calling 211.