Schools report lower Covid-19 figures

By SARAH PARKER | County Line Editor

Both the Royall and the Norwalk-Ontario-Wilton school districts reported low Covid-19 numbers this week. 

On Tuesday, N-O-W had four cases overall, a significant drop from last week’s figures. Superintendent Travis Anderson said, “Last week, our Covid numbers had increased to a total of 14 positives, and fortunately we have seen a significant decrease this week in both positive cases and quarantine numbers. As of Nov. 9, we have one positive case in the junior high/high school, two cases in the elementary school, and one staff member who has tested positive for a total of four total positive cases in the entire school. Our total number of individuals quarantined is now only 11, down from 32 last week, which is great news. Those who have returned after testing positive are doing well, and we are thankful they are back in school.”

N-O-W has had 65 total recovered cases since the beginning of the school year. 

At Royall, Superintendent Mark Gruen reported that his district also had four positive cases, along with an additional two close contacts in quarantine. Additionally, a few more students’ testing results were pending, he added. 

Vernon County

The Vernon County Health Department reported three Covid-19-related deaths between Nov. 3–9, resulting in a total of 64 since the start of the pandemic. The victims were a man in his 80s, a man in his 70s, and a woman in her 50s. 

Monroe County

Monroe County had three additional Covid-19-related deaths between Oct. 27 and Nov. 2, according to the health department. Also that week, the county had 156 new cases, three of whom were hospitalized. 

In Monroe County, 44.1 percent of residents have completed the vaccination series. 

Juneau County

As of Tuesday, Juneau County had 240 active Covid-19 cases, eight of whom had been hospitalized. The county has had 22 deaths since the start of the pandemic; the last death was reported Sept. 29. Forty-eight percent of Juneau County residents are vaccinated.  

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