Wilton COVID Update: 4 New One-Day Cases, 3 New School Cases, 2 New Deaths, and Lowest Test Positivity Rate Since December

Indications and state health data continue to reflect the weakened impact of the Omicron variant of the COVID-19 virus in Connecticut. Wilton’s reported statistics as of Wednesday, Jan. 26 show some of the lowest numbers in several weeks.

  • According to the CT Department of Public Health, there were four new one-day cases reported for Wilton yesterday.
  • The total number of cases recorded in January now stands at 617, which represents 25.6% of all the COVID cases in Wilton since the start of the pandemic.
  • The test positivity rate fell to 7.02%, the lowest it’s been in over a month (Dec. 21, 2021).
  • Wilton’s 14-day rolling average daily case number dropped from 96.41 to 70.26 cases per 100,000 — again the lowest it’s been since the Omicron wave started to rise mid-December.
  • There are two new deaths to report, bringing the total number of deaths linked to COVID-19 in Wilton at 53.

Wilton Schools

On Wednesday, Superintendent Kevin Smith reported that there were only three new COVID cases in the district; that’s down from 12 new cases announced on Tuesday. Smith called the low number “a stark and positive contrast to positivity rates just a few weeks ago.”

In all, according to the district’s COVID-19 daily tracker, there are 38 staff and students confirmed positive and 12 students in quarantine after a close contact.

Smith has spoken at Board of Education meetings about the impact of the pandemic on staffing. With absences reaching into the triple digits, school officials have had a difficult time managing staffing shortages related to COVID.

In his daily email to the school community, Smith wrote that administrators “are exploring multiple options that may enable us to run our buildings as efficiently as possible.”

One of those options that school officials are discussing is using parent volunteers to assist with cafeteria supervision during the student lunch waves. Anyone interested and available is asked to complete an online Google form. He pointed out that volunteers do not need to have a child in the school in which they sign up to volunteer.

Smith said the district will pursue this option further “if we have a sufficient number of volunteers who can consistently work in our schools,” and added that administrators will contact volunteers if they pursue the option.