COVID-19 UPDATE: Wilmington Schools See Small Uptick In Positive Cases & Close Contacts, Worried That COVID Symptoms Will Be Mistaken For Flu

WILMINGTON, MA — At the most recent Wilmington School Committee meeting, School Superintendent Dr. Glenn Brand provided a COVID-19 update to the public.

“At the beginning of the school year, we continually saw low numbers in in both positive cases and close contacts,” began Brand. “While the total number of cases remains lower than peak periods last school year, we are starting to see a slight uptick. We believe that this is likely occurring as more indoor activities, events and gatherings are taking place outside of school (i.e. evenings, weekends, etc.).”

Brand noted that the main COVID symptom showing up in Wilmington students is nasal congestion, which is often thought to be just a simple fall cold. He urged families to take the necessary precautions to keep themselves safe, and also those in their school community.

According to Brand, school nurses are already reporting that students are being sent to school with cold and flu symptoms. Brand asked parents not to send their children to school if they’re displaying symptoms. He also noted the district partnered with Walgreens Pharmacy to hold a Flu Clinic on Wednesday, October 27, 2021 at the main entrance of the high school.

Brand emphasized that the district remains committed to transparency around reporting of cases and close contacts. The Wilmington Public Schools COVID-19 dashboard with this data is uploaded daily HERE.

Brand reminded the public that an indoor masking requirement went into effect on October 1, 2021 for all visitors (regardless of vaccination status) to all public buildings in the Town of Wilmington, including school buildings, per the order of the Town Manager.

The district, Brand noted, has begun testing students who are considered close contacts when parent/guardian permission has been provided. Under this DESE-approved “test and stay” program, unvaccinated students can remain in school after being identified as a close contact and administered a free COVID-19 test.

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