FAIRFIELD, CT — A Fairfield student who tested positive for the coronavirus in late January had the new, more contagious United Kingdom variant of the disease, officials said Friday.
“I want to remind students and staff to remain cautious, especially since the COVID-19 B117 (UK) variant has been identified in Connecticut,” Superintendent Mike Cummings said Friday in a message to parents. “It is important for everyone to continue wearing your mask, washing your hands, and keeping a safe distance from those outside of your household.”
The student who contracted the variant has completed isolation and everyone in contact with the student has quarantined, Cummings said. The school district will not be disclosing which school the student attends, according to Director of Communications Andrea Clark.
“The Health Department has consulted with the CT Department of Public Health and no further actions are required at this point,” Cummings said, adding 42 people in the state have tested positive for the U.K. variant.
Despite the variant’s presence, virus data is trending down, with fewer hospitalizations and deaths, according to Cummings and First Selectwoman Brenda Kupchick, who also discussed the B117 case in her weekly email to residents.
From Jan. 31 to Feb. 6, Fairfield saw 103 confirmed coronavirus cases, compared to 192 confirmed cases the week of Dec. 27 to Jan. 2, according to town data. The Fairfield Health Department has administered 6,958 vaccines, with another 4,700 appointments scheduled for February.
Since the pandemic first reached Connecticut last March, Fairfield has recorded 3,942 cases and 194 residents have died in association with the virus. Within the Fairfield school district, 374 students and 108 staff members have recovered from the virus. Another 10 students and two staff members recently tested positive.