322 absences of staff, including bus drivers, forced all schools in Danbury to close for the remainder of the week. CT Post reported that COVID-19 is the culprit as it is spreading like wildfire throughout the city. School superintendent Kevin Walston released this statement.
We will not be able to operate our schools safely on Thursday January 6 and Friday January 7. Danbury schools will be closed for these two days. We plan to open the following week anticipating a staff improvement. “
The reason for the two day shutdown is simple; it is the rapid increase in cases of COVID-19. 45,760 new tests were administered and 10,344 of those cases returned positive for COVID-19, a positivity rate of 22.6%.
Remember the good old days when Danbury’s positivity rate was around 4%? The villain is the Omicron variant which is more contagious than the Delta variant.
I don’t remember how many times I have been tested since this nightmare started in 2020. Fortunately I have always tested negative, but I have been fully vaccinated. My wife tested positive but had no symptoms, and I’m pretty sure it was because she was fully immunized.
You may have already read the CDC data that states, “The Omicron variant is likely to spread more easily than the original SARS-CoV-2 virus, and how easily Omicron spreads compared to Delta remains unknown.”
The CDC reports that major infections in fully vaccinated people are likely to occur. Along with other variants, like Delta, vaccines have remained effective in preventing serious illness, hospitalizations, and death. The recent emergence of Omicron further underscores the importance of vaccination and boosters.
The CDC has found that the unvaccinated are 14 times more likely to die from complications from COVID than those who are fully vaccinated. For all statistics on the vaccinated versus unvaccinated, click on bbc.com.