April 8, 2022
Dear Smithfield Staff and Families,
This 30th edition of the Back to School report includes our weekly report on COVID cases along with moving our district COVID response forward, an update on RI COVID services, and town data.
A Weekly Report on COVID Cases
Over the past week, we have had an additional 8 confirmed COVID cases. This brings our total since our school year began to 948 cases. There was 1 case identified at SHS, 0 cases identified at Gallagher, 3 cases at Pleasant View Elementary, 3 cases at LaPerche Elementary and 1 case at Old County Road Elementary.
Our COVID Response: Moving Forward
The early days of our COVID response were full of unknowns. As we have learned more about the COVID virus, we have adjusted our actions to keep our community as safe as possible. We are now working to integrate our COVID response into our already established Infectious Disease Response Protocol. In the weeks to come we will continue to report COVID data along with actions we all can take to keep our families and our school community healthy and safe from these illnesses.
COVID Vaccination and Booster Information
As our state COVID response starts to shift, there are many changes to the services that the Rhode Island Department of Health provides as well. To view the most accurate information on testing sites, vaccination and booster availability, and the current CDC recommended booster schedule, please visit C19VaccineRI.org. You can book appointments for vaccinations or boosters and testing there as well. As a reminder, your healthcare provider is also a great resource for these services.
The weekly number of new Smithfield COVID cases for the week ending April 2nd held steady at 27 cases, down one from last week’s 28. The number of cases in the state rose slightly from 1147 last week to 1273 this week. The town rate corresponds to a weekly rate of 123 new cases per 100,000 residents. Our community rate is considered as having a low level risk for COVID-19 transmission. This data is available at https://bit.ly/2PxCgDM.
Judy Paolucci, Superintendent