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Fairfield schools report zero new COVID cases

FAIRFIELD – The Fairfield Community School District has reported zero COVID cases for the first time in nearly four months.

A graph on the school’s website shows the district’s number of COVID cases fell from a high of 20 on Jan. 7 to between 1-5 on Jan. 19, and then finally to zero on Friday, Jan. 22.

The last time the school district reported zero COVID cases was Sept. 30.

hAltough there are no longer any positive cases in the district, there are still 33 staff and students in isolation or quarantine due to possible exposure to the virus, though that number is nearly a third of what it was just a few weeks ago when it was 92 on Jan. 7.

Jefferson County has seen its COVID numbers fall dramatically during the past two weeks. COVID cases spiked in late November, but the county’s positivity rate on COVID tests didn’t spike until early January when one in every four tests returned a positive result.

As of Friday, that percentage had fallen to 10 percent of tests coming back positive. Jefferson County went from having the highest positivity rate among its neighbors to among the lowest.