Coronavirus Update- March 19th Changes, Vaccine Eligibility Changes, Upcoming Vaccine Clinic, Vaccine & Case Data

March 15th-New state guidance related to restrictions and gathering sizes goes into effect on Friday March 19th. Consistent with that guidance the following is announced for Wilton effective Friday, March 19th and subject to local conditions:

  • All recreation equipment is fully open to the public, including benches, goal posts and basketball hoops, conditional on mask wearing while using recreational equipment and when others are present and within 6 feet of distance.
  •  General purpose rooms at Comstock are available for use, subject to gathering caps, social distancing and mask wearing. 
  • In-person Wilton public school students participating in Parks and Recreation programs and/or Wilton youth sports using Town of Wilton facilities are expected to participate in the Wilton Public Schools COVID-19 surveillance testing program.
  • Wilton youth sports organizations using Town of Wilton facilities should submit spring play plans to Parks and Recreation Director Steve Pierce.  Plans should be consistent with the guidance issued by CT DPH for interscholastic sports and testing expectations.
  • Previously required quarantining following inter-town play is no longer required. 
  • Wilton’s Health Director will continue to provide guidance and recommendations to the Wilton Public Schools as requested, but will no longer require approval be obtained for in-person learning health and safety protocols. Wilton’s Health Director will continue to exercise his responsibility and authority in the case of an outbreak or other health and safety concerns.

Vaccine Eligibility

Today, the Governor announced accelerated vaccine eligibility.

  • Residents aged 45 to 54 become eligible on March 19th.
  • Residents aged 16 to 44 tentatively become eligible on April 5th

Vaccine Clinics

Last week, Wilton’s Health Department, along with Visiting Nurse and Hospice of Fairfield County, completed first dose vaccinations for all Wilton BOE employees who requested the vaccine and were able to receive the vaccine.  Employees of Wilton’s two private schools and a pre-school were also vaccinated.  On Thursday, the Department will hold an additional closed clinic for education and childcare workers.  It is possible the number of available doses will also allow for an open clinic on Thursday.

If there is an open clinic, appointments will be available through VAMS.  Wilton residents will receive advance notice of the posting of the clinic on VAMS through an e-alert email.  Any future clinics will also be available through VAMS and noticed to residents in the same manner. 

Residents, aged 45 and up, who will become eligible for the vaccine on March 19th, are strongly  encouraged to read the vaccine information on the Town’s Coronavirus Resources webpage  to familiarize themselves with the appointment process and the Town’s vaccine waitlist. 

Today the Governor released the following data for Connecticut:

  • 77% of residents 75 and up have received at least first dose.  
  • 71% of residents 65 to 74 have received at least a first dose.
  • 40% of residents aged 55 to 64 have received at least a first dose. 

Case Information

The following is data, as of 8:30 p.m. last night, from today’s CT DPH report versus Friday’s March 12th report.  

Data Point

Wilton

Fairfield CTY

State

New Cases

19

                   827 

             2,525 

    

Cases-PTD

      1,014 

              84,130 

         293,102 

    

Positivity

3.85%

 n/a 

2.95%

    

Tests Reported

         494 

 n/a 

           85,569 

    

Hosp. Patients

 n/a 

                   117 

                407 

    

Net Change

 n/a 

                     12 

                  26 

    

Deaths

           49 

                2,089 

             7,788 

    

Change

            -   

                       4 

                  23 

 

The following are known cases by age through today.  For the second week in a row there were no cases among residents aged 59 and above. 

 

Wilton

Mar 9 to

Mar 2 to

10-Nov

Ages

Population

Mar 15th 

Mar 8th

Mar 1st

0 to 4

5%

5%

0%

4%

5 to 14

18%

32%

32%

11%

15 to 24

13%

16%

16%

20%

25 to 44

16%

11%

21%

19%

45 to 65

32%

37%

32%

32%

65+

16%

0%

0%

13%

 

Please practice the 5 W’s and behave as if you have the virus and as if those around you do as well.

5 W’s

  • Watch your distance
  • Wear a mask/face covering when you can’t maintain 6 feet of distance whether indoors or outside
  • Walk, run or bike to the right in single file when passing another person on the NRVT, sidewalks and trails
  • Wait to host indoor gatherings
  • Wash your hands

If you have a question, please email me at lynne.vanderslice@wiltonct.org

Lynne Vanderslice

First Selectwoman