Coronavirus Update-New Cases, “Unable to Quarantine” Defined & Detailed Case Data

July 24th - Daily highlights from the CT DPH report as of 8:30 p.m. Thursday, July 23rd versus Tuesday’s report:

  • Wilton: 3 new cases reported. 
  • Hospitalized Patients: Statewide, 1-net patient decrease. Fairfield County, 3-net patient decrease.  
  • Deaths: Statewide, 3 deaths. Fairfield County, 1 death.

Statewide cases reported included the results from one out-of-state lab for 12,000 tests performed from May 23rd to July 20th and not reported to CT DPH until yesterday.  Those tests had a positive rate of 3.7% versus a positive test rate of .79% for the additional 13,233 tests reported today from all other labs. Fairfield County represented an unusually high percentage of cases reported today. CT DPH previously experienced a similar reporting delay from a New York State lab servicing Fairfield County testing center(s).  Absent timely reporting, contact tracing can’t be performed. 

We received clarification from CT DPH as to what is meant by the words “unable to quarantine” as it applies to the 72-hour testing option prior to arrival in CT.  Unable to quarantine refers to situations where the person must attend to essential personal matters such as a funeral or attending to a family member in hospice. Unable to quarantine does not include returning to work.  

The CT Data Center reported the following for Wilton as of 8:30 p.m. July 23rd and versus the dates prior to the start of Phase 1 and Phase 2:

  • 234 cases, 24 additional since June 16th and 31 since May 19th.
  • 2,429 residents tested, 1,279 since June 16th and 1,679 since May 19th.
  • 3,181 tests performed, 1,729 since June 16th .
  • 42 deaths, 1 since June 16th and 5 since May 19th.

CT DPH reported the following for Fairfield County and Statewide as of 8:30 p.m. July 23rd :

  • 17,421 cases, 1,040 additional since 6/16      48,776 cases, 3,347 additional since 6/16
  • 1,402 deaths, 50 additional since 6/16           4,413 deaths, 194 additional since 6/16
  • 23 hospitalized, 45 less than 6/16                   71 hospitalized, 115 less than 6/16

“You have to have responsibility for yourself but also a societal responsibility that you’re getting infected is not just you in a vacuum.” Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and member of the White House Coronavirus Task Force. 

As always, if you have any questions, please email the appropriate town department or me at [email protected].  

Thank you,

Lynne Vanderslice

First Selectwoman