Coronavirus Update-New Cases, New Travel Advisory States, Concerns With Case Growth Among Teens & Young Adults, Absentee Ballot Mailing Delay, Proposed Police Accountability Bill & Detailed Case Data

July 28th - Daily highlights from the CT DPH report as of 8:30 p.m. Monday, July 27th versus the previous day’s report:

  • Wilton: 2 additional cases reported. 
  • Hospitalized Patients: Statewide, 5-net patient decrease. Fairfield County, 1-net patient decrease.  
  • Deaths: Statewide, 5 deaths. Fairfield County, 1 death.

The CT travel advisory was updated to include the following: Illinois, Kentucky, Minnesota, Puerto Rico, and Washington, DC.

Today, the Governor and the Commissioner of Public Health expressed concern about an “outbreak cluster in teens and young adults”.  As included in last night’s update, residents aged 0 to 19 accounted for 14.5% of all cases since the start of Phase 2, compared to 4.2% prior to Phase 2.  Residents aged 20-29 accounted for 23.8% of all cases since the start of Phase 2, compared to 11.8% prior to Phase 2.  The Commissioner noted “as many as 40 percent of COVID cases can be asymptomatic, that means if you go to a party with a crowd and without a mask, even if you are feeling well you can spread COVID to others who may become very ill. They can spread COVID to older or more vulnerable family and friends. To keep all of Connecticut safe, everyone needs to do their part and stick with the rules. It is also important for people to work with their local health department on contact tracing related to COVID-19, which is an important activity in making sure people who were exposed are aware and can quarantine to prevent spread to others.”

The mail service engaged by the Secretary of State to process absentee ballot requests was delayed in mailing requested ballots.  The ballots were mailed yesterday.  Please contact Wilton’s Town Clerk, if you have any concerns related to the timing of the receipt of your requested ballot.  

I have received a number of questions about the legal implications of the proposed police accountability bill.  Today, CT’s Conference of Municipalities (CCM) held an informational webinar with two experienced trial attorneys, both of whom have represented Wilton.  The webinar will be available on CCM’s website, but that has not yet occurred.  I will provide a link when it does. The CT Senate is in session today.  They are expected to consider the bill, which was passed by the CT House. 

The CT Data Center reported the following for Wilton as of 8:30 p.m. July 27th and versus the dates prior to the start of Phase 1 and Phase 2:

  • 235 cases, 28 additional since June 16th and 35 since May 19th.
  • 2,502 residents tested, 1,352 since June 16th and 1,752 since May 19th.
  • 3,288 tests performed, 1,836 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 27th:

  • 17,494 cases, 1,078 additional since 6/16      49,077 cases, 3,648 additional since 6/16
  • 1,403 deaths, 51 additional since 6/16           4,423 deaths, 204 additional since 6/16
  • 18 hospitalized, 50 less than 6/16                   54 hospitalized, 132 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