Coronavirus Update-New Executive Order on Quarantine Requirement & Case Report Highlights

July 21st –Sorry for the late hour, but we had a long Board of Selectmen meeting. 

There is an important update on the requirement to quarantine.  Executive Order 7III, which includes the following language:

  • Repeal of Advisory Self-Quarantine. Executive Order No. 7BBB, Section 1 is repealed. 
  • Mandatory Self-Quarantine for Travelers from States with High COVID-19 Levels. Effective at 12:01 a.m. Friday, July 24, 2020 All Affected Travelers shall self-quarantine for a period of fourteen days from the time of last contact with such Affected State, for any portion of such fourteen-day period they spend in Connecticut, or for the duration of such Affected Travelers’ stay in Connecticut, whichever is shorter. 
  • Testing Alternative. If an Affected Traveler is unable to self-quarantine for the required period, the self-quarantine requirement will not apply provided that the Affected Traveler has had a negative test result for COVID-19 in the seventy-two hours prior to arriving in Connecticut and provides written proof to the Commissioner or her designee of such a result. If a test was obtained in the seventy-two hours prior to travel but the result is still pending at the time of arrival in Connecticut, such Affected Traveler shall remain in self-quarantine in Connecticut until the test result is received and the written results are submitted to the Commissioner or her designee. 
  • Exempted Travel. Workers traveling from Affected States to Connecticut who work in critical infrastructure as designated by the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, including students in exempt health care professions, are exempted from this self-quarantine requirement when such travel is related to their work in Connecticut. 
  • Travel Health Forms Required. All Affected Travelers, prior to or upon arrival in Connecticut, shall complete a Travel Health Form 
  • Enforcement Provisions. Any Affected Traveler who violates this subsection by willfully refusing or failing to self-quarantine or complete the Travel Health Form truthfully and accurately shall be subject to a civil penalty of up to one thousand dollars for each such violation 

The Executive Order also allows for the extension of statutory or regulatory deadlines by the Commissioner of Motor Vehicles.            

The following are daily highlights from the CT DPH report as of 8:30 p.m. Monday, July 20th versus Sunday’s report:  

  • Wilton: No new cases reported. 
  • Statewide:  5,548 new test results reported, of which 41 were positive.
  • Hospitalized Patients: Statewide, 6-net patient increase. Fairfield County, no change.  
  • Deaths: Statewide none.   

“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