January 27th –Today, Wilton Director of Public Health Barry Bogle reported on the status of the WHS outbreak. His report clearly demonstrated the critical importance of the swift response by school and health department personal and the cooperation of gathering attendees. The number of positive cases connected to the gathering stood at 25 as of yesterday afternoon. Without swift containment, cooperation and contact tracing, yesterday’s cases easily could have been double that or more.
With both the WHS and SSND outbreaks, we saw the fast speed at which the virus can spread. If the gatherings over the MLK weekend weren’t the first such gatherings in Wilton during this pandemic, why did this gatherings result in so many cases, when others didn’t? The one previous case at SSND didn’t spread to other residents. Why did this one new case quickly spread to what is likely to be more than 40 residents and staff? At this point, we don’t have the answers. But, the outbreaks are a caution to all residents, especially at a time when Wilton and almost every other municipality in the state are classified as a red alert community because of our high average daily case rates. Congregate living settings are not included in the rates. The high rates reflect general population spread.
Tonight’s CT DPH report includes 15 new cases for Wilton. That exceeds cases reported earlier today to the Health Department for contact tracing. The difference could be the result of a delay in reporting or cases at a congregate living facility, which CT Health Department determined didn’t require contact tracing by the town. We are following up.
The following is data, as of 8:30 p.m. last night, from today’s CT DPH report versus yesterday’s January 26th report.
- Wilton: 15 new cases reported. 797 cases pandemic-to-day (PTD).
- Statewide: 2,440 new cases. 4,4% of the 55,474 new tests reported were positive. 247,339 cases PTD.
- Fairfield County: 650 new cases. 71,416 cases PTD.
- Hospitalized Patients: Statewide, 1,016 with 52-net patient decrease. Fairfield County, 250 with a 15-net patient decrease.
- Deaths: Statewide, 6,976 with 42 new deaths. Fairfield County, 1,917 with 11 new deaths. Wilton, 47, one new death. Our thoughts and prayers go out to family and friends.
The following chart shows the distribution of known cases by age for previous periods and the current 7-day period ended January 25th.
Jan 26 to
Jan 19 to
Jan 12 to
Jan 5 to
Dec 29 to
Nov 10 to
0 to 4
5 to 14
15 to 24
25 to 44
45 to 65
With the recent outbreaks, please exercise extra caution and behave as if you have the virus and as if those around you do as well.
- 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
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