Coronavirus Update-Proposed State Legislation & Detailed Case Data

July 19th –The following are daily highlights from the CT DPH report as of 8:30 p.m. Friday, July 16th versus the previous day’s report.  CT DPH no longer provides data over the weekend.

  • Wilton: no new cases reported. 
  • Hospitalized Patients: Statewide, zero net patient change. Fairfield County, a 1-net patient increase. 
  • Deaths: Statewide 7 additional deaths.  Fairfield County 4 additional deaths. 

Wilton’s State Legislators will be attending Tuesday’s Board of Selectmen meeting to provide information on their July Special Session and the possibility of other special sessions.  The July session begins this week to consider the following:

  • A proposed police accountability bill, which among others, addresses officer training, equipment and liability.  A summary of the bill, the full bill and submitted testimony is available on the Judiciary Committee webpage.  
  • Wider use of absentee ballots in the November election
  • Cost controls over insulin
  • Continued telemedicine as used during the pandemic

One area that didn’t make it into the July special session, but which could possibly be considered in a future special session, is housing.  There is increasing momentum and support within the State to reform zoning as a means of addressing economic, educational and housing disparities.  Proposed reforms include shifting some local zoning authority from local municipalities to the State.  

Wilton has a range of housing options:  single-family, including affordable, townhomes, condos, accessory dwellings, rental apartments with affordable units and senior and disabled housing with affordable units. Over the last several years, we have discussed the need for additional diverse housing to meet demand, attract new residents and maintain the Town's economic vitality. Our recently adopted Plan of Conservation and Development (POCD) includes the following language: Wilton recognizes the need to diversify its housing stock in order to accommodate all life stages, including its workforce, families with children, single-persons, and empty nesters. At Tuesday’s Board of Selectmen meeting, we will discuss forming a Wilton Housing Committee. That discussion and proposed committee will be separate and distinct from any statewide efforts.

The CT Data Center reported the following for Wilton as of 8:30 p.m. July 16th and versus the dates prior to the start of Phase 1 and Phase 2:

  • 230 cases, 23 additional since June 16th and 30 since May 19th.
  • 2,183 residents tested, 1,033 since June 16th and 1,433 since May 19th.
  • 2,832 tests performed, 1,380 since June 16th .
  • 41 deaths, no change since June 16th and 4 additional since May 19th.

Approximately 1.3% of Wilton residents have tested positive for the virus.  Approximately 10.5% of Wilton residents have received at least one test result. 

CT DPH reported the following for Fairfield County and Statewide as of 8:30 p.m. July 16th:

  • 17,069 cases, 688 additional since 6/16         47,893 cases, 2,464 additional since 6/16
  • 1,395 deaths, 43 additional since 6/16           4,396 deaths, 177 additional since 6/16
  • 21 hospitalized, 47 less than 6/16                   66 hospitalized, 120 less than 6/16

Please,

  • If you travel to one of the states identified for quarantine, please quarantine for the full 14 days away from other household members.  
  • If you have a visitor from one of those same states, have them quarantine away from you and other household members. 
  • Whether within or outside your home, please maintain 6 feet of distance from those with whom you don’t reside and wear a face covering, unless you have a medical condition.
  • Avoid or minimize participation in higher risk activities. 

Out of respect for each other, as Americans that care for each other, we need to be wearing masks in public when we cannot social distance.”  Dr. Deborah Birx, Coronavirus Response Coordinator for 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