Coronavirus Update-Questions regarding Wilton Clergy Event, Final FY2021 Budget & Case Data

June 1st – Tomorrow Wilton clergy are sponsoring a Walk for Peace and an End to Racism. Residents have emailed wondering how Wilton clergy can hold this event in a legal and safe manner.  Members of Wilton’s clergy spoke with Police Chief/Emergency Management Director John Lynch and me to ensure consistency with the Governor’s executive orders and health and safety requirements. The following are key aspects of the plan and decision making:

  • The Governor’s Executive Order 7TT allows for outdoor religious gatherings of up to 150.
  • The event is outdoors, consisting of a single file walk on the sidewalk from the Wilton train station to the parking lot at Our Lady of Fatima Church, prayer/comments in the parking lot and a walk back to the Wilton Center train station.
  • Wilton clergy held a similar event in 2017, which was attended by less than 100 people.
  • Participants will maintain social distance and wear a face covering, unless exempt under the executive order.  Proper protocols for an outdoor service will be followed. 

To allow residents to participate, without attending in person, Good Morning Wilton will be live streaming the event. 

Tonight, the Board of Finance voted to adopt a FY2021 budget and a FY2021 mill rate that is 3.77% lower than the FY2020 mill rate.  Key components include a Board of Education budget that is flat with their FY2020 budget and a Board of Selectmen budget that is 1.75% lower than our FY2020 budget.  Tomorrow night, Board of Finance members will vote on the required budget resolutions.  Despite the delay in the approval of the budget, tax bills will be available as normal.

Today CT DPH reported previous case and death statistics included laboratory-confirmed and probable cases and deaths.  Today’s reporting and future reporting will provide separate amounts for laboratory-confirmed and probable.  CT DPH reported 160 new cases in Fairfield County. Laboratory-confirmed cases totaled 15,003.  Probable cases totaled 706Wilton had 202 cases, 177 confirmed and 25 probable cases. Fairfield County hospitalizations decreased by 6 to 157 . Total deaths in Fairfield County rose by 11 to 1,277, 990 laboratory-confirmed and 298 probable deaths. 

Statewide, CT DPH reported 539 new cases for a total of 42,740, 40,670 laboratory-confirmed cases and 2,070 probable cases, as of 8:30 p.m. yesterday. 233 cases have not yet been assigned to a municipality.  9,274 new tests were performed for a pandemic-to-date total of 259,320 in Connecticut.  Statewide deaths rose by 20 to 3,964, 3110 laboratory-confirmed and 854 probable deaths.  Statewide hospitalizations decreased by 27 patients to 454 patients with a laboratory-confirmed positive test.

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