June 3rd –Today the Governor released the guidelines for in-person summer school. Many districts have said it is just too hard and too costly to comply. They intend to hold much of summer school on-line. Many municipalities, responded in the same manner to the guidelines for summer camp. We understand why. Yet, Wilton is one of the few municipalities in the area committed to providing summer camp. It has been hard work for Parks & Recreation Director Steve Pierce, his staff and other town personnel to develop the protocols to comply with the State guidelines. With each new step forward, we are required to recreate the way we do things.
This Saturday, the Department of Economic and Community Development is committed to release the guidelines for youth sports and the nine sectors, including libraries, opening on June 20th. Each of those businesses and organizations should also expect hard work to recreate the way they do things.
CT DPH reported a significant drop in the number of new cases, which coincided with a drop in the number of tests preformed. There were 13 new cases in Fairfield County. Laboratory-confirmed cases totaled 15,087. Probable cases totaled 702. Wilton had 204 cases, 178 confirmed and 26 probable cases. Fairfield County hospitalizationsdecreased by 19 to 134. Total deaths in Fairfield County increased by 2 to 1,289.
Statewide, CT DPH reported 112 new cases for a total of 43,091, 41,051 laboratory-confirmed cases and 2,040 probable cases, as of 8:30 p.m. yesterday. 241 cases have not yet been assigned to a municipality. 5,824 new tests were performed for a pandemic-to-date total of 274,396 in Connecticut. Statewide deaths rose by 17 to 3,989. Statewide hospitalizations decreased by 28 patients to 406 patients with a laboratory-confirmed positive test.
Further muddying the waters, today the Governor announced in-person graduations with 150 persons in attendance, including graduates, could be held on July 6th or later. On today’s call with the Governor and his staff, when called out, they acknowledged that this new guidance provided relief to very few public high schools, but it was firm.
“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].