Coronavirus Update-Suffrage Centennial Essay, Clergy Event & Case Data

June 2nd – You may remember Wilton had planned six months of activities to mark the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment guaranteeing and protecting the women's right to vote.  Many of those events have been cancelled, but the Wilton Woman’s Club held their Short Story Contest for Girls. Girls who are Wilton residents in grades 9-12 were encouraged to submit a fictional short story related to American women gaining the right to vote. The Wilton Woman’s Club announced the winner.  She is Gayathri Kaimal, a ninth grader at Wilton High School. Congratulations Gayathri.  Her essay can be read on the Wilton Woman’s Club website.

Tonight, members of the Wilton Clergy held an event for Peace and an End to Racism at Our Lady of Fatima Church. Police Chief John Lynch, Rev. Dr. Lindsay Curtis, a Wilton resident and Pastor of the Grace Baptist Church in Norwalk and I were invited to join the clergy members and offer remarks.  It was a peaceful and thoughtful event, very much reflective of the Wilton community and the moment.

The event was attended by a number of Wilton High School and Wilton college age students and high school and college age students from surrounding communities.  Later, many of the students chose to sit outside the entrance to Police Headquarters and Town Hall.  Chief Lynch and the Wilton Police officers present were joined by Middlebrook School music teacher Michael Gordon.  Wilton should be proud of how Chief Lynch and the department handled the matter and how Chief Lynch and Michael Gordon collaborated to create a teachable moment for the students.  

CT DPH reported 67 new cases in Fairfield County. Laboratory-confirmed cases totaled 15,073.  Probable cases totaled 703Wilton had 203 cases, 177 confirmed and 26 probable cases. Fairfield County hospitalizations decreased by 4 to 153 . Total deaths in Fairfield County decreased by 1 to 1,287, 996 laboratory-confirmed and 291 probable deaths. 

Statewide, CT DPH reported 239 new cases for a total of 42,979, 40,941 laboratory-confirmed cases and 2,038 probable cases, as of 8:30 p.m. yesterday. 244 cases have not yet been assigned to a municipality.  9,252 new tests were performed for a pandemic-to-date total of 268,572 in Connecticut.  Statewide deaths rose by 20 to 3,972. Statewide hospitalizations decreased by 20 patients to 434 patients with a laboratory-confirmed positive test.

The Governor issued Executive Order 7VV, which allows for the expansion of the number of children in a daycare setting. 

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