Coronavirus Update-Testing & Detailed Case Data

July 16th –The following are daily comparative highlights from the CT DPH report as of 8:30 p.m. July 15th:

  • Wilton: no new cases reported. 
  • Hospitalized Patients: Statewide, a 1-patient net increase. Fairfield County, a 2-patient net increase. 
  • Deaths: Statewide 9 new deaths.  Fairfield County 4 new deaths.  

The CT Data Center reported the following for Wilton as of 8:30 p.m. July 15th 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.
  • 2,154 residents tested, 1,004 since June 16th and 1,404 since May 19th.
  • 2,783 tests performed, 1,331 since June 16th.
  • 41 deaths, no change since June 16th and 4 additional since May 19th.

Residents have asked why the Town doesn’t offer resident diagnostic or asymptomatic Coronavirus testing.  There are few reasons:

  • Testing is readily available, even without a doctor’s order.
  • 11.7% of Wilton residents have been tested.  This rate is similar to neighboring towns performing regular or periodic resident testing, such as New Canaan at 10.3%, Darien at 11.3% and Ridgefield 12.2%.
  • Testing requires town resources.  With testing readily available, resources are better dedicated to other priorities, rather than replicating what is already privately available.
  • Asymptomatic testing is only meaningful if performed on a regular basis, generally every 14 days.  Within Connecticut and nationwide there isn’t lab capacity to support regular asymptomatic testing of the general population.  With increased national demand for diagnostic testing, asymptomatic capacity has decreased.  

CT DPH reported the following for Fairfield County and Statewide as of 8:30 p.m. July 15th:

  • 17,027 cases, 646 additional since 6/16         47,750 cases, 2,321 additional since 6/16
  • 1,391 deaths, 39 additional since 6/16           4,389 deaths, 170 additional since 6/16
  • 20 hospitalized, 48 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