Coronavirus Update-Today’s Better Takeaways- Online Payments-Dog Licenses, Tax Payments, Dial-A-Ride, Tropical Storm Warning, Contact Tracing Update & Detailed Case Data

July 9th –The following are key takeaways from the CT DPH report as of 8:30 p.m. July 8th:

  • Wilton, no new cases reported. Perhaps the recent spike has ended. 
  • Statewide, the average cases per day since the start of Phase 1 was down 73% to 163 versus the average cases per day of 600 prior to the reopening.
  • Statewide, the average cases per day since the start of Phase 2 was down 87% to 80 versus the average cases per day prior to reopening.
  • Statewide, hospitalized Coronavirus patients increased for the third day in a row.  Statewide, a 2-patient net increase was reported for a 3-day net increase of 21 patients.  Fairfield County, a 2-patient decrease was reported for a 3-day net increase of 7 patients.
  • Statewide, deaths increased by 5, with 2 deaths in Fairfield County.

Vigilance was what got us through the last 115 days. Continue vigilance will keep us moving forward.  Please, 

  • Watch your distance
  • Wear a mask/face covering
  • Wash your hands

Residents can now pay dog license fees online.  The pay portal, application and instructions are available through the link on the dog licenses page on the Town Clerk’s webpage. The Governor extended the deadline to obtain a dog license renewal penalty free to July 31st.  

For those wanting to pay their property taxes in-person, a locked drop box has been installed in the vestibule of Town Hall.  Please follow the posted instructions in and outside the vestibule. For those wanting to pay their property taxes in cash, please call or email the tax department to schedule an appointment. 

Dial-A-Ride resumes on Monday with the same days and hours as before, but with fewer daily trips and new Coronavirus protocols, including

  •  No more than two riders per van in assigned seats.  
  •  Riders must wear face coverings unless a medical condition prevents such. 
  • Temperatures will be taken prior to entering the van.  Anyone with a temperature over100 degrees will not be allowed to ride the van.  
  • Riders must complete a Wilton Health Department screening tool and sign an informed consent document prior to using the service.  
  • Drivers must wear face coverings and will be separated from passengers by a protective divider.

·      Service is limited to destinations within the boundaries of the Town of Wilton.

Dial-a-Ride provides van transportation for Wilton Seniors and adults with disabilities. Reservations must be made no later than 4:00 pm the day before the requested ride by calling (203) 834-6235.

A tropical storm is expected to hit Connecticut on Friday and into Saturday.  Forecasts are for 2 to 4 inches of rain and wind gusts of 55 to 60 MPH along the coast and 40 to 50 MPH inland. Expect minor to moderate power outages. If you have not already signed up for Eversource alerts, now is a good time to do so.  

Residents who test positive for Coronavirus may be contacted by State contact tracers, not the Town’s contact tracers, because of procedures enacted by the CT DPH.  The procedures were enacted to address delayed reporting by some testing labs.

  • Promptly reported test results will be reported to the Wilton Health Department.  Wilton contact tracers are required to contact the positive patient within 24 hours.
  • Delayed reported test results will not be reported to the Wilton Health Department and instead will be handled by State contact tracers to avoid further delays. 

Residents are encouraged to immediately report a positive test result to Wilton Health’s Director Barry Bogle at [email protected].  Timing is critical for contact tracing.  All information is confidential.  Patient information is not disclosed to contacts.

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

  • 224 cases, 17 additional since June 16th and 24 since May 19th
  • 1,900 residents tested, 750 since June 16th and 1,150 since May 19th
  • 2,424 tests performed, 972 since June 16th
  • 41 deaths, no change since June 16th and 4 additional since May 19th

The State does not provide detailed data on antibody testing. 

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

  • 16,886 cases, 515 additional since 6/16         47,209 cases, 1,780 additional since 6/16
  • 1,380 deaths, 28 additional since 6/16           4,348 deaths, 129 additional since 6/16
  • 32 hospitalized, 36 less than 6/16                   90 hospitalized, 96 less than 6/16

Connecticut’s travel advisory for 19 states remains in effect. The State’s guidance is often changed or tweaked, so please read the guidance carefully on the day you are traveling to or from Connecticut.  Residents or visitors arriving in Connecticut from those states should quarantine for 14 days, unless they are an employee on work related travel while employed in a critical industry, as defined.  Individuals, for whom a 14-day quarantine is not possible, can enter the State if they had a negative Coronavirus viral test in the 72 hours prior to travel. FAQs are available on the webpage.

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