New Canaan COVID Update: Cases Decline, 34 Total Break-through Cases, CT WIZ, and Vaccinations

This evening, Thursday, September 9th  New Canaan First Selectman Kevin Moynihan provided a COVID-19 update reporting that cases declined from 9 last week, to 8 positive cases, four of which were among unvaccinated people (3 children under the age of 12 who are ineligible to be vaccinated).

Moynihan said the main sources of the new positive cases are family transmission, travel and gatherings.  "We remind families to isolate positive family members to the extent possible from younger, unvaccinated family members to reduce family transmission".  

For updated information on the weekly cases, by age brackets, visit the red COVID-19 alert box on the town website at www.newcanaan.info. Continue reading below for complete update.

Break-through cases - 34 in total

To date, we’ve had a total of 34 “break-through” positive cases of fully vaccinated residents.  The 34 break-through cases are out of 14,432 fully vaccinated New Canaan residents which equates to 0.24%, so becoming infected with COVID-19 for those fully vaccinated continues to be extremely rare, but possible.  The majority of the break-through cases continue to be asymptomatic or have very mild symptoms so it is clear that the vaccine is effective in preventing severe illness and death in these known local cases. 

We continue to remind residents that it is very important to stay home from work, school, sports, daycare, etc. if you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 in order to prevent transmission to others. Symptoms include (but are not limited too): fever, sore throat, cough, body pain, loss of sense of smell and/or taste, vomiting, congestion, and fatigue. We encourage those who exhibit these symptoms to get tested and isolate until results are received. 

Guidelines from CT DPH regarding booster vaccine doses for the general public still have not been released as of yet.  CT DPH anticipates a start date of around September 20th and our Health Department will again provide community COVID-19 vaccination clinics to make vaccinations conveniently accessible locally to all residents who wish to participate.

CT WIZ PUBLIC PORTAL FOR VACCINATION RECORDS

Residents who have been vaccinated will now be able to access their immunization records online through the secure CT WiZ Public Portal, a free service provided by the state of CT DPH Immunization Program. [A press release can be found here.]

Vaccinated adults and legal guardians can access official immunization records for themselves and children under the age of 18 using the CT WiZ Public Portal with ‘two-factor authentication’ to verify identity. 

(Note: You won’t find the record if the contact information does not match what the vaccine provider reported to CT WIZ. If you are unable to locate your record in the portal, you can contact the DPH Immunization Program for assistance online at helpdesk or calling 860-509-7929 during business hours Mon-Fri 8:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.)

[End of voice outcall – the rest of this update regarding COVID-19 community testing and vaccinations is being sent only by email]  

COVID-19 TESTING 

Next week, we will continue with twice-weekly community COVID-19 testing in partnership with Waveny LifeCare Network for residents who have traveled or otherwise wish to be tested.  PCR COVID-19 testing will be available (for New Canaan residents and Town employees only) next Tuesday and Thursday, September 14th and 16th from 7:00 a.m.to 10 a.m. at the Paddle Lodge in Waveny Park.  Pre-registration is required and you must bring your insurance card, a credit card and a photo ID to your test appointment. (Your insurance may pay the $100 SEMA4 lab fee, but if not your credit card will be charged.) No walk-ins are permitted. 

Turnaround time for PCR test results is 24-48 hours and results will be received via email in the SEMA4 portal, for which you will receive instructions on how to access at your test appointment. 

To register for COVID 19 testing for next Tuesday, September 14th, or Thursday, September 16th, please click on the following SignUpGenius link here.

You must complete a separate registration for each individual to be tested.  As a reminder, SEMA4 lab requires a separate email and registration for each individual being tested so if your child does not have an email address we suggest creating a free Gmail or similar free email account for your child’s registration. 

Our Health Department also has limited amount of Abott BinaxNOW rapid antigen tests available for New Canaan residents only who are symptomatic and seeking quick results. Contact the Health Department at 203-594-3020 to schedule a rapid test at their office at Vine Cottage. 

For additional testing locations in the area you can call 2-1-1, contact your primary care provider or visit the town website or click here for list of COVID-19 testing sites in our area. 

VACCINATION UPDATE 

According to CT DPH data as of September 2nd, 100% of our seniors over age 65, 87.58% of those age 45 to 64, 100% of those age 25 to 44, 100% of those aged 18-24, and 94.38% of those aged 12-17 years old have received at least one dose of vaccine. Overall, 78.08% of our total New Canaan population has received at least one dose and 71.33% of our total population is now fully vaccinated. As a reminder, those under the age of 12 are not eligible to be vaccinated at this time. (Note: The CT DPH data on New Canaan vaccination rates are somewhat overstated because they use age bracket data from 2014 and census population data from 2019.) 

The New Canaan Health Department continues to provide vaccinations by appointment of all 3 vaccines for those still in need of either a first or second dose.  The Pfizer, Moderna and Jansen (J&J) vaccines are all currently available. The J&J vaccine will not be available after the current lot of vaccine expires on September 24th since there is no supply from CDC or DPH to replace it. DPH and CDC have no estimated date for new J&J supply. 

To schedule a vaccination appointment with the New Canaan Health Department please call 203-594-3020 or email  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .  The Health Department office is located in Vine Cottage, 77 Main Street, next to Town Hall. 

As a reminder, J&J is a single dose vaccine for ages 18 and over, Moderna is a two dose vaccine taken at least 28 days apart for ages 18 and over, and Pfizer is a two-dose vaccine taken at least 21 days apart for ages 12 & over. Pfizer is the only FDA EUA approved vaccine for those aged 12-17 years old.