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Wilton COVID Update: 15 New Cases,

Wilton Coronavirus Update 15 New Cases, State Efforts Regarding Testing, Senior Lunches, Evergreen Replacement, & Case Data

November 18th – The following is data from today’s CT DPH report versus Monday’s November 16th report:

  • Wilton:  15 new cases reported, 12 today and 3 yesterday.  406 cases YTD.
  • Statewide:  3,744 new cases.  Over the two days,  5.58% of new tests reported were positive.  97,028 cases YTD.
  • Fairfield County 1,157 new cases.  32,369 cases YTD.
  • Hospitalized PatientsStatewide816 with a 59-net patient increase over the two days. Fairfield County243,with a 13-net patient increase over the two days.
  • DeathsStatewide, 4,784 with an increase of 25 over the two days.  Fairfield County, 1,463, with an increase of over the two day.  Wilton, 43, with no new deaths.

Wilton’s known cases ranged from ages 6 to 61.  

Important context for the information presented:

  • The specific number of Wilton residents, if any, hospitalized with COVID is NOT provided by CT DPH.   
  • Reported new cases are as of 8:30 p.m. the evening prior to the day of the CT DPH report.  The report may lag cases reported by the Wilton Public Schools. 
  • The “known ages” are the ages of patients known to the Wilton Health Department. The information is provided either by the State for contact tracing or self-reported to the department or the schools.  The State does not pass along all cases for contact tracing.  Depending on the circumstances, state employees may instead perform contact tracing.
  • We aren’t aware of any source for recovery statistics for COVID patients residing in Wilton, Fairfield County or Connecticut.

Ages for Wilton’s known cases reported for the 9 days from November 10th through today are charted below. 

  % of  New Cases by Age, since Nov 10th

   

Age Range

% of New Cases

0-10

14%

11--20

33%

21-30

14%

31-40

12%

41-50

21%

51-60

21%

61-70

12%

71-80

2%

81+

2%

Please, behave as if you have the virus and as if those around you do as well.

STATE EFFORTS TO EXPAND TESTING

On today’s call with the Governor’s staff, they acknowledged the strain due to a surge in testing. In response, the State is working with state contracted partners to increase availability through new regional test sites.  They will not be opening a site in each municipality. Instead, they will open sites at large venues with the capacity to serve the regional population.  

Many of the state partners are also seeking to expand hours.  To do so, new hires are required. College students on break are encouraged to consider short-term employment and seek out those openings.  Volunteers are also needed for the regional testing centers.  You can volunteer through the CT Medical Reserve Corps or CT Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster.

A list of testing centers in abutting communities with website links is available on the Coronavirus page on the Town’s website.  Additional locations, including pop-up sites, are available on the State’s 211 site and the Community Health Center

CT DPH Commissioner reminded us that testing is only one component in reducing the spread.  Wearing masks and avoiding indoor gatherings are two critical components that everyone can practice. 

SENIOR LUNCHES

Today, Social Services provided 155 pre-Thanksgiving lunches to Wilton seniors.  Senior Center Coordinator Stephanie Rowe was assisted by volunteers from Stay at Home in Wilton and the Wilton Woman’s Club.  Another lunch will be offered next month with the assistance of the Fire Department.  If you would like a lunch next month or know someone who would like one, please contact Stephanie.  Her contact information is available here

TOWN GREEN EVERGREEN REPLACEMENT

On Saturday Hoffman Landscaping is scheduled to replace the evergreen on the Town Green. Although we aren’t able to safely hold our annual in-person tree lighting ceremony and events, we are planning a special virtual tree lighting.  Look for details at the end of the month.

TRAVEL ADVISORY UPDATE

Reminder, the CT travel advisory was updated yesterday.  Vermont was added to the list of affected states, leaving only four states not on the list, our 3 regional travel partners, NY, NJ and RI and the state of Hawaii.  Today the Governor asked college students to be tested before returning home for the holidays.  Students were also asked to remain at college, should they test positive. 

5 W’s

We’ve added a 5th W to keep Wilton safe.  Please, 

  • Watch your distance
  • Wear a mask/face covering when you can’t maintain 6 feet of distance whether indoors or outside
  • Walk, run or bike to the right in single file when passing another person on the NRVT, sidewalks and trails
  • Wait to host indoor gatherings
  • Wash your hands

If you have a question, please email me at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Lynne Vanderslice

First Selectwoman

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