Good evening. This is First Selectman Jayme Stevenson with a COVID-19 update for Thursday, February 18th.
There have been 49 new cases and, thankfully, no new hospitalizations during the two-week period since February 5th. There are 1092 total cases from 726 unique households. Darien Public Schools report 12 active cases resulting in 86 quarantines. The number of cases locally and statewide continue to decline. You can find statewide data at www.ct.gov/coronavirus.
We are still in the first tier of Phase 1b of the State’s vaccine distribution plan. The Governor anticipates expanding eligibility within the next two weeks. Currently, anyone 65+ and those in Phase 1a are eligible. If you are 65+ or you are a homebound Darien resident and you wish to be vaccinated at a local clinic, please contact our Health and Human Service Department at (203)656-7328.
Vaccines are also available through Grieb’s Pharmacy at www.griebspharmacy.org, Walgreens at www.walgreens.com/schedulevaccine and Stamford Hospital at https://stamfordhealth.org. Additionally you can register directly through the State’s online Vaccine Enrollment Portal at https://dphsubmissions.ct.gov/OnlineVaccine or by calling 1-877-918-2224.
The Darien Health Department has administered over 850 first vaccine doses and distribution of second doses began this week. It’s important to remember that you must receive your second dose at the same location as your first dose.
I hope our families with school-aged children are enjoying the winter break. When school restarts, please do not send your child to school if they show any signs of illness. We want to keep our schools as COVID-free as possible.
As a reminder, residents that travel to states or countries on the CT Travel Advisory list (except for less than 24 hours), must quarantine for 10 days when you return or fulfill the testing requirements outlined in Executive Order 9S and must also complete the travel form found on the state’s coronavirus website (https://portal.ct.gov/Coronavirus/travel).
The Governor announced today that on March 1st, youth sports rules will begin to be relaxed. Some high risk sports will be allowed to resume with precautions, spectator capacity will rise to 25% or 200 people and interstate competitions will be allowed. Things are moving in a very positive direction!
Thank you and good evening.