Good evening. This is First Selectman Jayme Stevenson with a COVID-19 update for Thursday, February 25th.
There have been 57 new cases and one new hospitalization during the two-week period since February 12th. There are 1162 total cases from 759 unique households. Darien Public Schools report 15 active cases resulting in 39 quarantines. The number of cases locally and statewide continue to decline significantly. You can find statewide data at www.ct.gov/coronavirus and town wide data at www.darienct.gov/covid19.
Governor Lamont has announced expansion of vaccine eligibility based on age. As of Monday, March 1st, anyone 55+ will be eligible to register to receive vaccine. Additionally, teachers, school staff and childcare providers will also become eligible on March 1.
The schedule for further vaccine eligibility is as follows:
March 22nd: Ages 45-54 become eligible
April 12th: Ages 35-44 become eligible
May 3rd: Ages 16-34 become eligible
Of course, vaccine supply will determine how quickly you will be able to get an appointment. Connecticut expects to receive 30,000 doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine next week, pending FDA approval. Please be patient as the state expands vaccine eligibility.
Town Hall Vaccine Clinics will be prioritizing teachers and childcare providers next week so anyone 55+ or otherwise eligible in Phase 1a should register through a third-party clinic such as Grieb’s Pharmacy at www.griebspharmacy.com, 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.
I’m pleased to report that as of March 1st, all Darien school students will be back in the classroom fulltime. This very happy and hopeful news. Continued diligence with mask wearing and distancing will ensure our kids can stay in school. Even though spring is coming and more vaccines are being given, we must remain vigilant with our health safety measures.
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).
Thank you and good evening.