Good evening. This is First Selectman Jayme Stevenson with important Town and COVID-19 update for Thursday, March 11th.
An important message this evening for Verizon wireless customers...the Verizon wireless system has been impacted by a fiber problem and wireless calls are not functioning properly. This includes calls for emergency services. If you are experiencing and emergency, you can text to 911 on your Verizon wireless devise. Otherwise, please call 911 from a non-Verizon phone line.
There have been 61 new cases and no hospitalizations during the two-week period since February 26th. There are 1240 total cases from 793 unique households. Darien Public Schools report 18 active cases resulting in 158 quarantines.
You can find statewide COVID-19 data at www.ct.gov/coronavirus and town wide data at www.darienct.gov/covid19.
All Darien Public School teachers and staff members as well as licensed Darien childcare providers have received their first dose of vaccine. If you know of a Darien resident who is homebound and in need of a vaccine, please call our Health & Human Service Department at (203)656-7328.
Beginning on Wednesday, March 17th, Darien Vaccine Clinics will become "open clinics" and available to eligible recipients (age 55+) through the State's online Vaccine Enrollment Portal at https://dphsubmissions.ct.gov/OnlineVaccine or by calling 1-877-918-2224.
Third-party vaccine providers in our area include Grieb’s Pharmacy at www.griebspharmacy.com , Walgreens at www.walgreens.com/schedulevaccine and Stamford Hospital at https://stamfordhealth.org. We understand that it can be very difficult to get a vaccine appointment. Please be patient if you are not able to get an immediate appointment as the state is limited by vaccine supply.
Vaccine eligibility is still on track to be expanded to folks 45+ on March 22.
Further eligibility is as follows:
April 12th: Ages 35-44
May 3rd: Ages 16-34
Beginning March 19, travel quarantines will no longer be mandated, and capacity limits will be eliminated for restaurants, most businesses and houses of worship. The 11pm curfew as well as mask and distancing requirements will stay in place. The Governor hopes to allow indoor and outdoor venues and amusement parks to reopen with capacity limitations on April 2nd.
We've seen an increase in reported cases this week and the number of people seeking COVID tests has dropped significantly. Recent cases have been traced to in-home social gatherings. Please continue wearing masks and distancing and get tested if you are sick. There are many positive trends, but we are not out of the woods yet.
Thank you and good evening.