Good evening. This is First Selectman Jayme Stevenson with a COVID-19 update for Thursday, April 8st.
There have been 66 new cases during the two-week period since March 26th. Darien’s positivity rate stands at 3.65% and the state’s positivity rate is 2.41%. There are 1,437 total cases from 903 unique households. Darien Public Schools report 26 active cases resulting in 216 quarantines. Transmission is occurring within households and in social gatherings. According to state health data, 50% of all new cases are attributed to COVID variants.
Everyone 16+ is eligible to receive vaccine. The Darien Health Department is in the planning stages of organizing a student vaccine clinic. Timing will be determined by Pfizer vaccine supply and state authorization. Students aged 16 and 17 do not need to wait for dedicated student clinics…you can register through the state’s Vaccine Enrollment Portal at https://dphsubmissions.ct.gov/OnlineVaccine or by calling 1-877-918-2224.
As of today, 49% of all CT residents 16+ have been vaccinated. COVID vaccines reduce the likelihood that you will contract COVID and should significantly reduce severe symptoms if you do. Johnson & Johnson vaccines will be limited over the next few weeks due to supply chain issues but Moderna and Pfizer vaccines remain in good supply throughout the state.
Local vaccine providers include Grieb’s Pharmacy www.griebspharmacy.com , Walgreens www.walgreens.com/schedulevaccine, Stamford Hospital https://stamfordhealth.org, Yale New Haven Health www.ynhhs.org and certain Stop & Shop Pharmacies www.StopandShop.com.
Darien Public Schools are on break next week and many families will be traveling. While the Governor has eliminated travel restrictions, Darien Schools are following CDC guidance and upholding testing and quarantine policies. As a result, Darien students will be remote learning from April 19-23. Please wear your masks, distance and wash your hands during travel and stay home if you feel sick. COVID symptoms often mirror spring allergies or a cold. If you have ANY symptoms you should assume you have COVID and get tested.
You can find statewide COVID-19 data at www.ct.gov/coronavirus and town wide data at www.darienct.gov/covid19. Please visit www.cdc.gov for more information on travel recommendations and rules for folks who are fully vaccinated.
It’s important to remember that everyone has been impacted by COVID, some in very negative ways. You may be eager to relax safety measures but out of care and concern for your friends and our community, I ask you to be kind and respectful by continuing to wear masks and distance when gathering socially or in public.
Thank you and good evening!