Good evening. This is First Selectman Jayme Stevenson with a COVID-19 update for Thursday, May 13th.
The good news continues…only 1 new case has been reported in the two-week period since April 29th. Darien’s 2-week positivity rate has declined to 0.08%. There have been a total of 1519 cases from 955 unique households. Darien Public Schools report 0 active cases. 62% of age-eligible Darien residents have received at least 1 dose of vaccine.
The Pfizer vaccine has been approved for children ages 12-15. Parent or guardian consent is required and a parent or guardian must accompany anyone aged 12-15 to the vaccine site. Walgreens and Grieb’s in Darien and the Community Health Center site in Stamford have Pfizer vaccine. While appointments aren’t necessary, they are encouraged given the parental permissions needed and anticipated demand. You can find more information about all vaccines on the CDC’s website, www.cdc.gov/vaccines/covid-19.
Darien Vaccine Clinics offering Modera and Johnson & Johnson vaccines will continue on Wednesdays from 9am to 3pm. Appointments can be made but are no longer necessary. Don’t forget to schedule your second dose after getting your first. Everpoint testing will remain in operation for the foreseeable future. If you are sick, please get tested.
The CDC announced today that fully vaccinated people don’t need to wear a mask or physically distance during outdoor or indoor activities. Masks must still be worn on public transportation, in doctor’s offices hospitals and nursing homes. Governor Lamont followed the CDC by announcing that beginning on May 19, all business restrictions will end, and outdoor masking will no longer be required. Indoor masking will still be required for anyone who is unvaccinated. Masking for large events is still recommended. We are currently assessing what this means for town sponsored meetings and gatherings. Municipalities and schools in Connecticut are mandated to follow guidance provided by the CT Department of Public Health and State Department of Education.
The legislature has approved a further extension of Governor Lamont’s emergency powers until July 20th. We still anticipate a number of COVID-19 related policies that make accessing government services and public engagement to become permanent via legislative action and the CT Department of Public Health will be issuing best-safety-practices for certain types of event.
You can find a vaccine provider at www.ct.gov/covidvaccine or by calling 1(877)918-2224. 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, Community Health Center www.chc1.com, CVS and certain Stop & Shop Pharmacies www.StopandShop.com.
Statewide COVID-19 data can be found at www.ct.gov/coronavirus and Darien-specific data at www.darienct.gov/covid19. Please visit www.cdc.gov for more COVID-19 information.
Thank you for all your efforts to keep yourself, your family and our community safe!
Thank you and good evening.