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5/20/2021 - First Selectman's Code Red Message 5-20-21

Good evening. This is First Selectman Jayme Stevenson with a COVID-19 update for Thursday, May 20th.

Another very positive week for our town. Only 1 new case has been reported in the two-week period since May 6th. Darien’s 2-week positivity rate has declined further to 0.019%. There have been a total of 1521 cases from 955 unique households. Darien Public Schools report 0 active cases. 67% of age-eligible Darien residents have received at least 1 dose of vaccine.

Darien will hold another vaccine clinic next Wednesday, May 26th from 9am to 3pm. Walk-ins are welcomed. With the significant decline in demand for vaccine, we will be evaluating when town-sponsored clinics will end. Walgreens, Griebs and CVS continue to be alternative vaccine providers in Darien. Walgreens, Griebs and the Community Health Center in Stamford at Lord & Taylor are the best resources for Pfizer vaccines for anyone 12-15 years old.

Governor Lamont has codified in Executive Order 12A that whether you are vaccinated or not, you no longer need to wear a mask outdoors. Indoors, those who are vaccinated no longer need to wear masks. If you are unvaccinated you must continue to wear your mask indoors. Masks must be worn by everyone in healthcare facilities, facilities housing vulnerable populations, on public and private transit, correctional facilities, and childcare settings and in schools. Please be mindful that individual businesses can make their own rules so check with each establishment to understand their requirements. 

Darien Town Hall will be following CDC guidance. We are operating on the honor system for those who are unvaccinated and need to continue to mask. Darien Public Schools will follow separate guidance from the State Department of Education.

The Darien Library has returned to pre-pandemic hours and has eliminated all COVID-related time restrictions and limitations on book returns. You no longer need an appointment to visit the Children’s Library. The mask mandate will continue for library patrons.

The legislature has approved a further extension of Governor Lamont’s emergency powers and executive orders to varying points between today and 7/20. Detailed guidance was issued this afternoon. More information will be provided as we determine local impacts.

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. 

If you are planning to be in Darien on Memorial Day, please join us for our traditional Memorial Day Parade.  After this past year’s challenges, we all need a parade!

Thank you and good evening.