Good evening. This is First Selectman Jayme Stevenson with a COVID-19 update for Thursday, May 27th.
Very positive trends continue in Darien. Only 2 new cases have been reported in the two-week period since May 13th. Darien’s 2-week positivity rate stands at 0.07%. There have been a total of 1523 cases from 956 unique households. Darien Public Schools report 1 active case resulting in 21 quarantines. Over 70% of Darien residents over the age of 16 have received at least 1 dose of vaccine. Data for ages 12-15 are not yet available.
Demand for vaccine has significantly declined. As a result, Darien will hold our final open vaccine clinic next Wednesday, June 2ndth from 9am to 3pm. Walk-ins are welcomed. Beginning June 3rd, you can register through the state’s vaccine management system (VAMS) to receive vaccine in the Darien Health Department by appointment only. With Walgreens, Griebs and CVS providing vaccines here in town, we are confident that any resident needing vaccine can find one.
Masks are no longer required outdoors for everyone, vaccinated or not. Folks who are not vaccinated must continue to wear masks indoors and everyone must wear masks in healthcare facilities, facilities housing vulnerable populations, on public and private transit, correctional facilities, and in schools and childcare settings. Individual businesses can make and enforce 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. Boards and commissions will transition back to in person meetings in June.
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.
Given the consistently positive COVID news for Darien, today’s message will be my final weekly outcall. We will continue to post information on the town website and use Code Red to inform you as needed. I hope you have found these weekly updates to be helpful.
Darien’s Memorial Day Parade steps off at 10am sharp on Monday, May 31st and follows the traditional parade route down the Post Road from Brookside Road to Hecker Avenue. The parade is immediately followed by our Memorial Ceremony in the Spring Grove Veterans’ Cemetery. We welcome you to attend but please distance appropriately.
As you gather with family and friends this Memorial Day weekend, some for the first time in 14 months, please take a moment to remember and honor the men and women in uniform who paid the ultimate sacrifice while protecting our the freedom on which this great country was founded. Have a happy and healthy holiday weekend and God Bless America!