December 22, 2021
Good evening. This is First Selectman Monica McNally with a COVID-19 update for Wednesday, December 22nd.
We have 168 new cases since my last update on December 9th. Darien Public Schools report 94 active cases and a total of 294 cases since the start of the school year.
The holidays mean more travel and indoor gatherings, which are often the main causes of covid spread. Therefore, we expect to see an increase in cases in the coming weeks.
The testing center in the Leroy parking lot has a revised holiday schedule, which is posted to the Town website. I am aware of concerns about the availability of testing sites, test costs and the heavy traffic at testing centers, and I am working with the Director of Health to possibly add a second testing site in Darien.
There are 370 private testing sites and 24 no cost State testing sites throughout CT. All test centers are listed on the 211ct.org website. There is generally a longer wait time to get an appointment at a no cost clinic. I am also aware that over the counter rapid tests are in short supply. You may be able to locate a rapid test by searching brands online and then checking the option to “locate a store near me”.
COVID cases are on the rise. If you are 16 or older and it has been at least six months since your second dose, you are strongly encouraged to get a booster. Additional Darien booster clinics are planned for Tuesday, January 4th and Saturday, January 8th. Critical to holding these clinics is the ability to adequately staff them with vaccinators and volunteers. If you, or someone you know, can help, please contact the Health Department, we want to hear from you! In the meantime, you may register through VAMS, CVS’s or Walgreen’s websites for a booster. Should you be unable to keep a scheduled appointment with any provider, please notify them as soon as possible- even if it’s last minute. Someone else misses out on getting the booster with every no show appointment.
If you are fully vaccinated, including a booster shot, and you’re wondering what to do if you test positive for COVID, the answer is quarantine for ten days- even if you are asymptomatic.
If you plan to attend service at a house of worship over the holidays, please check on masking protocols because they vary.
As we close out 2021, I wish you good health and much happiness in 2022.