1/1/2022 - First Selectman's Code Red Message 1-1-22

Good evening, this is First Selectman Monica McNally with a COVID-19 update for Saturday, January 1st.

The CT Department of Emergency and Homeland Security provided a limited supply of COVID at-home rapid test kits for Darien. Darien has possession of its tests. This allocation is substantially less than originally expected.

Our test distribution has been rescheduled to take place tomorrow, Sunday, January 2nd at Darien High School from 12:00pm to 3:00pm. The Darien drive through distribution center will be open to residents only and proof of residency will be required.

This current supply of at-home tests is very limited and intended for residents that are symptomatic or have a known exposure to someone who tested positive. 

To tests per household will be handed out, which means that approximately 1,728 Darien families will receive tests. Availability is on a first come first serve basis and the test are free.

The traffic pattern for drive through distribution at the high school will be the same as it is each year for the fireworks. Vehicles will enter from Noroton Ave. and exit from Nutmeg Lane. High School Lane will be blocked. Once all the tests have been handed out, a notification will be made via this same alert system.

You do not need to report your results to public health authorities, but you should tell your close contacts (people you have spent time with lately) if you tested positive, so that they can get tested and protect others, too. In addition, if a child who attends day care or school tests positive, you should inform the appropriate administrator.

You can find additional information on the Town website, including links to the CDC and the CT Department of Public Health and Safety and this covid update.

There are two Darien booster clinics scheduled for this week, one on Tuesday, January 4th and another on Saturday, January 8th. Please register through the VAMS portal for these.

Thank you and I wish you all a Happy New Year.