COVID-19 Update Aug. 25–Vanderslice: Wilton & Neighbor Towns’ “Disturbing Growth” as Danbury Surges

In her nightly update to Wilton residents on the COVID-19 pandemic, First Selectwoman Lynne Vanderslice wrote about the rising case numbers in Fairfield County. Among the main points, she detailed the sharp uptick of 83 one-day new cases reported in Danbury and what she called “disturbing growth” in the 6-day average daily case rate for Wilton, Weston, Westport, and Ridgefield.

“Wilton’s, Westport’s and Ridgefield’s was double the 31-day rate. Weston’s was triple the 31-day rate,” she noted, providing the details for Wilton and neighboring towns:

6-day 31-day Daily 
6-Day  Daily Avg. Daily Avg Average
Cases Cases Cases Thru July 23
Darien 2 0.33 0.68 1.66
New Canaan 2 0.33 0.26 1.43
Norwalk 9 1.50 1.52 15.50
Ridgefield 5 0.83 0.45 1.72
Westport 10 1.67 0.77 2.37
Weston  8 1.33 0.42 0.53
Wilton  5 0.83 0.45 1.71
Stamford 21 3.50 3.32 24.82
Danbury 131 21.83 13.19 14.96

 

Friday evening’s COVID-19 alert issued for Danbury by the CT Department of Health reflected 178 newly reported cases between Aug. 2-20 versus 40 in the previous two week period.

On Monday, Aug. 24, Danbury reported 83 new cases, which Vanderslice noted was almost half the number of cases in the previous two weeks. “Danbury’s 6-day average daily case rate of 21.83 is 66% higher than the average daily rate over the last 31 days and 46% higher than the prior cumulative average daily rate,” she wrote.

Also Monday, Danbury’s Superintendent of Schools announced all Danbury schools will open remotely. Last week, Danbury youth sports programs were suspended. Vanderslice encouraged Wilton residents to exercise extra caution if required to travel to Danbury.

She also urged Wilton residents to “reset” and suggested behaviors for “look[ing] towards September with a new resolve to do all we can do to minimize the spread.” She underscored her recommendation for wearing masks when unable to maintain 6-feet of distance with an emphatic, “period.”

  • Wear a mask whenever you are not able to maintain 6 feet of distance–period, unless you have a verifiable medical reason.
  • Avoid crowds.
  • Avoid affected areas. If you must travel to and from an affected state or Puerto Rico or the Virgin Islands, self-quarantine for the required number of days and complete the necessary travel advisory form.

“Wilton can be the leader in flipping this area trend. As a community, we have been doing a great job throughout the pandemic,” she wrote.

By the Numbers (Aug. 24)

CT DPH reported the following for Wilton as of Aug. 23

  • Total Wilton cases:  248  (+1)
    • +41 since start of Phase 2
    • +48 since start of Phase 1
  • Total Wilton fatalities:  42 (no change since July 19)
  • Number of tests performed:  4,619  (+156)
  • Total number of residents tested:  3,423  (+108)

CT DPH reported the following for Fairfield County as of Aug. 3:

  • Total Fairfield County Cases:   18,605 (+171)
  • Total Fairfield County Deaths:  1,411 deaths  (+0)
  • Total Current Fairfield County Hospitalized patients:  12 (+0)

CT DPH reported the following for statewide as of Aug. 3:

  • Total CT cases:  52,011  (+492)
  • Total CT deaths:  4,460 (+0)
  • Total Current State hospitalized patients:  57 (+3)
  • Total tests performed in CT:  1,075,645 (55,317)

It is important to note that these newly reported updates include data that occurred over the last several days to a week. All data in this report are preliminary, and data for previous dates will be updated as new reports are received and data errors are corrected. Hospitalization data were collected by the Connecticut Hospital Association. Deaths reported to either OCME or DPH are included in the daily COVID-19 update.

Visit the state’s coronavirus webpage for several additional charts and tables containing more data groups, including a town-by-town breakdown of positive cases in each municipality and a breakdown of cases and deaths among age groups.