As of Tuesday, August 4, Wilton added one COVID-19 positive case, bringing the total number of cases recorded since the start of the health crisis to 241.

Also on Tuesday, Gov. Ned Lamont added Rhode Island to the travel advisory list of states from which visitors or returning residents must quarantine for 14 days when entering Connecticut. Delaware and Washington, DC were removed, so the complete list includes 34 states and Puerto Rico.

In her nightly update on Tuesday for Wilton residents, First Selectwoman Lynne Vanderslice explained the quarantine requirements:

  • “Most residents returning from one of those states or Puerto Rico, who were in the state or Puerto Rico for more than 24 hours over the last 14 days, are required to self-quarantine and complete and submit a travel form.
  • “CT DPH posted the following related to any resident who returns to Connecticut after visiting a state that was not on the list of affected states when they arrived in the state, but was added to the list of affected states during a resident’s stay:  ‘The Department of Public Health will not pursue or levy civil penalties against an Affected Traveler who arrives in Connecticut following a stay in a state that was not on the list of Affected States when the traveler arrived but became an affected State during the Affected Traveler’s stay, provided the Affected Traveler returns to Connecticut not more than seven days following the date such state was added to the list of Affected States. Although the Department of Public Health will not pursue civil penalties against such travelers, all such travelers are still strongly encouraged to make every effort to self-quarantine. In addition, such Affected Travelers are still required to complete a Travel Health Form upon arrival in Connecticut and may be subjected to civil penalties by the Department of Public Health for failure to do so.’
  • “CT DPH also posted the following related to the 72-hour test and ‘unable to quarantine’:  ‘The term “unable to self-quarantine” applies in very rare circumstances (e.g., coming to Connecticut for a funeral, an end-of-life visit to a relative). Returning to work is not a justification for being unable to self-quarantine. Individuals who plan voluntary travel to affected states should have arrangements with their employers to be self-quarantined for the two weeks after they return.’
  • “If you have travel plans and are concerned about a possible self-quarantine upon your return, I encourage you to investigate that state’s seven-day rolling average daily rate for cases per 100,000. Any state with a rate of 10 or above is placed on the travel advisory. The seven-day cumulative data for each state is readily available on the NYTimes website, just remember to divide the cumulative number by seven.”

By the Numbers (Aug. 4)

Here are the current updates related to the COVID-19 public health crisis in Wilton and across Connecticut in the Last week, as of 8:30 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 3:

CT DPH reported the following for Wilton as of Aug. 3

  • Total Wilton cases:  241 (+1)
    • Aug. 2:  240
    • Aug. 1:  240
  • Total Wilton fatalities:  42 (+0; Unchanged since July 19)
  • Total Number of Wilton residents tested:  2,776 (+28) 
  • Number of tests performed:  3,669 (+41)

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

  • Total Fairfield County Cases:   17,876 (+6)
    • Confirmed:  17,223
    • Probable:  653
  • Total Fairfield County Deaths:  1,408 deaths  (+0)
    • Confirmed:  1,096
    • Probable:  312
  • Total Current Fairfield County Hospitalized patients:  15 (+2)

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

  • Total CT cases: 50,110  (+48)
  • Total CT deaths:  4,437 (+0)
  • Total Current State hospitalized patients:  60 (+4)
  • Total tests performed in CT:  834,303 (+7,090)

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.

2 replies on “COVID-19 Update Aug. 4–One New Wilton Case, Rhode Island Added to Travel Quarantine List”

  1. What’s up with Optimum cable tv and internet. Seems customers are in the dark about when service might be restored. Many older folks still in lockdown, but now no tv or internet. Salt in the wound.

    A chance for Eversource to shine and they fail miserably.

  2. Sounds like the repair protocol for Eversource, could use some streamlining, and a good dose of understanding the urgency of the situation, which requires much faster reaction time

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