COVID-19 Update, Feb. 18: Wilton’s Case Rate Declining as Gov. Looks to Loosen Statewide Restrictions

COVID-19 numbers are trending in the right direction, both in Wilton and statewide. Not only has Wilton’s infection rate dropped significantly over the past two weeks, but statewide indicators are so positive that the governor plans to loosen some restrictions on gatherings.

The chart above illustrates the decline in cases using the state’s new metric for assessing the risk of transmission within a community. This new metric, the 7-day case rate per 10,000 people, is one of two indicators recommended by the CDC to determine mitigation strategies in school and is the most current guidance for schools to assess which learning models to use–in-person, remote or hybrid (see chart, below).

Wilton’s 7-day case rate has dipped below the red risk level for the first time in the last two months, and only the second time since Oct. 28.

The CT Department of Public Health reported no new COVID-19 positive test results for Wilton residents as of Feb. 16 (although there was one new reported Wilton fatality linked to the virus). The statewide positivity rate of 1.58% was also one of the lowest in recent memory.

Connecticut vaccine response continues to be strong, remaining in the top four states in the nation for vaccine distribution.

So far, the state has:

  • administered 738,191 vaccines administered. That’s 80.5% of all doses delivered to CT.
  • vaccinated 66% of its population over the age of 75
  • vaccinated 23% of its population between age 65-74
  • given a first dose to 509,165 people or 14% of Connecticut’s population

According to Gov. Ned Lamont, next week the state anticipates receiving an increase in vaccine supply from the federal government of about 22%.

Connecticut is currently in phase 1.b. of its COVID-19 vaccination program. Right now under this phase, individuals over the age of 65 can receive the vaccine.

Lamont told reporters that he anticipates making the announcement within the next 10 days outlining how and when the phase will open to the next groups of people. It is expected that vaccine distribution will begin in the next few weeks and will include individuals aged 16-64 who have underlying health conditions, teachers and frontline essential workers.

With infection rates dropping across Connecticut, Lamont also announced he is considering expanding the capacity of private, social, and recreational events at commercial venues beginning on Friday, March 19.

This will likely be:

  • Indoors: 50% capacity capped at 100 people
  • Outdoors: Capacity of up to 200 people

The governor noted that the effective date of this expansion is dependent upon the continued stability in the state’s COVID-19 metrics. However, he wanted to give advance notice of what he’s considering for event planners who need time to organize.

Wilton Vaccine Information

The Town is now offering eligible residents a waitlist for first-dose vaccines at future town-sponsored clinics. Any Wilton resident aged 65 years old and up who requires a first dose COVID-19 vaccine can register for the waitlist on the town website.  If and when there is availability, town staff will contact residents on the waitlist.

Town officials stressed that although Wilton is offering the waitlist, the town cannot guarantee that vaccines will be available. Availability is dependent on cancellations at the town-run clinics. Residents are still encouraged to make an appointment with a vaccine provider outside Wilton. Information is available on the Town’s Coronavirus Resources page.

Thursday’s Wilton Health Department/Visiting Nurse & Hospice scheduled second dose clinic has been rescheduled to this Saturday, Feb 20, due to forecasted snow.  All Thursday appointment holders are being contacted by town personnel.