COVID-19 Update Jan. 22: How WHS Cases Factor in to Current Numbers; Wilton Vaccine Clinics

The following article includes information from First Selectwoman Lynne Vanderslice‘s nightly update about the town’s COVID-19 response.

The current COVID-19 cases reported for Wilton by the CT Department of Public Health over the last two days include three new cases on Wednesday, Jan. 20, and zero new cases on Thursday, Jan. 21, (total cases since the start of the pandemic is 719).

The two-week rolling average new case rate (per 100,000 people) declined from 36, to 35, to 30–a decline, but still firmly in the red-zone category.

However, according to Vanderslice, the current case numbers do not include the recent new cases reported for Wilton High School students. “Lab reporting to CT DPH often lags by at least a day. CT DPH’s daily report is as of the previous day, therefore the report often lags by at least two days. Self-reported cases to the school or the Wilton Health Department are generally timelier,” she explained.

For that reason, town officials strongly encourage residents to contact the Wilton Health Department and the schools, when appropriate, if they receive a positive test result. Contact the Health Department at 203.604.7088 and Wilton High School at 203.762.3381, ext. 8324.

In addition, there has been one new death in Wilton, bringing the total number of fatalities since the start of the pandemic to 46.

Wilton Vaccine Clinics

Thursday, Jan. 21, the Wilton Health Department and Visiting Nurse & Hospice of Fairfield County held a second vaccine clinic for Phase 1.a. and people aged 75 and up.

Clinics in Wilton are included in the state’s vaccine distribution plan system, so appointments are available to anyone in CT eligible to receive the vaccine. However, in order to help ensure that local appointments are available to Wilton residents, for any future vaccine clinics held in Wilton, residents will receive advance notice.

Vanderslice noted that CT DPH expects Connecticut will continue to receive only 46,000 vaccines a week for the next several weeks. Because the State has begun opening new large-scale vaccine centers, existing vaccine administrators–particularly small ones like Wilton–will likely begin receiving fewer vaccines than previously received.

Any residents eligible to schedule appointments who are having trouble scheduling one through the online Vaccine Appointment Management System (VAMS) should contact Social Services Director Sarah Heath or Senior Center Coordinator Stephanie Rowe for individualized assistance.

Also available is the step-by-step instructional video that Rowe produced. Vanderslice said that the video has gone viral with many CT first selectmen sharing it. On Thursday, CT DPH requested permission to use an edited version of the video. They plan to remove Wilton specific references, but will give Wilton Social Services credit for the video.