COVID-19 Update Sept 15: One New Wilton Case, Fines for Mask and Group Size Violations

Connecticut Department of Public Health data released on Sept. 14 reported one new COVID-19 positive case in Wilton (as of Sept. 13), bringing the total number of cases reported since the start of the health crisis to 256.

According to First Selectwoman Lynne Vanderslice, this new case is not the positive case reported to the schools on Friday.

On Monday, Gov. Ned Lamont announced he will be issuing an executive order, setting fines for people who violate orders on mask-wearing or events over the size limits for group gathering (indoor private gatherings–25 people; outdoor private gatherings –100 people).

  • $100 for violating the mask requirement
  • $500 for organizing an event over the size limit
  • $250 for attending an event over the size limit.

According to Vanderslice, municipal officials have “repeatedly requested” such fines during their weekly/bi-weekly calls with Lamont.

She said the anticipated executive order will authorize Wilton police, appointed municipal designees, and Wilton health officials to issue fines.

“Compliance with executive orders has generally been very good in Wilton. We are hopeful we won’t need to issue fines but recognize our ability to do so,” she wrote in her update to residents on Monday evening.

Vanderslice also explained why the town will not be able to sponsor COVID-19 testing for Wilton Public School students and staff, despite requests from residents.

“We can’t legally require students and staff be tested. Even if we could, it’s important to remember, the total school population is approximately 4,500. One test technician can generally test up to 100 individuals per day. There are many existing test centers in the area, which already have the necessary infrastructure, personnel, and, most importantly, the availability to perform a large number of tests,” she wrote.

Wilton Statistics

Total Deaths:  42 (No change since July 19)

September Daily Changes
Aug. 31:  248
Sept. 1:  251
Sept. 2:  250
Sept. 3:  251
Sept. 7:  252
Sept. 8:  254
Sept. 9:  253
Sept. 10:  255
Sept. 13:  256

Connecticut Data (as of Sept. 13, including 3-day changes from Sept. 10)

Total COVID-19 Cases:  54,895 (+569)
Total COVID-19 Deaths:  4,485 (+5)
Current COVID-19 Hospitalizations:  64 (+13)
COVID-19 PCR Tests Reported:   1,377,717 (+48,964)

Case Increases by Age Group (3-day changes)
0-9:  1,026 (+33)
10-19:  2,637 (+97)
20-29:  7,677 (+149)
30-39:  8,003 (+98)
40-49:  7,627 (+60)
50-59:  8,960 (+73)
60-69:  7,108 (+29)
70-79:  4,678 (+21)
80+:  7,152 (+9)