VIDEO Wilton COVID-19 Update, March 15, 2020: Keep Children at Home, Limit Contact

Our bottom line:  Keep Kids Home.  Have as little close contact with others as possible.

Here’s what you need to know, today:

Coronavirus by the numbers:

(per Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Center as of 3 a.m. March 15; CDC website numbers updated at noon, M-F;)

Below are numbers reported by Johns Hopkins as of 3 a.m. March 15; CNN just reported (1:30 p.m.) that there are now 3,000 U.S. cases and 61 deaths.

Confirmed cases in the U.S.:  2,952
Reported deaths in the U.S.:  57
State with highest number of cases/deaths:  Washington 572/40
Number of states with reported cases:  49
Confirmed cases Worldwide:  156,400
Reported deaths Worldwide:  5,833
Total recovered Worldwide: 73,968
China cases/deaths:  80,995/3,203
Italy cases/deaths:  21,157/1,441
Number of countries with cases:  142

Check out this Washington Post article that has VERY clear animations of how the virus can spread exponentially, and how social distancing can help prevent huge numbers of cases.

Other News:

  • As of today, 21 patients who have tested positive in CT. THE NUMBER DOUBLED IN ONE DAY.
  • Stop & Shop is limiting hours to 7:30 a.m.-8 p.m. so restocking can happen, beginning Monday; the supermarket is also suspending pickup ordering; there are delays with PeaPod delivery.

Message from Wilton’s First Selectwoman Lynne Vanderslice:

Sent Saturday evening, March 14.

“Please respect and follow our Health Director’s recommendations. At about this time last Saturday, I learned Wilton might have the first confirmed coronavirus case in CT. That was confirmed on Sunday. [By] Friday night, there were 11 confirmed cases [in CT]. Saturday, there were 20 confirmed cases [in CT] and a backlog of samples waiting for testing. Fifteen of the confirmed cases in CT are in Fairfield County. According to news reports, one of today’s patients is the father of a Darien PeeWee hockey player.

“After we learned Wilton parents had been in direct contact with a patient that tested positive, Wilton Public Schools, Comstock Community Center, Trackside, Wilton Library, the Wilton Y, Wilton churches and more were closed in an effort to contain the spread of the virus.

“It’s the weekend, but parents please keep your children at home. If you can’t avoid leaving your home, please limit your contact to a small group. Maintain six feet between you and another individual. If that is not possible, try to maintain a minimum of three feet. If you can, work at home. Follow the three concepts behind NPI (non pharmaceutical intervention) detailed in Sunday’s recommendations.

Every resident has a responsibility to limit the spread of this virus. Thank you for doing your part for your community and your state.”

Social Distancing Dos and Don’ts

On today’s Sunday morning news programs, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert, was asked if the numbers of American deaths from coronavirus could hit the hundreds of thousands.

“It could happen,” Fauci said, “and it could be worse.”

From the CDC to Wilton’s health director, the professionals are all saying social distancing is the way to “flatten the curve” and slow the spread of this virus. It’s what will help our healthcare system to treat people who do become ill as best as possible.

Wilton closed the schools because parents of students were exposed to a person who has tested positive for COVID-19. It doesn’t matter which school their children attend. Their children came in contact with other students who have siblings in other schools, or who participated in an activity with other children in other schools, or any number of ways for the virus to be spread.

Our town officials are telling us that Wilton needs to do–and what we need to stop doing, adults and kids.

DON’T

  • don’t host playdates, hangouts, or sleepovers. Even ONE child is a connection that school closure is trying to prevent.
  • don’t host parties
  • don’t have gatherings with friends/extended family
  • don’t use playgrounds
  • don’t hold your own team practices–especially sports that involve contact
  • don’t travel or have close contact with others if you feel sick or have a fever–contact your health provider

DO

  • Maintain a distance of six feet away from others (at minimum three feet if six is not possible); the CDC recommends keeping a distance of 6-10 feet from others
  • Stay in touch through FaceTime and phone calls
  • Reduce the frequency of going to stores, restaurants and coffee shops
  • Get outside (making sure to keep your distance from others)
  • Wash Hands!
    • Before cooking or eating
    • After using the bathroom
    • After blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing
  • Order takeout
  • See if local retail businesses will offer curbside pickup
  • Exercise as a family
  • Walk the trails–but keep distance from other trail users
  • Make extra effort to Keep Kids Distanced & Apart, if not at home

What you can do to help others:

  • Donate food and gift cards to the Wilton Food Pantry
  • Buy gift certificates to local restaurants and retailers
  • Call/check-in from a distance on elderly neighbors
  • Reach out to friends and acquaintances who are health care providers, and see if they need help with meals or in other ways
  • Tip generously
  • Offer moral support to friends and family
  • Breathe and be kind
    • The disease is COVID-19 or coronavirus, not something associated with any specific country or region of the world and its people.
    • We’re all stressed and doing our best, which includes school and town officials, small town news editors, family and friends and neighbors
  • Practice self-care. Get sleep, exercise when you can, and maintain a healthy diet especially to maintain your immune system.

Compo Beach Closed

To give you an idea of the way people need to start to think, we’re sharing what’s happening in neighboring Westport.

On Saturday evening, Westport’s First Selectman Jim Marpe announced a message regarding community response to fighting the onset of the COVID 19 virus. It included limiting some access to Compo beach.

“Many of you have self-isolated in order to flatten the curve and curb the spread of COVID19. I appreciate your actions. Unfortunately, we believe you will need to do even more for the foreseeable future. Given the early spring-like weather, many of you have taken advantage of our beautiful Compo Beach and have congregated there. We must remind you that congregating, even outdoors, in small or large groups, is contradictory to the advice of our Health Department leadership. As a practical matter, we cannot close the entire access to Compo Beach. However, we will be closing the playground at Compo Beach and the parking lots at Compo Beach and Burying Hill beach until further notice. Whether you are using the beaches or just trying to get out of the house for a while, please do everything you can to practice social distancing and self-isolation. Together we can minimize the impact of this terrible virus on our community. We have to work together and use common sense. Thank you in advance for your cooperation in these difficult times.”