October 29, 2020
Good evening. This is First Selectman Jayme Stevenson with a weekly COVID-19 update for Thursday, October 29th. Six new laboratory-confirmed cases, have been reported by CT Department of Public Health today. With today’s report, 17 new cases have been reported in Darien over the past 14 days. Darien’s 14-day rolling average is now 5.58 per 100,000 putting us in the state’s Yellow Alert category. Greenwich, Wilton and Westport are also at the Yellow Alert level and Stamford and Norwalk have reached the Red Alert Level.
Darien Public Schools report 7 confirmed positive cases at 7 locations requiring the quarantine of 108 school community members. Please note that cases reported to the school district may not have been reported through the State Health Department database yet.
Spread of the virus in Darien is currently attributed to youth sports and private gatherings. To date, cases are not traced to spread within our schools.
If you or a family member are sick or believe you’ve been exposed, please get tested using only the deep nasal PCR test and stay home until you have a negative result.
Parents must realize the inherent risk in participating in team sports. A positive case on one team, no matter the sport, means members of both teams will need to quarantine according to the CT Department of Public Health.
The Darien Health Department and I are strongly recommending that children and families do not Trick-or-Treat traditionally this Halloween. We’ve received information that members of our community are planning Halloween parties. These gatherings are not a safe alternative. The Darien Police will enforcing gatherings that do not meet the Governor’s Sector Rules. In order to keep our community safe and our schools open, we ask for you to refrain from gatherings that have the potential to spread the virus.
Please visit the Town of Darien (www.darienct.gov) and State of Connecticut (www.ct.gov/coronavirus) websites for more COVID-19 information and the COVID-19 Alert Framework.