Good evening. This is First Selectman Jayme Stevenson with a COVID-19 update for Thursday, January 28th.
81 cases and one new hospitalization have been reported in the two-week period since January 15th. There are 981 aggregate cases from 669 unique households. Darien Public Schools report 33 active cases resulting in 157 quarantines. 8th and 12th graders returned to full in-person learning on Monday, 1/25. It’s anticipated that grades 7 and 9 will return on February 8th and grades 6, 10 and 11 will return on March 1st. The return to full in-person learning is subject to change and requires students, families and our community to continue diligence with wearing masks and distancing from non-household members.
We are currently in the 1st tier of Phase 1b of the State’s vaccine plan. Connecticut residents who were eligible in Phase 1a and anyone 75+ may register to receive a vaccine at this time. Eligible Darien residents can register online at the link in the red bar at the top of the Town of Darien homepage at www.Darienct.gov. By registering online, you are applying through the State’s vaccine management system (VAMS). This online registration system may be cumbersome for many. If you need help, please call the Darien Health & Human Services Department at (203)656-7328 for assistance. As always, I recommend you speak to your healthcare provider to see if the COVID-19 vaccine is right for you.
Third party vaccine sites have opened through Stamford Hospital, UConn Health, Yale New Haven Health and Hartford Health systems. More information and how to register for vaccines at these 3rd party sites is posted on the Town of Darien website under “Vaccine Information”. The state’s official help line (2-1-1) is the best option for VAMS registration by phone or to have your technical questions answered. We will keep you updated when additional vaccine sites become available.
The Darien Health Department has administered 430 first doses. Anyone who receives a first dose at a Darien clinic will be registered that same day for their second dose. Local vaccine clinics are planned for Tuesday and Wednesday of next week depending on vaccine supply. Appointments are required. Walk-ins will be turned away. Again, only folks 75+ or those eligible under Phase 1a may register at this time. We will announce when the State expands vaccine eligibility and supplies to our local health department increase.
Thank you and Good Evening.