At First Selectman Fred Camillo’s weekly press conference with Greenwich Hospital he said there were 5,105 positive Covid cases in Greenwich, which was up just 10 from the week before.
There were no additional deaths in the past week. The total reported deaths remains 89.
The total number of active cases was 20, which was down 22 from last week.
Also, he said the total cases per 100,000 is 4.6.
“We haven’t seen numbers that low in a long time,” Camillo said. “Things are really looking good.”
Noting that Governor Lamont set May 19 as the day to lift most of Connecticut’s pandemic restrictions, including the rule about mask wearing for people who are fully vaccinated, Camillo said municipalities and private businesses can set their own policies. “They can be a little stricter,” he said.
“We’ll keep steady with our policy for now, encourage people to bring a mask with you wherever you go,” Camillo said. “But when you’re outside, take it off, get the sun, breathe fresh air, get some normalcy back in your lives.”
Camillo said he knew people who had been hesitant to get the vaccine, were starting to do so.
“People who have been hesitant for different reasons are reconsidering, which is good news,” he said. “We’re in a good spot.”
Diane Kelly, the president of Greenwich Hospital said they were seeing a decline in cases.
“We are caring for four Covid-positive patients today. None are in the ICU. This is flat from last week,” she said, adding that numbers were falling across the Yale New Haven Health System. “Last Wednesday we were treating 85 across five hospitals. It’s down this week to 56.”
She said people visiting Greenwich Hospital would be required to continue to wear masks.
“We have a vulnerable population here,” she explained.
Ms Kelly reported that the hospital had a successful weekend vaccinating young people.
She said 2,567 youth in Greenwich had signed up and received their vaccines. Of those, she said 1,921 were under 16.
And while she said the hospital was starting to slow down their mass vaccine sites, and anticipated transitioning vaccinations to primary care physicians, Brunswick would be open for the second doses for that younger population.
Latest Guidance from Connecticut
As of May 19, 2021, Connecticut’s protocols regarding masks and face coverings were updated to align with the recently modified CDC recommendations. The protocols that are currently in effect statewide are as follows:
- Masks not required
- Vaccinated not required to wear masks
- Unvaccinated must wear masks
- Masks are required to be worn by everyone in certain settings such as healthcare facilities, facilities housing vulnerable populations, public and private transit, correctional facilities, schools, and childcare
- Businesses and state and local government offices have the option to require masks to be worn by everyone in their establishments