Camillo: Don’t Sit on the Sidelines, Covid-19 Vaccines Available

During the weekly Covid-19 press conference as of April 20, in Greenwich there has been a total of 4,936 positive cases, which is up 119 since a week earlier.

Total active cases are 116, which is down 34 from last week.

There were no additional deaths in the last week. The death toll in Greenwich remains 88.

Total cases per 1,000 is 32.5, which is down 7.1 from a week earlier.

Camillo noted that half of all American adults had received at least one vaccine shot.

“We have to keep encouraging people not to sit on the sidelines, but to go in and get their vaccinations so we can arrive at that herd immunity sooner rather than later,” he said.

Diane Kelly, president of Greenwich Hospital said the hospital was seeing an increase in hospitalized patients. They had 21 patients as of Wednesday, which is 13 more than last week.

She said at Greenwich Hospital, there were 6 patients in ICU, 5 of them on a ventilator.

Further, she said the Yale New Haven Health System was up to 210 Covid patients, up from 177 a week earlier.

“The majority of these patients across the system that we are seeing have not been vaccinated,” she said.

Ms Kelly said appointments were available through Greenwich Hospital at their Brunswick site and both Moderna and Pfizer were being administered.

She said a lot of people in Greenwich have been vaccinated, so demand is slowing. That slowing in demand, plus the increase in supply meant it would be easier to get an appointment for a vaccine.

She said the Yale New Haven Health System continues to do outreach to different groups community to inform people in making their decision whether to get vaccinated.

“I do run into people now and then who won’t get (the vaccine),” Camillo said. “I also run into people who say they’re probably going to get it, but are waiting. I’d encourage people to not wait any longer. We’re seeing that millions and millions of people have gotten it safely.”

Camillo said the town is tentatively planning 4th of July fireworks.

“We’re going to take a look at 45 days out, with a hard yes or no 30 days out, just like last year. We’re in a much better place this year than last year, but we’re still looking at it with precautions. …It’s very preliminary right now.”

He noted Governor Lamont set May 19 as a date for easing restrictions.

“We don’t want to get ahead of ourselves. We’re on the back 9, to use a golf analogy, but we’re not in the clubhouse yet.”

Ms Kelly said now is the time to make an appointment for a vaccine.

Ms Kelly suggested people go to to schedule an appointment.

“This is the time to get an appointment easily. You walk in. It’s a beautiful site. Walk out. No fuss. And you’ll get an appointment – this is a good time to do it,” Kelly said.