In Fred Camillo’s Wednesday weekly press conference with Greenwich Hospital, the First Selectman shared Covid-19 stats as of April 27:
5,031 cases in Greenwich since since the beginning of the pandemic (+95 from last week)
Total active cases: 87 (down 29 from last week)
Deaths: no increase in past 2 weeks
Total cases per 100,000 is 26.4 which is down 6.1
Diane Kelly, president of Greenwich Hospital, said the hospital started the day treating 18 Covid-19 patients in house. Of those 18, five were in the ICU and all were on ventilators.
Since the beginning of the pandemic the hospital has discharged 1,406 patients.
Across the five hospitals that are part of the Yale New Haven Health System, Ms Kelly reported a decline overall, with167 patients, down from 210 last week.
“Looking at it across the system feels a little more optimistic to me,” she said.
Kelly said this coming weekend the Brunswick vaccination site on King St will be open for walk-in patients from 10:00am to 4:00pm without appointments. They will be administering the Pfizer vaccine.
Also she said there will no longer be a requirement for proof of residency.
Kelly said the “no-show” appointments were from people seeking their first of two vaccines, but she wasn’t reading too much into that.
She surmised those no-shows were people who signed up for multiple vaccination sites and settled on the closest location and didn’t cancel the others. She said the second dose appointments were not being cancelled.
“People are definitely coming in for their second dose,” she said.
Camillo said as of Wednesday, plans for Greenwich’s Memorial Day parade were “on.”
“We’re telling people, if the CDC is saying if you’re vaccinated and you’re outside, you’re fine. But the governor is saying if you’re outside and you’re not sure about who is next to you, and they’re awfully close, go ahead and wear your mask.” Camillo said. “Being outside is obviously safer, and with people being vaccinated more, it’s going in the right direction.”
“Have the mask with you,” he recommended. “God forbid if there is a spike somewhere, if we’ve planned an event, it’s easier to dial it back a little bit rather than cancel it. We’re very confident in going ahead with events and festivities for the summer in late spring and summer.”
Camillo said people who have had just one of their two shots should not let their guard down.
“If you’re that close, why risk it?” he asked.