Weekly Covid Update: 4 More Deaths in Greenwich; Tod’s Point Restrictions Likely to Continue through Winter

During the weekly press updated hosted by Greenwich Hospital president Diane Kelly and Greenwich First Selectman Fred Camillo, Covid-10updates were shared:

• As of Jan 19th there 3,062 cases in Greenwich, which represented 157 more than the previous week.

• Total active cases: 163, which is down 17 from a week earlier.

• Sadly, four more Greenwich residents have died, bringing that total deaths to 79.

• The Town of Greenwich rate per 100,000 residents is 50, which is minus 6.1 from previous week.

• Connecticut’s total positive cases were 232,219, which is an increase of 15,172 from the previous week.

• There were 1,141 patients hospitalized in Connecticut, which is 13 fewer than the previous week.

While those numbers reflect two negative trends, Diane Kelly said across the Yale New Haven Health System, numbers were slightly up.

“The System is seeing a slight increase,” she said. “There were 321 patients last week. This week we’re up to 369 patients.”

Greenwich Hospital is up to 35 patients, which is an increase of 27 from last Wednesday.

Kelly said that 2 of the 35 patients are in the ICU.

“We’re remaining hopeful,” she said. “We’re continuing to vaccinate here at the hospital our front line workers, and have administered over 2,000 doses, so that process is going well.”

Camillo said he was preparing a reverse 911 call with information on vaccinations at Town of Greenwich clinics, including at Town Hall.

He said the Town’s hope was that clinics would start on Jan 25.

As for reconciling the increase in Greenwich Hospital’s increased numbers with the slight decrease in the town’s numbers, Ms Kelly said the two would not always be in sync.

“We serve beyond the town of Greenwich, we have patients we serve from Stamford, Port Chester and Rye,” she noted.

“It feels like not getting over the number 40 is the new plateau for this second wave,” she said, adding that she hoped the number wold decrease as more frontline workers are vaccinated.

“I’m grateful for social distancing and people are wearing their masks. People are being careful, so I think collectively our communities are coming together rand we will get to the other side of this,” she added.

Mr. Camillo said he continues to receive calls about reopening Tod’s Point for non residents, but feared it would be necessary to continue to limit admission to residents for the remainder of the winter season.

Camillo shared the visitor tallies for Tod’s Point on January 18th.

There was a total of 938 cars, 1,337 individuals and 129 cars turned away.

The capacity at Tod’s Point is about 1,000 cars and the capacity is currently limited to 75% of that, or about 750 cars.