Weekly Greenwich Covid-19 Update: No New Deaths, Non-Residents Turned Away from Town Vaccine Clinic

In his weekly Covid-19 press conference First Selectman Fred Camillo said Greenwich, as of Jan 26 has a cumulative total of 3,223 cases, up 166 from the previous week, and a total of 189 active cases, up 26 from last week.

Sadly, 79 residents have died from Covid-19, but none since last week.

The rate per 100,000 in Greenwich is 40.7% which is down 9.3.

In Connecticut the total positive cases are 244,899, which reflects an additional 12,680.

In Connecticut there are 1,668 patients in hospitals, which reflects a decrease of 73.

Diane Kelly, from Greenwich Hospital said the plateau persists. “As many as we are discharging, we seem to be getting new patients coming in,” she said.

She said it remains essential that people continue to wear masks, wash hands and social distance.

“We still have not vaccinated enough people in our population that we should be letting up in any way, shape or form,” she said, adding that the Yale New Haven Health System opened up a large vaccination site at Brunswick School on King Street.

She said for the first phase they have been scheduling a little over 200 vaccines a day.

Ms Kelly said people are being grateful, calm and maintaining social distancing, and the hospital plans to work with the state to get their allocation.

“I know they’re doing their best to make this as equitable as they can,” she said.

Camillo said he’d heard a complaint about people from other towns coming to Greenwich seeking Covid-19 vaccines.

“People are always going to try to skirt the rules. I know we have CT residents trying to do that in NJ and Florida,” Camillo said. “It doesn’t surprise me people are trying it here. We’re keeping an eye on it as best we can. We are aware of it.”

Camillo said 15 people were turned away yesterday from at the Town Hall clinic. The clinic is open Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.

Camillo said he recommended people eligible (residents of CT age 75+) schedule their vaccines through the Yale New Haven Health System, which he described as easier to navigate than VAMS, which stands for Vaccine Administration Management System.

The Connecticut supported VAMS website has the following message: Due to high traffic volume at websites and phone lines, eligible residents in Phase 1B may encounter delays scheduling appointments to receive the Covid-19 vaccine.

Ms Kelly said the Yale New Haven Health Systems is scheduling vaccines at Brunswick School and 500 East Putnam Ave.