Camillo Covid Update: We don’t want to give up any ground that we fought hard for with this virus

On Wednesday First Selectman Fred Camillo gave an update on Covid 19 numbers in Greenwich.

As of Wednesday there were 78 active cases, which reflects an increase of 70 cases according to the Greenwich Health Dept since June 8.

Reported deaths remain at 89.

The Town of Greenwich cases per 100,000 is 12.6, which is plus 11.6.

On Aug 5 Governor Lamont signed an executive order allowing towns to require masks in indoor public spaces for all residents regardless of vaccination status.

New Haven, Bridgeport, Hartford, Stamford, Danbury and Norwalk, and some neighboring towns all started to require masks be work inside publicly accessible areas.

Currently, in Greenwich, there is a mask requirement inside all government buildings.

The town is working with organizations planning events in September and October to review protocols in order have events come off as safely as possible.

“We don’t want to see cancellations, but if a private organization wants to cancel something, they certainly can. We hope that they don’t.”

“But, if all of a sudden they started requiring everybody in baseball stadiums to wear a mask, it’s still better than having nobody in the stands,” Camilo said. “It’s only temporary, but it allows us to still have some normalcy.”

“We have to be very careful. We don’t want to give up any ground that we fought hard for with this virus,” he added.

Greenwich Hospital CEO Diane Kelly said the hospital is continuing to see more patients in house.

As of Wednesday she said they were treating 11 patients Covid patients, with one in the ICU.

She said of the 11 patients, 10 were not vaccinated.

Also, she said of the 11, seven were under 60 and two were under 30.

“Vaccination is what people should be striving toward,” she added. “We’re caring for 117 patients throughout Yale New Haven Health System, with five in the ICU. It’s certainly not where we were several months ago.”

“We have seen that good hand hygiene, social distancing and wearing a mask to be very effective, recognizing that this is an age group that will still have people unvaccinated. I’d make sure to have people practicing what we call ‘evidence based,’ meaning we have science and data to support that they work: social distancing, getting the vaccine, if you can, and wearing a mask.”

Camillo said at of Aug 8 the Town’s rate of full vaccination was about 76.78%. That is out of the town’s population who are above 12, which is 52,000. (Roughly 10,000 children are ineligible for vaccinations.) He said 82.75 % have at least one shot.

age 65+ are 90% fully vaccinated

age 45-64 are 79.35% are fully vaccinated

age 16-44 are 69% fully vaccinated

age 12-15 are 67.80% fully vaccinated

Per Governor Ned Lamont’s Executive Order, students in grades K-12 will be required to continue wearing masks in school through Sept 30, 2021.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Wednesday that Fairfield County was now considered a “high transmission” area for Covid, one day after the state’s daily positivity rate reached its highest in four months.

Camillo said people need to be aware of their surroundings.

“A virus doesn’t know any boundaries. Certainly people coming back from vacation into Greenwich – we have to remind them to get tested and be careful and wear a mask if they can’t keep a distance in a building. Just play it safe – we can’t control where people go….It does keep it up a bit, things we can’t control. We’re monitoring it very closely.”

As for booster shots, Ms Kelly said Yale New Haven Health System was still working out details on booster shots.

The FDA recently announced the authorization of a one-dose vaccine booster for certain immunocompromised people. (A full list of immunocompromised conditions where a third dose is recommended may be found here).  

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