Coronavirus Wilton: Families Urged To Quarantine

Rich Kirby
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WILTON, CT — The town's health director is urging residents in households where at least one member has tested positive for coronavirus to stay inside.

"If one member of your household has tested positive for COVID-19, you and all of your household members are required to remain in quarantine. Do not send your children to school or extra-curricular activities. Stay home," Barry Bogle posted to the town website.

The recommendation comes as the state Department of Public Health reported that there are 394 confirmed cases of the virus in town as of Monday, three more than reported over the weekend.

Nine new cases of the virus were reported in school communities by Superintendent Kevin Smith on Monday, and Cider Mill School returned to distance learning for two weeks beginning Tuesday.

The COVID-19 death toll in Wilton is at 43, a climb of only one since the start of September. The trend is consistent with the global profile of the second wave of the virus, which has marked it as less lethal and more virulent than its spring incarnation. Those numbers can be traced to increased testing, better prepared hospitals, and the fact that a greater percentage of the newly infected are young, and less likely to become severely ill, or suffer comorbidities, than patients at the start of the outbreak.

Connecticut is on track to break 100,000 coronavirus cases by the end of the week after the state recorded another 4,639 cases over the weekend. The positive test rate over the weekend was 5.38 percent.

Gov. Ned Lamont and the leaders of neighboring states are considering additional coronavirus restrictions as hospitalizations continue to climb with no sign of abating anytime soon. Earlier this month the state tightened restrictions back to a modified phase 2 of its reopening plan, limiting capacity in certain venues and instituting a"last call" time for restaurants.

"As we look at what is happening in our community and across the State, the question is no longer will we return to Phase 1. The question appears to be when and for how long," First Selectwoman Lynne Vanderslice said in a post on the town website. "Recent news on vaccines is wonderful, but it is still many months before we will see widespread access to vaccines in Wilton. We need to be a united team doing each of our parts to minimize the spread and the negative impact the spread is having on our students, our families and our businesses."

This article originally appeared on the Wilton Patch