COVID-19 Numbers Continue To Improve In Greenwich

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GREENWICH, CT—First Selectman Fred Camillo and Greenwich Hospital President Diane Kelly gave their weekly COVID-19 briefing on Wednesday afternoon as numbers in town and at the hospital continue to improve.

At Greenwich Hospital as of Wednesday, there were 10 COVID patients being treated, down from 18 reported a week ago. Three patients were in the Intensive Care Unit on ventilators.

Across the entire Yale New Haven Health System, there were 136 patients being treated in hospitals as of Wednesday, down from 167 the week before.

“On both fronts throughout the system and here in Greenwich locally, we are feeling and seeing a nice decline,” Kelly said.

In Greenwich as of Wednesday, there were 80 active COVID cases. In total since the pandemic began, Greenwich has amassed 5,061 total cases.

On the vaccination front, Kelly reported that Greenwich Hospital has administered over 34,000 vaccinations since the process began. At Brunswick School on the King Street campus this weekend, there will be a walk-in, all-welcome clinic for ages 16 and over on Saturday and Sunday from 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.

With emergency approval expected shortly from the federal government on the Pfizer vaccine for ages 12-15, Kelly believes there will be demand.

“As soon as we have [approval and the doses], we’ll be getting ourselves ready. I think there will be a demand,” she speculated. “What we saw with that 16-year-old age group, we really had quite a positive response to that. I would think that the 12-15 age group wouldn’t be that different.”

As for those who are hesitant about vaccinations, Camillo said that as more people begin to see the incentives that are out there, the more they will be pushed towards getting the shot.

“We’re definitely going in the right direction, but we don’t want to have situations like in other parts of the world where there was a little bit of a hesitancy to get vaccinated. The variants were out there, and people let their guard down. We’re going to work hard to make sure that doesn’t happen here,” he said.

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