Wilton coronavirus cases up to 144, ‘Eat Local, Win Local’

Customers who place orders of $15 or more at restaurants in Wilton can win gift certificates. Photo: Burger at Little Pub in Wilton.

Customers who place orders of $15 or more at restaurants in Wilton can win gift certificates. Photo: Burger at Little Pub in Wilton.

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WILTON— The coronavirus count in Wilton is up to 144. Statewide, there are 25,269 laboratory-confirmed cases, with 10,529 or 42 percent in Fairfield County. Those not yet assigned to a municipality number 522.

The death toll in the state has risen to 1,924, with Wilton’s count remaining at 11. The number of cases currently hospitalized in the state has decreased to 1,776.

In a message on the town’s website, First Selectwoman Lynne Vanderslice answered questions about masks, out-of-state travel, and restrictions on gatherings.

Is the town or a local organization distributing masks to residents?

Yes. The town, through the Health and Social Services departments and volunteers with Wilton Helping Hands, is distributing surgical masks to the town’s most vulnerable residents and to senior living communities. The volunteer organization Warrior Helpers is distributing cloth masks to other residents. People can also make their own masks by following instructions on the CDC website.

Is there guidance for necessary out-of-state travel?

Yes. The CDC has guidance for various modes of travel and for staying in a hotel. Thegovernor has asked those coming into Connecticut from another state to self-isolate for 14 days upon arrival into the state.

What are the restrictions on gatherings?

On March 26, Gov. Lamont issued Executive Order 7N, which restricts social and recreational gatherings to no more than five people. The order includes, but is not limited to, community, civic, leisure, or sporting events; concerts; festivals; plays or live performances; conventions and similar activities; except that religious, spiritual, or worship gatherings will remain subject only to the prohibition of 50 persons or more. This does not apply to government operations, private workplaces, retail establishments, or other activities that are not social or recreational gatherings.

Eat Local, Win Local

In other news, Vanderslice announced that Sunday, April 26, was the first day of “Eat Local, Win Local in Wilton,” a campaign offering prizes to residents who order food from Wilton restaurants.

The campaign is running through May 30. To enter, order at least $15 from a Wilton restaurant. Take a picture of the receipt or a selfie with the order. Email the photo to sarah.gioffre@wiltonct.org. Four winners of gift certificates will be drawn each week. No more than one submission per day.

Details about a second campaign, “Shop Local, Win Local in Wilton,” will be announced at the end of May.

Vanderslice is participating in the How We Feel app, a partnership between the state and the nonprofit group How We Feel.

The purpose of the app is to anonymously provide scientists with critical health information needed to understand the spread of the coronavirus.

“The How We Feel app allows users to self-report daily health information into the app. The data is anonymously provided to leading medical institutions so scientists and public health officials can better spot emerging outbreaks early, identify new populations who are at risk and measure the efficacy of public health measures such as social distancing. As a participant the only information I see is the number of other participants. As of this afternoon 1,035 people in Wilton are participating,” she said.

The state will soon be distributing surgical masks for essential small businesses with fewer than 50 employees. Small businesses can sign up online. Quantities are limited and are expected to be available in early May.