A look at COVID in Fairfield by the numbers

Gina Kelly, right, and Gina Christakos, fill syringes with COVID-19 vaccine at Hartford HealthCare’s new mass vaccination clinic on the west campus of Sacred Heart University, in Fairfield, Conn. March 10, 2021.

Gina Kelly, right, and Gina Christakos, fill syringes with COVID-19 vaccine at Hartford HealthCare’s new mass vaccination clinic on the west campus of Sacred Heart University, in Fairfield, Conn. March 10, 2021.

Ned Gerard / Hearst Connecticut Media file photo

FAIRFIELD — The school and health departments had a challenging year in 2021, while the town also hit a number of milestones connected to COVID-19.

First Selectwoman Brenda Kupchick highlighted a few of those in her end-of-the-year newsletter.

Here’s a look at COVID by the numbers in Fairfield for last year.

Vaccines

The town’s health department held 65 clinics and performed more than 28,500 vaccinations since vaccinations became available in December 2020.

This includes first, second and booster shots for 179 homebound individuals.

The department also worked with Griffin Health and Hartford Healthcare to host an additional 25 clinics in Fairfield that vaccinated more than 2,000 people.

“All health departmental staff as well as Medical Reserve Corps and CERT volunteers continued through 2021 to work together to support the vaccination clinics,” Kupchick said.

Contact tracing

“The department’s contact tracing team reached out to 4,290 cases over the year and thousands of their contacts providing valuable guidance and responding to numerous questions from residents,” Kupchick said in the newsletter.

The Health Department, Human Services Department and the CERT volunteer team also set up and staffed the COVID call center for several months, she said. The center helped residents make vaccination appointments and answer questions.

The department’s environmental staff continued to enforce the state’s COVID sector rules responding numerous complaints, she said.

Schools

Kupchick also commended the school nursing staff for the amount of COVID-related tasks and cases the schools handled in 2021.

The school nurses contact-traced, advised and counseled the families of more than 920 school-related COVID cases.

More than 4,000 students and staff had to quarantine, Kupchick said.

“The nurses have been a critical resource for the school community during the pandemic,” she said. “Their efforts in patient education, staff training and their own professional development go beyond the current pandemic and aim to improve the health outcomes of the Fairfield school community.”

State data

Fairfield reported 1,530 COVID cases between Dec. 19 and Jan.1 for a positivity rate of 176.1 cases per 100,000 people, according to state data posted Jan. 6.

The state Department of Public Health reports 81.3 percent of Fairfield is vaccinated as of data reported Jan. 5.

The 65-plus age group has the highest percentage of vaccinated residents with, 100 percent or about 9,820 people receiving one dose and 94.83 percent, or about 8,810 residents being fully vaccinated, according to state data.

The 45-64 age group has the highest number of residents who have been vaccinated with about 16,450 residents, or 96.88 percent receiving at least one dose and 15,160 people, or 89.27 percent being fully vaccinated.

About 89.52 percent of the 25-44 age group has gotten at least one dose and 79.44 percent is fully vaccinated, about 67.75 percent of the 18-24 age group has gotten at least one dose and 55.23 percent is fully vaccinated and about 78.92 percent of the 12-17 age group has gotten at least one dose and 73.97 percent is fully vaccinated.

The newest group to be eligible to get vaccinated is the 5 to 11 year olds. About 3,120, or 51.33 percent, have received at least one dose and about, 2,280, or 37.46 percent are fully vaccinated.

There have been a total 218 COVID-related deaths in town since the pandemic began, according to the state.