Covid 19

Friday, April 22, 2pm: After a nearly 9 week low infection period,  Sherman has had 8 new confirmed covid-19 cases in the last 2 weeks. In addition, with so many individuals using home covid tests, it is presumed that the count is significantly higher than that. If you do test positive, remember that you need at a minimum 5 days of isolation before you can go out in public and you must wear a mask until day 10. Many health professionals are making note that the symptoms of this last strain seem to be less severe and more resemble a cold, although dizziness is also a prominent symptom. It is recommend that you get your second booster shot if you qualify for one. Qualification is based on the time period between boosters.  

UPDATE February 24, 2022: Although Sherman has been on a steady decline of COVID 19 cases, we  experienced 2 confirmed cases this week. Previous to this week we had only 2 cases over the past four weeks

MASKS: The mask policy in Mallory Town Hall has changed from a “requirement” to an optional choice. The exception to this is if you are an unvaccinated person. Unvaccinated individuals must continue to wear a mask in Mallory Town Hall.

Our public officials and Town leaders still highly recommend vaccination shots and/or boosters even as we seemingly are moving into a more of an “endemic” stage of covid-19 as opposed to a “pandemic” stage.

UPDATE February 2, 1:30pm:
Sherman has experienced a significant drop in confirmed covid cases over the last 3 weeks. There have been 6 confirmed cases. The Vaccination Van will be in New Fairfield and in Sherman on the following dates:

New Fairfield High School Cafeteria: 2/9 3-7pm (children and adults); 2/12 9-5 (over 12); 2/26 9-5 (over 12); 2/12 9-5 (over 12); 3/26 9-5 (over 12).

Sherman School: 2/16 3:30-7pm (children and adults).

St. Edwards church in New Fairfield: 2/23 11:30-6:00pm (over 12); 3/3 11:30-6:00pm (over 12); 3/23 11:30-6:00pm (over 12).

UPDATE Tuesday, January 18, 1:30pm:
Sherman experienced only 5 confirmed covid cases over the weekend and there are indications that we are in a downward trend. Meanwhile, here is a link wherein each family can order 4 test kits at no charge: COVID Home Tests | USPS

Update Thursday, January 13, 10 am: Public health has reported 24 more confirmed cases of covid in Sherman since last Thursday, January 6 into today, January 13. The state weekend count (Friday to Monday) was more than 30,000 cases.

UPDATE Friday, January 7, 12 pm: Rapid covid-19 home test kits and k95 masks will again be distributed on Sunday, January 9 starting at 10 a.m. while supplies last at the Sherman School outside on the sidewalk in front of the playground. We are distributing 200 kits. One kit per household. Each kit contains 2 tests. Please have proof of Sherman residence readily available for quick drive-thru pick-up. Tests are for those needing results immediately.

Stay Safe!

UPDATE January 4, 2022, 3:00 pm: Sherman has experienced 20 more confirmed cases of covid-19 this week. Cases are significantly on the rise and wearing a mask indoors when among people outside of your family is strongly recommended. 80% of all hospitalizations are people who are not vaccinated. So, please, if you’re not vaccinated, do so. Below are some opportunities in our local area.

Vaccination Van

UPDATE Wednesday, Dec. 29 10:45 am: Sherman’s confirmed covid caseload is at an all-time high and mirrors the situation all across the state. Public Health reported 25 confirmed covid-19 cases last week in Sherman. Please be vigilant over the remaining holiday days: stay away from crowds; wear a mask indoors; and if for some reason you are not vaccinated, get vaccinated. If the booster is appropriate for you, get the booster. While vaccination does not assure that you will keep from getting covid-19, it’s proven to greatly reduce symptoms. 80% of Connecticut covid cases that have resulted in hospitalization are non-vaccinated individuals.

Today, Wednesday, December 29th, the vaccination center in New Fairfield located at St. Edwards church is open from 11 a.m. to 6:30 pm. All three vaccines plus boosters are available free of charge. No appointment necessary.

Rapid covid-19 home test kits will be distributed on Friday, December 31 from 9 am till 12 pm (or while supply lasts) at the Sherman School outside on the sidewalk by the front office. One kit per household. Each kit contains 2 tests. Please have proof of Sherman residence readily available for quick drive-thru pick-up. Tests are for those needing results immediately and shouldn’t be stored for future use.


UPDATE Tuesday, December 21, 11:30 am:
With covid numbers rising significantly, we are continuing to recommend wearing masks indoors among groups of people with whom you do not know their vaccination status. We strongly recommend getting fully vaccinated and follow-up booster shots. If you are not vaccinated, by Governor Lamont’s executive order, you are required to wear a mask indoors. Also, anyone visiting Mallory Town Hall is required to wear a mask.  

UPDATE Thursday, December 16, 9:30 am:  Sherman is in the midst of its highest spike in cases. We are still seeing double-digit confirmed cases each of the last 3 weeks and currently have nearly 20 active cases. The cases, presently, are an equal mix of adult, children, and adult-breakthrough cases.

In conjunction with our local and state health departments, we can’t stress enough the importance of completing your vaccinations and following that with a booster shot at the appropriate time.  Below is some information on the New Fairfield Vaccination Van. This will be the last vaccination van in New Fairfield until the new year: This Saturday, December 18,  9 AM to 5 PM at the New Fairfield High School cafeteria.  CVS and Walgreens also have spots open for vaccinations and boosters as do several other pharmacy outlets.

UPDATE Tuesday, November 30 at 10 am: Sherman has experienced 14 new confirmed covid-19 cases over the last 2 weeks. Most of the cases, with the exception of 2, have been children whose ages range from 2  years to 12 years. The entire state of Connecticut is experiencing a significant uptick in cases during this time.

Currently, the entire world is concerned about the new covid variant omicron. There is much more to be learned about this variant and there are no extra precautions or protocols yet in Sherman as a result of the discovery of omicron. People are advised to continue wearing a mask when appropriate (large groups), get vaccinated, and, if vaccinated, get the booster shot when appropriate.   

UPDATE November 5, 3:00 pm:
Public Health reported one more confirmed case of covid-19 in Sherman. Currently, Sherman remains in the red on the state covid tracker map. Keep in mind that, due to our population, it only takes a small spate of cases to change our status on the state map.

With regard to the Vaccination Van in New Fairfield, there is no appointment necessary and vaccinations are free of charge.

UPDATE October 29, 2021, 1pm:
The Vaccine Van is in New Fairfield at St. Edward's Church every Wednesday from 11:30 to 6:30 and at the New Fairfield High School cafeteria on Saturday from 9 am to 5pm. J&J, Moderna, and Pfizer first and second vaccinations are available and so are the boosters for anyone who qualifies. 
After a few weeks of almost no cases, Sherman has experienced 11 confirmed covid-19 cases in the last 2 weeks. These cases, as has been the trend here, are all family related and not part of a super spreader event. They serve as a reminder that we must remain vigilant and continue our best practices of masking and distancing. 

UPDATE Friday, September 24, 3pm: Sherman has experienced only 2 confirmed covid-19 cases in the last 2 weeks. We are currently back in the “gray” on the state map – the best color to be. Our vaccination rate among eligible individuals is 60.2%. (The state average is 68%)  See below for CDC information on booster shots.

Booster dose recommendations

COVID-19 Vaccine Providers in Connecticut may begin administration of Pfizer booster doses in line with the FDA emergency use authorization and CDC recommendations.

CDC recommends:  

  • People 65 years and older and residents in long-term care settings shouldreceive a booster shot of Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine at least 6 months after their Pfizer-BioNTech primary series,   
  • People aged 50–64 years with underlying medical conditionsshould receive a booster shot of Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine at least 6 months after their Pfizer-BioNTech primary series,
  • People aged 18–49 years with underlying medical conditionsmay* receive a booster shot of Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine at least 6 months after their Pfizer-BioNTech primary series, based on their individual benefits and risks, and
  • People aged 18-64 years who are at increased risk for COVID-19 exposure and transmission because of occupational or institutional setting may*receive a booster shot of Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine at least 6 months after their Pfizer-BioNTech primary series, based on their individual benefits and risks.

            *See ACIP Shared Clinical Decision-Making Recommendations

Note that persons who received Moderna or J&J vaccines for their primary doses are not included in the CDC recommendation currently. We expect to receive several continued updates to booster dose guidelines over the next weeks. These will include further clarification of today’s recommendations; and likely include recommendations related to the Moderna and the J&J vaccines as well as potential expansion of the recommended population groups.

We encourage providers to begin outreach to those who are 65+ and at least 6 months from the second dose of the primary series of Pfizer as well as those who are under 65 and meet the CDC recommendations to encourage them to receive booster doses.

UPDATE September 2, 3:10 PM: Sherman reported 3 new confirmed cases of covid-19 this week. This raises our post-vaccination total to 11 cases and keeps Sherman in the “red” on the state map.

UPDATE August 27, 2021:
This is the first covid-19 update in many months and the reason for that is because Sherman went more than 3 months in the post-vaccination period without a single case. Now we are beginning to get word of new cases. Sherman currently has 8 reported cases since August 13. Technically, and for the state’s recording purposes, we are now in the “red” on the covid-19 case map, which is the worst designation.   For our purposes, I am going to start our confirmed case count at zero from the mid-August date and we will call this the post-vaccination period. So, presently, our case count is 8.

Sherman’s vaccination rate is around 60% and we would like to get that higher. We will be having the Vaccination Van come to Sherman from 9am to 5pm on September 18 at Charter Hall. The van will return on October 9 for second shots. This is free and is a great opportunity to be vaccinated if you haven’t yet.    

Don Lowe
First Selectman – Sherman CT