Some schools in the Greater Danbury area have had to do to remote learning because of a substitute teacher shortage and staff quarantines because of exposure to a positive COVID-19 patient. Wilton First Selectman Lynne Vanderslice says there's also an impact on public safety. Recently, Wilton police and fire staffing was down 25 percent due to quarantining.
Police and fire officers experiencing increasing required overtime to cover for those quarantined. Those additional hours mean more opportunity for exposure for those officers, additional costs for the Town and potential burnout. Vanderslice says the public safety departments didn’t experience this level of exposure during the spring, as most residents were staying home.
Vanderslice says people can help reduce required responses by following the law and being smart about personal property. With less cars on the road, motorists are driving faster, leading to calls for enforcement and accidents. Police are still responding to thefts of or within unlocked cars. Thieves continue to target Wilton because residents make it easy.