This evening, Friday, August 15, First Selectman Kevin Moynihan that while all but a handful of our residents by now have had their power restored by Eversource, New Canaan's Public Works and Human Services staffs continue to offer assistance to those with issues with the utilities or those in need. In a number of parts of town, there remain telephone and cable wires down and it will take several more days for Frontier and Optimum to make repairs and restore services.
"On the coronavirus front, New Canaan had 3 new positive test results for COVID this week bringing our cumulative total to 248," said Moynihan. The new positives range in age from 14 to 20 years old, with 2 females and 1 male. All 3 individuals are asymptomatic and two have already retested negative. The third is isolating at home.
Moynihan said that New Canaan went almost two full weeks with no new positive tests, which indicates that community transmission remains low but that the virus is still present and we must continue to remain vigilant. You can find updated information about our COVID cases on the Town website at newcanaan.info.
"Our Health Director notes that she now has access to data from the CT Department of Health that includes all negative COVID tests for our residents who test, which she didn’t have access to before. So to put further detail to this, for period August 1st through August 14th a total of 373 residents were tested and only 3 tested positive. This is a test positivity rate of less than 1%," said Moynihan.
COVID tests for teachers and students
New Canaan Health Department has arranged with Stamford Hospital PCR testing of teachers and students next week here in New Canaan. "By conducting this testing of teachers and students we hope to get a picture of current community transmission trends prior to the opening of school," he said. "The health and safety of all our residents remains of utmost importance to the Town of New Canaan. We remind you that if you travel to any of the states on the Governor’s list of coronavirus hot states except for less than 24 hours you must quarantine for 14 days upon your return home, Moynihan continued.
Please continue to wear masks when social distancing cannot be achieved and when masks are required indoors in public places and continue to wash or sanitize hands when in contact with public surfaces.
Next week the Town will launch a new emergency outcall service platform called Everbridge. If you are receiving this message by phone or email you will be pre-registered in Everbridge. Watch for additional information about Everbridge early next week.