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New Canaan COVID Update: New Cases, Phase 3 Reopening on Hold, 110 of 3200 New Canaanites Tested have Antibodies

This evening, New Canaan First Selectman Kevin Moynihan provided a community COVID update. Please read the important information below.
Consistent with our messaging over the past two weeks, while the first wave of the novel coronavirus appears to be behind us the virus is still very present in New Canaan. 
 
These past four weeks, we have added 4 new confirmed positive cases and 5 more positive or presumed positive cases through our Community Testing of 3,197 residents and town employees for a cumulative total of 225 through July 2nd. The total number of residents that have succumbed to COVID has remained at 35 since mid-May.
 
On Monday morning, the CT Health Department reported 5 more positive cases for the 3-day holiday weekend reporting period for New Canaan residents who were tested during the prior week, bringing our total cumulative cases to 230. It is important to note that 6 out of the 10 newest cases were individuals 25 and under and mostly linked to travel or returning from travel from hot spot states and regrettably not self-quarantining nor donning of masks around relatives and others.
 
 All 10 cases are under the age of 60 with one family of 4 having been infected by a non-resident teenager. None of the new cases were associated with the YMCA Day Care employee who is a resident of Stamford although we counted the employee in our total count of 230 positive cases to date. Due to delayed reporting from the State, we kindly ask that if you have tested positive for COVID-19 please notify our Director of Health to expedite our local contact tracing process.
 
Governor Lamont’s announcement yesterday indicated that Phase 3 re-opening would be postponed indefinitely and pointed to the rising numbers of Covid cases in high risks states where travel to/from now require self-quarantine for 14 days upon returning to CT. The Governor noted that hospitalizations and deaths in CT continue to decline.
 
Our recent rise in local cases due to travel and lack of self-quarantining shows the importance of personal responsibility in containing the spread of the virus in CT and New Canaan. It is essential that we all remain vigilant in wearing masks indoors in public spaces, social distancing when in crowded areas outdoors, and frequent washing or sanitizing of hands to minimize the further risk of transmission of the virus.

The very surprising results of our Community Testing program with only 110 out of almost 3200 tested having antibodies shows that New Canaanites have stayed protected since March by our residents generally practicing personal responsibility. This also shows that we lack herd immunity in the community and thus need to continue to practice social distancing, wearing masks and washing hands. These actions help protect others and our most vulnerable populations.

There is information on the Town’s website at newcanaan.info about area testing locations if you develop Covid-type symptoms. Please contact your primary care provider to consult and obtain a prescription to be tested if necessary.

 
 
 
July 7, 2020 - First Selectman Kevin Moynihan with a Coronavirus update.
 
Good evening. It is 7:00 pm on Tuesday, July 7, and this is First Selectman Kevin Moynihan with a coronavirus update.
 
Consistent with our messaging over the past two weeks, while the first wave of the novel coronavirus appears to be behind us the virus is still very present in New Canaan. 
 
These past four weeks, we have added 4 new confirmed positive cases and 5 more positive or presumed positive cases through our Community Testing of 3,197 residents and town employees for a cumulative total of 225 through July 2nd. The total number of residents that have succumbed to COVID has remained at 35 since mid-May.
 
On Monday morning, the CT Health Department reported 5 more positive cases for the 3-day holiday weekend reporting period for New Canaan residents who had tested during the prior week, bringing our total cumulative cases to 230. It is important to note that 6 out of the 10 newest cases were individuals 25 and under and mostly linked to travel or returning from travel from hot spot states and regrettably not self-quarantining nor donning of masks around relatives and others. All 10 cases are under the age of 60 with one family of 4 having been infected by a non-resident teenager. None of the new cases were associated with the YMCA Day Care employee who is a resident of Stamford although we counted the employee in our total count of 230 positive cases to date. Due to delayed reporting from the State, we kindly ask that if you have tested positive for COVID-19 please notify our Director of Health to expedite our local contact tracing process.
 
Governor Lamont’s announcement yesterday indicated that Phase 3 re-opening would be postponed indefinitely and pointed to the rising numbers of Covid cases in high risks states where travel to/from now require self-quarantine for 14 days upon returning to CT. The Governor noted that hospitalizations and deaths in CT continue to decline.
 
Our recent rise in local cases due to travel and lack of self-quarantining shows the importance of personal responsibility in containing the spread of the virus in CT and New Canaan. It is essential that we all remain vigilant in wearing masks indoors in public spaces, social distancing when in crowded areas outdoors, and frequent washing or sanitizing of hands to minimize the further risk of transmission of the virus.
 
The very surprising results of our Community Testing program with only 110 out of almost 3200 tested having antibodies shows that New Canaanites have stayed protected since March by our residents generally practicing personal responsibility. This also shows that we lack herd immunity in the community and thus need to continue to practice social distancing, wearing masks and washing hands. These actions help protect others and our most vulnerable populations.
 
There is information on the Town’s website at newcanaan.info about area testing locations if you develop Covid-type symptoms. Please contact your primary care provider to consult and obtain a prescription to be tested if necessary.
 
Stay safe, New Canaan.
 
Kevin J. Moynihan
First Selectman

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