New Canaan COVID Update: 14 Additional Cases, Testing on Friday at Lapham Center, Safety Protocols for College Students Returning Home

In this evening's COVID update, New Canaan First Selectman Kevin Moynihan reported 14 additional positive cases reported since Monday for a total of 39 new COVID-19 cases since last Friday’s outcall.  "Our Health Director reports that an additional 693 test results have been reported for this period, or a positivity rate of 5.63%," he says.

Please read Moynihan's message below regarding safety protocols, testing on Friday at Lapham Center, and the Travel Advisory. 

As we continue to see community transmission of COVID-19 in New Canaan we remind residents that actions taken today affect what happens 10-14 days from now. If we all limit our social contacts and gatherings we can help reduce the spread of COVID-19 in our community. We strongly encourage everyone to limit your social contacts and be more vigilant in regard to not attending or hosting gatherings of more than 10 people. These actions are paramount in slowly the spread of COVID-19.

As announced previously, we have arranged for Physician One Urgent Care to conduct voluntary community testing again this Friday, November 20th at Lapham Center but registrations have reached full capacity of 700. We are working on securing one or more testing dates for next week which we will announce on this Friday evening’s outcall.

As a reminder, if you are symptomatic please do not attend work, school, or any public or private gathering.  The symptoms for COVID-19 vary and some symptoms include: new loss of sense of smell or taste, sore throat, shortness of breath, dry cough, fever, body aches, chills, fatigue, and congestion. For a complete list of COVID 19 symptoms please visit www.cdc.gov.  We want to stress to all residents how important it is to recognize symptoms of COVID-19 and get tested.

If you have children in any of the schools or daycares please contact them immediately upon receiving a positive test result in order for them to begin their part of the contact tracing. You may also report any positive cases directly to the New Canaan Health Department at 203-594-3037.

With the return of college students to New Canaan for the holiday season we ask parents to advise their children that it is expected that the same rules they had to follow on their respective college campuses regarding COVID-19 apply while back home in New Canaan such as: wearing masks where required and especially in any local establishment, no large parties or gatherings of more than 10 people, get tested, and do not go to work or any social gathering if you have any kind of COVID symptom or illness.

Finally, this week the Governor updated the travel advisory to add Vermont to the list of states travel from which requires quarantine. If you travel to any of the states or countries on the list (except for less than 24 hours), you must quarantine for 14 days upon your return home or fulfill the testing requirements outlined in Executive Order 9B and also complete the travel form found on the state’s coronavirus website (https://portal.ct.gov/Coronavirus/travel).

We encourage all residents to get tested and help us stop the spread of COVID-19 in our community.  And please do your part in controlling the spread by wearing a mask, washing hands frequently and maintaining social distance.




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