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COVID-19 takes 20th life in Norwalk

This transmission electron microscope image shows SARS-CoV-2—also known as 2019-nCoV, the virus that causes COVID-19—isolated from a patient in the U.S. Virus particles are shown emerging from the surface of cells cultured in the lab. The spikes on the outer edge of the virus particles give coronaviruses their name, crown-like. (Courtesy of National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases {NIAID}.)

NORWALK, Conn. — More than 500 Norwalkers have tested positive for COVID-19. Another Norwalk resident has died, making the total 20.

Mayor Harry Rilling released this information both in his evening update and via an automated phone call. This is a serious public health emergency, he said on the NotifyNorwalk call, imploring listeners to stay at home and not send more than one person to the store to pick up a week’s worth of goods.

The latest death is a person in their 70s, Rilling’s document showed.

The total statewide total number of COVID-19 associated fatalities is 189, Gov. Ned Lamont’s evening update said.

“Since yesterday’s update, an additional 399 Connecticut residents have tested positive for COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 5,675,” Lamont’s update said. “To date, more than 23,270 tests have been conducted in Connecticut among both state and private laboratories. Approximately 1,142 patients have been hospitalized.

There were 29 new positive cases in Norwalk reported Saturday and 39 reported Sunday, making the total 503.

“It is truly sad that another resident has died as a result of this terrible virus. I offer heartfelt condolences to their family and loved ones during this very difficult time. Unfortunately, we know more positive cases are coming, and that means, more people dying. We can all do our part to slow the spread of coronavirus by treating this crisis seriously,” Rilling said in Sunday’s update.

“I know it’s been a rough few weeks. For many of us, our daily lives have been turned upside down. We will get back to normal someday, but please Norwalk, continue taking all the necessary precautions to slow the spread of coronavirus,” Rilling said Saturday. “I know it will be hard with warm weather approaching and the urge to see friends and loved ones, even if just for a few minutes. We must all continue doing our part. Hang in there Norwalk – I know we can do this.”

8 comments

Justataxpayer April 6, 2020 at 2:15 pm

I really hope people can stop going political over this horrible event. Let’s remember where it started and how 21mm cell phones in China fell off the grid. The doctors who tried to tell the world and then mysteriously died or now, one has gone missing. It’s also been surfaced that China was posting political ads blaming the US and Trump for the virus.

Ron Morris April 6, 2020 at 7:10 pm

In as much as some say we should not make this political, we still must point out the failures of our elected officials. A perfect example of a failure is Trump as he knew about this horrible virus for months before it hit. What was his response to call it a hoax and ignore it. Maybe if he reacted we could have been prepared and not lost as many lives. In my opinion He should be tried for treason.

Mike Lyons April 6, 2020 at 11:06 pm

And make sure to try Biden for treason first, because when Trump acted to stop travel from China (the primary source of infections in America) Biden (like other Democrats) objected and accused Trump of being a “xenophobe” for doing so. They would have recklessly allowed even more infected people into the country. Let’s also be sure to prosecute Nancy Pelosi, who reacted to Trump’s action by actually going down to Chinatown in San Francisco and urging people to keep congregating in public! Make sure to also prosecute Mayor Deblasio, who as late as early March was urging people in New York City to keep going out in public and riding on the subways – after the Trump Administration had begun advocating social distancing. All I can say is, thank God none of those Democrats was running the show, or tens of thousands of additional people would have died.

Dana Pevsner April 7, 2020 at 2:41 am

Trump dismantled much of the established vehicles to guard against and/or deal with an impending viral pandemic. His ignorant recklessness is clear, ongoing, and will not be forgotten. His presidency is an international nightmare.

Ron Morris April 7, 2020 at 8:16 pm

Mike Lyons
You do realize that not one of the people you mention are currently the President?

All I can say is, thank God Trump will be gone in November.

Mitch Adis April 7, 2020 at 8:51 pm

Fake news @Dana Pevsner. I’m not defending this administration and I believe many administrations before are equally culpable. Do some research on your own and compare the budget numbers. What you will find is there was an increase in budget. BTW our European friends are doing worse than we are. Would you say their leaders are more effective? I think not. Focus on the source. China. If not for their concealment we would not be in this bind to begin with. China has cost the world tremendously. We ought to rethink our relationship with them. All those cheap products are proving to be very costly now.

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