Rilling reports seven COVID-19 deaths

A chart from Norwalk Mayor Harry Rilling’s Tuesday COVID-19 update.

NORWALK, Conn. — Norwalk has announced an additional seven deaths due to COVID-19.

Mayor Harry Rilling’s Tuesday update reported the deaths, announcing that a total of 174 residents have died from coronavirus.

There were no updates from Dec. 24 to Dec. 27. Monday’s update did not announce any new deaths.

The Tuesday report indicates that three of the new coronavirus deaths were people who were in their 50s. Two were people in their 60s, one was in his or her 70s and one was more than 80 years old.

“It is with great sadness that I share the news that we have recently lost seven more residents to this virus,” Rilling is quoted as saying. “My heart aches for their families, friends, and loved ones. These were residents of all different ages, and all were taken from us far too soon. While there may be some light at the end of the tunnel, please remember this virus is still here and can be deadly.”

The last deaths were reported Dec. 15: two people were added to the total, one person in their 60s and the other more than 80 years old.

The total coronavirus cases was reported to be 6,273 on Tuesday. A recent history:

  • Dec. 29: 22 new cases
  • Dec. 28: 251 new cases
  • Dec. 23: 36 new cases
  • Dec. 22: 61 new cases
  • Dec. 21: 51 new cases
  • Dec. 20: 29 new cases
  • Dec. 19: 64 new cases
  • Dec. 18: 67 new cases
  • Dec. 17: 55 new cases
  • Dec. 16: 63 new cases
  • Dec. 15: 69 new cases
  • Dec. 14: 63 new cases
  • Dec. 13: 76 new cases
  • Dec. 12: 48 new cases
  • Dec. 11: 83 new cases


The Norwalk Health Department continues to track the daily positive COVID-19 cases per 100,000 population on a 7- and 14-day average in Norwalk, Tuesday’s update said.

  • The seven-day average between Dec. 20 and Dec. 26 is said to be 41.7 per 100,000 population.
  • The two-week average between Dec. 13 and 26 is reported as 48.2 daily cases per 100,000 population.


This analysis is said to track the incidence rate of COVID-19 in the community and allow for standard comparisons between communities.

“The test positivity rate from 12/13 – 12/26 was 7.3%,” the update said. “This analysis will continue to be updated as new reports are received from the previous week.”


Bryan Meek December 30, 2020 at 10:49 pm

Prayers for the dearly departed. Do we know the total number of fatalities in Norwalk for the year? On average we lose 800 residents from all causes. Certainly a virus with 3x the mortality rate of a typical flu season should show a slight increase in the overall number of deceased this year. Do we know what that is yet?

Steve December 31, 2020 at 9:29 am

I don’t know anything about Norwalk fatalities in 2020 v. 2019 but the nation as a whole has witnessed a significant increase in deaths and probably significantly undercounts the effects of Covid. Deaths between March 15 and December 5th were up 19%- hardly an insignificant number. The sad situation of a 41 yr old “Congressman to be” w/out any known co-morbidities show how potentially dangerous this virus can be. 19% w/1000s of 1000s still working from home, wearing masks and socially distancing; imagine what the number would be if the government didn’t react? https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2020/us/covid-death-toll-us.html. We can imagine what the numbers would be with better leadership—just look to the North where Covid rates are almost 5x lower w/2.6x less fatalities.

JustATaxpayer December 31, 2020 at 9:48 am

Mr Meek poses a good question. What’s interesting is there are an average of around 2.8mm deaths per year in the US. One would think that with COVID, the overall numbers would be higher. However, that’s not the case. True not 300,000 higher but higher nonetheless.

steve January 1, 2021 at 10:09 am

just a taxpayer- a 19% higher mortality rate is substantial especially when we had a lockdown and continue to have social distancing, masking and billions spent on medical care to avoid more deaths. We are far from 1918 when 2x as many died and the population was 1/3rd of todays—but you don’t need people dropping dead like flies to know that the current pandemic has been incredibly deadly

Bryan Meek January 5, 2021 at 1:04 am

@Steve, with fatalities “with” Covid being included in the only number that is reported, it is critical to get the overall fatality rate for public health concerns. I’ve never seen close to the 19% you are suggesting? Is this number from Norwalk? CT? CDC? Other Feds? UN? WHO?

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