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Updates spell out the latest on COVID-19

This transmission electron microscope image shows SARS-CoV-2, 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. — Four more Norwalk citizens have died due to COVID-19, bringing the total to 124, according to Mayor Harry Rilling’s Monday update.

“It is with great sadness that I share we have lost four more residents to COVID-19. These are not just numbers or a statistic, these are our friends, family, and neighbors. I offer my thoughts and prayers to their loved ones. I hope they will find peace and comfort during these difficult times,” Rilling said in the update.

State documents show that hospitalizations decreased by eight on Monday, after going up by one on Sunday. Statewide, there was a decrease of 12. Also:

  • Bridgeport: 3,270 positive COVID-19 cases
  • Stamford: 3,096 positive COVID-19 cases
  • New Haven: 2,376 positive COVID-19 cases
  • Norwalk: 1,979 positive COVID-19 cases
  • Danbury: 1,714 positive COVID-19 cases

 

An additional 27 Connecticut deaths were reported Tuesday, making the total 3,769. Connecticut has had 41,303 confirmed cases of COVID-19.

Rilling’s report said:

  • “The Yard Waste Site and Transfer Station have new hours. The Yard Waste Site will be open Tuesday-Thursday 8 a.m. – 3 p.m., and the Transfer Station will be open Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. and Saturday 7:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.
  • “With more organizations and businesses conducting virtual meetings on the Zoom platform, cybercriminals are now sending fake emails with links to “download” the latest version of Zoom. Clicking the link takes a user to a spam website where the download infects a computer with a virus.
  • “Before heading to the park or beach, residents are reminded to verify their license plate information at norwalkct.org/passes. Nonresidents will be ticketed and towed when parked illegally, and it is important that residents double-check their information is up-to-date.
  • “As more businesses start to reopen, including retail stores and restaurants, local enforcement will be handled by the Norwalk Health Department and Norwalk Police Department. Those with a complaint should call the Police non-emergency line at 203-854-3000. The public should not report issues on social media, as those are not being monitored in real-time.”

 

 

“Our community has lost so much due to coronavirus. We have been through a lot,” Rilling said in the update. “I was encouraged over the Memorial Day weekend to see people continuing to socially distance, wear face coverings, and take this situation seriously. We cannot get too comfortable or lax in our efforts to stop coronavirus. I thank the public for their continued efforts.”

 

 

This scanning electron microscope image shows SARS-CoV-2 (orange)—also known as 2019-nCoV, the virus that causes COVID-19—isolated from a patient in the U.S., emerging from the surface of cells (gray) cultured in the lab. (Courtesy of National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases {NIAID}.)

Norwalk deaths at 120

(Posted at 2 a.m., Monday May 25)

NORWALK, Conn. — The Norwalk death toll from COVID-19 is now at 120, according to Mayor Harry Rilling. Total positive cases are at 1,980, with seven new cases reported Sunday.

Hospitalization rates continue to drop statewide but there’s a slight uptick in Fairfield County.

Rilling’s update appears to show that the person who died was more than 80 years old. There’s a data discrepancy, as Saturday’s chart shows less deaths than Friday’s chart.

There were 40 less hospitalizations statewide over the weekend but Fairfield County hospitalizations increased by one Saturday and five Sunday, state documents show.

Rilling’s update also said:

  • “This Monday is Memorial Day. Residents are reminded that there will be no garbage and recycling collection for the City of Norwalk, and collections will be pushed back one day to follow the holiday schedule. The Norwalk Transfer Station and Yard Debris Site will also be closed. For more information, visit norwalkct.org.
  • “The public is reminded that the City of Norwalk Reopen Plan is available online at norwalkct.org/reopennorwalk. The plan details what amenities and services are open and what to expect in the future as restrictions gradually ease.
  • “With the holiday May 25, the 15 food distribution sites will be closed in Norwalk. There are organizations in Norwalk offering pantry and/or meal services, as well as food delivery for those who are isolated or quarantined because of COVID-19. Visit norwalkct.org/meals for more information.
  • “The Connecticut Department of Motor Vehicles is offering a 180-day extension period to Connecticut residents with expiring vehicle registrations. Credentials that expire between March 10, 2020 and June 30, 2020 are automatically covered by this extension. No late fees will be assessed for eligible credentials. For additional service updates, visit CTDMV.info.
  • “The U.S. Census Bureau is monitoring coronavirus closely. City officials ask those living Norwalk to complete the Census online, by phone, or by mail. To date, the national response rate is about 60.0%, and in Connecticut, 63.7%. In Norwalk, the response rate is at 62.6%. View results as they come in at 2020census.gov.”

“The Reopen Norwalk Plan is a strategic document that identifies the parks, amenities, and services available today and in the weeks and months ahead. Certain amenities are not available today because we want to limit overcrowding to allow for proper social distancing. The most important thing is the health and safety of the public and the plan may change based on state guidelines or local health conditions,” Rilling said in the release. “COVID-19 has disrupted virtually everything and changed everyday life. One thing that is still constant is the census. It is so important to be counted as the census is only done every ten years and helps dictate where critical funding goes for schools, hospitals, and roads. I know our focus may be elsewhere during this pandemic, but please do not forget to complete the 2020 Census.”

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

Norwalk deaths are nearly 120

(Posted at 2 a.m. Saturday May 23)

NORWALK, Conn. — The Norwalk death toll from COVID-19 was 119 on Friday, according to Mayor Harry Rilling. Total positive cases are at 1,973, or 2.2 percent of the population.

Hospitalization rates continue to drop statewide.

Rilling’s updates show that one person in their 50s, one person in their 70s, and seven people who were more than 80 years old have died from coronavirus since May 13, when the death toll was at 109. Two of the deaths were reported Friday.

“It is with sadness that I share the news that we have lost two more residents to COVID-19. My thoughts and prayers are with them and their loved ones. As some try to get back to normal, do not forget those we have lost as we continue to battle this virus,” Rilling said in the update.

Hospitalizations have decreased daily since the one-day uptick on May 5, which followed 12 days of decline. So, the hospitalizations have decreased 29 days out of the last 30.

There were 226 hospitalizations in Fairfield County on Friday, 146 less than May 13.

Gov. Ned Lamont on Thursday called the infection rate was 3 percent, and called that “extraordinary good news,” one day after reopening.  The last week’s data:

  • Saturday, May 16: 8,847 tests administered, 618 positive, a 7 percent infection rate
  • Sunday, May 17: 5,852 tests administered, 716 positive, a 12.2 percent infection rate
  • Monday, May 18: 7,072 tests administered, 697 positive, a 9.9 percent infection rate
  • Tuesday, May 19: 7,841 tests administered, 314 positive, a 4 percent infection rate
  • Wednesday, May 20: 5,198 tests administered, 587 positive, a 11.3 percent infection rate
  • Thursday, May 21: 5,729 tests administered, 191 positive, a 3.3 percent infection rate
  • Friday, May 22: 5,881 tests administered, 432 positive, a 7.3 percent infection rate

 

 

Rilling reported 13 new positive cases Friday. His update doesn’t say how many tests were administered. A week’s worth of data:

  • Saturday, May 16: Six new positive cases
  • Sunday, May 17: 22 new positive cases
  • Monday, May 18: No new positive cases
  • Tuesday, May 19: No data available
  • Wednesday, May 20: 31 new positive cases
  • Thursday, May 21: 12 new positive cases
  • Friday, May 22: 13 new positive cases

 

 

Rilling’s update also said:

  • “On Monday this week, the City launched its new online outdoor dining permit application. To date, the City has received 50 applications for outdoor dining and has approved 34. Mayor Rilling has waived all permit fees to help support local businesses. Officials remind local businesses that they must obtain a permit before conducting outdoor dining to ensure plans meet state and local health guidelines otherwise they will face penalties. For a complete list of restaurants approved for outdoor dining, visit norwalkct.org/outdoordining.
  • “The State of Connecticut launched a “What’s Open Outdoors” webpage to show the status of state parks and when they may be closed due to parking capacity. If parks and beaches in Norwalk reach capacity and are closed, that information will be shared on Facebook (@CityofNorwalk) and Twitter (@norwalk_ct).
  • “Monday, May 25, is Memorial Day. Mayor Rilling and the American Legion encourage residents to pay tribute to fallen heroes at dusk (approximately 8:30 p.m.) on Monday by lighting candles and placing them on front porches or leaving a light on in the window. More information is available at legion.org.”

 

(Stock Photo Secrets)

Three more deaths; food giveaway in Veterans Park

(Posted at 3 a.m., Thursday May 14)

NORWALK, Conn. — Three more Norwalk residents have reportedly died due to COVID-19, bringing the total to 109. There were 28 new positive cases reported, a total 1,868.

One of the deceased was in their 70s and the other two were more than 80 years old.

“It is tragic that residents continue to die from this virus,” Mayor Harry Rilling said in his evening update. “These are members of our community we have lost too soon, and their families are grieving. I wish their loved ones strength during these sad times. I ask us all to remember those who have been affected by the virus and continue to take necessary precautions and follow all guidelines.”

Rilling’s update announced that Gov. Ned Lamont is working to allow restaurants to reopen with outdoor dining. There will be food distributed Thursday in Veteran’s Park and there’s help for people struggling with domestic violence.

The update said:

  • “With social distancing and shelter-in-place orders, there is an increased risk of domestic violence or situations that may exacerbate an already abusive relationship. The Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence has created CT Safe Connect, which is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Visit ctsafeconnect.com for more information and resources.
  • “This week is National Peace Officers Memorial Week, a time to honor the memory of the men and women who have been killed in the line of duty. This year, the Norwalk Police Department will be holding its Annual Police Memorial virtually on Thursday, May 14, at 11 a.m. The event will be broadcast on the NPD Facebook page.
  • “Governor Lamont issued Executive Order 7MM yesterday to facilitate the reopening of restaurants with outdoor dining. The order allows municipalities to expedite zoning rules and ordinances. The process for Norwalk businesses to apply for outdoor dining permits will be released in the coming days and will be posted at norwalkct.org/covid19businessresources.
  • “The Connecticut Food Bank will be in Norwalk tomorrow, May 14, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to distribute food at Veteran’s Park. One-way traffic will be enforced to allow cars to queue inside the park. Volunteers will place food directly in a person’s trunk – please do not get out of the vehicle. This event is open to all – not just Norwalk residents. No walk-ups permitted.”

 

 

The trend of declining hospitalizations continued. The drop was 31 statewide, with a decline of six in Fairfield County.

The county death toll is 1,068.

Connecticut saw 522 new COVID-19 cases, out of 4,122 tests. That’s a rate of 12.6 percent, an uptick.

 

 

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

Hospitalizations decline

(Posted at 3 a.m., Wednesday May 13)

NORWALK, Conn. — There have been three more Norwalk COVID-19 deaths since Saturday, bringing the total to 106. An additional 22 positive cases were reported.

All of the deceased were more than 80 years old. Their deaths were reported Sunday.

“I pray nightly for no more cases and no more deaths, but unfortunately, we are not there yet,” Mayor Harry Rilling said in his Sunday update. “We will continue to closely monitor the situation in Norwalk as more services and amenities open. I remind the public that these areas are being opened under new guidelines, and it won’t be like last spring or summer.”

Statewide, hospitalizations continue to decline, dropping from 1,301 on Saturday to 1,189 on Monday. There were 424 hospitalizations in Fairfield County on Saturday and 378 on Tuesday.

An additional 1,349 COVID-19 cases were reported in Connecticut out of 14,855 tests administered, a 9 percent positive rate.

Gov. Ned Lamont observed Tuesday that this is three days in a row of less than 10 percent positive results. “That’s a step in the right direction, in terms of what we want to see,” he said.

Norwalk’s total positive cases is 1,840, or just over 2 percent of the population, using the census’ latest estimate for Norwalk population of 89,047. Deaths account for .12 percent of the population.

Rilling’s updates touch on other information:

  • “A new walk-up window opened today at City Hall to accommodate those seeking a Parks Parking or Disposal Pass. The window will be open Tuesday – Friday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. More information on the pass system can be found at norwalkct.org.
  • “Residents are reminded that the Norwalk Customer Service Center is the best place to report issues, such as downed tree limbs, potholes, or missed garbage collection. Submitting requests to (203) 854-3200, [email protected] or via the Click and Request App is the most effective way to get in touch with the City.
  • “Governor Lamont announced today that the state received more than 6 million pieces of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE.) The PPE in the process of being sorted and then will be delivered to frontline workers, including first responders, hospital staff, long-term care facility staff, direct care providers, and other people on the front lines. More details are available at ct.gov.
  • “The Yard Waste Site will be open to both residential and commercial users Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday this week from 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. Please note First District Water is doing road work in the area and detours may be in place. Motorists are advised to use caution in the area.
  • “The Norwalk Military and Veterans Liaison Committee is honoring veterans on its Facebook page in a special way. Throughout May, the Committee is sharing detailed stories of hometown heroes who died while in service to the country. Follow along at facebook.com/norwalkveteransceremoniesandhonors.

 

In addition, two additional food distribution sites have been added to the previous 11 sites; grab and go meals are available at Colonial Village (located at 146 West Cedar St.) and the East Norwalk Library (at 51 Van Zant St.) from noon to 2 p.m. weekdays. Any family with children can pick up food – they do not need to be enrolled at Norwalk Public Schools. Two additional sites are expected May 18.

An illustration from the Connecticut Department of Public Health’s Sunday COVID-19 update.

(Posted 9 p.m. Saturday, May 9)

Norwalk has had 103 deaths

NORWALK, Conn. — Five new Norwalk COVID-19 deaths were reported Saturday, bringing the total to 103. All of the victims were seniors.

“I am so sorry to share that we have lost five more residents to COVID-19. My deepest sympathies go out to their family, friends, and loved ones,” Mayor Harry Rilling said in his daily update. “It has been eight weeks since we had our first positive case of coronavirus in Norwalk, and we are still learning more and more each day. I know we can win this fight, but the battle is ongoing.”

Two of the deceased were in their 60s and two were in their 70s.

Norwalk reported 26 new positive COVID-19 tests, bringing the total to 1,818. The rate of deaths from positive tests is 5.7 percent.

Statewide, positive cases increased by 573, out of 3,028 cases administered, a 18.9 percent positive rate. There were 58 more deaths statewide and 35 less hospitalizations. Fairfield County saw 15 less hospitalizations, bringing the total down to 424. Fairfield County has 13,030 positive cases.

Rilling’s update shared other information:

  • “The State of Connecticut is continuing to distribute free face coverings to essential small businesses with fewer than 50 employees through a partnership with the Connecticut Business and Industry Association and its affiliate CONNSTEP. Eligible essential small businesses can request up to two free face coverings per employee by filling out the form at ctcovidresponse.org.
  • “The drive-through collection site at Norwalk Hospital was closed today due to high winds. Patients were called to reschedule appointments. Normal hours resume on Monday.
  • “The State of Connecticut partnered with the developers of the How We Feel app to anonymously provide scientists with critical health information needed to understand the spread of COVID-19. The app is free to download in the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store and does not require logging in or sharing personal details, such as name or email address. Data can also be entered online at howwefeel.app.
  • “Governor Ned Lamont released more details on Phase One of Connecticut’s reopening plans on May 20 for different business sectors, including hair salons, restaurants, and malls. The full guidance documents can be found at ct.gov.”

 

“I know our businesses and residents have been clamoring for information, and I appreciate the Governor releasing additional details about the Phase One reopening in Connecticut on May 20,” Rilling said in the update. “We continue to work on Norwalk-specific plans relative to municipal services which will be out early next week. Happy Mother’s Day to all those special people who love, nurture, and care for us. I hope you have a safe and enjoyable weekend.”

 

Gov. Ned Lamont, at his Friday COVID-19 response briefing.

Less hospitalizations; ‘a good sign’

(Posted at 2 a.m. Saturday, May 9)

NORWALK, Conn. — The decline of Connecticut COVID-19 hospitalizations continued Friday. Norwalk reported no deaths.

There were 47 new positive cases reported in Norwalk, bringing the total positive cases to 1,792.

“The positive reported cases are trending down, and that is certainly a good sign,” Mayor Harry Rilling said in his evening update. “We will be watching the data closely as more parks open and restrictions begin to ease. We are not through this pandemic, not by a long shot, but I have hopeful optimism that these positive trends will continue.”

Checking out the trend is problematic, given that there was a sharp uptick on April 22, an increase of 394 positive test results attributed to catching up with data. But, a review of the past three weeks:

  • Friday, April 17: 891
  • Saturday, April 18: 911 (20 more)
  • Sunday, April 19: 926 (15 more)
  • Monday, April 20: 942 (16 more)
  • Tuesday, April 21: 964 (22 more)
  • Wednesday, April 22: 1,358 (394 more, catching up with data)
  • Thursday, April 23: 1,365 (7 more)
  • Friday, April 24: 1,390 (25 more)
  • Saturday, April 25: 1,402 (12 more)
  • Sunday, April 26: 1,483 (81 more)
  • Monday, April 27: 1,495 (12 more)
  • Tuesday, April 28: 1,535 (40 more)
  • Wednesday, April 29: 1,544 (9 more)
  • Thursday, April 30: 1,603 (59 more)
  • Friday, May 1: 1,621 (18 more)
  • Saturday, May 2: 1,651 (30 more)
  • Sunday, May 3: 1,663 (12 more)
  • Monday, May 4: 1,698 (35 more)
  • Tuesday, May 5: 1,702 (4 more)
  • Wednesday, May 6: 1,719 (17 more)
  • Thursday, May 7: 1,745 (26 more)
  • Friday, May 8: 1,792 (47 more)

 

 

There were 315 positive test results on April 1.

Statewide, hospitalizations dropped by 49. Fairfield County hospitalizations dropped by 30. There were 627 new COVID-19 cases out of 4,637 tests administered, or 13.5 percent positive.

The Friday data was very similar to the Thursday data, Gov. Ned Lamont observed in his Friday press conference.

“That is, test performance continuing to stay at a higher level, which is important,” Lamont said. “The percentage of positive cases is a relatively low, that’s very good, and the current hospitalization is probably the most important metric we have for reopening,  (it) continues to stay low or negative, which is very, very good news for us.”

Rilling’s update offered other information:

  • “City officials announced that refunds are being issued to anyone who put down a deposit or fully paid for Summer Play & Learn Camp in Norwalk through the Recreation and Parks Department as the state of summer camps remains unknown at this time. Refunds will begin automatically on May 12, 2020. More details on norwalkct.org.
  • “There are organizations in Norwalk offering pantry and/or meal services, as well as food delivery for those who are isolated or quarantined because of COVID-19. Visit norwalkct.org/meals for more information.
  • “The Connecticut Department of Labor made active the filing site so those who are self-employed can complete filing applications for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA). The site, located on filectui.com, can be identified by a red button labeled with the PUA designation. Additional details can be found here.”

 

 

“Food insecurity is real, not just in Norwalk, but around the state, and it has gotten worse as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic,” Rilling said in the update. “I ask those who can to consider donating food or money to one of the many great food pantries and groups in the community. Please help your friends and help your neighbors.”

 

Gov. Ned Lamont, at his Thursday COVID-19 response briefing.

Three Norwalk deaths bring total to 98

(Posted at 3:30 a.m. Friday May 8)

NORWALK, Conn. — Connecticut continued to see declining COVID-19 hospitalizations Thursday, with a reduction of 60 statewide. Fairfield County hospitalizations dropped by 20.

Norwalk lost three citizens, bringing the total to 98, Mayor Harry Rilling’s evening update said.

“My stomach dropped when I learned that three more residents have died from coronavirus. My heart aches for these families that have been torn apart because of this horrible virus. I cannot imagine the pain and grief they are feeling. I am so sorry for their losses and send my thoughts and prayers to their loved ones,” Rilling said in the update.

A chart from Mayor Harry Rilling’s Wednesday update, top; the Thursday update, bottom.

There are discrepancies in the update. Wednesday’s chart showed that 11 people in their 60s had died but Thursday’s shows that it’s nine people.

“Our health department follows up to confirm all data that is reported in the state system. In the course of that process they determined one individual appeared in the state report three times with three different spellings of his or her name. The duplicates were removed,” Norwalk Chief of Staff Laoise King said in a midnight email.

The chart also shows changes in the number of people who were more than 70 who died. King said she didn’t know the reason for that.

“My guess would be that it’s a similar data cleaning issue,” she wrote. “We report the data as it appears in the state system as of the time we put out the numbers each night. The health department then verifies each case reported in the system to ensure the data is accurate. Sometimes errors are identified and corrected. We do it this way because the number of errors are small and to verify each data point before reporting would create a lag of several days before we could report anything. We feel that getting people as close to real time data as possible is very important, but it may result in small adjustments being made to the numbers in the following days.”

She said she’d check on this Friday.

Norwalk Communications Manager Josh Morgan on Friday said, “The Norwalk Health Department and the State Department of Health is constantly doing data cleanup. It’s why there are disclaimers on the top of each of the charts as the numbers might be adjusted. For instance, that might mean adding cases which did not have the correct town of residency, or removing duplicate cases. This process happens day and night!”

Norwalk’s Thursday evening report listed 26 new COVID-19 positive test results, bringing the total to 1,745.

The U.S. Census’ latest estimate for Norwalk population is 89,047. If that’s the case, then the rate of confirmed COVID-19 cases is nearly 2 percent. Deaths account for .11 percent of the population.

Rilling announced Thursday that certain parks and amenities would be open starting this weekend.

“While we are working to slowly reopen certain amenities and parks, please remember that three more people in our community just died. The decisions we make are a matter of life and death in many instances. I get people want to flip the switch and get back to normal, but that cannot happen based on everything I am hearing from the health experts,” Rilling said in the release. “Norwalk – there is some light at the end of the tunnel, but it is still dim. Each day I hope and pray that it gets brighter and brighter. Thank you for your continued patience and cooperation.”

Statewide, there were 79 new deaths and 789 positive test results, out of 4,727 tests reported.

“Very important is the number of positive tests as a percentage of the test performed, is down. It’s about 17 percent. And that’s counterbalanced by another 79 deaths of our friends here in the Connecticut family,” Gov. Ned Lamont said in his evening press briefing.

The statewide death total is 2,797.

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is using 14 straight days of decreasing hospitalizations as a benchmark for reopening states. Lamont has set a target of May 20 to begin a phased-in attempt to return Connecticut to work.

Connecticut’s hospitalizations have dropped 14 of the last 15 days. They went up Tuesday.

“We were worried a little bit,” Lamont said. “And that’s a (downward) trend that I hope we’re able to count on. Just as importantly, our testing continues to ramp up.”

This post was updated at 4 p.m. Friday, May 8, to add a statement further explaining data discrepancies.

 

(Stock Photo Secrets)

(Posted at 4:30 a.m. Thursday May 7)

Hospitalization downward trend resumes; three Norwalk deaths

NORWALK, Conn. — The decline of COVID-19 hospitalizations resumed Wednesday with a reduction of 55 statewide. Norwalk lost three citizens, bringing the total to 95.

One of the local deaths was of a person in his or her 30s. Two were in their 70s.

“I am sad to share news that three more Norwalk residents have died from COVID-19,” Mayor Harry Rilling said in his evening update, the source of this information. “My heart goes to out to their families, friends and loved ones. We are not out of the woods yet, but it looks as though we are past the peak of positive cases. This really is a testament to the work of people physically distancing and staying home. I know it hasn’t been easy, but it has made a difference. I know everyone is eager to return to some sense of normalcy, but it will be a slow process. My team and I will be releasing a detailed plan soon on how we’ll gradually open more services and amenities in Norwalk.”

Hospitalizations declined by 55 statewide and by 30 in Fairfield County, State documents show.

They went up Tuesday, after 12 days of decrease. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is using 14 straight days of decreasing hospitalizations as a benchmark for reopening states. Lamont has set a target of May 20 to begin a phased-in attempt to return Connecticut to work.

“Everybody was saying, ‘What are you going to do if the hospitalizations creep up?’ And what we saw yesterday, I hope was just a one-day blip,” Gov. Ned Lamont said during his daily briefing.

Connecticut administered 2,804 tests in the 24-hour period and 374 came back positive, or 13.3 percent. Tuesday’s ratio was 19.6 percent.

Lamont called that important, “one indication of what’s going on in terms of community spread.”

The three-day moving average of hospitalizations continues to trend down, and the May 20 date is still feasible, Lamont said.

There were 17 new positive cases reported in Norwalk, bringing the total to 1,719.

Rilling’s update shared other information:

  •  “Connecticut Attorney General William Tong announced the formation of a joint federal-state task force to combat COVID-19 related fraud in Connecticut. The task force will investigate and prosecute a wide range of misconduct related to the COVID-19 pandemic, including price gouging, healthcare and government program fraud, consumer and small business scams, lending scams, charities fraud, and cyber fraud. Members of the public can report fraud by emailing [email protected] or calling 860-808-5318. More details at ct.gov.
  • “Mayor Rilling will be joined by Norwalk Health Director Deanna D’Amore for a live Zoom Town Hall on Thursday, May 7 at 6 p.m. Members of the public will be able to ask questions in real time. More information is available at norwalkct.org/meetings.
  • “In an effort to continue to support Norwalk families with young children during a time of social distancing, early childhood partners have come together to offer virtual support groups for Norwalk families with children ages 0-5. The groups will be offered twice a week via Zoom in both Spanish and English, beginning Friday, May 8. One group will be held Tuesdays at 10 a.m. in Spanish and the other will be held Fridays at 3 p.m. in English. More information here.
  • City officials and health professionals remind the public to call 9-1-1 for any emergency. First responders are well-trained and prepared to respond to calls, and residents should not fear coming in contact with COVID-19 by calling 9-1-1 or going to the emergency room.
  • “May 6 is National Nurses Day and School Nurse Appreciation Day. City officials offer thanks and praise to all of the nurses in the community.”

 

“There are many in the community who are on the frontlines of this pandemic, but today, I want to offer a special thank you to all of the nurses who are working tirelessly to keep the community safe and healthy,” Rilling said in the release. “Nurses always goes above and beyond and I am eternally grateful for the work you do.”

 

Gov. Ned Lamont, upper right, talks about hospitalizations during his Tuesday press conference, as shown on CT-N.

Hospitalizations increase

(Posted at 3:30 a.m. Wednesday, May 6)

NORWALK, Conn. — COVID-19 hospitalizations increased Tuesday in Connecticut, ending a 12-day downward trend. Another Norwalk senior has died.

There were 648 new positive test results statewide out of 3,313 tests. Gov. Ned Lamont took hope from that, pointing out during his daily update that the 19.6 percent infection rate was “pretty low.”

Hospitalizations “popped up a little bit,” increasing by 36, Lamont said. “Remember we’ve had a good downward trend. … One day is not something really to focus on. But it’s just to keep in mind that this is by no means behind us.”

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is using 14 straight days of decreasing hospitalizations as a benchmark for reopening states. Lamont has set a target of May 20 to begin a phased-in attempt to return Connecticut to work.

Fairfield County hospitalizations increased by 12 and New Haven County saw an increase of 17.

Lamont called the increase “an outlier.”

“But we watch this carefully because COVID is highly infectious and there’s not a lot of margin for error,” he said.

Norwalk reported an additional four new positive tests, bringing the total to 1,702. The death of a person who was at least 80 years old brings the total to 92.

“I am sad to share that we have lost another one of our residents to COVID-19,” Rilling said in the update. “I offer my deepest sympathies to their family, friends, and loved ones during this difficult time. I remain concerned with what I have seen at some of our larger retailers and by customers. It is imperative that stores follow reduced capacity guidelines and customers physically distance themselves and wear face coverings. I fear not following these orders will slow the reopening of more businesses.”

Rilling’s update shared other information:

  • Governor Ned Lamont announced today that schools will be kept closed for the remainder of the 2020 school year. A decision on summer school is expected later this month. Norwalk Public Schools will continue to provide free meals weekdays from 12 p.m. – 2 p.m. More information can be found at ct.gov.
  • “Last night, the Board of Estimate and Taxation approved a $1.6 million special appropriation to purchase laptops for teachers and students to assist in ongoing distance learning plans. Mayor Rilling was supportive of the expenditure, and said ‘this is a good investment since we do not know what the future holds and how COVID-19 will continue to impact Norwalk. There is a real possibility schools could be closed for extended periods of time again. While much of the future is unknown, we do know that our young people are the next generation of leaders. It is incumbent on us to make sure they have the tools and resources they need.’
  • “The boat launch at Veteran’s Park will be open for daily launches and marina slip holders on Saturday, May 9, and Sunday, May 10, from 7 a.m. – 7 p.m. Daily launch passes and seasonal permits will be available to purchase via credit card on-site. Please email [email protected] for more information.
  • “Under a previous executive order signed by Governor Lamont, for rent due in May 2020, landlords must grant a 60-day grace period for payment upon the request of tenants. Under this provision, a tenant must to notify the landlord that they have lost a job, lost hours, or otherwise lost revenue or faced significant increased expenses as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The deadline for renters to request an extension in writing is May 10, 2020.”

 

Regarding the school year, Rilling said, “I applaud the Governor, Commissioners Cardona and Bye for making decisions in the best interest of the health and safety of students and families. I know teachers and students in Norwalk will continue to put forth their best efforts between now and the end of this very unusual school year.”

 

 

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

Norwalk death toll nears 100

(Posted at 12:37 a.m., Tuesday May 5)

NORWALK, Conn. — Five new Norwalk COVID-19 deaths were reported Monday, including a person who was in his or her 40s.

There were 35 new positive tests reported, bringing the total to 1,698.

One of the deaths was of a person in his or her 70s and the others were at least 80 years old, Mayor Harry Rilling’s update indicated. This brings the death total to 91.

“It is troubling that five more of our residents have died from coronavirus. The amount of people we have lost and the number of families grieving as a result of this pandemic is heartbreaking,” Rilling said in the release. “I pray for them and all of Norwalk. I remind everyone to continue taking all of the necessary precautions to keep yourself, your loved ones, and your community safe and healthy.”

Statewide, there were 661 more positive COVID-19 test and 61 more deaths.

Connecticut saw its twelfth day of reduced hospitalizations. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is using 14 straight days of decreasing hospitalizations as a benchmark for reopening states. Gov. Ned Lamont has set a target of May 20 to begin a phased-in attempt to return Connecticut to work.

The decreasing hospitalizations are due to Fairfield, Hartford, and New Haven counties all being on a downward trend and other counties not seeing an uptick thanks to social distancing, Lamont said in his daily briefing.

Fairfield County hospitalizations decreased by seven patients, State documents show.

The death rate is slightly lower than the previous five days, Lamont said.

State statistics show:

  • Stamford: 2,783 positive COVID-19 cases
  • Bridgeport: 2,217 positive COVID-19 cases
  • New Haven: 1,694 positive COVID-19 cases
  • Norwalk: 1,623 positive COVID-19 cases
  • Danbury: 1,433 positive COVID-19 cases

 

Rilling’s update highlighted other info:

  • “The Norwalk Public Library posted an online photo gallery – “Norwalk Strong: Life During COVID-19” – that depict everyday life in Norwalk during the COVID-19 pandemic. Thank you to everyone who submitted photos. View the online gallery at norwalkpl.org.
  • “City officials remind the public that programs, events, and activities at City facilities remain canceled, and team sports, leagues, and practices are not allowed.
  • “May 4 – 8 is Teacher Appreciation Week, and Mayor Rilling and City officials say thank you to the more than 900 certified teachers in Norwalk who continue to be there for their students during these challenging times.”

 

“Teachers are passionate and help our children grow and develop to their fullest potential,” Rilling said in the update. “I am in awe of how quickly and willingly they have thrown themselves into a new normal and a new way of teaching during the COVID-19 pandemic. Norwalk Public Schools teachers are some of the most dedicated, patient, and caring people. Thank you teachers for everything you do – keep up the great work.”

 

 

 

This scanning electron microscope image shows SARS-CoV-2 (yellow)—also known as 2019-nCoV, the virus that causes COVID-19—isolated from a patient in the U.S., emerging from the surface of cells (blue/pink) cultured in the lab. (Courtesy of National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases {NIAID}.)

Three Norwalk elders die; Rilling warns: ‘Take pandemic seriously’

(Posted 5:37 p.m. Sunday, May 3)

NORWALK, Conn. — There were 12 new COVID-19 positive cases reported Sunday in Norwalk, bringing the total to 1,663. There were also three new deaths reported, bringing the total to 86.

One of the people who died was in his or her 60s, one was in his or her 70s and one was at least 80 years old, Mayor Harry Rilling’s evening update indicated.

“I am sad to share the news that three more Norwalk residents have died from coronavirus,” Rilling said in the update. “I offer my heartfelt condolences to these grieving families. This is a sobering reminder that we must continue taking this pandemic seriously. Most people are being responsible, but I have seen retail establishments and public spaces becoming more crowded and some people not following proper guidelines. I know people are clamoring to get back to normal – or a new normal – especially now with the weather improving. I wish it were as simple as snapping my fingers to make it so. We have to be thoughtful, strategic, and deliberate with how we slowly reopen and reintroduce services and amenities. We’ve come such a long way and I fear moving too quickly will result in COVID-19 staying here longer.”

Statewide, there were 59 additional deaths. Hospitalizations dropped by 63. This report means 11 straight days of decreasing hospitalizations. State officials have been looking for 14 straight days of decreasing hospitalizations as a benchmark for reopening the state. Lamont has set a target of May 20 to begin a phased-in attempt to return Connecticut to work.

Fairfield County hospitalizations decreased by 11 patients, State documents show. There were 514 hospitalizations reported in Fairfield County.

Rilling’s update highlighted other info:

 

  • “The Department of Social Services will be providing $15.4 million in Emergency Supplemental Nutrition Assistance (SNAP) benefits to nearly half of Connecticut’s SNAP participants on Friday, May 8, 2020. More information is available at ct.gov/snap.
  • “The Yard Waste Site will be open to both residential and commercial users Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday this week from 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. Traffic will be detoured down Reynolds Street and onto South Smith Street. There will be no access directly from Fort Point Street.
  • “In light of the COVID-19 outbreak, the U.S. Census Bureau is adjusting 2020 Census operations, but the census is still underway. Those living in Norwalk are asked to complete the Census online, by phone, or by mail. To date, the national response rate is about 56.3 %, and in Connecticut, 59.6%. In Norwalk, the response rate is at 58.3%. View results as they come in here.
  • “Mayor Rilling will be hosting a Zoom Town Hall on Monday, May 4, at 7:45 p.m. He will be joined by Norwalk Police Chief Thomas Kulhawik and State Senate Majority Leader Bob Duff. Members of the public can submit questions live by visiting bit.ly/May4TownHall on Monday. The Town Hall will also be streamed on YouTube and Facebook. No registration is required.”

 

 

“I hope residents will join me, Chief Kulhawik, and Senator Duff for our live Town Hall tomorrow night,” Rilling said in the update. “A lot is happening locally and at the state level, and I look forward to providing the latest updates and answering all of your questions. Please join us at 7:45 tomorrow night.”

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Four Norwalk seniors die; 10th day of decreased hospitalizations

An illustration from the Connecticut Department of Public Health’s Saturday COVID-19 update.

(Posted at 10 p.m., Saturday, May 2)

NORWALK, Conn. — There were 30 new COVID-19 positive cases reported Saturday in Norwalk, bringing the total to 1,651. There were also four new deaths reported.

All of the people who were reported as deceased in this report were at least 80 years old, Mayor Harry Rilling’s evening update indicated. Of the 83 reported deaths, 41 were in this age category.

“I am sad to report that four more residents have died from coronavirus. These are someone’s parents, siblings, and children – real people – not just numbers on a page. I cannot imagine the grief and sorrow these families must be feeling. I hope they find peace and comfort during this difficult moment,” Rilling said in the update.

Statewide, there were 523 additional COVID-19 cases reported and 97 additional deaths. Hospitalizations dropped by 41. With 2,236 tests administered, Saturday’s positive results were 23.4 percent of those tested. The statewide death total is 2,436; Fairfield County has had 865 deaths.

The Saturday report means 10 straight days of decreasing hospitalizations. State officials have been looking for 14 straight days of decreasing hospitalizations as a benchmark for reopening the state. Lamont has set a target of May 20 to begin a phased-in attempt to return Connecticut to work.

Fairfield County hospitalizations decreased by 12 patients, State documents show. There were 525 hospitalizations reported in Fairfield County.

Rilling’s update highlighted other info:

  • Earlier this week, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention identified six new symptoms that may come with COVID-19: chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, and loss of taste or smell. The CDC reminds people the list of symptoms is not all-inclusive and to call a medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning.”
  • Residents are reminded that all parking fees for street, surface lots, and garages have been suspended through May. Officials note that permit holders may see emails indicating a charge for May will be applied. This is an automated and prescheduled message. Permit holders will not be charged for May parking fees. If a charge appears or if someone has a question, email [email protected] or call (203) 831-9063.”
  • Governor Lamont signed Executive Order 7HH, which, among other things, permits common interest communities, such as condominium associations and homeowners associations, to conduct business remotely and hold votes entirely by ballot without a meeting if their by-laws or governing documents do not already permit it.”
  • Residents are reminded that vehicular access to Calf Pasture Beach is currently restricted and no parking is allowed on neighborhood streets, like Canfield Avenue. Norwalk residents are permitted to park at Marvin School. The Norwalk Police Department is monitoring and will ticket and tow, as necessary.”

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Two Norwalk elders die; ninth day of decreased hospitalizations

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

(Posted 3 a.m. Saturday May 2)

NORWALK, Conn. — There were 18 new COVID-19 positive cases reported Friday in Norwalk, bringing the total to 1,621. There were also two new deaths reported. Now, a total of 79 residents have died from coronavirus.

Both deaths were people who were at least 80 years old, Mayor Harry Rilling’s evening update indicated.

“I am sad to share that two more of our residents have died from coronavirus. I wish I didn’t have to make these types of announcements, and I hope someday soon, I won’t have to any longer. I offer my sympathies and prayers to the families who are grieving the loss of their loved ones,” Rilling said in the update.

Statewide, there were 1,064 additional COVID-19 cases reported and 82 additional deaths. Hospitalizations dropped by 58. With 3,124 tests administered, Connecticut reached a total 100,257. Friday’s positive results were 34 percent of those tested.

The Friday report means nine straight days of decreasing hospitalizations. State officials have been looking for 14 straight days of decreasing hospitalizations as a benchmark for reopening the state. Lamont has set a target of May 20 to begin a phased-in attempt to return Connecticut to work.

The statewide deaths are almost evenly divided by gender, but more women are testing positive for the disease than men. Women make up nearly 56 percent of the positive cases but only 49.5 percent of the deaths.

Fairfield County hospitalizations decreased by 28 patients, State documents show.

Rilling’s update highlighted other info:

  • “The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development notified the City of Norwalk that it will receive an allocation of more than $500,000 in CDBG-CV funding. This funding was authorized through the federal CARES Act. The Norwalk Redevelopment Agency is currently accepting applications from interested nonprofit organizations and municipal government agencies for CDBG-CV funding to be used to prevent, prepare for, and respond to the COVID-19 outbreak. Applications for CDBG-CV funding consideration must be received by the Norwalk Redevelopment Agency by 5 p.m. on May 20, 2020 via email to [email protected] Applications and more information available at bit.ly/NorwalkCDBG-CV.”
  • “With warmer weather expected the next two days, Mayor Rilling has authorized extra police officers to monitor the beach. Members of the public are asked to maintain proper physical distancing, which will be watched and enforced by NPD.”
  • “Mayor Rilling will be hosting a Zoom Town Hall on Monday, May 4, at 7:45 p.m. He will be joined by Norwalk Police Chief Thomas Kulhawik and State Senate Majority Leader Bob Duff. Members of the public can submit questions live by visiting bit.ly/May4TownHall on Monday. The Town Hall will also be streamed on YouTube and Facebook. No registration is required.”

 

 

“We are all working to get through this. It’s hard, no doubt about that, and the truth is we are building the plane as we are flying it. I am proud of the team we have in Norwalk – from City staff to volunteers and nonprofit organizations to local business. Everyone is putting in hard work to see we get through this pandemic,” Rilling said in the update. “My team and I are working on the Reopen Norwalk transition plan, which will follow the guidelines set out by the medical experts. I look forward to sharing those details very soon.”

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Five Norwalk citizens die; eighth day of decreased hospitalizations

An illustration from the Connecticut Department of Public Health’s Thursday COVID-19 update.

(Posted 3 a.m. Friday, May 1)

NORWALK, Conn. — There were 59 new COVID-19 positive cases reported Thursday in Norwalk, bringing the total to 1,603. There were also five new deaths reported. Now, a total of 77 residents have died from coronavirus.

One of the deaths was of a citizen in his or her 50s. Two were of people in their 70s and two were more than 80 years old.

“It is tragic to report that we have lost five more residents to this terrible virus,” Mayor Harry Rilling said in his evening update. “These people have been taken from their families and friends too soon. I offer my heartfelt condolences to their loved ones and will keep them in my prayers.”

He also said, “I also want to reassure the public that our first responders take all the necessary precautions and proactive measures to limit the exposure and spread of COVID-19. Please, do not be fearful of calling 9-1-1 when there is an emergency. Help will arrive quickly and safely, and in an emergency, do not wait or hesitate to call.”

Statewide, there were 933 additional COVID-19 cases reported and 89 additional deaths. Hospitalizations dropped by 41. With 2,315 tests administer, the rate of positive results was 40 percent.

Gov. Ned Lamont pointed out Wednesday that the percentage that day was 22 percent. On Tuesday, it was 16 percent.

The Thursday report means eight straight days of decreasing hospitalizations. State officials have been looking for 14 straight days of decreasing hospitalizations as a benchmark for reopening the state.

Lamont said Thursday that the state has a target date of May 20 for allowing some services to resume. See separate story.

Fairfield County hospitalizations decreased by 26 patients, State documents show. Fairfield County’s rate of COVID-19 cases is 1,197 per 100,000 residents, or 1.2 percent.

State statistics show:

  • Stamford: 2,390 positive COVID-19 cases
  • Bridgeport: 1,961 positive COVID-19 cases
  • New Haven: 1,581 positive COVID-19 cases
  • Norwalk: 1,517 positive COVID-19 cases
  • Danbury: 1,372 positive COVID-19 cases

 

These are state statistics; the 1,603 Norwalk cases cited above is according to Rilling’s update, which comes out later.

The U.S. Census’ latest estimate for Norwalk population is 89,047. If that’s the case, then the rate of confirmed COVID-19 cases was at 1.7 percent when the State released its statistics. It was 1.8 percent when Rilling’s report came out.

The Census estimates Stamford’s population as 129,775. This would make the rate of confirmed COVID-19 cases as just over 1.8 percent, when the State released its report.

Rilling’s update highlighted other info:

  • “The State of Connecticut partnered with the developers of the How We Feel app to anonymously provide scientists with critical health information needed to understand the spread of COVID-19. The app is free to download in the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store and does not require logging in or sharing personal details, such as name or email address. Data can also be entered online at howwefeel.app.
  • “The boat launch at Veteran’s Park will be open this Saturday, May 2 and Sunday, May 3, from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. for Norwalk residents only who rent marina slips and wish to put their boat in the water. Appointments must be made by 5 p.m. on Friday, May 1. Please email [email protected] for more information and to make an appointment.
  • “Today, the Connecticut Department of Labor began accepting claim applications for the self-employed, many who are eligible to collect unemployment insurance benefits under the federal Pandemic Unemployment Assistance Program. More information can be found here.”

 

Rilling also reminded everyone that Norwalk Public Schools is taking a day off from distance learning, today, Friday May 1. “Meal services for families with children under 18 years of age will still be available at the 11 distribution sites in Norwalk from 12 p.m. – 2 p.m.”

 

Positive trend continues; another Norwalk senior dies

 

An illustration from the Connecticut Department of Public Health’s Wednesday COVID-19 update.

(Posted at 3 a.m Thursday, April 30)

NORWALK, Conn. — COVID-19 hospitalizations continued their downward trend Wednesday in Connecticut. Statewide, hospitalization decreased by 41, most of that in Fairfield County, which saw a 29 bed decline.

Positive COVID-19 tests increased by 455, out of 2,073 tests administered. “It is a smaller percentage of the number of tests performed, so I think this is all relatively good news in terms of what we’re trying to accomplish,” Gov. Ned Lamont said.

“Since yesterday, there are nine new positive cases in Norwalk, bringing the total positive reported cases to 1,544. There was also one new death reported. Now, a total of 72 residents have died from coronavirus,’ Mayor Harry Rilling’s update reported.

The death was of a Norwalker who was at least 80 years old.

“I am sorry to share the news that another one of our residents has died from coronavirus. My heart goes out to their friends, family, and loved ones. I wish them peace and comfort,” Rilling said in the release. “We’ve all been operating in a new normal for close to six weeks now. That has taken a lot of hard work and effort, and I appreciate the sacrifices our residents have made and continue to make. I ask them to please remember that the decisions we make regarding this virus, is, in many cases, a matter of life and death.”

 

 

Trends move in right direction; Norwalker dies

 

Dr. Matthew Carter, state epidemiologist. (Mark Pazniokas, CTMirror.org)

(Posted at 3 a.m. Wednesday, April 29)

NORWALK, Conn. — There were “only” 315 new positive COVID-19 test results reported Tuesday in Connecticut.

“I usually don’t spend as much time on the positive cases because I tell you, that’s simply a function of how much testing we’re doing. But we did a fair amount of testing, 2000 tests performed, and only 315 positive cases – 315 is the lowest we’ve had in weeks,” Gov. Ned Lamont said in his daily press conference. “And that’s about a 16 percent or so test rate so we’ll see if that indicates anything. But when I say ‘only’ 315, I don’t mean it.”

Hospitalizations are down for the sixth day in a row, he said.

“That’s, of course, a trend line that we’re following as regards our plans for a gradual reopening of what we’re trying to do,” Lamont said. “And that’s indicative of the fact that our hospitals have capacity. They’re about two thirds capacity right now. That’s a good sign and our ICU is even have more capacity.”

State documents show that statewide hospitalizations for COVID-19 decreased by 28, and Fairfield County’s decline was seven.

“I think it’s clear that social mitigates what we’ve done in terms of social distancing has had a dramatic effect on disease transmission. We certainly have seen a much slower spread of COVID-19 in the state of Connecticut than we thought we would see a month ago,” Dr. Matthew Carter, state epidemiologist, said.

“The trends are encouraging. But the number of cases that we still have are, are far too many,” Carter continued. “And we should not think that we are through this at this point in time. If you look at the number of hospitalizations that are continuing to happen, the number of deaths that are continuing to happen, the New York City, Connecticut, New Jersey tri state outbreak is still some of the largest COVID activity in the United States, and we still have a ways to go.”

There were 77 new deaths reported in Connecticut, bringing the total to 2,089. In Norwalk, Mayor Harry Rilling reported one death. The Norwalk resident was in his or her 40s, Rilling’s evening update indicates.

“I am sad to report that we have lost another Norwalk resident to COVID-19. This is not news I want to share, but feel it important to let our community know the impact of this virus, and to remind this person’s loved ones that our community remembers them and is praying for them,” Rilling said in the update.

“Since yesterday, there are 40 new positive cases in Norwalk, bringing the total positive reported cases to 1,535,” and 71 people have died, the update said.

Lamont and Carter spoke of reopening the economy.

“One of the things that we have learned about COVID-19 is that it’s very unpredictable. And it’s also clear that we are probably going to see increased in COVID activity in the southern hemisphere and Australia, at the South Africa, etc., places that are just now entering their winter season,” Carter said. “So COVID is going to continue to exist, if even if our numbers go down here in the United States, and it is likely that we will see a second wave in the fall.”

If there is a second wave, “I think we have time to prepare to make sure that we have enough personal protective equipment,” Carter said. “We may have an antiviral treatment at that point in time, something that actually treat the patient, which would be a tremendous advance. We will not have a vaccine yet by the fall, but you will be in a better place. I don’t think any of us would look forward to re entering quarantine again the way we have. But it’s something that we need to be prepared for.

Lamont said Connecticut will use contact tracing methods like those used for the measles, to help control the spread of the disease.

The Connecticut Department of Public Health has teamed up with Microsoft on a project called ContaCT, Kristen Soto, DPH director of infectious diseases, said. “We’ll be working closely with Microsoft to implement this solution over the next month.”

“Without contact tracing, people might spread COVID-19 unknowingly,” Soto said. “I think it’s important to point out that although people can choose to stay home if they’re sick, oftentimes people might spread a disease either before they start to show symptoms or if they’re asymptomatic. So even if somebody follows all of the public health recommendations, there is still a chance that they could unknowingly spread it to their close contacts.”

“This is what we’re working on a regional basis with the Governor Cuomo and the others,” Lamont said. “And we’re beginning to roll that out now in a serious way, because that’s the most effective thing we can do to reduce the spread, limit the spread, and get you back to work.”

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Hospitalizations continue to decline; a new Norwalk death

A chart shown during Gov. Ned Lamont’s Monday update on the State’s COVID-19 response.

 

(Posted at 3 a.m., Tuesday April 28)

NORWALK, Conn. — A Norwalk resident who was in his or her 30s has died from COVID-19, Mayor Harry Rilling’s evening update indicates.

“Since yesterday, there are 12 new positive cases in Norwalk, bringing the total positive reported cases to 1,495. There was also one new death reported. Now, a total of 70 residents have died from coronavirus,” the update states.

“I am distraught to report another death of a Norwalk resident due to coronavirus. This person had so much life left to live and COVID cut that far too short. I can’t imagine the grief and pain their family must be feeling. I will keep them in my thoughts and prayers,” Rilling said in the release.

State documents show that hospitalizations for COVID-19 dropped again Sunday. The statewide total decreased by eight, and Fairfield County’s decline was also eight. New Haven County had three less hospitalizations while Hartford County had three more.

Hospitalizations are a key metric, Gov. Ned Lamont said at his Monday press conference. “I always care about admissions because a lot of these hospitals numbers sort of reflect not just how many people are going in, but how many are going out,” he said. “And new hospitalizations sort of reflects perhaps more, what’s going on out there. And while there were 162, new admissions to our hospitals yesterday, that’s down quite a bit about 25 percent over the last day… hopefully there’s a trend going on there.”

Not only is it an indicator of “both the declining rate of infection and hospitalization but it’s also obviously a key indicator of the capacity of our hospitals to both get back to business dealing with a lot of other procedures that have been put on hold that are critical,” Connecticut Chief Operating Officer Josh Geballe said. It’s also “a statement on their PPE supplies, and their confidence around that, and the ability to respond to any hotspots that could pop up in the future.”

The number of tests done in Connecticut jumped dramatically, from 79,811 to 90,746.

The count “replaces the total number of patients tested for COVID-19 and includes persons who were tested multiple times or multiple specimens tested from the same person,” the State document said.

There have been 727 deaths in Fairfield County.

“We have nearly 1500 cases of the coronavirus in the city of Norwalk,” Rilling said to Norwalk Democrats on Monday. “That’s well over 1 percent of our population. We also have 70 people that have passed away. And I can’t stress enough that those are not just numbers. Those are people that live in our city, that raised their family in our city, they’re mothers, they’re fathers, grandparents, children, best friends, It is a very, very sad and scary time.”

His update touched on other topics:

  • “The Norwalk Public Library is asking residents to send in photos for a new online exhibit entitled “Norwalk Strong: Life During COVID-19.” Photos of everyday life in Norwalk will be used to curate an online photo gallery that celebrates residents. Please send your photos to [email protected] no later than Thursday, April 30.
  • “The Yard Waste Site will be open for residents on Tuesday and Thursday from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. this week. Members of the public are advised that all traffic will be detoured down Reynolds Street and onto South Smith Street. There will be no access directly from Fort Point Street. The Norwalk Police Department will be present to assist with traffic control.
  • “The State of Connecticut has partnered with CONNSTEP and the Connecticut Business & Industry Association (CBIA) to assist in the distribution of recently donated surgical masks to eligible businesses. Eligible businesses include those listed as essential businesses as defined by the state with 50 employees or fewer. Eligible businesses can request no more than two masks per employee by filling out the form here. Requested masks will be distributed by the City of Norwalk on a designated day as early as next week. Officials will contact businesses with a date, time, and location to receive the requested surgical masks, while supplies last.”

 

A Norwalk senior dies; Rilling warns of cyber scams

(Posted at 3 a.m. Monday, April 26)

This transmission electron microscope image shows SARS-CoV-2, 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. — The Norwalk death toll from COVID-19 is at 69.

“Since yesterday, there are 81 new positive cases in Norwalk, bringing the total positive reported cases to 1,483. There was also one new death reported,” Mayor Harry Rilling’s Sunday update said.  

The person who died was at least 80 years old.

“Learning we have another COVID death in Norwalk is sad. I offer my sympathies and prayers to their loved ones. While the case numbers are trending the right direction, I ask that we remain vigilant in the fight against coronavirus,” Rilling said in the release.

State documents show that hospitalizations for COVID-19 dropped again Sunday. The statewide decrease was 44, and the Fairfield County decline was 14.

  • Monday, April 20: 733 hospitalizations
  • Tuesday, April 21: 735 hospitalizations
  • Wednesday, April 22: 749 hospitalizations
  • Thursday, April 23: 730 hospitalizations
  • Friday, April 24: 694 hospitalizations
  • Saturday, April 25: 649 hospitalizations
  • Sunday, April 26: 635 hospitalizations

 

No county showed an increase in hospitalizations.  There were an additional 687 COVID-19 positive cases reported statewide, and 62 new deaths. The death total is 1,924. Tests have been administered on 79,811 people.

“When you take a broad look at the data over the last two weeks, we’ve shown that we can flatten the curve and control the spread of this virus through kinds of social distancing measures that we’ve implemented – but we are not out of the woods yet,” Gov. Ned Lamont said in the release. “When it comes creating an action plan on the steps we should take next, our primary objective needs to focus on not causing any harm to the progress we have made so far, otherwise our infection and hospitalization rates will go right back up. Our health care system has been amazing throughout this pandemic, and we are going to continue working with them to ramp up testing even more, including through antibody tests and contact tracing. This approach is key to getting people back to work and ensuring that workers are adequately protected when they return.”

State statistics show:

  • Stamford: 2,255 positive COVID-19 cases
  • Bridgeport: 1,768 positive COVID-19 cases
  • New Haven: 1,411 positive COVID-19 cases
  • Norwalk: 1,409 positive COVID-19 cases
  • Danbury: 1,321 positive COVID-19 cases

Rilling’s update highlighted other info:

  • “Beginning on Tuesday, April 28, a new ‘walk up’ window will open at Norwalk City Hall for those who wish to pay taxes in-person or drop off basic materials for the Town Clerk or Tax Assessor offices. This service will be available Tuesday-Thursday from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. and will not act as a payment drop box and cash is not accepted. Members of the public are asked to please call ahead and to adhere to physical distancing guidelines. Taxes can also be paid online or by mail. More information can be found at norwalkct.org/taxcollector.
  • “Mayor Rilling reminds the public of Governor Lamont’s Executive Order 7BB which requires face coverings to be worn in public wherever close contact is unavoidable. Any person who is unable to maintain a safe social distance of approximately six feet is required to wear a face covering, including at stores and other public spaces. Mayor Rilling has observed some members of the public not following this order.
  • “The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency remind the public to always follow the directions labeled on cleaning products and disinfectants, and to never apply the product to oneself or others. Do not ingest disinfectants and do not apply these products directly to food. Household cleaners and disinfectants can cause health problems and poisoning when not used properly. More information from the EPA can be found here. Learn more about safely cleaning and disinfecting your home here.
  • “Local officials continue to urge residents to use caution and be mindful of increased cyber threats. Cyber criminals are exploiting the COVID-19 pandemic by creating fake coronavirus sites filled with malware/viruses, or that seek fraudulent relief donations. Additionally, email and text messaging campaigns are ongoing with fake updates from schools, work, or the doctor’s office, as well as spoofing online shopping retailers claiming that hard to find items, such as hand sanitizer, are in stock. Clicking links in these messages can infect devices with malware or direct users to scam sites used to steal credit card or other personal identifiable information. More detailed information is available from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security here.
  • “The 2020 Census is ongoing and ABCD, Inc. has produced Norwalk-specific videos in English and Spanish explaining it’s an ideal time to complete the Census. It is important that everyone in Norwalk is counted to help ensure the City receives proper funding for social services and more. To date, the national response rate is about 53.2%, and in Connecticut, 55.9%. In Norwalk, the response rate is at 54.9%. Response rates are frequently updated here.

 

 

“Unfortunately, criminals will always find a way to try to exploit tragedy or crisis for personal gain. I urge the public to be extra cautious and think twice before clicking links or opening unexpected emails,” Rilling said in the release. “I am encouraged with the community’s response rate to the 2020 Census. We are ahead of the national average and not too far behind the state average. It’s important we all be counted.”

Tax Collector Lisa Biagiarelli on Wednesday offered a clarification: taxpayers do not need to call ahead to use the window in her office. They need to call ahead if they want to drop off items for the Town Clerk or the Tax Assessor.

 

Lamont promises to ramp up testing, NPS adds two days off to schedule

(Posted at 3 a.m. Sunday, April 26)

3D print of a spike protein of SARS-CoV-2—also known as 2019-nCoV, the virus that causes COVID-19—in front of a 3D print of a SARS-CoV-2 virus particle. The spike protein (foreground) enables the virus to enter and infect human cells. On the virus model, the virus surface (blue) is covered with spike proteins (red) that enable the virus to enter and infect human cells. For more information, visit the NIH 3D Print Exchange at 3dprint.nih.gov. Credit: NIH

 

NORWALK, Conn. — Hospitalizations for COVID-19 dropped again Saturday. Four Norwalk residents were reported to have died due to the disease, bringing the total to 68.

One of the new deaths was a person in their 50s. One was in their 70s and the other two were at least 80 years old.

“My heart aches thinking about what these families must be going through. These residents leave behind parents, siblings, children – loved ones whose lives will not be the same. I hope someday they can find peace and comfort,” Mayor Harry Rilling said in his evening update.

“Since yesterday, there are 12 new positive cases in Norwalk, bringing the total positive reported cases to 1,402,” Rilling’s update said. “…In Fairfield County, the number of new positive cases went from 10,227 to 10,373.”

State documents show that Fairfield County hospitalizations dropped by 45. The stats:

 

  • Saturday, April 18: 776 hospitalizations
  • Sunday, April 19: 746 hospitalizations
  • Monday, April 20: 733 hospitalizations
  • Tuesday, April 21: 735 hospitalizations
  • Wednesday, April 22: 749 hospitalizations
  • Thursday, April 23: 730 hospitalizations
  • Friday, April 24: 694 hospitalizations
  • Saturday, April 25: 649 hospitalizations

 

 

Statewide hospitalizations decreased by 67. There were an additional 661 COVID-19 positive cases reported statewide, and 98 new deaths. The death total is 1,862. Tests have been administered on 77,602 people.

“In the coming days and weeks, we will be significantly increasing the state’s capacity to test our residents, specifically those first responders and essential employees who are on the front lines, because testing is a key component of re-opening our economy,” Gov. Ned Lamont said in his update. “Data has shown that a significant number of people who are infected don’t even show symptoms and are unaware that they are spreading this virus to other people. This is why it is so important that we increase our testing, and working with the federal government and our state’s health care system we will be adding more collection sites and increase access to those who need it.”

“We are not through this crisis, and while cases may be slowing down, it does not change the fact that this virus is highly contagious, and as we know, deadly,” Rilling said in his update. “I know residents have a lot on their minds, and I hope they will join me for a live Town Hall Monday night. I felt it important to have our public health and community services leaders with me to answer questions on COVID-19, what the needs are in Norwalk, and what may be ahead of us. I look forward to fielding those questions at 7 p.m. Monday.”

The info on the town hall and other things:

  • “Mayor Rilling will be hosting a Zoom Town Hall on Monday, April 27, at 7 p.m. He will be joined in conversation with Norwalk Health Director Deanna D’Amore and Norwalk Chief of Community Services Lamond Daniels. Members of the public can submit questions live by visiting bit.ly/April27TownHall on Monday. The Town Hall will also be streamed on YouTube and Facebook. No registration is required.”
  • “Based on input from parents and staff regarding distance learning, Norwalk Public Schools added May 1 and May 15 as days off for students and teachers. Additionally, NPS and City officials remind the public that there are 11 locations across Norwalk where families can pick up free meals for their children. All families who need assistance are welcome to participate in the free program. More information can be found here.”
  • “Congress passed a $480 billion spending bill that expands funding to existing and critical COVID-19 relief programs, with $370 billion set aside for small businesses. City officials encourage Norwalk businesses to apply as soon as possible and check the status of any existing applications as the programs are in high demand and will be exhausted quickly.”

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At least 12 nursing home deaths in Norwalk

 

A screengrab from the Autumn Lake Healthcare at Norwalk website. At least nine residents have died from COVID-19, according to the State.

(Posted at 2 a.m., Saturday, April 25)

NORWALK, Conn. – On Friday, 25 new COVID-19 positive cases were reported in Norwalk, along with four new deaths. Fairfield County hospitalizations declined.

“I am sorry to share the news that four more of our residents have died from coronavirus. This is a horrible virus that is robbing our friends and neighbors of more years with their loved ones. I pray for these families and all who have been impacted by COVID-19,” Mayor Harry Rilling said in the update.

Two of the deceased were in their 70s and the other two were more than 80 years old, the update said. Norwalk’s total positive reported cases is 1,390. In Fairfield County, the number of new positive cases went from 10,008 to 10,227.

State documents show that Fairfield County hospitalizations dropped by 36. The history of the week:

  • Saturday, April 18: 776 hospitalizations
  • Sunday, April 19: 746 hospitalizations
  • Monday, April 20: 733 hospitalizations
  • Tuesday, April 21: 735 hospitalizations
  • Wednesday, April 22: 749 hospitalizations
  • Thursday, April 23: 730 hospitalizations
  • Friday, April 24: 694 hospitalizations

 

Statewide hospitalizations dropped by 70.

There were an additional 821 COVID-19 positive cases reported statewide, and 125 new deaths. The death total is 1,764. Tests have been administered on 74,038 people.

It’s reported that three Norwalk nursing homes now have COVID-19 positive residents.

  • Autumn Lake Healthcare at Norwalk: 20 positive cases (out of 150 beds)
  • Cassena Care at Norwalk: 30 positive cases (out of 150 beds)
  • Notre Dame Health and Rehabilitation Center: Two positive cases (out of 60 beds)

 

The state reports nine laboratory-confirmed deaths and three probable COVID-19 deaths at Autumn Lake Healthcare at Norwalk. It reports three laboratory-confirmed deaths at Cassena Care at Norwalk.

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Rilling’s update featured less somber news:

  • “Governor Lamont announced yesterday the members from the health, business, workforce and education communities who will serve on the Reopen Connecticut Advisory Group. This panel will consult with the Lamont administration and legislative leadership on the reopening of Connecticut’s economy and education system as the nation emerges from the unprecedented public health emergency caused by COVID-19. More details here.
  • “Spring Waste Collection continues the week of April 27 for residents with Thursday and Friday City garbage collection. All yard waste must be curbside by 6 a.m. on Monday, April 27, as the truck only passes by once. Collection guidelines and future dates can be found here.
  • “Mayor Rilling announced that the Fourth of July Fireworks in Norwalk at Calf Pasture Beach have been canceled. This annual event generally attracts more than 20,000 people from Fairfield County and New York to Norwalk, and officials want to limit the size of crowds. This decision follows the cancelation of the City’s annual Memorial Day Parade. Future scheduled summer events remain subject to change.”

 

 

“I know people are eager to try and get back to normal, but we must listen to the experts who are studying COVID-19 on when it will be safe to gradually reopen,” Rilling said in the release. “I know I won’t be the only one closely watching for updates from the Reopen Connecticut Advisory Group, but right now, the best thing we can do to help save lives and slow the spread of this virus is to continue practicing physical distancing and stay home unless absolutely necessary.”

 

 

Norwalk death total jumps to 60; new way of reporting statistics

 

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

(The news as of 4 a.m. Friday, April 24)

NORWALK, Conn. — Six Norwalk residents were reported Thursday to have died due to COVID-19, one of them in his or her 20s. This means 60 Norwalkers have died due to the disease.

Only seven new positive test results were reported, bringing the total to 1,365. That’s a marked contrast to Wednesday’s somewhat shocking report of 394 new cases; it wasn’t an overnight spike but a case of the state’s surveillance system catching up, Mayor Harry Rilling’s update clarified.

“To more accurately reflect the situation in Norwalk, local officials will now be reporting data based on the date of specimen collection, as positive test results may be reported several days after collection,” the update said Thursday.

See the chart above.

“It is important to note that data for the most recent week (April 19-25) are pending. Also, due to dates missing on certain collection reports, the chart may not add up to the total case count stated above,” the update said.
The six deaths were largely elders:

  • One person in their 20s
  • One in their 60s
  • Two in their 70s
  • Two who were at least 80 years old

“I am heartbroken by today’s news of six new deaths in our community. These are our friends and neighbors who are being taken from us far too soon. I ask us all to keep these grieving families in our hearts and minds,” Rilling said in the release. “I have been encouraged in my travels around Norwalk and through random checks by the Norwalk Health Department that many of our businesses are following all of the local, state and federal recommendations and guidelines. We are correcting issues when we see them. I ask the public to continue putting in the hard work and follow these guidelines to stay healthy.”
Statewide, there were 631 additional new cases and 95 additional deaths. Hospitalizations decreased by 25. Fairfield County hospitalizations declined by 19.The cumulative total of Fairfield County hospitalizations is 2,351.
Four people in their 20s have died statewide. Two children have died and 15 people who were in their 30s.
In Fairfield County, the number of new positive cases went from 9,883 to 10,008, Rilling’s update reported. DataHaven reports that Fairfield County has 106 cases to 100,000 residents, compared to 64.5 cases to 100,000 residents statewide.

 

54 Norwalk deaths, in total – new victim was middle aged

A chart from Norwalk Mayor Harry Rilling’s Wednesday COVID-19 update. Note the light blue portion, which indicates new COVID-19 positive test results.

 (Posted at 4:30 a.m. Thursday, April 23)

NORWALK, Conn. — An alarming spike in Norwalk COVID-19 statistics is due to delayed reporting, Mayor Harry Rilling said Wednesday. Gov. Ned Lamont had a similar comment about statewide results.

“Since yesterday, an additional 394 positive cases were reported in Norwalk, bringing the total positive reported cases to 1,358,” Rilling’s update said. “These new numbers do not represent an overnight spike in cases. Due to the changes in electronic laboratory reporting, the state’s surveillance system is catching up with cases, with some dating back weeks.”

Two new Norwalk deaths were reported, bringing the total to 54. In Fairfield County, the number of new positive cases went from 8,472 to 9,883.

“My heart breaks for these families who have lost loved ones during this pandemic. Sharing the news of two new deaths today is a stark reminder that this virus is here, is serious, and is leaving a devastating impact on members of our community,” Rilling said in the release.

One of the new deaths was of a person in his or her 40s. The other was of a person who was at least 80 years old.

“As we learned today, the numbers and data can change drastically and never truly tell the full story. We are pouring over our data to report the most accurate picture possible,” Rilling said. “The fact remains we are still seeing people test positive, and still have people who may be unknowingly transmitting the virus. I don’t want anyone to think we’ve beaten this virus yet – everything is not okay. Norwalk, please stay safe, stay healthy and stay home.”

State statistics show:

  • Stamford: 2,167 positive COVID-19 cases
  • Bridgeport: 1,514 positive COVID-19 cases
  • Norwalk: 1,358 positive COVID-19 cases
  • Danbury: 1,297 positive COVID-19 cases
  • New Haven: 1,253 positive COVID-19 cases

 

“This is our largest testing day since testing began: 5,726 tests were administered locally in Fairfield County,” State Senate Majority Leader Bob Duff (D-25) said. “9,883 people have tested positive, 1,358 cases in Norwalk, that’s a big jump.”

Statewide, there were 2,109 additional COVID-19 deaths reported, and 121 more deaths. Hospitalizations went up by 23 patients statewide, and by 14 in Fairfield County.

“There’s a bit of a catch up here,” Lamont said, explaining that test results are coming back.

“Deaths are still disturbingly high. And I’m tired of saying that,” Lamont said. “That reflects what happened three or four weeks ago.”

Hospitalizations are creeping up but “at a much slower pace from where we were a week or two ago,” he said. Fairfield County is “under control.”

An app has given the state information, Lamont said. Rilling’s Tuesday update explained:

“The State of Connecticut is partnering with the developers of the How We Feel app in an effort to anonymously provide scientists with critical health information needed to understand the spread of COVID-19. Available to download for free in the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store, it is supported by a nonprofit organization and does not require logging in or sharing personal details, such as name or email address. A web portal to complete the survey is also available at howwefeel.app.”

About 32,000 people used the app, the largest per capita in the country, Lamont said Wednesday. You’re most likely to social distance if you live in New London County, according to the app. That’s also where hospitalizations are the lowest.

“Fairfield County, ironically, is the county where you’re least likely to social distance but even there, it’s pretty good. …Half the people in Fairfield County social distance,” Lamont said.

“New Haven is the county where you’re most likely to wear a mask. Nice going New Haven County, that’s 32 percent and Tolland County is the county where you’re least likely, and they’re not even registered on my total hospitalization. So not so much for that theory,” Lamont said. “But it’s still interesting observations on what that means.”

“Those are things just to remind people that we still have work to do,” Lamont said. “And we still have this under control. We have, our hospitals have capacity. The indicators are trending in the right direction. But we are by no means out of the ditch on this and that’s what we got to focus on.”
Rilling has announced:

  • “The boat launch at Veteran’s Park will be open this Saturday, April 25 and Sunday, April 26, from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. for Norwalk residents only who rent marina slips and wish to put their boat in the water. An appointment is required through the Recreation and Parks Department. Those who show up without an appointment will be turned away. Police will be on site to monitor traffic and help ensure physical distancing. Please email [email protected] for more information and to make an appointment.”
  • “Norwalk Now produced a video with Mayor Rilling and many local businesses to promote how the community is standing together and #norwalkstrong. The video can be viewed here.”
  • “Governor Lamont yesterday announced a new program to provide relief to those with student loans. While the Federal CARES Act provided relief for students with federal loans, it did not address federal loans that are not owned by the U.S. Government, or loans from private lenders. Under a new plan, residents with commercially owned Federal Family Education Loan Programs or privately held student loans who are struggling to make their payments due to the COVID-19 pandemic will be eligible for expanded relief. More details can be found here.”
  • “The food banks in Norwalk are nearly empty due to the increased demand for services. City officials encourage those who are able to consider making a donation to a local food pantry. Some larger groups which are providing meal and pantry services can be found at norwalkct.org/meals. Smaller pantries, such as those found at churches, also need donations.”
  • “Mayor Rilling will be hosting a Zoom Town Hall on Monday, April 27 at 7 p.m. He will be joined in conversation with Norwalk Health Director Deanna D’Amore and Norwalk Chief of Community Services Lamond Daniels. Members of the public can submit questions live to by visiting bit.ly/April27TownHall on Monday. The Town Hall will also be streamed on YouTube and Facebook. No registration is required.”

Gov. Ned Lamont displays a chart during his Wednesday update on the COVID-19 response.

 

Lamont announces good news; Norwalk loses two seniors

Gov. Ned Lamont displays a chart during his Tuesday update on the COVID-19 response.

(Posted at 5 a.m. Wednesday, April 22)

NORWALK, Conn. — Fairfield County has peaked, Gov. Ned Lamont said Tuesday.

Although there were two more hospitalizations Tuesday in Fairfield County, there were 13 less on Monday. Statewide, hospitalizations were up 18 on Monday and 30 on Tuesday.

Obviously, testing would be the best way to see what’s going on but hospitalizations are an indication, he said. The trendline is down but “we’re not out of the woods yet.”

Other countries thought they had the pandemic under control and relaxed their social distancing, only to have infections increase, Lamont said.

There were 22 new cases in Norwalk on Tuesday, and two additional deaths, Mayor Harry Rilling said.

“Now, a total of 52 residents have died from coronavirus. In Fairfield County, the number of new positive cases went from 8,320 to 8,472,” Rilling’s update said.

“Learning two more residents have died from coronavirus brings me sadness and sorrow. I offer my heartfelt condolences to their loved ones in their time of grief. When we issue reports, especially for those who have died, it’s important to remember they are more than just a number. They are human beings and members of our community who have passed on. They have left husbands, wives, fathers, mothers, and children behind. This is a very sad situation in which we find ourselves,” Rilling said in the release.

Both deaths were people in their 70s. There were two children aged 10-19 who tested positive, three people in their 20s, four people in their 30s and three people in their 40s. One person in his or her 50s tested positive and the balance were over 60.

“We want to make sure we all do everything we possibly can to stop the spread right now. I know people want to move forward and try to get back to normal. When we talk about reopening and easing restrictions, we need to do it properly,” Rilling said in the release. “I’ll be listening to the medical professionals and experts who are studying COVID-19 on when it will be safe to reopen. This is a very contagious and very serious virus, and we have to continue doing the things we know are working.”

 

 

 

Two more Norwalk deaths

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}.)

(Posted at 6 a.m. Tuesday, April 21)

NORWALK, Conn. — Norwalk has lost 50 citizens to COVID-19, Mayor Harry Rilling said Monday.

“Since yesterday, there are 16 new positive cases in Norwalk, bringing the total positive reported cases in Norwalk to 942,” Rilling’s update said. “There were also two new deaths reported. Now, a total of 50 residents have died from coronavirus. In Fairfield County, the number of new positive cases went from 7,434 to 8,320.”

Again, the deceased citizens were 80 years old or older.

“The news of two more in our community dying from coronavirus is truly sad. I hope their families can find peace and comfort. This horrible virus has now taken 50 people from us in a matter of weeks. These were our neighbors, friends, co-workers, and family members who should still be with us today. No one is invincible. No one is immune,” Rilling said in the update. “While I enjoyed hosting a virtual Town Hall tonight, I am sorry that I couldn’t get to every question. There are many pressing questions out there, so each week I’ll be joined by a local expert to focus on a single issue. Next week we’ll focus on public health – stay tuned for more details.”

 

 

Second day of decreased hospitalizations; another Norwalk elder dies

A chart from Norwalk Mayor Harry Rilling’s Sunday COVID-19 update. Note the light blue portion, which indicates new COVID-19 positive test results.

 

Mayor Harry Rilling is holding a Zoom Town Hall meeting today.

(Posted at 2:20 a.m. Monday April 20)

NORWALK, Conn. — COVID-19 hospitalizations have decreased statewide for the second day in a row. They decreased by eight in Saturday’s report and by 37 Sunday.

Gov. Ned Lamont called Sunday’s reported decrease “another step in the right direction and another sign that the efforts we’ve been taking as a community are having an impact on slowing the outbreak.” 

“Whether this continues is dependent upon on the actions each of us takes over the next several days and weeks. This isn’t over – we lost another 41 Connecticut residents, and we mourn for their lives. Together, we can have an impact on flattening the curve, but if people tell you the pandemic has ended – they are wrong,” Lamont said in the release.

One of those deaths was a Norwalk senior citizen. The person was at least 80 years old, according to Mayor Harry Rilling’s evening update.

“The deaths of Norwalk residents are not just numbers in a report. They were members of our community who have been taken from us much too soon. I am sad to report the death of another resident due to coronavirus. I hope their family and friends can find peace and strength during this painful time. I will be keeping them in my thoughts and prayers. I remind everyone that we are still in the middle of this public health crisis. Even with the governor’s orders to wear cloth face coverings in public, the best thing we can all do to slow the spread of this virus and save lives is to stay home and avoid unnecessary shopping and travel,” Rilling said in the release.

Hospitalizations decreased by 30 in Fairfield County. The only counties that saw an increase were Hartford County, where the number went from 417 to 420, and New London County, which went from 23 to 26. Fairfield reported 746 hospitalizations.

“Since yesterday, there are 15 new positive cases in Norwalk, bringing the total positive reported cases in Norwalk to 926,” Rilling’s update said.

Rilling is holding a Zoom Town Hall at 5:30 p.m. today, Monday April 20. You can submit questions by visiting bit.ly/April20TownHall when the event begins. It will also be broadcast on YouTube and Facebook. No registration is required.

“I will be available to answer your questions on COVID-19, the city’s response, or other things you might have on your mind. I look forward to connecting with residents at 5:30 p.m.,” Rilling said in the release.

The Norwalk update also said:

  • The Yard Waste Site will be open for residents on Tuesday, April 21 and Thursday, April 23, from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Members of the public are advised that all traffic will be detoured down Reynolds Street and onto South Smith Street. There will be no access directly from Fort Point Street. The Norwalk Police Department will be present to assist with traffic control.
  • The Fairfield County COVID-19 Resiliency Fund has been established by Fairfield County’s Community Foundation with the support of generous seed funding from a cross-section of individuals, private foundations, corporations and others. The new Fund will rapidly deploy resources to trusted, frontline community organizations that meet the basic needs of local residents in Fairfield County. For more information or to make a donation, visit fccfoundation.org.
  • City officials remind families with children that Columbus Magnet School, located at 46 Concord Street, will be distributing food weekdays from 12 p.m. – 2 p.m. Children do not need to be enrolled with Norwalk Public Schools to receive the free meals. Columbus School will be open each weekday for those who wish to pick up a meal.”

 

‘Social distancing is having an impact’

 

An illustration from the Connecticut Department of Public Health’s Saturday COVID-19 update.

(Posted at 9:20 p.m. Saturday April 19)

NORWALK, Conn. — COVID-19 hospitalizations are down by 21 in Fairfield County and by eight statewide. Another Norwalk senior has died.

“For the first time since the start of this pandemic, today we saw the number of COVID-19 positive patients in our hospitals decline,” Gov. Ned Lamont said in a press release. “This is providing us with some hope, and is a sign that our social distancing measures are having an impact. But one day of data alone does not mean we are out of the woods and can return to life as normal. Many of our hospitals and nursing homes remain under great stress, and our front line workers continue to battle this virus around the clock. But we have shown that with proper measures in place, we can slow down the spread of the virus.”

There were 20 new positive cases in Norwalk, bringing the total to 911, Mayor Harry Rilling’s evening update said. The Norwalk senior was at least 80 years old and is Norwalk’s 47th death.

“I am saddened to learn of the death of another resident. I offer my heartfelt condolences to their family, friends, and loved ones during these difficult times,” Rilling said in the update. “I wish to remind the public the number of reported positive cases does not tell the full story, as there are residents who are presumed positive and resting at home under their doctor’s orders without actually taking a COVID-19 test. With a new rapid testing site opening, I am hopeful access to testing will be expanded for residents. This is a new virus, and the long-term effects are still being studied, and it can impact any of us in different ways.”

“Approximately 612 tests were completed during the first day of operations at the rapid COVID-19 testing center that opened Friday at the site of the former Gateway Community College campus in New Haven,” Lamont’s update said. “Operated as a public-private partnership between the State of Connecticut and CVS Health, with support from the City of New Haven, it is estimated that about 750 tests can be performed at the site each day, seven days per week.”

The center uses the new Abbott ID NOW™ COVID-19 test, which provides results in 30 minutes, from the collection of the swab to the delivery of the results, Lamont’s update said. There’s no cost for the test but you must register online and make an appointment. You don’t need a referral from a doctor.

In other news, Rilling’s update reported:

  • “Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the City’s hauler facility was unable to accept Yard Waste material until mid-April. That delayed the start of Yard Waste Collection by two weeks. The Spring Waste Collection will now begin this Monday. During the week of April 20, collections will be for residents with Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday City garbage collection. All yard waste must be curbside by 6 a.m. on Monday, April 20, as the truck only passes by once. During the week of April 27, collections will be for residents with Thursday and Friday City garbage collection.
  • “Yesterday, Governor Lamont issued Executive Order 7BB, which requires cloth face coverings or higher level of protection to be worn in public wherever close contact is unavoidable effective at 8 p.m. on Monday, April 20, 2020. The order states that any person in a public place in Connecticut who is unable to or does not maintain a safe social distance of approximately six feet from every other person shall cover their mouth and nose with a mask or cloth face-covering. More details can be found here.
  • “Starting Monday, April 20, Norwalk Public Schools is opening a new food distribution site. The new site at Columbus School, 46 Concord Street, will be open weekdays from noon – 2 p.m. Any family with children can pick up food. They do not need to be enrolled at NPS.

 

“We are continuing to battle this pandemic together. I am encouraged that we are finding new routines, as difficult as that may be, while adhering to physical distancing guidelines. I appreciate the public’s continued patience and cooperation. This is a team effort across Norwalk, the state, and country. We all must keep doing our best to slow this virus down.”

 

‘Tragic’ day; Lamont orders people to wear masks, Rilling announces town hall

A chart presented during Gov. Ned Lamont’s evening briefing. “You see how unique COVID-19 is in terms of infection rate, and this measures death per millions. In five short weeks, it’s surpassed cancer and heart disease,” Lamont said. “So while we celebrate fewer hospitalizations, and the fact that we maybe have a chance to slowly get back on normal, don’t take your eye off the ball. And what a risk this is.”


(Posted at 2:12 a.m. Saturday April 18)

NORWALK, Conn. — Norwalk is nearing 900 positive COVID-19 test results and Connecticut has more than 1,000 deaths.

“It’s a milestone tragic day,” Lamont said in his evening press briefing.

“Since yesterday’s update, an additional 925 positive COVID-19 cases have been reported in Connecticut, bringing the statewide total to 16,809,” Lamont’s press release said. “…. The total statewide total number of COVID-19 associated fatalities is 1,036.”

“Take a moment to just say a prayer for their families,” he said.

Lamont has ordered that as of 8 p.m. Tuesday, anyone who cannot keep six feet away from others in public must wear a mask or cloth face covering, unless a medical condition makes that impossible. Masks must be worn while on public transit.

Obviously, the coronavirus spreads rapidly in urban areas but if you look at national statistics, it’s spreading fast in Oklahoma, Nebraska, South Dakota, South Dakota, Lamont said. “Those are states that never put in place stay at home orders. So again, I just want to remind you the importance of what you’re doing and the sacrifices you’re making, in terms of social distancing,” he said.

There were 31 new COVID-19 positive tests in Norwalk as of 5 p.m. Friday, bringing the total to 891, Mayor Harry Rilling’s updates said. Positive tests in Fairfield County went from 6,816 to 7,146.

“I remind the public that when positive cases are reported to us we share the news immediately. We should all remember, however, that case data is a lagging indicator of what is happening throughout the community and is dependent on who is getting tested. We know many people are recovering in their homes on their doctor’s orders without ever being tested,” Rilling said in the release.

Fairfield County hospitalizations increased by 10, the State said. State hospitalizations have gone from 1,926 to 1,946.

A Tweet from U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.).

The Norwalk update said:

  • “Governor Ned Lamont announced that the State formed a partnership with CVS Health in an initiative that will make free, rapid COVID-19 tests available to eligible Connecticut residents. This includes the opening of the state’s first rapid testing site at the former Gateway Community College campus at Long Wharf in New Haven. More details can be found here.
  • “Senator Chris Murphy visited the Food Distribution Site at Tracey Elementary School today to meet with Mayor Rilling and observe the City’s COVID-19 response efforts. The Senator wanted to know what the City may need in order to leverage Federal resources.
  • “The City and Norwalk Health Department created a survey in effort to match residents who are seeking to help the community with local organizations in need of volunteers. Those interested can complete the Volunteer Survey here or by visiting norwalkct.org/citynews.
  • “Mayor Rilling will be hosting a Zoom Town Hall on Monday, April 20 at 5:30 p.m. Members of the public can submit questions live to Mayor Rilling by visiting bit.ly/April20TownHall on Monday. The Town Hall will also be broadcast on YouTube and Facebook. No registration is required.”

 

 

“The speed at which results will be provided at the New Haven testing site will hopefully slow the spread through the community,” Rilling said in the release. “However, I caution residents that the site can process up to 750 tests per day, so the positive case numbers are likely to continue to rise in the days and weeks ahead. Stay safe, everyone.”

 

 

46 Norwalkers have died; 10 Norwalk nursing home deaths

Autumn Lake at Norwalk, located on Midrocks Drive. (Google)

An illustration from the Connecticut Department of Public Health’s Thursday COVID-19 update.


(Posted at 1:43 p.m. Friday, April 17)

NORWALK, Conn. — Five more Norwalk COVID-19 deaths were reported Thursday. There are 19 new positive test results, bringing the total to 860 in a city of about 90,000 people.

“Right now, almost one percent of our entire city has contracted this virus. So, we’re far from out of the woods, we really need to be cautious,” Mayor Harry Rilling said during Thursday’s Board of Education virtual meeting.

The five deaths, following the announcement of five deaths on Wednesday, brings the total to 46. All were seniors: one person was in their 60s, two were in their 70s and two were at least 80 years old.

“Too many in our community are being taken from us too soon. These five individuals who recently died from coronavirus should still be with us today. I offer my deepest condolences to their families and loved ones,” Rilling said in his evening update. “I know people are hopeful this pandemic will be over soon, and we can return to normal. I wish that were true. The biggest danger we have is a false sense of complacency. Please continue taking care of yourselves and loved ones by limiting unnecessary shopping and travel. Please also use a cloth face covering, even an old t-shirt, if you must go out. That’s the only way we’ll slow the spread of this virus.”

Gov. Ned Lamont’s update featured an accounting of 375 nursing home deaths statewide. The deaths include eight residents of Autumn Lake Healthcare at Norwalk and two residents of Cassena Care at Norwalk. The nursing homes have 150 beds each. Autumn Lake Healthcare has had 13 COVID-19 cases and Cassena Care has had 11 COVID-19 cases.

Fairfield County hospitalization total went up by three. Statewide, there were 18 additional hospitalizations.

That’s the “lowest number we’ve had in in weeks now,” Gov. Ned Lamont said in his nightly briefing. “Yesterday was up though a little bit, but it does give you an idea that there’s a trend that’s positive for us.”

Cumulatively, Fairfield County has had 1,852 hospitalizations.

“Fairfield County is flattening out a little bit. In fact, their new admissions are down 10 percent. And that’s despite a bit of a spike in Bridgeport, gives you an idea of the trends there,” Lamont said.

Thursday’s state update shows:

  • Stamford: 1,620 positive COVID-19 cases
  • New Haven: 864 positive COVID-19 cases
  • Bridgeport: 1,042 positive COVID-19 cases
  • Norwalk: 821 positive COVID-19 cases
  • Danbury: 776 positive COVID-19 cases

 

The increases that shows:

  • Stamford: 37 new COVID-19 cases
  • New Haven: 88 new COVID-19 cases
  • Bridgeport: 123 new COVID-19 cases
  • Norwalk: 18 new COVID-19 cases
  • Danbury: 22 new COVID-19 cases

 

Fairfield County positive cases went from 6,480 to 6,816, Rilling’s update shows. There have been 406 deaths in Fairfield County, 41 more than Wednesday, according to the State.

Rilling’s update also touched on less somber topics:

  • “With graduation dates currently up in the air due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many are taking to social media to post their senior class photo in support of the Class of 2020. The Better Business Bureau warns that sharing this information could be providing hackers and scammers with common online security questions. More information can be found here.
  • “Attorney General William Tong said his office has received over 100 complaints from consumers seeking assistance obtaining refunds for travel cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Complaints include consumers unable to get refunds from airlines, challenges cancelling and postponing cruises, and difficulties cancelling or changing hotel reservations. The Attorney General’s full announcement, and travel guidance, can be found here.

 

Rilling’s briefings can be found at norwalkct.org/citynews.

You are encouraged to sign-up for the City’s CodeRED Emergency Alert Notification System at norwalkct.org/codered.  The latest health updates can be found at norwalkct.org/coronavirus.

 

 

 

Death toll rises by five

(Stock Photo Secrets)

(Posted at 6:40 p.m. Wednesday April 15)

NORWALK, Conn. — Another five Norwalk residents have died due to COVID-19. There are 68 new positive test results.

“Learning about five more deaths in our community is devastating. I can only imagine the grief these families are feeling. I wish them comfort and peace during these trying times,” Rilling said in the release. “Today’s spike in numbers is a stark reminder that this virus is still very much in our community. I remind the public there may be a delay in when positive results are reported to us. These are a snapshot in time and why it is so critically important that we all continue following proper guidelines and taking all the necessary precautions.”

One of the Norwalkers who died was in his or her 60s, Rilling’s document shows. Three were in their 70s and the remaining person was at least 80 years old.

There are 841 positive test results and a total 41 residents lost to COVID-19, Rilling’s update states.

A State document released earlier shows a different statistic. It states:

  • Stamford: 1,583 positive COVID-19 cases
  • Bridgeport: 919 positive COVID-19 cases
  • Norwalk: 803 positive COVID-19 cases
  • Danbury: 754 positive COVID-19 cases
  • New Haven: 776 positive COVID-19 cases
  • Waterbury: 676 positive COVID-19 cases

The State document offers statistics as of 11:30 a.m.; Rilling’s document was issued at 6 p.m.

Hospitalizations in Fairfield County increased by 53, according to the State. Lamont in a press briefing said that the rate of increase may not be indicative of coronavirus spread as it’s influenced by the number of people being discharged.

The Fairfield County positive cases went from 6,213 to 6,480. There have been 365 deaths in Fairfield County, 78 more than Tuesday.

Rilling’s briefings can be found at norwalkct.org/citynews. You can sign-up for the City’s CodeRED Emergency Alert Notification System at norwalkct.org/codered.  The latest health updates can be found at norwalkct.org/coronavirus.

 

 

Four Norwalk deaths reported

(Posted at 5:33 a.m. Wednesday, April 15)

NORWALK, Conn. — It’s been one month since Mayor Harry Rilling announced that Norwalk had its first COVID-19 case. There are now 773 positive test results and 36 residents have died from the disease.

That’s four deaths reported Tuesday.

“Any time I learn of another death in our community it’s like a punch to the gut, but I know that is nothing compared to what these families are feeling. Coronavirus took their loved ones away from them too soon, and I am sorry for that. My thoughts and prayers are with them during these difficult times,” Rilling said in the release. “I know a lot has changed for many of us over the last month since the first positive case of COVID-19 was reported in Norwalk. It’s been a hard, frustrating, and in many cases, heartbreaking month. Norwalk, we’ll emerge in a new normal someday, but we are not out of the woods just yet. I thank the public for their continued cooperation and patience as we navigate these uncharted waters together.”

All four victims were senior citizens. One was in his or her 70s and the others were at least 80 years old, Rilling’s document indicates.

State documents show:

  • Stamford: 1,525 positive COVID-19 cases
  • Bridgeport: 859 positive COVID-19 cases
  • Norwalk: 773 positive COVID-19 cases
  • Danbury: 740 positive COVID-19 cases
  • New Haven: 726 positive COVID-19 cases
  • Waterbury: 638 positive COVID-19 cases

Hospitalizations in Fairfield County increased by 21. Lamont in a press briefing said that the rate of increase may not be indicative of coronavirus spread as it’s influenced by the number of people being discharged.

The Fairfield County positive cases went from 6,004 to 6,213. There have been 287 deaths in Fairfield County.

“Since yesterday’s update, an additional 608 positive COVID-19 cases have been reported in Connecticut, bringing the statewide total to 13,989,” Lamont’s update said. “To date, more than 45,841 patients have been tested in Connecticut. Approximately 1,779 patients have been hospitalized. The total statewide total number of COVID-19 associated fatalities is 671. It should be noted that the day-to-day changes reflect newly reported cases, deaths, and tests that occurred over the last several days to week.”

This post was corrected at 4:30 p.m. to show 638 positive tests in Waterbury.

 

Another Norwalk death

State statistics.

(Posted at 4 a.m. Tuesday, April 14)

NORWALK, Conn. — There were 35 new positive COVID-19 test results reported Monday in Norwalk, and one more death.

“I am deeply saddened to learn another one of our residents has died. I offer my sincere condolences and hope their family will find be able to find comfort during this challenging time,” Mayor Harry Rilling said in his evening update. “As I have said time and again, the number of positive cases reported to us will fluctuate throughout this pandemic. While it seems like we are reaching our peak, and obviously the fewer cases the better, we cannot relax our distancing guidelines and best practices. These methods are making a difference.”

The Norwalker who lost his or her life was 80 years old or older, Rilling’s document showed.

Bridgeport has surpassed Norwalk for positive cases and Danbury is catching up, according to State documents. The statistics:

  • Stamford: 1,486 positive COVID-19 cases
  • Bridgeport: 786 positive COVID-19 cases
  • Norwalk: 747 positive COVID-19 cases
  • Danbury: 726 positive COVID-19 cases
  • New Haven: 697 positive COVID-19 cases
  • Waterbury: 594 positive COVID-19 cases

 

Statewide, an additional 1,346 positive COVID-19 cases were reported Monday, bringing the Connecticut total to 13,381. “To date, more than 44,309 patients have been tested in Connecticut. Approximately 1,760 patients have been hospitalized. The total statewide total number of COVID-19 associated fatalities is 602,” Gov. Ned Lamont’s COVID-19 update said.

As always, “it should be noted that the day-to-day changes reflect newly reported cases, deaths, and tests that occurred over the last several days to week,” the update said.

The Connecticut Mirror reported Monday:

“Connecticut’s current capacity for COVID-19 testing remains limited, and the tests themselves only reveal a current infection, not immunity in someone who may have had a mild or even asymptomatic case. They also are vulnerable to false negatives.

“The state ranks 13th in the nation for the number of tests it has conducted on a per-capita basis, despite having the fifth-highest per-capita rate of residents testing positive for the virus. Connecticut initially was slow to aggressively test for COVID-19, drawing criticism that it was missing an opportunity to slow the spread of the coronavirus.”

 

There have been 262 deaths in Fairfield County, according to state documents. Fairfield County hospitalizations increased by 22 patients for a total of 710, and New Haven County increased by 45, a total of 580.

Half of Connecticut’s 215 nursing homes have had at least one confirmed case of COVID-19, according to the State. That includes Autumn Lake Healthcare at Norwalk and Cassena Care at Norwalk, according to Lamont’s Saturday update.

“A total of 1522 nursing home residents with laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 have been identified of whom 394 (26%) were hospitalized and 212 (14%) have died,” Monday’s State update said.

 

Other news

High winds closed the Norwalk Hospital drive-through COVID-19 testing site Monday, Rilling’s update said.

“As a reminder, the collection site is only for people who meet necessary criteria, including having a doctor’s order and an appointment. Please do not show up unannounced. More info can be found here,” it said.

The Connecticut Avenue Walmart will be closed today, Tuesday April 14, “to further sanitize the store and provide time for employees to restock shelves,” Rilling’s update said. It’s expected to reopen 7 a.m. Wednesday. You can shop today at the Main Avenue Walmart during the store’s normal business hours.

Rilling also praised the formation of a multi-state council “focused on getting people back to work and restoring the economy,” pointing out that it will be staffed with health and economic development experts.

Connecticut, Delaware, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts and Rhode Island are involved. Rilling called it “encouraging” and said, “I expect {it} will take a smart, targeted approach to reopening the economy. It makes sense for states to work together on this initiative. I applaud the Governors for thinking regionally about how we emerge from this crisis in a new normal.”

 

Four deaths, increased hospitalizations

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

(Posted at 9 p.m. Sunday April 12)

NORWALK, Conn. — An additional four Norwalkers have died due to COVID-19. There are six more positive test results.

“The news of four residents dying makes my heart ache. I can’t imagine the grief and pain these families are feeling. I am deeply sorry for their loss and offer my condolences to their loved ones,” Mayor Harry Rilling said in his evening update.

One of the deaths was of a person in their 70s, the other three were people 80 years old or older.

Statewide, “Since yesterday’s update, an additional 525 positive COVID-19 cases have been reported in Connecticut, bringing the statewide total to 12,035,” Gov. Ned Lamont’s update said. “To date, more than 41,220 patients have been tested in Connecticut. Approximately 1,654 patients have been hospitalized. The total statewide total number of COVID-19 associated fatalities is 554. It should be noted that the day-to-day changes reflect newly reported cases, deaths, and tests that occurred over the last several days to week.”

The number of new positive cases in Fairfield County went from 5,407 to 5,534. While Fairfield County hospitalizations decreased Saturday, on Sunday they went up by 12, a total of 688, according to the State. There have been 248 deaths in Fairfield County.

Stamford’s positive cases increased by 44; Bridgeport’s increased by 32, State documents showed.

Rilling’s update offered other thoughts:

  • “National Public Health Week (April 6-12) typically has local events spearheaded by the Norwalk Health Department. However, the Department’s focus this year has been on COVID-19. City officials want to thank and recognize Director of Health Deanna D’Amore and the entire staff of the Norwalk Health Department. They have been working tirelessly each and every day to help keep the public informed and safe.
  • “The 2020 Census is ongoing. Census officials are monitoring COVID-19, and are delaying some of its field operations to protect the health and safety of the public. However, residents can still complete the Census online, by phone, or by mail. To date, the national response rate is about 47.9%, and in Connecticut, 49.7%. In Norwalk, the response rate is at 48.5%. View results as they come in here.
  • “The Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection (DCP), the Better Business Bureau Serving Connecticut, and Attorney General William Tong warn families about work from home scams that may be targeting vulnerable workers during this time. DCP has received numerous complaints since the COVID-19 pandemic hit Connecticut. More info can be found here.
  • “There are many in the community who are looking to help their neighbors. The City has launched a volunteer portal where residents can submit their information and be matched with a local nonprofit in need of volunteers. Click here for more information.”

 

 

“These are trying times. During Passover and on this Easter Sunday, I want to thank residents who made the right call not to celebrate together. These were not easy decisions, but the efforts we make together as a community will help us tomorrow and the weeks ahead,” Rilling said in the release. “As we close out National Public Health Week, I also want to offer thanks to the Norwalk Health Department and all of the public health professionals in our community. I am grateful for everything they do, not just during this COVID-19 pandemic, but each and every day. On behalf of the entire City of Norwalk – thank you.”

An archive of all of Rilling’s briefings can be found at norwalkct.org/citynews.

 

Local hospitalizations decline

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

 

(Posted at 9:53 p.m. Saturday April 11)

NORWALK, Conn. – An additional three Norwalk citizens have died due to COVID-19. This brings the total to 27.

“Since yesterday, there are 16 new positive cases in Norwalk, bringing the total positive reported cases in Norwalk to 706,” Mayor Harry Rilling’s Saturday update said.

The three Norwalkers were in their 80s, according to the update. “My thoughts and prayers are with their loved ones during this difficult time,” Rilling is quoted as saying.

Two of the positive test results were Norwalkers in their 20s and one was in their 30s. Two were in their 40s and six were in their 50s.

“In Fairfield County, the number of new positive cases went from 5,180 to 5,407,” Rilling’s update said.

There are 676 laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 hospitalizations in Fairfield County and 220 deaths, Gov. Ned Lamont’s update said.  That’s nine less hospitalizations than on Friday.

“Since yesterday’s update, an additional 972 positive COVID-19 cases have been reported in Connecticut, bringing the statewide total to 11,510,” the governor’s update said. “To date, more than 39,831 patients have been tested in Connecticut. Approximately 1,593 patients have been hospitalized. The total statewide total number of COVID-19 associated fatalities is 494. It should be noted that the day-to-day changes reflect newly reported cases, deaths, and tests that occurred over the last several days to week.”

A chart from Gov. Ned Lamont’s Saturday COVID-19 update.

Statewide, 5,999 female patients have tested positive for COVID-19 and 5,357 male patients have tested positive for COVID-19. There were 273 male deaths and 219 female deaths.

Additionally:

  • Stamford: 1,245 positive COVID-19 cases
  • Norwalk: 706 positive COVID-19 cases
  • Bridgeport: 680 positive COVID-19 cases
  • Danbury: 669 positive COVID-19 cases
  • New Haven: 552 positive COVID-19 cases
  • Waterbury: 490 positive COVID-19 cases

 

 

“We will get through this moment together, but we should all realize the end of this pandemic will not be today or tomorrow,” Rilling said in his update. “As Governor Lamont has indicated, even when this crisis has seemingly past, we cannot flip a switch and go back to normal. This will take time.”

  • “Governor Lamont issued an executive order on Friday that extends closures, physical distancing, and safety measures through May 20 to prevent transmission of COVID-19. The order also provides 60-day grace periods for rents due in April and May. The full order can be read here.
  • “The Federal Government will begin sending Economic Impact Payments (commonly called coronavirus stimulus checks) in the coming weeks based on filed federal income taxes. Taxpayers with Social Security Numbers who had gross income that did not exceed $12,200 ($24,400 for married couples) in 2019 or were not otherwise required to file a federal income tax return for 2019, and don’t plan to, should submit their information online. This will allow the IRS to confirm payment eligibility, determine payment amount, and send an Economic Impact Payment. Click here for more information.”

 

Rilling’s update spells out the latest on COVID-19

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

Original story, published at 2 a.m. Saturday, April 11: 

NORWALK, Conn. — Nearly 700 Norwalkers have tested positive for COVID-19. Another Norwalker has died.

That’s the news from Mayor Harry Rilling’s latest two evening updates.

“The number of positive cases reported to us have slowed this week. That is certainly welcomed news, but I ask the public to remember this pandemic is far from over. Physical distancing is working and it’s critically important we continue to follow those guidelines,” Rilling said in the release. “I know a holiday weekend brings the desire to see loved ones. I wish I could celebrate in the usual way with my family, but this year has to be different. I ask all Norwalkers to avoid in-person gatherings and to continue to use technology and phone calls to stay connected. I hope everyone has a safe and happy holiday weekend.”

There were 19 new positive cases on Friday and 27 on Thursday. The Norwalker who died was in his or her 70s. There have been 24 deaths.

The statistics show that 28 percent of Norwalkers in their 80s with confirmed COVID-19 have died; 19 percent of the people in their 70s have died and 7 percent of the people in their 60s have died. There’s been one death of a Norwalker in his or her 50s.

In Fairfield County, the number of new positive cases went from 4,882 to 5,180.

Statewide, “an additional 754 positive COVID-19 cases have been reported in Connecticut, bringing the statewide total to 10,538,” Gov. Ned Lamont’s update said. “To date, more than 36,288 patients have been tested in Connecticut. Approximately 1,562 patients have been hospitalized. The total statewide total number of COVID-19 associated fatalities is 448.”

Rilling’s update also touched on less somber topics.

“The Norwalk Transfer station remains open as an essential City service, with limited hours and reduced staffing. To promote physical distancing, residents will notice every-other spot blocked off. City officials encourage members of the public who are able, to visit the transfer station during weekdays and not wait for the weekend. A rush of residents on Saturdays creates traffic problems and could pose potential health risks,” it states.

Rilling also released a letter he sent to retailers.

“My office is receiving numerous complaints that customers are discarding used gloves or masks in parking lots and shopping carts. Effective immediately, the City of Norwalk is requiring all major retailers to put trash cans out specifically for these materials,” he wrote. “Please label these containers clearly ‘for gloves and masks only’ and have them be easily accessible and near cart return areas. The Norwalk Police Department is upping littering enforcement, but understand they can only issue tickets if they catch someone in the act.”

There have been no citations issued for littering since Saturday, April 4, according to the police citation log.

An archive of all of Rilling’s briefings, can be found at norwalkct.org/citynews.

Rilling Letter to Businesses April2020

20 comments

Justataxpayer April 11, 2020 at 11:14 pm

The one poster Ms Obuchowski is accurate in her assessment. Now’s not the time to have Norwalk folks having movie nights.

As a country, we need to balance. Some states have the number of cases that Norwalk has. The CDC shares that 90% of those hospitalized had obesity, heart issues, diabetes etc etc.

Al Bore April 12, 2020 at 7:18 pm

The more dense we become the more cases we have, Norwalk residents are packed like sardines in a can. Mayor keep building apartments one on top of another, you made Norwalk into large city with a small footprint.

Babar Sheikh April 13, 2020 at 9:10 am

Al Bore, have you ever been to Queens or Brooklyn? If you think we are packed liked sardines, I’m interested in knowing how you describe real city living. I think Norwalk is not packed at all, it is growing, but not packed.

Al Bore April 13, 2020 at 3:02 pm

Wow if you don’t think the population in Norwalk has made this city dense you must have forgot the traffic before the stay at home order, this city is packed. Do you realize how many apartment buildings have been added to Norwalk over the past 6 years? The mall that we now have bringing traffic and people into Norwalk it is easy to forget and I hope things get back to normal soon, that should allow you to remember when you are stuck in Norwalk traffic. I don’t like what Norwalk has become you might and that is what makes this country great we can agree to disagree. All I am saying is we went to far with growth in Norwalk that I don’t think was smart growth and I don’t think our administration is done allowing the monster apartment buildings. Norwalk was number 1 for a while with COVID 19 cases and the larger city of Stamford to the number 1 spot from us, we have remained number 2 for some time now. Norwalk has never been number 1 or 2 for anything else that I know of and I would love to see Norwalk be number 1 or 2 for good reasons. In the meantime stay home and stay safe for all.

John Miller April 14, 2020 at 2:30 pm

@Al Bore: I’ve got a suggestion. How about putting a lid on the partisan political rhetoric for the time being? They’ll be plenty of time for whining once this epidemic passes.

David Bayne April 15, 2020 at 8:19 am

Is there a site with day-to-day numbers in Fairfield county? I’d like to see a simple vertical list of dates with corresponding cases/hospitalizations/deaths in Norwalk and surrounding communities. Perhaps NON could provide this?

Stuart Wells April 17, 2020 at 7:41 am

April 17: That is 860 Norwalkers who have been TESTED and found to have the COVID-19 virus. But a lot of people get the virus, have mild cases, don’t need hospitalization, and are never tested. So the real number of people who have the virus is more like 8,600 or about 10% of the population. Also, it takes a while to get sick enough to get tested, so the estimated 8,600 cases is the number for 10 days ago. Today it is more. This is actually good news, because most of them will recover and many have recovered already. Of course, only a test for antibodies to the virus would tell what we desperately need to know — how many, and who.

JustaTaxPayer April 21, 2020 at 10:19 am

the graphs which should also be included are the number of new cases broken out by day versus being in a stacked bar chart.

Looks like Windham County would be a lovely place to move too. The quiet corner.

Lastly, interesting study the other day of the impact of the NYC Subway system and greater NY mass transit on the transmission of the disease. It’s no wonder that the entire state of North Dakota has fared better than Norwalk

Tom Belmont April 22, 2020 at 8:08 am

hibernating in perpetuity is not our nature. Ours is to live a normal life. Prolonging this virus is not a good idea. We have reacted poorly to the virus. We have hurt our lives, our culture, we enticed government to take more control, we have made big mistakes. I trust we will soon learn how to face this dilemma and deal with it without ruining our lives. This course we are on now is NG. With all the science their is no remedy, no reliable answer. Nature has its way. It will succeed with or without us.

Concerned Taxpayer April 22, 2020 at 10:53 pm

@ Al Bore

Condo development is essential in Norwalk during shelter-in-place. You don’t see construction projects halt

David Muccigrosso April 30, 2020 at 10:07 am

I just gotta point out that sub-lede, “Positive trend continues; another Norwalk senior dies”, can be pretty easily misinterpreted. I had to do a double-take.

Paul Persius May 1, 2020 at 5:29 am

The Hour reported a statistic I never heard before. 55% of all virus deaths are attributed to nursing homes. Obviously 1 death is too many, but this puts the affect of the virus to the general pop in greater perspective. It is less deadly than I was led to believe.

Victor Cavallo May 1, 2020 at 12:19 pm

The percentage of deaths to Norwalk population is 0.0865%

The US mortality rate – normal- is 8.8 per 1000 population.
That means you have a 100% greater likelihood of dying from non-CORVID related causes. The motor vehicle mortality rate per 100,000 population is 11%. Should we outlaw automobiles?

Was it worth it to shut down the economy causing trillions of dollars worth of financial devastation, driving people out of business, forcing people into unemployment and economic desperation, trampling on our children’s education and development, and irreparably destroying lives because of the political interests of tyrannical and lawless despots?

Not to mention the new normal exercise of destroying freedoms and imposing social control by present and future impudent autocrats -just for shits and giggles.

David Bayne May 2, 2020 at 9:10 am

Victor your math needs work.

Your logic is also flawed. Let’s say we did outlaw automobiles. Traffic accidents would go to zero. Would you then say “See! Driving is perfectly safe! Zero deaths!?”

Mike May 2, 2020 at 11:12 am

Victor
What you need to realize is the death toll would have been much higher had we not had a shut down.Your post actually proves this. So yes it was worth the shut down.

Joe May 2, 2020 at 1:24 pm

All ELECTED politicians should have their paychecks immediately stopped until this lockdown ends.

This includes the MAYOR, state senators, state reps …all of them.

They need to SHARE the financial pain of their rules and restrictions.

That is the only way to ensure the best logic and wisdom of this unprecedented loss of freedom and happiness.

Incidentally, Gov Lamont doesn’t need a paycheck. As heir to the JP Morgan fortune, he has $350,000,000 in the bank. He even looks like alfred e newman, what me worry?

Milly May 23, 2020 at 9:06 am

Thank you for posting this update. I go on the city hall covid site and cannot find this information – there is a link for it but there is no info for these numbers.

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