HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) – The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Connecticut is increasing.
A sixth person in Weston has tested positive for the disease, the Westport Weston Health District said on Friday.
“Westport’s first positive COVID-19 case was confirmed late [Thursday] evening from the state public health laboratory, “said the district,” this was expected and not surprising. “
Two coronavirus cases were confirmed Thursday in Connecticut, one including a child.
Officials said the boy was from Stratford. The boy is recovering at home.
So far, there are six confirmed cases in Connecticut:
- Wilton: the patient is between 40 and 50 years old. The infection is believed to have occurred on a trip to California.
- Bethlehem: A sixty-year-old woman who works as a health worker at Bridgeport Hospital tested positive
- New Canaan: an elderly man tested positive on Wednesday. The case is unrelated to any known case in the state, and the Department of Public Health is helping medical professionals conduct investigations into the contract track.
- Stratford: a child tests positive for COVID-19. Before the positive test announcement was announced, Wilcoxson Elementary School was closed after learning that a student had been exposed to a confirmed coronavirus case. All schools will now be closed until further notice.
- Stamford: The patient did not contract the virus in the United States or Stamford. The patient returned from an international trip on March 10 and was previously isolated from Stamford hospital. They tested positive on March 11th.
As of Thursday afternoon, the state laboratory has tested 95 individuals, six of which were positive. One of the positive tests was that of a woman living in New York, but she tested positive for CT.
Doctors are saying that if you feel bad, or if you have a fever or cough, you may not need to rush to the hospital.
“If you have a fever and a cough and you’re in the southwestern part of the state, you should assume that you have coronavirus. You don’t need a test to tell yourself it’s what you have. You should assume it’s both the disease and Yes. Most some of the people will be better at home, especially the younger ones, you should talk to your doctor to give you advice on how to take care of yourself with COVID-19 at home, “said Dr. Matt Cartter, CT epidemiologist.
He said that we shouldn’t flood hospitals and that over 80% of people will improve on their own, at home.
The Connecticut General Assembly statement from an emergency public health committee met Wednesday after Governor Ned Lamont declared a public health emergency.
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The emergency allows Lamont to order travel bans and the closure of schools, as well as private companies.
Thursday announced a waiver for the 180-day school requirement in the state as districts continue to close until further notice.
Colleges and universities have also closed and modified lessons to be online for the time being.
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Lamont has already ordered a travel ban for state employees.
The emergency declaration also gives the governor and attorney general the power to crack down on scammers and those who are charging extremely high prices for things like face masks and hand sanitizers.
The last time a statement like this was made was in 2014 for the Ebola virus. However, what the state is seeing appears to be more serious.
Lamont said that this week he wants the state lab to increase daily tests from 20 cases to 60.
With two test kits, the state has the ability to test approximately 1,200 people.
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Doctors said people should be at least 6 feet away from someone who is ill. They advised to cough into a tissue and immediately throw it in the trash.
In addition, hand washing is essential.
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Coronavirus symptoms can include:
- Fever (100.4 ° F / 38 ° C or higher)
- Shortness of breath
People who have recently traveled to an affected place and feel ill should:
- Call ahead before visiting the surgery or emergency room
- Tell your doctor about recent trips and the symptoms that occur
- Avoid contact with others and therefore do not travel when you are sick
Everyone, regardless of whether they have traveled recently, should continue to follow a few basic steps to protect themselves from the coronavirus:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based disinfectant
- Avoid shaking hands as a greeting
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick
- Stay home when you’re sick
- Cover the cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces
For more information on the latest CDC guidelines, click here.
Connecticut launched a coronavirus information line as part of a partnership with United Way.
Anyone with questions can call 211 or write “CTCOVID” at 898211.
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