Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Update 04/2/2020

We received notice from our Health Director this morning that the Connecticut Department of Public Health has confirmed two additional positive test results for Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) involving Windsor Locks residents.  These additional cases bring the total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases involving Windsor Locks residents to seven.  One individual is between the ages of 80 and 89 and the second person is between the ages of 10 and 19.  That second case underscores the reality that no age group is immune from contracting the disease and everyone is capable of transmitting the disease.  The Department of Public Health will not be releasing any other information regarding these particular cases.

We have entered a period of sustained community transmission of COVID-19.  It would be unreasonable to assume that these seven people are the only persons afflicted with COVID-19 in tow

With regard to precautions to slow the spread of COVID-19, residents should already be following the guidance provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Connecticut Department of Public Health.  All residents should be practicing social distancing.  Adults and children should remain home as much as possible.   The symptoms of COVID-19 are a dry cough, fever and shortness of breath.  Stay home if you are sick except to seek emergency medical care or if advised by your physician.  Avoid contact with people who are sick, frequently wash hands with soap and water for a minimum of twenty seconds.  Cover your cough and avoid touching your face.  Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces such as doorknobs, light switches, table and countertops.

Should additional precautionary steps be recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or the Connecticut Department of Public Health, we will issue an update at that time.  In the meantime, continue to do what you are already doing until further notice.  The more diligent we are in following the recommended precautions, the sooner we will reverse the upward trend of transmission.

Chris Kervick
First Selectman