Westport had three new COVID-19 cases, bringing its total to 271 while deaths were unchanged at 21 in the past 24 hours, state officials said today.
There were 57 new fatalities statewide as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, bringing the total to 3,529, Gov. Ned Lamont said. The Fairfield County number was 1,167 up seven.
Statewide hospitalizations were again down, dropping by 27 to 887. In Fairfield County, there was a drop of 15 to 272. Statewide cases were 39,017, up 587 while Fairfield County cases were at 14,719, up 197.
Statewide tests administered was 190,718, up 5,198 in the last 24 hours, Lamont said.
Williams Sonoma, 25 Church Lane, was among Westport retailers reopening today with a prominent “welcome back, we missed you” sign outside. But another sign in the doorway said: “Due to limited capacity restrictions we are taking appointments only.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
UPDATE Westport had one new COVID-19 case, bringing its total to 268, and one more death at 21 in the past 24 hours, state officials said today.
There were 23 new fatalities statewide as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, bringing the total to 3,472, Gov. Ned Lamont said. The Fairfield County number was 1,160, up seven.
Statewide hospitalizations were again down, dropping by six to 914. In Fairfield County, there was no change at 287. Statewide cases were 38,430, up 314 while Fairfield County cases were at 14,522, up 86.
Statewide tests administered was 185,520, up 7,841 in the last 24 hours, Lamont said.
Staples High School today named its valedictorian and salutatorian for the class of 2020. Besides the highest GPAs in the school, both are named Benjamin, and share the last initial S. And both play saxophone in the Jazz Band. They are valedictorian Benjamin Spector (l) and salutatorian Benjamin Schussheim. Spector plans to study chemical engineering at the University of Michigan. Schussheim plans to attend Duke University and hopes to major in computer science. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photos
Connecticut’s continuing decline in the number of daily hospitalizations, as well as an uptick in testing capabilities, has both state officials and federal health experts confident that Wednesday’s reopening will be successful.
Dr. Scott Gottlieb, a Westport resident and former commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration under the Trump Administration, joined the state daily briefing remotely today.
“We’re at a point in this state that we can start to contemplate a thoughtful stage of reopening of economic activity, having been successful at flattening the curve and making sure that the health care system didn’t get overwhelmed,” he said. “Now we’re at that moment to try to restart activity in a thoughtful way.”
On the eve of Connecticut’s first phase of reopening, 914 people are currently hospitalized for COVID-19, a drop of six people from Monday.
Westporter Dr. Scott Gottlieb, former FDA commissioner, told Gov. Ned Lamont’s news conference today that as the state reopens from the coronavirus, “there will be an uptick in cases. We expected that. We’re going to see more hospitalizations. We’re going to see cases grow. That’s why it is important to have a staged reopening as the state is doing.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Screen grab from CT-N