Gov. Ned Lamont reacted cautiously today from both a political and public-health standpoint to President Donald J. Trump having COVID-19, news that brought uncertainty to the presidential campaign and spasms of sympathy, snark and schadenfreude.
The Democratic governor expressed concern about the president and first lady and offered no criticism of the routine disregard for public-health guidelines about social distancing, masks and other precautions by Trump, his family and his campaign.
“Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Trump family,” Lamont said.
The president announced on Twitter at 1 a.m. that he and the first lady had tested positive for COVID-19. Two hours earlier, Trump said he would quarantine because his close aide, Hope Hicks of Greenwich, had tested positive for the infection.
Washington – Sen. Richard Blumenthal was among those being tested for the coronavirus today following President Donald Trump’s announcement that he has contracted COVID-19, unleashing a wave of concern about the president’s recent contacts.
Blumenthal had been at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Thursday that was also attended by Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, who announced today he has tested positive for the virus.
Lee had also been at Trump’s Rose Garden announcement of Amy Coney Barrett’s nomination to the Supreme Court on Saturday, sitting, without a mask, with other Republicans on the Judiciary Committee.
Spokeswoman Maria McElwain said Blumenthal had sat across the room from Lee at Thursday’s Judiciary Committee hearing, but was getting tested “out of an abundance of caution.”
The Connecticut Department of Public Health has issued its recommendation on what Halloween should look like during the coronavirus pandemic — and door-to-door trick-or-treating is not part of the plan.
“Traditional Halloween activities carry a high risk for spreading COVID-19, but we can reduce that risk significantly by organizing and participating in fun, lower or moderate risk alternatives,” the health department said in a posting on its website.
“The holiday may look different this year, but the Connecticut Department of Public Health (CT DPH) believes we can still enjoy a happy (and healthy) Halloween.”
The recommendations are generally in line with ones provided by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention last month.
Dogs returned today to Westport’s Compo Beach until March 31. Dogs are not allowed in the Pavilion or on the Playground or the Boardwalk. Dogs must be leashed except in designated off-leash areas south of the Pavilion, including South Beach. Owners must clean up after their dogs or face a $77 fine. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Marge L. Oliphant of Westport died Sept. 25 at Regional Hospice in Danbury. She was 80.
Marge Oliphant Contributed photo
Born in New York City, Marge had been a Westport resident for over 50 years. A 1957 graduate of White Plains High School, she later received her Bachelor’s Degree from Curry College.
Marge was well known in the retail sales scene on Main Street in Westport where she worked in various boutiques over the years. Her greatest joy however, was spending time with her beloved children and cherished grandchildren.
She will be sadly missed by her three children: Laura Hebeler and her husband Curt of Fairfield, Jeff Oliphant of Naples, FL and daughter-in-law Erika Muik of Orange, Perry Oliphant and his wife Rose of Seymour; and five grandchildren, Blake and Taylor Bargmann, Aubri and Eli Oliphant and Jacob Oliphant.