Friday, March 01, 2024


Exposed to COVID, Marpe in Quarantine

Westport First Selectman Jim Marpe will remain in quarantine for 14 days following direct contact Sunday with an individual who tested positive for COVID 19, town officials announced today.

The announcement said that Marpe will stay quarantined for the requisite two weeks or until he receives a negative Polymerase Chain Reaction, or PCR COVID-19 test.

“In accordance with CDC guidelines and medical advice, he is self-isolating and is awaiting COVID-19 test results,” the announcement said. “In an abundance of caution, Mr. Marpe is currently advising all individuals with whom he came into contact of the situation, and he is taking the proper precautions.”

According to Mark Cooper, director of the Westport Weston Health District (WWHD, Marpe, “based on his actions, he does not appear to have exposed anyone.”

“If any symptoms are to develop or his test result is positive, the WWHD will commence contact tracing to know who he has been in close contact with since Sunday or during the preceding 48 hours of either when he was tested, or when the first symptoms present themselves,” Cooper said.

In light of his situation, Marpe reminded residents to wear a face covering, to social distance and to practice good hygiene and sanitary measures.

He said residents can continue to stay connected to learn more about COVID 19 in town by signing up or following town announcements at: and by signing up for emergency alerts.

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