2nd New Canaan resident dies of coronavirus, bringing state total to 3


NEW CANAAN, Conn. (AP/WTNH) — Connecticut’s second and third coronavirus deaths were reported in New Canaan on Thursday.

One was a 91-year-old man who had been hospitalized. The other was man in his 80s.

Both men were reported to be living in private homes.

The first death was that of an 88-year-old Ridgefield man, which was announced Wednesday.

Governor Ned Lamont took to Twitter to confirm the 91-year-old man’s death as the second in Connecticut from coronavirus.

Gov. Lamont said the man was being treated at Norwalk Hospital.

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First Selectman Kevin Moynihan identified the 91-year-old victim in the statement below:

All of New Canaan is very saddened by the passing of our friend and long-time resident Bill Pike due to Covid-19.  Bill was a true gentleman and revered figure among his many friends and business colleagues on Wall Street.  Our thoughts and prayers are with Bill’s wife Cathie and her family.

On behalf of our Emergency Management Director Mike Handle and Health Director Jenn Eielson, please understand that the Town will not be commenting further on Bill’s passing.

First Selectman Kevin Moynihan

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News 8 reached out to New Canaan Town Council Chairman John Engel to confirm the news: “I got a text from our State Rep during the meeting and Councilman Steve Karl learned of it at the same time and asked for a moment of silence after which we ended the meeting.”

The 88-year-old man who had been a resident of a Ridgefield assisted living facility died Wednesday at Danbury Hospital. COVID-19, the illness caused by the virus, has stricken thousands across the globe but usually presents only mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough.

Recently, another executive order signed by the governor has shut down more businesses throughout Connecticut all in the effort to stop the spread of coronavirus.

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