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New Haven: first-responders test positive for coronavirus, 133 positive cases, 1 death, mayor enforces social-distancing

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — New Haven Mayor Justin Elicker reported Wednesday the city has 133 known cases of coronavirus.

As of Wednesday, Bella Vista Apartments have three cases – all hospitalized. Additionally, the mayor reported a second firefighter in the city has tested positive.

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Tuesday, Elicker reported the city had 119 cases of coronavirus, and corrected a reporting from Monday, saying the city only has one death as a result of the virus.

The mayor had reported Monday the Elm City now had its second death as a result of the highly-contagious coronavirus.

“We got information from the Department of Public Health– which was not fully correct,” Elicker explained. “Moving forward we’ll confirm with death certificates to make absolutely sure we are getting accurate information for folks.”

The mayor also discussed the field hospital being set up at Southern Connecticut State University to serve non-coronavirus patients.

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Sunday, the mayor confirmed New Haven has 71 positive cases of coronavirus, but the city expects the number to continue to climb.

Health officials report of the 71 positive cases, 41% are individuals age 25-49, and 35% are age 65 and older.

The mayor also announced that starting Sunday they are closing playgrounds – public and school – because of consistent complaints of groups. This does not include parks.

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He says those playgrounds that have fences will be locked and those without will have a sign that reports the closing. The mayor says they will not be arresting anyone at this point, but the police will be monitoring these playgrounds.

Lock on New Haven public school playground gate – March 30, 2020

In terms of Bella Vista Apartments where an individual tested positive last week, they have increased security on-site and on the street to restrict unauthorized visitors.


New Haven Fire Chief reports his department has roughly four firefighters awaiting results of their coronavirus tests.

New Haven Police Chief Reyes reports his department is waiting for the results of two additional officers from previously reported.

Frank Ricci, president of New Haven Fire Fighters Local 825, announced Sunday night that two first responders in the city tested positive for COVID-19. Monday it was reported the two individuals are one a firefighter and one a police officer.

Authorities say precautions are being taken.

Police Chief Reyes saying they “have taken precautions to identify who may have been in contact with the officer. We have contacted those individuals personally. A plan of action with the Health Department has begun.”

Fire Chief John Alston Jr. adding about his department member testing positive, “we are monitoring our folks every day twice a day and as we see changes in their physical well-being we are making the adjustment.”

He went on to say that about 13 individuals at the department are not at work right now. Four have tested negative and are in self-isolation.

The number of positive cases among first responders in New Haven is expected to grow.

According to Mayor Elicker, even though the first-responders are fast-tracked for testing, the tests are taking quite a long time to come back because there are so many people needing tests and the testing is currently limited.

WATCH: WEB EXTRA: Mayor Justin Elicker’s coronavirus daily briefing for March 29

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