NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — The coronavirus outbreak has now reached New Haven. Two people have been confirmed positive and another is presumed positive for the virus, city officials reported Sunday.
Sunday, Mayor Justin Elicker reported that health officials had confirmed the second case of coronavirus in the Elm City, and amidst the concern over the spread of the virus, the mayor has called a State of Emergency.
In a statement, Elicker said City Hall will be closed to all public entrance Monday indefinitely, saying, “We are curtailing all activities except critical functions until further notice.”
Given the growing spread of this virus in our city, state, and country, I am declaring a state of emergency in the City of New Haven to protect the public health of our residents. There is no doubt that COVID-19 will continue to spread in our community, and I will take every measure appropriate to limit exposure to our residents.
City employees that are not critical to operations will be notified that they should not report to work. Over the next several days, our team will be evaluating our employee safety and operations protocol, in addition to increasing options for teleworking where possible.
If you are a member of the business community, I strongly encourage you to have only essential employees report to work, provide options for employees to telework and do what you can to support paid leave and reduce any chance of further spread of COVID-19.– New Haven Mayor Justin Elicker
Yale-New Haven Health officials said Saturday, four individuals tested positive with preliminary testing. One of the four affected is their Chief Nursing Executive, who has tested positive on a preliminary test.
Three of those people who tested positive are being treated at Yale-New Haven Hospital. The other person is self-quarantined at home.
Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro released a statement Saturday evening regarding the new case of COVID-19 at Yale New Haven Hospital:
The news today that the coronavirus has reached New Haven is troubling, but not unexpected. As testing becomes more readily available, there is no doubt that confirmed cases will increase-here and across Connecticut. That is why I continue to urge people to take the precautions outlined by the CDC for all respiratory illnesses, like frequently washing your hands, staying home if you are sick, avoiding close contact with others and large gatherings, cleaning frequently touched surfaces, and stocking up on essentials like food and prescription medication. This is especially important for older adults and people with chronic medical conditions.
I am confident Mayor Elicker and City officials will continue to do everything they can to minimize the impact of this deadly virus. Their strong actions to date inspire confidence, and I will do everything I can to support and augment those efforts with the full weight of the federal government.– Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (D-CT)
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