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First COVID-19 Case Confirmed in Glastonbury

Post Date:03/20/2020 6:00 PM

Today, the Connecticut Department of Public Health (DPH) has confirmed the first positive case of COVID-19 in a Glastonbury resident.  “Positive cases of COVID-19 in Glastonbury have been expected as community transmission of the virus has been occurring in neighboring communities” said Wendy Mis, Health Director for the Glastonbury Health Department.  “At this time, we strongly encourage residents to practice preventative measures and social distancing to prevent the further spread of the virus, and to contact medical professionals if they feel symptomatic.”

The Glastonbury Health Department will continue its ongoing efforts to protect the public health of community members by continuing to educate citizens on preventative measures and resources for assistance.  All residents continue to be advised to wash their hands thoroughly and regularly and to practice social distancing.  Residents are encouraged to stay home and avoid interaction with others outside the household, limiting trips out of the home to those of necessity only, such as for groceries or medical appointments.  The Town asks residents to avoid public facilities, social gatherings, and town playgrounds, athletic courts, (e.g. tennis, basketball, etc.), and dog parks until further notice.  Although pets have not been found to contract the virus themselves, it is possible for germs to remain on their fur through contact with others therefore please observe social distancing for your pets as well to the best of your ability.

All residents should continue to practice daily preventative actions to help protect their health and the health of others by:

  • Staying home when sick, except to receive medical care
  • Avoiding close contact with people, especially those who are sick
  • Washing hands with soap and water frequently and for at least 20 seconds
  • Covering coughs and sneezes with a tissue or elbow, throwing tissues in the trash immediately after use, and washing hands after
  • Avoiding touching one’s eyes, nose, and mouth
  • Cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched objects and surfaces

COVID-19 is a Novel Coronavirus which first emerged in China in December 2019. Symptoms of the virus include fever, cough, and shortness of breath. For more information, resources, hotlines, testing, and more, please visit www.cdc.gov/coronavirus.  The Town of Glastonbury has closed town facilities, temporarily suspended town programming, and reduced select town services to appointment only to emphasize social distancing and protect the health of community members. To view a complete list of updates, visit www.glastonbury-ct.gov.covid19

Respectfully,

Wendy Mis, Glastonbury Director of Health

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