PRESS RELEASE – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Update on Greenwich COVID-19 Patients - March 27, 2020
Here is an update from First Selectman Fred Camillo on the Town’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the needs of our residents. The updates also will be posted on the Town website’s dedicated page (www.greenwichct.gov/covid19) for COVID-19 information.
As of Friday, March 27, 2020, there are 60 Greenwich residents who have tested positive for COVID-19, according to Greenwich Health Director Caroline Baisley. That is up from 57 reported on Thursday, March 26.
As of noon today, Friday, March 27, 2020, there were 55 COVID-19 positive patients in Greenwich Hospital, being treated in several different units. This number reflects patients who live in Greenwich as well as from other municipalities in Connecticut and Westchester County. The total number of positive test results collected at the hospital’s outpatient site, is not immediately available. The Greenwich Department of Health continues to work in Town Hall with more than half of the staff that is monitoring COVID-19 reported cases who are isolated at home; close family members of COVID-19 patients who are quarantined and being monitored for possible signs and symptoms. Another required public health intervention measure taken by the Department of Health staff is Contact Tracing, through which the Department is monitoring people who have or may have had a close and prolonged contact with a COVID-19 patient. If you become ill, please contact your healthcare provider and also call the Greenwich Department of Health if you were in close and prolonged contact with a person known to have COVID-19.
The Department of Health has five phone lines specifically dedicated to the public for questions and answers about COVID-19. They are: 203-622 -7865; 203-622-7703; 203-622-7614; 203-622-7842 and 203-622-7836.
All Town libraries, parks, beaches, marinas and ‘The Griff’ golf course remain CLOSED. Gov. Ned Lamont has further reduced the permissible number of people allowed to gather in groups. It is now six (6) people maximum while maintaining six feet of social distancing.
We appreciate all everyone is doing to maintain safe health practices including frequent hand-washing, using protective gloves and sanitizers while shopping. Please be courteous and mindful to dispose of those gloves and sanitizing clothes properly. We are experiencing an uptick in litter as shoppers are not throwing those items into the trash. The Town’s plastic bag ban remains in effect.
Here is a list of Town Parks and Recreation Department programs CANCELLED for Spring 2020:
Here is a list of other special events run by private organizations already CANCELLED or POSTPONED:
A reminder for food establishments
Given the unfortunate shutdown of many food preparation establishments across the state given, the Town is reminding operators of food facilities that it is important to unplug or otherwise de-energize indoor active grease recovery units (AGRUs) to prevent equipment damage caused by long periods with no drain water inflows. Failure to unplug or de-energize AGRUs during facility closures can create a potential fire hazard. If an establishment shuts down, it must unplug or de-energize all electric grease traps. More information can be found here on the Department of Public Works webpage.
Metro North Reduces Schedule
As of today, Friday, March 27, 2020, Metro-North is providing hourly service on the Harlem, Hudson, and New Haven lines, with extra trains added during peak times. These service changes can be found on the Metro-North website and the MYmta app.***
Reporting Non-Emergency COVID-19 Activity Concerns
If you are concerned about an activity or an organization not following guidelines issued through COVID-19 related Executive Orders and emergency declarations, please call the Greenwich Police Department’s non-emergency phone number at 203-622-8004.
If you are experiencing mild symptoms of illness and are not in a high risk group, GPD asks that you contact your personal physician rather than call 911. If you have mild symptoms, do not go to the emergency room before contacting your doctor for direction. If you have any serious symptoms, please do not hesitate to call 911. Please save 911 for real emergencies.
Reminders, resources for residents and businesses and other helpful tips:
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The next update will be released Monday, March 30, 2020, unless there is a development that warrants immediate public notification.
For media inquiries, please contact Executive Assistant to the First Selectman Barbara Heins at firstname.lastname@example.org.