PRESS RELEASE – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Update on Greenwich COVID-19 Patients
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 today, Wednesday, April 1, 2020, there are 150 Greenwich residents who have tested positive for COVID-19, according to Greenwich Health Director Caroline Baisley. That is up from 137 reported on Tuesday, March 31.
As of noon today, Wednesday, April 1, 2020, there were 95 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. To date, 1,819 total outpatient swabs have been taken at the Hospital testing site. Of those, 448 tested positive.
The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner informed this office today that three Greenwich residents have succumbed to the COVID-19 virus: an 87-year-old man, a 96-year-old man and a 101-year-old woman. A total of seven (7) patients have died at Greenwich Hospital, according to the Medical Examiner’s Office. Not all of those patients were Greenwich residents.
Mr. Camillo reports that three of the eight private golf clubs in Town have agreed to close their golf operations until further notice. “I am pleased that three of the clubs have agreed with the Town’s desire to minimize the spread of the coronavirus by ceasing golf operations, just like we did March 22 at the Griffith E. Harris Golf Course. It is my hope that the other clubs will follow their examples,” Mr. Camillo said.
Statewide, there is good news that more than 50 credit unions and banks have agreed to provide 90-day grace periods for mortgage payments and waiting penalties and fees on late mortgage payments or early withdrawals from CDs. Among the participating financial institutions are Webster Bank, American Eagle Financial Credit Union, Liberty Bank, Charter Oak Federal Credit Union, Bank of America, Nutmeg State Financial Credit Union, and Peoples United Bank. The Department of Banking will maintain an updated list of participating institutions on its website.
“I know many Greenwich residents are experiencing financial hardships because of layoffs, furloughs and business shutdowns. I encourage Town residents to contact their lending institution to determine whether they are eligible to receive this much-needed assistance,” said Mr. Camillo.
If you are experiencing mild symptoms of illness and are not in a high risk group we ask that you contact your personal physician rather than call 9-1-1. 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 9-1-1. Please save 9-1-1 for real emergencies.
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.
Resources for residents and businesses and other helpful tips:
Please share this information with friends and family.
The next update will be released Thursday, April 2, 2020, unless there is a development that warrants immediate public notification.
For inquiries, please contact Executive Assistant to the First Selectman Barbara Heins at email@example.com.