PRESS RELEASE – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Update on COVID-19 in Greenwich
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.
As of today, Wednesday, April 15, there are 499 Greenwich residents who have tested positive for COVID-19, according to the Greenwich Health Department. That is up from the 394 cases reported on Tuesday, April 14. According to Health Director Caroline Baisley, this increase in Greenwich patients is attributable to a lag in test results being tabulated and input in to the Connecticut Department of Public Health’s computer systems. Many of these newly reported cases involve patients who were tested two to three weeks ago, according to Ms. Baisley. (The Town obtains its daily census information from the state Health Department.)
“The alarming issue here is that many of these people may have been asymptomatic and continued their daily business interacting with family, going outdoors or to the supermarket, unknowingly exposing countless others,” First Selectman Camillo said. “I cannot continue to emphasize enough, just how important it is to wear facial coverings whenever outside of your home.”
Greenwich Hospital reports that today, Wednesday, April 15, 2020, there were 117 COVID-19 positive patients being treated in several different Hospital units. So far, 223 patients have been discharged from the Hospital and continue their recuperation at home. There have been 3,330 people have been tested at the Hospital outpatient test site with 1,292 testing positive. All of these numbers reflect patients who live in Greenwich as well as from other municipalities in Connecticut and Westchester County.
First Selectman Camillo, in consultation with his emergency management team, has ordered Town Hall to remain closed to all employees, through May 20th. This date is in accordance with other closure dates issued by Gov. Ned Lamont. Originally this order was effective March 23rd through April 22th.
All employees are expected to continue to work from home and to be available by phone and email during business hours. The Town will continue to provide limited services where possible. If you need a Town service, please first visit the Department’s webpage. Our website and email are the preferred methods of communication during this time. Staff will make periodic checks of voicemail boxes, however, please allow additional time for responses during this situation. Given the unprecedented fluidity of this situation, expectations and operations may change at any time.
Today, we also are reminding residents that sanitizing wipes, paper towels, face masks and gloves must NOT be flushed down the toilet. On Tuesday, a Department of Public Works crew had to be deployed to repair a wastewater pump station which broke down because it became clogged with the aforementioned, according to Public Works Commissioner Amy Siebert.
This preventable equipment malfunction is regrettable on several fronts, especially since the crew had to work in very close quarters in order to effectuate repairs. Please remember: Only number one and number two are appropriate for the loo.
Other resources for residents and businesses and other helpful tips:
The next update will be released at 4 p.m. Thursday, April 16, 2020, unless there is a development that warrants immediate public notification.
Please visit www.greenwichct.gov/covid19 for more information. Please SHARE this information with friends and family.
For inquiries, please contact Executive Assistant to the First Selectman Barbara Heins at email@example.com.