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. The updates also will be posted on the Town website’s dedicated page (www.greenwichct.gov/covid19) for COVID-19 information.
As of today, Thursday, April 23, there are 608 Greenwich residents who have tested positive for COVID-19, according to Greenwich Health Department Director Caroline Baisley. That is 26 more than the 582 cases reported on Wednesday, April 22.
Greenwich Hospital reports that today, Thursday, April 23, 2020, there were 99 COVID-19 positive patients being treated in several different Hospital units. So far, 305 patients have been discharged from the Hospital and continue their recuperation at home. There have been 4,148 people have been tested at the Hospital outpatient test site with 1,520 testing positive. All of these numbers reflect patients who live in Greenwich as well as from other municipalities in Connecticut and Westchester County.
CHANGES IN STATUS AT SOME PARKS & REC FACILITIES
First Selectman Camillo, in collaboration with his Emergency Management Task Force, continues to evaluate the impact of this pandemic upon the operation of various Town facilities, including parks, beaches, marinas, The Griff Golf Course, and playgrounds.
Effective Monday, April 27, Binney, Bruce and Byram parks will be OPEN for the use of walking paths. The fields, playgrounds, parking lots and restrooms at those facilities will NOT be open. The beach at Byram Park will remain closed. New signage detailing park use will be installed.
Starting April 30, there will be limited access – two (2) days per week - to Town marinas for boat owners whose vessels are in winter storage. Specific details on which days and the hours of access will be communicated via email to those boat owners.
Cos Cob Park will be OPEN to walkers from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday through Friday, beginning Monday, May 4. There will be park monitors on site to allow for controlled access and to ensure walkers adhere to social distancing protocols. The playing field, playgrounds, and restrooms will remain closed. Visitors will be able to park at the Cos Cob train station.
First Selectman Camillo, in concert with Parks and Recreation Director Joe Siciliano and Greenwich Police continue to review potential operations at The Griff Golf Course as well as Greenwich Point Park.
Mr. Siciliano and his staff also continue to review the impact of the pandemic on special events, particularly those that draw large crowds. Decisions concerning the annual Memorial Day parade organized by the Sound Beach Volunteer Fire Department and the Fourth of July fireworks displays at Greenwich Point Park and Binney Parks, will be announced in coming days.
“Most people I have spoken with, people who have emailed me or texted me have been extremely supportive of the decisions to close Town facilities,” Mr. Camillo said. “That being said, we also want to be able to allow use of these larger parks in a very measured way, in a way that will not contribute to the spread of the virus.”
Mr. Camillo added, “I am truly appreciative of the public’s cooperation so far and hope that residents can enjoy some of our great outdoors I am ready to pull back on the use of the parks if social distancing and face mask protocols are not followed.”
Other resources for residents and businesses and other helpful tips:
The next update will be at 4 p.m. Friday, April 24, 2020, unless there is a development that warrants immediate public notification.
For inquiries, please contact Executive Assistant to the First Selectman Barbara Heins at firstname.lastname@example.org.