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. To lead by example for social distancing, we continue to issue our daily updates electronically. The updates also will be posted on the Town website’s dedicated page (www.greenwichct.gov/covid19) for COVID-19 information.
As of today, Friday, April 24, there are 613 Greenwich residents who have tested positive for COVID-19, according to Greenwich Health Department Director Caroline Baisley. That is 5 more than the 608 cases reported on Thursday, April 23.
Greenwich Hospital reports that today, Friday, April 24, 2020, there were 84 COVID-19 positive patients being treated in several different Hospital units. So far, 317 patients have been discharged from the Hospital and continue their recuperation at home. There have been 4,273 people have been tested at the Hospital outpatient test site with 1,542 testing positive. All of these numbers reflect patients who live in Greenwich as well as from other municipalities in Connecticut and Westchester County.
According to the Connecticut Department of Public Health, as Thursday, April 23, there were 27 Greenwich residents who have died from the COVID-19 virus.
“Any loss of life is truly regrettable and my heartfelt condolences go out to each of the families of our 27 residents who have died from this disease,” Mr. Camillo said. “This loss of life illustrates just how vulnerable we all are and how important it is to continue with social distancing, wearing face masks, gloves and to frequently wash our hands. We cannot be too careful when it comes to trying to stem the spread of this virus.”
Update on ‘The Griff’ Golf Course
After an intensive review of operations with Parks and Recreation Director Joe Siciliano, First Selectman Camillo has announced that there will be a conditional REOPENING of the Griffith E. Harris Golf Course on Monday, May 4. The course will be open 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., daily. Tee time reservations will only be available online – there will not be any walk-ups allowed. The online reservation system will be available beginning April 30. Only credit/debit card payments will be accepted. Golf cart rentals and the driving range will be available. It is mandatory that all persons arriving at the golf course wear a face mask at all times. Detailed operating regulations will be posted on the golf course website by noon Tuesday, April 28. The Griff website can be found here: https://www.thegriffgolf.org/
Previous notification on limited park use:
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.
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.
Other resources for residents and businesses and other helpful tips:
The next update will be at 4 p.m. Monday, April 27, 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.