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.
At 4 p.m. today, Friday, May 15, 2020, First Selectman Camillo will host a media teleconference.
As of today, Friday, May 15, there are 741 Greenwich residents who have tested positive for COVID-19, according to Greenwich Health Department Director Caroline Baisley. That represents 5 more cases than the 736 reported on Wednesday, May 13.
Greenwich Hospital reports that today, Friday, May 15, there are 31 COVID-19 positive patients being treated in several different Hospital units, a drop of 9 patients from Wednesday, May 13. So far, 473 patients have been discharged from the Hospital and continue their recuperation at home. There have been 6,215 people have been tested at the Hospital outpatient test site with 1,818 testing positive. These numbers reflect patients who live in Greenwich as well as those from other municipalities in Connecticut and in Westchester County.
According to the Connecticut Department of Public Health, 43 Greenwich residents have died from the COVID-19 virus, as of Thursday, May 14.
Status of Fourth of July Fireworks
The Fourth of July fireworks displays at Greenwich Point Park and Binney Park – scheduled for July 3 – have been cancelled. “I am disappointed, as I am sure thousands of residents will be. In discussions with leaders of the Parks and Recreation, Police, Fire and Public Works departments, it is evident that given the sheer numbers of people who attend these annual events, we cannot ensure proper social distancing and the safety and health of residents and Town employees for these two events,” Mr. Camillo said. “My concern is that these mass gatherings are recipes to reverse the trend of slowing the spread of this virus.”
Mr. Camillo added, “The Town will continue to monitor the data on new diagnoses, deaths and social distancing patterns, with the hope that we may be able to schedule an alternative date in late summer or early fall.”
Other resources for residents and businesses and other helpful tips:
Participate in Census 2020. For people who do not have access to a computer, they can complete it by calling these numbers: English: 1-844-330-2020/Spanish:1-844-468-2020/ Chinese (Mandarin) 1-844-391-2020/ Chinese (Cantonese) 1-844-398-2020/ Haitian Creole: 1-844-474-2020.
To reach the Domestic Abuse Services staff at the YWCA, please call the 24/7 hotline at 203-622-0003.
Members of the public are encouraged to sign-up for the Town’s Emergency Alert Notification System at greenwichct.bbcportal.com/Entry
The American Red Cross in Connecticut has a Virtual Family Assistance Center to support Connecticut families struggling with loss and grief due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. People can visit http://www.RedCross.org/vFAC to access a support hub with special virtual programs, information, referrals and services to support families in need. The hub will also connect people to other community resources provided by 2-1-1, CT VOAD, and other partners. People without internet access can call 833-492-0094 for help.
If you are concerned about an activity or a group not following COVID-19 protocols, please call the Greenwich Police Department’s non-emergency phone number: 203-622-8004.
Don’t have a face mask? There are easy-to-follow instructions on how to make cloth masks which can be found here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/diy-cloth-face-coverings.html
The next press update will be at 4 p.m. Monday, May 18, 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 email@example.com.