BBQ Season / (COVID-19 Daily Updates)

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Summary for most recent day of reporting in Connecticut

Day-to-day changes reflect newly reported cases, deaths, and tests that occurred over the last several days to week. All data in this report are preliminary; data for previous dates will be updated as new reports are received and data errors are corrected. Hospitalization data were collected by the Connecticut Hospital Association. Deaths* reported to either the OCME or DPH are included in the daily COVID-19 update.

*For public health surveillance, COVID-19-associated deaths include persons who tested positive for the virus that causes COVID-19 disease around the time of death (confirmed) and persons whose death certificate lists COVID-19 disease as a cause of death or a significant condition contributing to death (probable).

Category Text Total Change Direction Change
Laboratory Confirmed COVID-19 Cases 45,782 + 27
COVID-19 Associated Deaths 4,263 + 3
Patients Currently Hospitalized with COVID-19 140 9
Patients Tested for COVID-19 395,590 + 2,115

Charts represent the date the data were reported to the CT DPH.  Cases and deaths are cumulative over time.  Hospitalization data are collected by CT Hospital Association

Source: Department of Public Health

                                                                                                        Total Reported

                                                                                                              To Date    Change from   Probable 

                                                                                                                                Yesterday        Cases

Local Results                                                                                                                  

Westport Residents COVID-19 Positive Reported to the State        286                    +0                     15

Weston Residents COVID-19 Positive Reported to the State             63                    +0                     3

A complete listing by town and county of all COVID-19 cases being reported by the Connecticut State Department of Health, and various analyses of those cases, can be found by following this link:


BBQ Season

Summer barbeque season is in full swing, with the start of summer and the Fourth of July right around the corner.  However, concerns about COVID-19 should have us rethinking how we plan parties and celebrations this year.  The decision to host or attend a party is an individual one, based on factors like your age, your health status and your general comfort level.  If you do host a barbeque, consider the following suggestions:

Plan for Smaller Gatherings:  The number of people permitted at an outdoor social gathering in Connecticut, per the Governor, is now up to 100 people.  However, when you plan your guest list, base the number on how many people you can safely accommodate in your space given social distancing recommendations. It may be more prudent for the foreseeable future to have smaller, more manageable gatherings without lots of people from different households.

Stay Outside:  Ideally, keep things outside as much as possible. Set up seating, the bar, and food areas so that guests do not congregate too closely.  Hang a sign on the front door that invites guests to walk directly back to your yard or patio without going through the house first. Arrange chairs and tables so that guests can more easily adhere to social distancing. Consider a rain date if the weather doesn’t cooperate.

Think about your Menu:  Consider offering individual servings like small bags of chips, packaged condiments, etc.  That way you can avoid having people handle shared items over and over like serving spoons and ketchup bottles.  Perhaps skip the veggie and dip platter this year. Have guests pick up their plates of food rather than serve themselves.  If you do decide on a buffet, have one person serve the food to limit the spread of germs.

Consider BYOB drinks or use labels so that everyone can identify which drink is theirs. Charms or erasable markers are an easy way to personalize drink ware and keep guests from picking up the wrong beverage.  Regardless of what’s on the menu, always be mindful of safe food practices like keeping food at proper temperatures in order to avoid food borne illnesses.  Keep cold dishes cold and hot dishes hot.

Other thoughts:  Keep hand sanitizer out and visible for guests in strategic spots around the party space such as by the entrance and food/bar areas.  Avoid traditional hellos with hugs and handshakes and try to maintain a physical distance from others. Encourage your guests to wear a face covering if possible.  Throughout the gathering, try to wipe down frequently touched surfaces like doorknobs and restrooms.  After the party is over, do a thorough cleaning, paying attention to those high traffic areas used by guests.

Eat, drink, and stay healthy this summer.