It’s Time to Get Ticked Off!/(Daily COVID-19 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 46,514 + 152
COVID-19 Associated Deaths 4,322 + 2
Patients Currently Hospitalized with COVID-19 98 + 1
Patients Tested for COVID-19 464,414 + 21,416

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

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                                                                                                              To Date    Change from   Probable 

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Local Results                                                                                                                  

Westport Residents COVID-19 Positive Reported to the State        290                    +1                     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:


It Is Time To Get Ticked Off!

You may be hearing more in the news recently about a variety of tick that was previously uncommon in Fairfield County, Connecticut – the lone star tick.  The Westport Weston Health District is always concerned about tick bites and tick-borne disease, and news that the lone star tick is establishing in the region adds to that concern. The Health District has received and identified a few examples of the lone star tick this season.  Previously limited to the southeastern part of the United States, lone star ticks have been detected in areas with no previous record of activity including Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, and Rhode Island. Locally, lone star ticks have been found in Sherwood Island State Park.  Park visitors are encouraged to take precautions against tick bites, especially if walking around grassy or brushy areas.

Click here for more information on the Lone Star tick

According to the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, the lone star is a very aggressive tick that bites humans.  Diseases associated with the lone star tick include human ehrlichiosis tularemia, Hartland virus, Bourbon virus, and Southern tick-associated rash illness (STARI).  The greatest risk of being bitten exists in early spring through late fall.  Allergic reactions associated with the consumption of red meat have been reported by people bitten by lone star ticks.  Learn more about tick-borne disease at the CDC’s website:

Residents are urged to be vigilant about tick bite prevention.  The importance of tick checks when coming in from outdoors cannot be overstated. Check for ticks on yourself, your children, and your pets.  Early intervention is key. Ticks are generally found near the ground, in brushy or wooded areas.

CDC Tips for Tick Bite Prevention:

  • Use an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-registered insect repellent. Treat clothing and gear, such as boots, pants, and socks.
  • Treat dogs and cats as recommended by a veterinarian.
  • Check for ticks daily, especially under the arms, in and around the ears, inside the belly button, behind the knees, between the legs, around the waist, and on the hairline and scalp.
  • Shower soon after being outdoors.
  • Use landscape techniques that prevent tick populations.

If you do find a tick, remove it promptly –  save it by putting it in a secure container with one blade of grass and  bring it to the Health District to be identified and tested.  For a ten-dollar fee, the Health District can identify the type of tick it is  and if appropriate, send the tick to be tested.  Learn more about WWHD’s tick identification/testing policy here: