Mask Up to Slow the Spread/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 47,108 + 75
COVID-19 Associated Deaths 4,343 + 5
Patients Currently Hospitalized with COVID-19 88 + 5
Patients Tested for COVID-19 535,465 + 7,335

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        298                    +0                     15

Weston Residents COVID-19 Positive Reported to the State             62                    +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:


Mask Up to Slow the Spread

The danger of a COVID resurgence is always present, seems to be increasing and now is not the time to abandon hand washing, mask wearing, and physical distancing. The Westport Weston Health District urges residents to keep up their good work and continue to take precautions.  We also ask that parents remind their teenagers about the importance of good habits and to take the virus seriously.  Attending large house parties, gathering in big groups, and not staying physically distant from each another puts the kids and others in the community at risk. While younger people can be asymptomatic or have mild symptoms, they can easily and unknowingly spread the virus to older or immune-compromised people.

Young people themselves are not immune to the virus and can suffer terribly from COVID.  According to CDC statistics, about 3,000 people under the age of 45 have died from COVID.  That is a very small percentage of the overall deaths in the United States but it does happen.  Younger people can also develop symptoms serious enough to warrant hospitalizations, and there may be lingering and/or permanent health effects.  So, while the risk of young people, as compared with older people is low, it is definitely not zero. While there are reports that younger infected patients can experience milder symptoms, or even be asymptomatic, it is worth noting that this is a new disease and the medical community is still learning about its long term impact on the human body.

Why wear masks?

  • CDC recommends that people wear cloth face coverings in public settings and when around people who don’t live in your household, especially when it’s difficult to maintain social distance.
  • Cloth face coverings may help prevent people who have COVID-19 from spreading the virus to others.
  • Cloth face coverings are most likely to reduce the spread of COVID-19 when they are widely used by people in public settings.
  • Cloth face coverings should NOT be worn by children under the age of 2 or anyone who has trouble breathing, is unconscious, incapacitated, or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance.

Per the CDC, cloth face coverings are recommended as a simple barrier to help prevent respiratory droplets from traveling into the air and onto other people when the person wearing the cloth face covering coughs, sneezes, talks, or raises their voice. This is called source control.

The CDC recommends masks based on what is known about the role respiratory droplets play in the spread of the virus that causes COVID-19.  Cloth face coverings reduce the spread of droplets when worn over the nose and mouth.  COVID-19 spreads mainly among people who are in close contact with one another, so the use of face coverings is particularly important in settings where people are close to each other or where social distancing is difficult to maintain.

Some residents have asked whether or not face shields are an alternative. Per the CDC, the answer is no. It is not known if face shields provide any benefit as source control to protect others from the spray of respiratory particles. They do not recommend use of face shields for normal everyday activities or as a substitute for cloth face coverings.