Preparing for Reopening Continued – Contact Tracing and the “How We Feel” App/(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 COVID-19 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 36,085 +     621
COVID-19 Associated Deaths   3,285 +       66
Patients Currently Hospitalized with COVID-19   1,033       70
Patients Tested for COVID-19 155,908 +  6,346

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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Local Results                                                                                                                  

Westport Residents COVID-19 Positive Reported to the State         266                      + 0

Weston Residents COVID-19 Positive Reported to the State              62                       -1

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:


Preparing for Reopening Continued – Contact Tracing & The “How We Feel” App

As many of you know, Phase 1 of the reopening of Connecticut businesses begins next week.  The WWHD has been hard at work contributing to both state and town planning efforts, as well as training for the anticipated surge in testing and contact tracing.  Wide-spread testing and contact tracing are key components of a successful and steady reopening process.  The WWHD’s Community Health staff will be performing contact tracing for our community locally.  While some municipalities across Connecticut have opted to rely on the State Department of Public Health to do the tracing, the Health District expects to be able to handle the volume of calls in-house.  From the beginning of the COVID-19 outbreak in Westport-Weston, our staff has been contact tracing infected individuals.  We anticipate that the number of positive tests will go up with wide-spread testing, so we have augmented our capacity accordingly.  Thankfully, our staff will be joined in our efforts by the Westport Public School nurses who have generously volunteered to help our community with this important work.  Additionally, Medical Reserve Corp volunteers, under the direction of Emergency Management Director, Mike Vincelli, have answered the call for assistance during this crisis.  We are incredibly grateful for all of these amazing, knowledgeable volunteers.  Our volunteers have completed the necessary training modules and will be supervised by WWHD’s Director of Clinical Care, Dr. Louis D’Onofrio.  This team effort will enable the Health District to reach out to impacted individuals to educate them on safe practices, self isolation measures, and to answer any questions.

Anyone interested in joining the Westport Weston Wilton Medical Reserve Corp can learning more at the website below:

About MRC

The Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) is a national network of volunteers, organized locally to improve the health and safety of their communities. The MRC network comprises approximately 175,000 volunteers in roughly 850 community-based units located throughout the United States and its territories. MRC volunteers include medical and public health professionals, as well as other community members without healthcare backgrounds. MRC units engage these volunteers to strengthen public health, improve emergency response capabilities, and build community resiliency. They prepare for and respond to natural disasters, such as wildfires, hurricanes, tornadoes, blizzards, and floods, as well as other emergencies affecting public health, such as disease outbreaks. They frequently contribute to community health activities that promote healthy habits. Examples of activities that MRC volunteers participate in and support include:

·  Emergency Preparedness and Response Trainings ·  Mass Dispensing Efforts
·  Emergency Sheltering ·  Vaccination Clinics
·  Responder Rehab ·  Health Education and Promotion
·  Disaster Medical Support ·  Outreach to Underserved Community Members
·  Disaster Risk Reduction ·  Community Event Support
·  Medical Facility Surge Capacity ·  Healthy Living
·  First Aid During Large Public Gatherings ·  Engaging Youth in Public Health Activities
·  Planning, Logistical & Administrative Support ·  Health Screenings
·  Veterinary Support and Pet Preparedness

The WWHD urges residents to consider the How We Feel app to aid in contact tracing efforts.  Technology can be a tool for fighting disease. Less than one minute of your time each day can help track the COVID-19 virus in our local communities and enable us to better understand how the population is feeling overall.  State officials are encouraging Connecticut residents to download a free and easy to use app from  The app is simple, anonymous, and can be downloaded on your smart phone or tablet.  How We Feel enables users to self-report age, sex and zip code, and asks about any health symptoms you may be experiencing. The app was developed by an independent, nonprofit organization called the How We Feel Project.  The group was founded by a team of scientists, doctors, and technologists in an effort to help fight the pandemic.

Sharing how you feel will allow researchers to track any hot spots associated with the virus, where it’s growing and determine populations that may be more at risk.  When you begin, you will be asked whether you’ve been exposed to someone with COVID-19 or whether anyone in your house has tested positive for the virus. Scientists and doctors will use the aggregated data to identify new outbreaks, understand how the virus is spreading, and to evaluate how interventions are working to slow the spread of disease.  Self reported data can be a powerful tool in our fight against the pandemic.

Privacy is important and your name and email is not collected.  You will not be asked to create an account or log in.  All data is secured and shared only with organizations working to fight the spread of COVID-19. You don’t have to feel sick to take part; data on healthy people is important too. The app is available to everyone in the United States who is age 18 or older.  Daily check-in is encouraged so that information is current.

State leaders believe this voluntary reporting will be helpful and will aid in planning efforts.  The app is available on Apple and Android.  More information can be found on the nonprofit’s website .