Ticks Don’t Like to Social Distance Either! (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 31,784 +     789
COVID-19 Associated Deaths   2,797 +       79
Patients Currently Hospitalized with COVID-19   1,385       60
Patients Tested for COVID-19 116,174 +  4,727

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         256                      + 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:



Ticks Don’t Like To Social Distance Either!

COVID-19 concerns are front and center these days, but we also need to keep other timely health concerns in mind as well. Getting outside in the sunny fresh air does everybody good.  The Health District encourages residents to check themselves for ticks after being outdoors.  Ticks are out year-round, but our mild winter and wet spring may increase the tick population and result in more tick bites and disease transmission. The National Pest Management Association is forecasting a summer that’s cooler than recent years and wetter than average. They predict that since humidity is a big driver of tick populations and activity during the warmer months, the northeast could see more tick activity in 2020 across the region, with tick season lasting from around April to mid-to-late October.

Prevention is key.  Keep these CDC recommended tips in mind to keep your family and pets safe and to tick-proof your property.

Before You Go Outdoors

  • Know where to expect ticks – grassy, brushy, or wooded areas, or even on animals.
  • Treat clothing and gearwith products containing 0.5% permethrin. Permethrin can be used to treat boots, clothing and camping gear and remain protective through several washings. Alternatively, you can buy permethrin-treated clothing and gear.
  • Use an Environmental Protectation Agency approved product containing DEET, picaridin, IR3535, Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus (OLE), para-menthane-diol (PMD), or 2-undecanone. Always follow product instructions. Do not use products containing OLE or PMD on children under 3 years old.
  • Avoid contact with ticks –walk in the center of trails and avoid wooded and brushy areas.

After You Come Indoors

  • Check your body, clothing, and pets for ticks.
  • Shower soon after being outdoors.
Create a Tick-safe Zone to Reduce Blacklegged Ticks in the Yard
  • Remove leaf litter.
  • Clear tall grasses and brush around homes and at the edge of lawns.
  • Place a 3-ft wide barrier of wood chips or gravel between lawns and wooded areas to restrict tick migration into recreational areas.
  • Mow the lawn frequently.
  • Stack wood neatly and in a dry area to discourage rodents.
  • Keep playground equipment, decks, and patios away from yard edges and trees.
  • Discourage unwelcome animals (such as deer, raccoons, and stray dogs) from entering your yard by constructing fences.
  • Remove old furniture, mattresses, or trash from the yard that may give ticks a place to hide.

WWHD Identification & Testing

If you’ve found a tick and are concerned, drop it off at the Health District.  Our staff continues to identify ticks for $10 fee.  Engorged ticks are sent to the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station (CAES) and will be tested for the presence of three tick borne illnesses – Lyme disease, Babesiosis, and Ehrlichiosis.  We’ve set up a tick drop-off area right in the Health District lobby, for your safety and convenience. Staff will identify the tick type and let you know whether or not the tick was engorged.  If appropriate, we’ll send the tick along to CAES.  Results will be sent to you via phone/mail within 2 weeks. Payment can be made by check, Visa, or MasterCard.

 For more information on bite prevention, tick removal, symptoms, visit https://www.cdc.gov/ticks/.