Updated Pool Guidance – Public Pools Can Open After The 17th/(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  45,349 +     114
COVID-19 Associated Deaths    4,210 +      6
Patients Currently Hospitalized with COVID-19       201      2
Patients Tested for COVID-19 359,486 +      5,041

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        283                    +1                     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: https://portal.ct.gov/-/media/Coronavirus/CTDPHCOVID19summary6162020.pdf?la=en


Updated Pool Guidance – Public Pools Can Open After The 17th.

Social Distancing In and Around Pools

The State of Connecticut Department of Public Health’s Environmental Health Section released the following information on minimizing the risk of the spread of COVID-19 in and around public pools.  They outline specifics regarding social distancing and lifeguards that may help clarify some of the questions we have received at the Health District.

Pool owners/operators are responsible for making the decision as to whether or not they can safely open and manage their public pool while adhering to the guidelines.

Social Distancing

  • Limit the total number of patrons in the pool area and pool to the number of people/households that can safely fit on the pool deck area while maintaining the six feet social distance guideline including 3 feet wide walking paths. Six feet social distancing must be maintained in the pool at all times and the number of patrons allowed in the pool should not exceed 50% of the design capacity of the pool.
  • Consider implementing a reservation system or a time limit for patrons.
  • Install signs, visual cues, or barriers that ensure that staff, patrons, and swimmers stay at least six feet apart from those they do not live with, both in and out of the water where possible.
  • Develop revised deck layouts in the standing/seating areas so that individuals can remain six feet apart.
  • In areas of concern, mark off six-foot spaces on pool deck, restroom, and other shared areas to help users visualize safe distancing.
  • In areas with a lot of cross traffic, direct pedestrian traffic to enter/exit these locations in specific ways or indicate one way traffic wherever possible.
  • If lap swimming is provided, allow one swimmer per lane.
  • Prohibit sharing of goggles, nose clips, snorkels, toys and flotation devices.
  • If necessary, hire an attendant to enforce social distancing. If a lifeguard is present their job is NOT to enforce social distancing.  The lifeguard’s job is to watch swimmers in the pool.
  • If the pool owner/operator feels they cannot control social distancing in the pool, they can close the pool.
  • If there are complaints of overcrowding in a public pool, the Director of Health has the authority to close a public pool based on there being a health nuisance per the Regulations of CT State Agencies, Section 19-13-B33b(g).


  • Lifeguards and other personnel in the pool area should wear a mask or face covering that completely covers the nose and mouth when they are entering, exiting, or moving around work or common areas where contact with others cannot be avoided: this includes first aid, lost child searches, assisting handicapped individuals, and other close contact with visitors.
    • Visitors, friends, and off duty lifeguards should not be within six feet of lifeguard stands. Operators should delineate an exclusion line using cones or lines.
    • Lifeguards should avoid sitting next to one another on lifeguard stands.
      • Lifeguards should maintain social distance between lifeguards while providing the same coverage and protection necessary to ensure public safety.
      • When workers are isolated in a workstation alone (i.e. a lifeguard sitting in an elevated chair overseeing the swim area), face coverings are not necessary.
    • Lifeguards will remove any face coverings when swimming or performing an in-water rescue.