Youth Sports and COVID/(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  49,540 + 79*
COVID-19 Associated Deaths  4,425 + 2
Patients Currently Hospitalized with COVID-19  53 1
Patients Tested for COVID-19  763,817 + 12,367*

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

*In addition to the 79 recently diagnosed cases and 12,367 tests, 384 cases and 750 tests performed during April-June were newly reported to DPH in connection with a transition to electronic reporting by an out of state regional laboratory and for surveillance purposes have been added to the total case and test counts

Source: Department of Public Health

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Local Results                                                                                                                  

Westport Residents COVID-19 Positive Reported to the State        316                    +4                     15

Weston Residents COVID-19 Positive Reported to the State             71                    +1                     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:


Youth Sports and COVID

Play Ball!

It’s great to have the kids outside, enjoying fresh air, and exercising.  In fact, many youth sports teams have resumed their practices, meets, and games.  These activities are welcome and encouraged, however, parents, players, and coaches should keep COVID-19 precautions front of mind before hitting the field.

  • Conduct daily symptom checks before the start of each practice or game. This can be a simple self-evaluation.  Players, coaches, and officials should all do this routinely.
  • Encourage athletes to travel to and from the venue alone or only with members of their own household.
  • Face coverings should be worn when walking in and out of venue and while not actively participating.
  • Bring your own water bottles – no sharing is allowed.
  • No huddles and avoid shaking hands, fist bumping, high fives, etc.
  • Dugouts, bleachers and benches are allowed but only if they can be cleaned before and after use and 6 ft of distance can be maintained.
  • No group snacks or meals.
  • Concession stands are allowed but must follow sector rules for restaurants.
  • Spectators are allowed but face coverings should be worn and physical distance should be maintained.
  • Stagger arrival and drop-off times to limit contact between groups and avoid congregating. This will also allow for more time to disinfect equipment between uses (game balls, bats, weights, and other shared equipment).

Consider sharing this simple video from the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention with your organization or sports league.  It highlights steps for keeping everyone as safe as possible.

Local experience here in Westport/Weston mirrors what public health officials are seeing across the state.  There is growing concern about recent outbreaks among teens and young adults. Around the country, there’s been a substantial increase in positive cases in the 18 to 29 year old age group.  It’s important that everyone, of all ages, remember that actions have consequences and remain vigilant about preventing the spread of infection.  The reopening of schools depends on keeping rates of infection low.  College students planning to live on campus should also take care.  Most universities are expecting students to have negative COVID test results prior to moving into dorms and campus housing.  A lack of caution could result in delayed plans.  As many as 40% of cases can be asymptomatic; just because you don’t feel sick does not mean you are infection-free. So, have fun and enjoy summer activities, but play it smart.