The first Connecticut resident has tested positive for COVID-19, the disease caused by the 2019 coronavirus, Governor Ned Lamont announced in a release on Sunday, noting that the Connecticut Dept of Public Health State Laboratory had confirmed the result.
The patient, a resident of Wilton who is between 40 and 50 years of age, is being treated at Danbury Hospital.
“The person most likely became infected with the virus that causes COVID-19 during a recent trip to California and sought medical care shortly after returning to Connecticut,” Lamont said in the release.
This case is considered a presumptive positive case until it is confirmed by the CDC.
“A contact of a contact is considered low risk.” – Release from Gov Ned Lamont
Dr. John Murphy, CEO of Nuvance Health, the hospital system that includes Danbury Hospital, said the patient is in no way related to the hospital employee from New York who tested positive for the virus.
Lamont’s statement said extensive contact tracing is being done on the case of the Wilton resident.
“All people who have had direct, face-to-face contact with this person are being instructed to stay home and self-isolate,” Lamont added in the release. “Risk of becoming infected with COVID-19 is considered low for people who had contact with an individual who does not have COVID-19 and does not have symptoms. In other words, a contact of a contact is considered low risk.”
“If travel is not essential, you should reconsider.” – Release from Governor Ned Lamont
Lamont said it was not unexpected that a Connecticut resident would become infected with COVID-19.
“This should not come as a surprise to anybody,” he said. “We wish this patient a full recovery and we know he is being cared for by highly competent medical teams.”
Governor Lamont said his administration and the Dept of Public Health are working around the clock to help conduct contact investigations for the case of the Wilton resident and any others who test positive in the future.
“Now is a time when we need to look after our health and change some of our habits in order to reduce the spread of infection,” the Governor continued. “Avoid shaking hands with people to stop the spread of germs. Wash your hands with soap and clean commonly touched surfaces. If you start to feel ill, call your medical provider for guidance. If you are traveling, go online to our site to see the latest guidance. If the travel is not essential, you should reconsider.”
Anyone with questions about how to protect themselves and their family from this virus is encouraged to go online at ct.gov/coronavirus to obtain important guidance and other information, or call the 2-1-1 info line.