COVID-19 Update: Number Testing Positive in Greenwich Jumps

On Wednesday afternoon Greenwich First Selectman Fred Camillo held a news conference with local media.

He said as of Wednesday 55 Greenwich residents have tested positive for COVID-19. That is up by ten from 45 the previous day.

At Greenwich Hospital, as of noon on Wednesday; 133 tested positive as outpatients;  37 positive patients are hospitalized.

They are being treated in different units and kept apart.

As of Wednesday afternoon Connecticut has more than doubled its positive cases since Tuesday, rising to 875. Fairfield County has 546 of these.

With 87 cases, Westport continues to be the hardest hit following its “super spreader” party. Norwalk follows with 66. Danbury has 63. Greenwich 54, Stamford 48. There have been 19 deaths state wide.

The CT Office of Early Childhood is reminding first responders and healthcare workers that child care is available for essential workers. The State is suggested that where possible, for those who have to work, first look to trusted friends, neighbors, and family members who are not in a high-risk category to fill in care for children. Healthcare workers and first responders who are not able to find trusted family or friends for child care can call the 2-1-1 dedicated number 860-756-0864 for support.

Camillo said the upcoming household hazardous waste day is cancelled.

The long awaited of the food scrap recycling that was due to begin on April 1.

“There is so much face-to-face contact in instructing residents, we think it is sensible to wait until it is safe to have that contact,” said DPW Commissioner Amy Siebert in a release.

The US Small Business Administration is offering designated states and territories, of which Connecticut is included, low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). Click for SBA Disaster Assistance, COVID-19.

If you experience price gouging, please contact the State Attorney General’s Office which has a dedicated phone line and website to collect information: 860-808-5318.

For those residents experiencing challenges with food, finances, and living arrangements, please call the Department of Human Services at 203-622-3800.

Camillo said Gov Lamont has provided a list defining essential businesses that are allowed to continue to operate. Information can be found here. Also, there is a process to will allow business owners to file for an exemption from the order. That information can be found here.

Camillo also spoke about a collaboration between GCDS and the Commission on Aging to connect seniors through technology.

Greenwich Commission on Aging and GCDS Team Up to Digitally “CONNECTT” with Greenwich Older Adults