For the latest information on 2019 novel coronavirus, click here to visit Center for Disease Control and Prevention 2019 novel coronavirus webpage.
The Newtown Health District and its health care partners have been, and continue to be, in regular contact with the Connecticut Department of Public Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention regarding the response to 2019 novel coronavirus . Regular e-mails, conference calls and meetings will help us stay current on the most evolving health information.
We are also in regular contact with the Nuvance, which includes both Danbury and New Milford Hospitals, as they will be major partners responding in the event that 2019 novel coronavirus-positive individuals are isolated in our area.
Our Health District's goal is to keep you informed of what we know, what actions we as a public health system are taking, and what we will recommend as actions to protect yourselves.
We will communicate through updates to our website as well as our usual public communication channels (the Newtown Bee, municipal websites, schools’ news venues as deemed appropriate)
Connecticut's Stance on 2019 novel coronavirus
There are currently no cases of 2019 novel coronavirus in Connecticut and the risk of an outbreak remains low. With that said, Connecticut has taken several proactive measures to control the spread of the 2019 novel coronavirus in the event of confirmed cases in the future should such an instance occur.
The State of Connecticut has issues a News Release to provide residents with accurate information and helpful guidance. This News Release can be found here
2019 novel coronavirus can be a frightening and confusing topic, so it can be helpful to know some basic facts about the virus:
First, the risk of having or getting 2019 novel coronavirus is extremely low unless a person traveled to an affected area and had direct contact with an 2019 novel coronavirus-infected person.
Unless someone meets these conditions and has early symptoms (such as fever, cough, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties), they are not at risk of having 2019 novel coronavirus.
At this time, there has not been transmission of the virus in the general community in the United States - identified cases and "people under investigation (people who are being monitored due to travel or exposure to cases) are due to the outbreak in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China.
There is some liklihood that there may be more cases in the U.S. due to the 2 to 14 day incubation period and global travel - however, there are comprehensive surveillance, monitoring and containment plans and procedures being implemented nationally, regionally and locally to prevent the transmission and spread of the virus.
The Health District will be providing updates regularly and as information becomes available.
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