3-22-20 Newtown Health District - COVID-19 Case Update:

The Newtown Health District received notification from the CT Department of Public Health of the first positive case of COVID-19 among Newtown residents. The individual is a Female between the ages of 25 and 49.  This individual is currently isolated and recovering at home.   “Positive cases of COVID-19 in Newtown have been expected as community transmission of the virus has been occurring in the area” said Donna Culbert Health Director for the Newtown Health District.  The Newtown Health District will work with the individual to ensure all close contacts of this person are notified and appropriate CDC guidance is followed to limit any potential for exposure.

The Town of Newtown’s main objective is to continue to keep residents safe and slow the spread of the virus. “The single best way to slow the spread is to practice social distancing, and the Town is recommending that all individuals both adults and children, stay home and not interact with individuals outside of the household” said Dan Rosenthal, First Selectman of Newtown .  Social distancing is crucial in helping to reduce the spread of the virus and limit the number of people who are infected.

Everyone should be taking the everyday preventative actions to help protect themselves, these include:
•       Staying home if you are sick except to get medical care
•       Avoiding close contact with people who are sick
•       Washing your hands with soap and water frequently and for at least 20 seconds
•       Covering your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash and wash your hands after
•       Avoiding touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
•       Cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched objects and surfaces

COVID-19 is a Novel Coronavirus which first emerged in China in December 2019. Symptoms of the virus include fever, cough, and shortness of breath. For more information, resources, hotlines, testing, and how you can support local businesses why practice social distancing, please visit www.newtown-ct.gov