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Community Message

November 13, 2020

Yesterday, the US and many States documented their largest number of COVID-19 cases in a single day, and unfortunately, the Town of Branford also experienced its highest number of positive COVID-19 cases in a single day since the pandemic began.  The cases affect individuals ranging in age from 13 to 76, solidifying that this virus has no bounds.  In addition, the Connecticut Department of Public Health has confirmed a fatality from COVID-19 in Branford. The deceased was a male between the ages of 70-80 years old.  As a community, we are deeply saddened to announce that another Branford resident has died as a result of contracting COVID-19. “This terrible virus has taken another life in our community, and that loss of life gives each of us pause and fills us with sorrow. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family” Cosgrove said.

As we navigate through these unprecedented times and it is imperative that we work together to reduce the spread of this virus.  First Selectman Cosgrove stated “I am particularly concerned with the upcoming holidays and indoor gatherings.  I can’t stress enough how important it is to follow guidance and personal protection precautions provided by the CDC, State of CT Department of Public Health and the East Shore District Health Department”.

Wearing a face covering and social distancing are crucial in helping to reduce the spread of the virus.  We are also recommending that all individuals both adults and children, stay home as much as possible and not interact with individuals outside of your own household.

  • The spread of COVID-19 happens most frequently due to close contact.   Hosting or attending a gathering puts you and others at higher risk of contracting the virus.
  • Your elderly family members such as grandparents and those that have underlying health conditions are at higher risk of contracting COVID-19 and suffering severe effects. 
  • People who look healthy can still be infected and can spread the virus to you and your household.
  • Gatherings should be limited to only those that live in your house.

If you decide to go to or host a small gathering (max.10 people per Governor’s EO) please consider the following:

  • Wear your face covering at all times especially inside.
  • Do not shake hands or hug anyone. 
  • Social distance and stay 6 feet away from others at all times.
  • Set-up tables and chairs so that households can sit 6 feet apart.
  • Wash your hands or use hand sanitizer frequently.  Don’t share any items with anyone.
  • If possible, bring your own food and beverages—use disposable plates and utensils.
  • Use paper towels in the bathrooms instead of shared hand towels.
  • Leave windows open to provide additional ventilation.
  • Place hand sanitizer and anti-bacterial wipes near the entry way and in bathrooms.

Please see the attached links for guidance and protocols.

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html?CDC_AA_refVal=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.cdc.gov%2Fcoronavirus%2Findex.html

https://portal.ct.gov/Coronavirus

http://www.esdhd.org/

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