Annual Skin Cancer Screening Cancelled & COVID-19 Updates

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Summary for most recent day of reporting in Connecticut

Category Text Total Change Direction Change
Laboratory Confirmed COVID-19 Cases 28,764 +   1,064
COVID-19 Associated Deaths   2,339 +        82
Patients Currently Hospitalized with COVID-19   1,592        58
Patients Tested for COVID-19 100,257 + 3,124

Charts represent the date the data were reported to the CT DPH.  Cases and deaths are cumulative over time.  Hospitalization data are collected by CT Hospital Association

Source: Department of Public Health Created with Datawrapper

                                                                                                                     Total Reported

 

Local Results                                                                                     To Date             Change from Yesterday                                                                

Westport Residents COVID-19 Positive Reported to the State         247                             + 9

Weston Residents COVID-19 Positive Reported to the State              60                             +1

A complete listing by town and county of all COVID-19 cases being reported by the Connecticut State Department of Health, and various analyses of those cases, can be found by following this link:

https://portal.ct.gov/-/media/Coronavirus/CTDPHCOVID19summary5012020.pdf?la=en

 

Annual Skin Cancer Screening Cancelled

Unfortunately, due to COVID-19 concerns, the WWHD has cancelled its annual skin cancer screening which is typically held on the first Sunday in May.  Staff will update residents if an alternative date can be rescheduled later in the year.  Despite the cancellation, please remember to practice sun safety.  May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month. The Skin Cancer Foundation reminds us that with more than five million cases diagnosed each year, skin cancer is America’s most common cancer.  The good news is that it is also one of the most preventable.

Be Safe in the Sun!

Consider these American Academy of Dermatology tips to protect your skin from the sun’s damaging ultraviolet rays and reduce your risk of skin cancer:

  • Seek shade when appropriate and remember that the sun’s rays are strongest between 10AM and 2PM. If your shadow is shorter than you are, look for a shady place.
  • Wear protective clothing such as sunglasses, hats, and a lightweight, long sleeved shirt.
  • Use a broad-spectrum, water-resistant sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 because broad-spectrum SPFs will protect against UVA/UVB rays. Reapply every 2 hours when outside, even on cloudy days, and don’t forget the tops of your feet, neck, ears, and the top of your head. Reapply after swimming or sweating.
  • Use extra caution around water, sand, and snow, as they reflect the sun’s rays and can increase your risk of sunburn.
  • Avoid tanning beds. Ultraviolet light from tanning beds can cause skin cancer and prematurely age the skin.
  • Perform regular skin self-exams to detect skin cancer early and follow up with a dermatologist if you notice new or suspicious spots, moles, or anything changing, itching, or bleeding.