Enforcement of Local Businesses During the Reopening Phases/COVID-19 Updates

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Summary for most recent day of reporting in Connecticut

Day-to-day changes reflect newly reported cases, deaths, and tests that occurred over the last several days to week. All data in this report are preliminary; data for previous dates will be updated as new reports are received and data errors are corrected. Hospitalization data were collected by the Connecticut Hospital Association. Deaths* reported to either the OCME or DPH are included in the daily COVID-19 update.*For public health surveillance, COVID-19-associated deaths include persons who tested positive for COVID-19 around the time of death (confirmed) and persons whose death certificate lists COVID-19 disease as a cause of death or a significant condition contributing to death (probable).

Category Text Total Change Direction Change
Laboratory Confirmed COVID-19 Cases   39.208 +     191
COVID-19 Associated Deaths     3,582 +       53
Patients Currently Hospitalized with

COVID-19

       816       71
Patients Tested for COVID-19 196,447 +  5,729

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 

                                                                                                               Total Reported

                                                                                                               To Date     Change from

                                                                                                                                        Yesterday

Local Results                                                                                                                  

Westport Residents COVID-19 Positive Reported to the State        273                     + 0

Weston Residents COVID-19 Positive Reported to the State             61                      -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/CTDPHCOVID19summary5212020.pdf?la=en

 

Enforcement of Local Businesses During the Reopening Phases

On 5/19, the State Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection issued its Protocol for Enforcing Reopen CT Sector Guidelines.  The Town of Westport has reviewed the guidelines and will implement the enforcement protocols through the coordination of its Police Department, Fire Marshal and the Westport Weston Health District.  The three entities have agreed to coordinate on education, complaints monitoring and enforcement efforts.

The town continues to prioritize the health and safety of our community while reopening and supporting our local businesses.  This includes the promotion of policies that ensure social distancing and reminders to the public at large to carry and wear PPE.  As the State moves toward reopening more business segments this summer, the Town of Westport is committed to proceeding carefully.  The ReOpen Westport Advisory Team is working diligently to ensure our local businesses are well informed about the State’s reopening rules.  Compliance with these rules are important to the health of our community and our economy.  Our enforcement efforts will look to educate before taking enforcement action.  We want to build confidence throughout the community that we can do business and stay healthy.

The following enforcement protocol will be underway:

  • The Westport Weston Health District (WWHD) licenses restaurants and the beauty industry. As such, the WWHD will lead regulatory charge for ensuring compliance of the State rules during reopening.
  • The First Selectman has designated Fire Marshal Nathaniel Gibbons as the Chief Enforcement Officer for the town pursuant to the Governor’s Executive Order 7PP. The Fire Marshal will lead the enforcement efforts for all non-WWHD regulated industries.  Efforts will include counseling spot checks, referrals and coordination with the WWHD and PD.
  • The Police Department will be responsible for the intake and tracking of all complaints. It will be the repository for all enforcement actions taken per business.  It will utilize investigations to ensure compliance and work with the business owners to correct actions.

Westporters have been contacting various town entities to express their concerns with the activities of residents and businesses.  The Police Department requests that anyone looking to report an act of non-compliance or to file a complaint regarding business operations to please call the Police non-emergency line at 203-341-6000 and local protocols as described above will be followed.

The State’s 211 line remains available for those who chose to file a complaint with the State.