Kids & Face Coverings:  Practice, Practice, Practice!/(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 the virus that causes COVID-19 disease 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  48,232 +  83
COVID-19 Associated Deaths  4,410 +  4
Patients Currently Hospitalized with COVID-19  72 +  9
Patients Tested for COVID-19  685,869 +  13,483

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   Probable 

                                                                                                                                Yesterday        Cases

Local Results                                                                                                                  

Westport Residents COVID-19 Positive Reported to the State        305                    +0                     16

Weston Residents COVID-19 Positive Reported to the State             67                    +0                     3

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/CTDPHCOVID19summary7232020.pdf?la=en

 

Kids & Face Coverings:  Practice, Practice, Practice!

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that everyone older than age 2 wear a face covering in public unless they have a medical condition or breathing problem that makes it difficult to do so.   For young children, mask wearing can seem scary or intimidating and may take time for them to process. Pediatricians and behavioral health experts recommend that parents encourage children to practice mask wearing so that it becomes easier over time and a normal part of their everyday routine.

  • Repetition is a key to ensuring compliance with the new rules. Give kids time to practice wearing a face covering at home before they need to wear one when going out in public.  Teach them the proper way to take the mask on and off.  Make it a fun part of play time by having them try the mask on a stuffed animal or doll.  Encourage imaginative play by pretending they are doctors or nurses “taking care” of their patients.

 

  • Make face coverings unique and personalized by letting kids decorate face coverings with stickers, markers or other craft items if possible. This may help them feel more involved in the process. If you make face coverings at home, let older kids help you. There are no-sew masks that are easy to make, often with cloth materials you probably already have in the house. Let kids select the fabric or patterns for the masks they’ll wear. Make it together and make it fun!

 

Some kids may need extra support and explanations about why they need to wear a mask.  It’s very important that parents lead by example. Be patient and keep the explanations simple.  Masks keep us and members of our family and friends safe. If parents take the time to model consistent mask wearing habits, help their children practice at home, and even involve them in choosing their masks, they can ease fear and anxiety over face coverings.

Consider these simple and practical suggestions from the Boston Children’s Hospital Primary Care Center.

https://discoveries.childrenshospital.org/kids-masks-covid/