Wearing and Safely Removing a Face Covering/Local 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 23,100 +      631*
COVID-19 Associated Deaths   1,639 +        95
Patients Currently Hospitalized with COVID-19   1,947        25
Patients Tested for COVID-19 71,497 +     1,579

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 HealthCreated with Datawrapper

                                                                                                               Total Reported

                                                                                                               To Date            Change

Local Results

Westport Residents COVID19 Positive Reported to the State         184                        +40*

Weston Residents COVID19 Positive Reported to the State              46                       + 11*

*There has been a change in how the State records positive cases. This increase reflects cases that may not have been counted in the past.

A complete listing by town and county of all COVID19 cases being reported by the Connecticut State Department of Health, and various analysis of those cases, can be found by following this link:

https://portal.ct.gov/-/media/Coronavirus/CTDPHCOVID19summary432020.pdf?la=enThe

Wearing Face Coverings Is Now Required – Do You Know How To Take Them Off Safely?

Wearing masks is now required when someone is heading out in public for work or running essential errands. It is important to understand unless put on, worn and removed correctly, may not provide the protection against COVID19 needed and only provide a false sense of security, potentially increasing the risk of infection.

One of the most common ways of becoming infected with COVID19 is the touching of one’s eyes, nose and/or mouth with contaminated hands; whether or not one is wearing gloves. Gloved hands can become contaminated with COVID19 just as easily as a bare one when touching any contaminated surface such as a shopping cart handle, cell phone, door knob or any other object touched by others.

So it is important to remember that after wearing a mask, the outside surface should be considered to be contaminated. Improper adjusting, sliding to the side for sip of coffee or removal can cause infection.  Once a mask is put on, it should be left alone until the time of removal, and then done properly.

The proper way to remove a mask is to grasp it by the ear loops or ties and carefully pull it away from your face without touching the outside surface. Be careful not to touch your eyes, nose or mouth, and then wash your hands. A cloth face covering should be washed in a regular washing machine and put into the dryer. Surgical or other masks if used lightly can be hung away from people and other objects for 72 hours and be reused.

Gloves likewise should be removed properly by grasping the outside of glove by the wrist trying not to touch any skin and pulling the glove away from the hand pulling it inside out while bunching it up into a ball. The glove will now be inside out with any COVID19 virus on the inside.

Even when wearing face coverings and gloves, social distancing and diligent hand washing remain the most effective way to protect yourself and others from infection.