Reporting on the State of Connecticut’s Summary of COVID-19 cases, deaths, and tests.
A complete listing of all COVID-19 cases and analyses by age, hospitalizations, deaths, towns and county is reported by the Connecticut State Department of Health. This information can be found by following the link below:
To Date Change from Probable
Westport Residents COVID-19 Positive Reported to the State 352 +0 15
Weston Residents COVID-19 Positive Reported to the State 86 +0 4
Town specific COVID-19 Tests, Cases, and Deaths can be found at the following link:
Saltwater/Brackish Water Warning
The Connecticut Department of Public Health (DPH) is warning residents in shoreline communities about the potential dangers of exposure to salt or brackish water along Long Island Sound, due to an unusually high number of infections caused by bacteria in the water. Since this summer, five cases of Vibrio vulnificus infections have been reported to DPH. According to the State, two patients had septicemia (infection of the bloodstream) and three had serious wound infections. All five cases patients were hospitalized. No deaths have been reported. All five cases reported exposure to salt or brackish water during activities such as swimming, crabbing, and boating. All five patients had pre-existing wounds or sustained new wounds during these activities which led to the Vibrio infections.
Public health officials urge caution to prevent this type of infection. These infections can happen when a wound comes into contact with raw or undercooked seafood, its juices, or its drippings or when exposed to saltwater or brackish water. Brackish water is a mixture of fresh and salt water. It is often found where rivers meet the sea.
If you have a cut or wound or if you are healing from a recent surgery, piercing or tattoo, it is a good idea to stay out of the water. This includes wading or walking along the shore, swimming, fishing, and other beach activities. If you cannot avoid saltwater or brackish water, cover your wound with a waterproof bandage. Wash any cut or wound very thoroughly with soap and water if you have had contact with saltwater, brackish water, raw seafood or its juices.
For more information on V. vulnificus infections, visit https://www.cdc.gov/vibrio/wounds.html