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 353 +3 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:
West Nile Virus has recently been found in Culex Pipiens mosquitoes trapped in Westport. The mosquitoes testing positive were Culex pipiens mosquitoes the predominately feed on bird hosts but will, given the opportunity, will feed on humans. Eventually, mosquitoes that feed predominately on warm blooded mammals will also become infected and the number of infected mosquitoes will continue to increase, increasing the potential for human exposure, until the first frost. The Health District is urging precautions should be exercised to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes as we move into the fall season.
No human cases of West Nile Virus have been identified in Westport at this time. With continued warm weather in the forecast, “there is no need to panic, but it would be prudent to start taking precautions to prevent mosquito bites”. Mosquitoes are still depositing their eggs in any pool of water they can find and will be eagerly looking for someone’s blood to feed on.
The Health District recommends residents take the following precautions:
- Eliminate any object outside that can hold water and become a breeding place for mosquitoes.
- Clean house gutters that may be retaining water.
- Empty wading pools and bird baths every few days.
- Chlorinate swimming pools regularly.
- Make sure the covers that are on grills, boats, pools, and other equipment do not collect water.
- Also, be sure door and window screens are tight fitting and in good repair to avoid mosquito bites when indoors.
Tips for avoiding mosquito bites when outdoors:
Mosquitoes require a blood meal for reproduction. The following are measures that can help reduce bites from mosquitoes that feed on people:
- Be particularly careful at dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active.
- Wear shoes, socks, long pants, and long-sleeved shirts. Clothing material should be tightly woven.
- Use mosquito netting when sleeping outdoors.
- Consider the use of CDC- recommended mosquito repellents, containing DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus, IR3535, or 2-undecanone, and apply according to directions, when it is necessary to be outdoors.
- When using DEET, use the lowest concentration effective for the time spent outdoors (for example, 6 percent lasts approximately two hours and 20 percent for four hours) and wash treated skin when returning indoors. Do not apply under clothing, to wounds or irritated skin, the hands of children, or to infants less than two months old.
For more information on West Nile Virus, visit the Health District’s Web site at www.wwhd.org
and/or the Connecticut Mosquito Management Program Web site at: https://portal.ct.gov/mosquito