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BRIDGEPORT — Mayor Joe Ganim and Director of Health Lisa Morrissey told residents to remain vigilant about the coronavirus after a website tracking the disease issued an alert saying Fairfield County was at risk of an outbreak.
The alert came from COVIDActNow, “a tool that the State of Connecticut Department of Health suggested local municipal health directors monitor as another tool to track community spread of COVID-19,” officials said.
“The data from COVIDActNow paints a broad picture of Fairfield County, and we may see the influence of Danbury’s spike in our surrounding towns in the coming days. We must take this seriously now in order to mitigate a surge in Bridgeport,” said Morrissey. “We have had over 4,000 positive cases to date, and recently new cases in individuals under the age of 19 are outpacing other age groups.”
Danbury has been seeing a spike in new COVID-19 cases, with an infection rate of about 7 percent, compared to less than 1 percent for the state.
“Bridgeport residents have been diligent in keeping up with safety protocols. We’ve done our best to stay on top of the information and provide it as readily as possible,” said Ganim. “So, I’m expecting our residents to stay true form; hear this update as a warning and continue, or return to, extra cautionary measures of wearing masks, washing hands, keeping social distance, and absolutely avoid gatherings.”