89 residents test positive for the coronavirus in Westport
WESTPORT — Eighty-nine residents have tested positive for the coronavirus, according to state officials on Thursday.
The count is a slight increase from the 87 reported on Wednesday. Westport continues to lead the state in coronavirus cases. Neighboring Weston did not see an increase and still has 10 confirmed cases, as well as one death according to the town.
“This is the smallest increase of Westport and Weston positive cases since the spread was first reported,” a statement on the Westport-Weston Health District’s site said. “This could be good news showing that more aggressive social distancing is starting to work, or an artifact of less testing in Fairfield County.”
“The days ahead will tell the tale, but clearly, it is no reason to ease the efforts of keeping your distance from others,” the statement said. “There are now COVID-19 patients in all of Connecticut’s Counties, with the day’s largest increase in Hartford and New Haven Counties.”
As of Thursday, there are 607 cases in Fairfield County, 49 of whom are hospitalized. There are 1,012 total cases in the state, up from 875 on Wednesday. There have been 21 deaths due to COVID-19, with 13 in Fairfield County.
“Of those with confirmed cases in Connecticut, the largest number of cases continues to be in the over 50 to 59 age group,” the statement reads. “The over 70 age group has the highest number of hospitalizations and the over 80 age group clearly has the highest mortality rate.”
The next rounds of community testing for Westport and Weston residents are scheduled for March 31 and April 7 from 8:30 a.m. to noon at Bedford Middle School.