Today (March 24), officials from the Connecticut Department of Public Health along with Chesprocott Heath District, which serves Cheshire, Wolcott and Prospect, have confirmed the first two positive cases of COVID-19 within Chesprocott district as two Wolcott residents now have the disease.
It was bound to happen sooner or later with positive cases all around us.
According to a press release provided by Chesprocott Public Health Specialist Kate Glendon, the Wolcott individuals are both males - one in his late 50’s and the other in his mid-30’s. One is currently in the hospital while the other is home recuperating.
"We encourage our residents to check-in on friends via the phone, email, text or facetime," Glendon said in an email interview. "Stay home and stay safe."
In a prepared statement, Chesprocott Health Director Maura Esposito said experiencing cases closer to home was expected.
"Positive cases of COVID-19 in the Chesprocott Health District area have been expected as community transmission of the virus has been occurring in the area," said Esposito.
The Chesprocott Health District will work with the individuals to ensure all appropriate CDC guidance is followed to limit any potential for exposure. Chesprocott Health District’s main objective is to continue to keep residents safe and slow the spread of the virus.
"The single best way to slow the spread is to practice social distancing, and we are recommending that all individuals, both adults and children, stay home and not interact with individuals outside of the household” Esposito said.
Chesprocott officials believe social distancing is crucial in helping to reduce the spread of the virus and limit the number of people who are infected.
Everyone should be taking the everyday preventative actions to help protect themselves and here is a list provided within the statement:
• Staying home if you are sick except to get medical care
• Avoiding close contact with people who are sick
• Washing your hands with soap and water frequently and for at least 20 seconds
• Covering your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash and wash your hands after
• Avoiding touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
• Cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched objects and surfaces
Dan Nowak is chairman of the Cheshire Democratic Town Committee's Communication Relations/IT Committee, a volunteer position. He is a Cheshire Parks and Recreation Commissioner and has been a sportswriter at the New Haven Register for 36 years.