Ridgefield reports 11 new COVID-19 cases
Ridgefield counted 11 new COVID-19 cases Friday, according to First Selectman Rudy Marconi.
Resuming the practice from last spring of issuing townwide phone updates every Friday evening, Marcoin announced the new cases and urged people not have Thanksgiving get-togethers, but to limit celebrations to people they’re already living with.
He also said “all club and team sports” were “paused” until Jan. 19.
“We have seen 11 new cases today, a significant rise from an average of 3.5 just a week ago,” Marconi said in the phone message.
“I’m asking that during these upcoming holidays everyone avoid getting together with anyone who does not live in your household,” he said. “And please, take the time to call and check your neighbors — especially seniors who live alone.”
Ridgefield’s “daily new case rates increased from 32.6 to 35.4 per 100,000 residents,” Marconi reported in a posting Friday on the town’s website.
“What that means is that we are averaging nine cases a day and we continue to climb,” Marconi said. “On November 12, we were at 3.5 cases a day and as of today we have more than doubled that.”
The posting was on a new pandemic-focused section of the town’s website, reachable by going go Ridgefieldct.org and hitting the red bar labeled “COVID-19 updates.”
Marconi also addressed the issue of COVID-19 testing in Friday night’s town-wide phone call.
“We hope to have town testing site soon,” Marconi said.
At Wednesday night’s Board of Selectmen’s meeting Marconi had said he’d been having discussions with a regional medical group to open a testing facility at town-owned space in Yanity Gym.
“In the mean time, please continue efforts to get tested.” Marconi said in the phone call to townspeople.
“I know this is difficult for all of us, but I also know that, Ridgiefld, together, we can get through this,” Marconi said.
“And remember,” he closed, “wear a mask, wash your hands, watch your distance.”