The Connecticut Department of Public Health and the East Shore District Health Department are investigating a COVID-19 outbreak which was the result of a large family gathering in the Town of North Branford. This outbreak also included persons identified with the COVID-19 variant strain B117, that was first isolated in the United Kingdom. This outbreak is also linked to the North Branford High School Hockey team being quarantined. The East Shore District Health Department and North Branford School Officials are closely monitoring the contacts in quarantine.
“While positive cases of COVID-19 have been decreasing since the large increase after the holidays, we need to remind our residents to stay vigilant, especially in light of the COVID-19 variant that is now present in Connecticut.” said Michael Pascucilla, Director of Public Health for the East Shore District Health Department. This should also serve as a reminder to reconsider plans for social gatherings such as the Super Bowl and next month’s traditional St. Patrick’s Day events.
The East Shore District Health Department and Town officials have been sincerely pleased and grateful for the many residents who have stepped-up to volunteer by signing up on CTResponds system. As our COVID-19 clinics are coming online, the health departments and shoreline towns will be relying on these volunteers to ensure our seniors get their vaccinations.
Director Pascucilla said, “We are in a position where we are starting to see some hope with the number of vaccinations on the rise, and while we thank our community for their assistance in following the COVID-19 precautions, we will only be successful if all people remain diligent in following the recommendations to slow the spread of the virus. These measures will help protect our community against a widespread outbreak.”
“The single best way to slow the spread is to practice social distancing and wear a face covering – this is everyone’s responsibility. The Town of North Branford and the Local Health Department recommend that all individuals, adults and children, do not interact with individuals outside of their household or their educational network.” said Pascucilla. Social distancing is crucial in helping to reduce the spread of the virus and limit the number of people who are infected.
Everyone, even those who have been vaccinated, should be taking the everyday preventative actions to help protect themselves, their families, friends and community, these precautions include:
• Always wear a mask when around others.
• Keep at least a 6-foot distance between yourself and others.
• Stay home if you are sick except to get medical care.
• Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
• Get tested when sick with COVID symptoms or exposure to COVID-19.
• Wash your hands with soap and water frequently and for at least 20 seconds.
• Avoiding touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
• Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
• Get vaccinated when you are eligible.
For the most current updates and recommendations, visit ct.gov/coronavirus. For general questions, call 2-1-1.
For more information, resources, hotlines, testing, and vaccination, please visit: http://www.esdhd.org/coronavirus.