Today, the Connecticut Department of Public Health has confirmed the first fatality from COVID-19 in Branford. The deceased was a female between the ages of 80-90 years old.

Selectman Cosgrove made the announcement just 7 days after learning of the first case, “we are deeply saddened to announce that a Branford resident has died as a result of her contracting COVID-19. This terrible virus has taken a life in our community, and that loss of life gives each of us pause and fills us with sorrow. Our prayers go out to the family” Cosgrove said.

“As we see more positive cases of COVID-19 reported in our community daily, we are saddened to hear of any fatalities from this virus” said Michael Pascucilla, Director of Health for the East Shore District Health Department. “My thoughts and prayers are with the family of the individual in our district who died from complications due to the coronavirus,” he said in a release.” Our local public health department also wants to inform our communities we are in regular communication with all of our senior living environment and facilities and we are working closely with state health officials in our investigations. We have also implemented the strictest public health interventions/residence protections in cooperation with every senior living environment within our health district communities.

Selectman Cosgrove wants to express that the Town of Branford’s main objective is to continue to keep residents safe and slow the spread of the virus. He also wants to assure our residents that his leadership staff and all town departments are working daily with the local public health department, along with state and federal officials. “The single best way to slow the spread is to practice social distancing, and the Town of Branford is recommending that all individuals both adults and children, stay home and not interact with individuals outside of the household” said Pascucilla. Social distancing is crucial in helping to reduce the spread of the virus and limit the number of people who are infected.

Selectman Cosgrove said, “We must remain diligent in exercising the prudent recommendations to slow the spread of the virus. These measures will help protect our community against a widespread outbreak. Our strength as a community is galvanized when tragedy occurs. The loss of a fellow resident underscores the fact that we must be united in taking preventative measures to protect our community.”

Everyone should be taking the everyday preventative actions to help protect themselves. Branford has closed all of our public buildings for in person appointments and has closed its outdoor recreational playgrounds and park/recreation facilities. School buildings also remained closed, however remote learning is occurring for our school-aged children. In order to prevent the spread of COVID-19, please maintain social distancing of at least 6 feet, avoid crowds, wash hands frequently with soap and water for 20 seconds, stay home if you’re sick. For the most current updates and recommendations, visit ct.gov/coronavirus. For general questions, please call 2-1-1.

COVID-19 is a Novel Coronavirus which first emerged in China in December 2019, and is now considered a global pandemic outbreak. Symptoms of the virus include fever, cough, and shortness of breath. Other symptoms may include vomiting, diarrhea and abdominal pain. For more information, resources, hotlines, testing, and how you can support local businesses while practicing social distancing, please visit: http://www.esdhd.org/coronavirus.

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Guest

The public needs to know where exactly the current 14 cases in Branford are taking place. Seems to me that it must be in senior housing to account for that many cases in such a short span as compared to neighboring towns. So if someone out there would like to spill the beans, please do.

Guest

Yes! I live in Senior Housing! We have healthcare givers coming in and out with no protective gear! We don’t know where they’ve been nor if they are carrying the disease! They need to protect the most at risk, the elderly!

I don’t know how to get this acknowledged. There are 30 units in this building!

Guest

I understand the need for a person's privacy, but if we don't know who they are or the area in which they live, how do we know if we've been in contact with them. It's a conundrum.

Guest

Government will never tell you for they know public can't handle the truth. Can you imagine telling moron citizens what locations are hot spots and then having people attack folks?

Best to keep people in dark and voting democrat and working in education.

for the rest - get guns and never trust the government....best thing out of this...trust yourself and no one else

Guest

Government will not tell citizens because of the hippa privacy laws. I find it very sad that you would post such a comment. This is a time that people should try to help and encourage people so we all can make it out of this terrible situation. Please stop posting such demeaning comments, thank you!

gobballfan

I think the public should be made aware of a general area. We don't need specific address, but if they are in a highly traveled area of walkers, that would be wise info to make public.

Guest

Never will happen...look at all the scared people now over nothing...more people die of the flu. More people die of smoking, alcohol, over eating...

The news and government want you scared for here comes more control over your lives under "safety" BS. Bunch of freaks out there screaming and worries about nothing..YES people are going to die. But more people die of other things every day.....

Maleria - over 200k die per year.

USA is a bunch of babies - most real people are going to work. State / local lazy union folks get to stay how for the taxpayer pays them regardless.

Work for the government - you will never work and never get fired and always get paid.

Notice - all those people that want you to stay home and do nothing - work for the government and are getting paid regardless...if this is so bad...THEN EVERYONE SHOULD NOT WORK AND HAVE TO SAY HOME.

THE LIQUOR STORES ARE OPEN FOR CRYIN OUT LOUD!

Guest

You sound like the president.

Guest

thank you.

Can you imagine if obama were still president.... oh...thats right the news would not even be mentioning the virus - just like when the news did not mention swine flu back in 2009 when obama was in office for the news carried his water and did everything to shield him from negative news.

Swine flu killed over 100k people in usa and most people never heard of swine flu for the news commie liberal media did not overplay it for obama was their king (liberal, anti american, commie, hate america first president)

Remember - the news media and democrats hate america....the folks at yale who are admins (not on front lines) want to stress how bad this phony virus and small numbers are for yale and many hospitals/towns/states WANT MORE MONEY FROM THE FEDS TO WASTE ON HIGHER SALARIES FOR ADMINS OF HOSPITALS AND PET PROJECTS.

OBAMA DID NOTHING IN 2009 AND WAS PRAISED AS GREAT LEADER FROM FAKE MEDIA.

TRUMP SHUT DOWN FLIGHTS FROM CHINA IN JAN AND WAS CALLED A RACIST!

LET THAT LAST LINE SINK IN

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

Guest

Now, everyone will be a "Hero" for going to work...my goodness..I miss the greatest generation that just went to work and did their job without wanting thanks or being called hero.

Notice the news does not mention that some Doctors nurses and police are not going to work for they don't want to be around sick folks...no, no, no - everyone is a hero....my goodness...few years and france will be able to take us over...bunch of wimps we have become.

Guest

It is helpful that we know that the ages of the people infected with complications.

It would be even more helpful to know if the unfortunate deceased died directly of the virus, or (I surmise more likely) of complications to an existing condition exacerbated by the virus.

A very large number of severe cases are people with other pre-existing conditions, especially diabetes or pre-diabetes.

Partial information is not only misleading it also could lead to other overreactions causing even more trouble.

I sure hope that there is no infection at the hospice, that would really be a serious problem.

Guest

Most of the people on this site especially Trump supporters are delusional. The virus has been here since January. Trump knew this and called it a hoax. When I crunch the numbers close to 50 percent our residents in town will get infected. unfortunately it is the asymptomatic carriers which are spreading it. The death rate is running over 3% right now that's much higher than the flue or swine flu. It's too bad that it's the Trump supporters that will be affected the most because they are in disbelief and watch Fox News-fear and deadly.

Guest

For the most part, people who have died from this virus had other pre exisiting conditions, this virus didn't cause the death. And for the most part many people who get the virus, simply self quarantine and ride it out. Asymptomatic people are carrying all sorts of viruses, not just the China virus. Even more people get the flu than we have reported as well. Thousands of people every year, get the flu, know they have the flu, stay home a few days, and return to work. They don't go to the hospital or call the CDC. I get it, this is a new virus and is contagious, but every virus is contagious. Trump is the one who first cut off travel from China and then Europe, while democrat leaders and the media, mocked him for it. It strikes me that places that want to open their doors to everyone are the ones being affected the most, NY, CT, WA, CA. They want us to all stay inside now, but before this "open the borders, let anyone in". Karma.

Guest

He pretended to ban China he still allowed business people in and out. The airlines are the ones who first refused to have flights in and out of China to their employees fear. By that time traffic was already coming to a halt and all Trump did was throw his name in and pretended that it was his idea.

Guest

President Trump never once called the virus a hoax. that lie has been debunked repeatedly. Please stop spreading it.

Guest

Are you kidding me if I was able to play the video of him calling it a hoax on this site I would stop being in denial he called it a hoax he also grabbed a woman by the pussies and bragged about it. He has blood on his hands from this because he edited too long now he’s doing election press conferences every day which he should leave to the medical experts but he’s trying to ride their coat tails pretending to care. Trump only cares about Trump.

Guest

You are a great reason why this website needs to add an "ignore" feature.

Guest

hey dummy liberal most likely teacher - it's "if I were" not if i was

hahahahahahahhaha

Guest

The only thing worst than this virus are the Trump supporters.

Guest

Hey idiot spell checker. I’m actually a Republican who voted for George Washington in 2016 and GOP down ballot.

Guest

Dem/rino liberal Teacher commie who hates america. keep teaching our kids to hate america and that cuba has great healthcare

ever notice that most folks who hate america are teachers/town workers that get paid way too much from taxpayers and work too little...have you spoken to these teachers...they all have worthless degrees from southern ct univ where a monkey can graduate and all teach special ed where they get paid more for teaching kids that have issues.

Guest

I have one thing to say after reading your last comment: You're a racist. I'm done thank you.

Guest

Dear community,

I am a 37 year old scientist. I find it hard to believe in a time like this no one is asking how can I help? Instead they are pointing fingers who did what right and what wrong.

But here we are in a very scary, uncertain time. If you are still working cause you provide a critical necessity of some kind thank you. If you are not working because your job is not a necessity then please think about how you can personally help.

“The only thing all people have in common is there uniqueness”

Please use yours for some good today!!! 🤗

Guest

no one is asking for most folks who work and real american don't think this is a big deal...more people die of the flu...so if you are scared, timid or are old and better chance of getting virus...stay home and shut up. The rest of us want to work and we are (we just don't tell people) for most people that are miserable and scared of this want to think everyone is not working...WE ARE working for we don't care about this virus for all the the egg heads scientists who like to scare people with worthless models (rememer when models said 2.2 million would die) - models are always inflated numbers for scientists like to scare people for they will then get more money from the feds for more grants to not have to work and just show models that NEVER COME TRUE.

BEST PART OF ALL THIS - NO ONE WILL EVER BELIEVE MODELS, GLOBAL WARMING BS MODELS FOR SCIENTIST ARE ALWAYS WRONG IN PREDICATIONS FOR FEAR SELLS AND MEDIA BUYS IT.

NOT ME...i NEVER TRUST GROUP THINK AND EGGHEADS THAT WORK IN COLLEGES WHERE THEY HAVE MULTIPLE WORTHLESS DEGREES AND NO COMMON SENSE.

WHEN ALL THE PEOPLE ZIG...i ALWAYS ZAG AND ALWAYS RIGHT BY GOING AGAINST GROUP THINK!

Guest

More people do not die of the flu. The flu is seasonal. This is a pandemic. It's been here for 30 days at this speed and 15,000 as we speak. The flu does not kill people at this magnitude. Stay safe.

Guest

Nice try but you can't fix stupid. Idiots still think this is just the flu!

Guest

but your egghead said it would be 2 MILLION DEATHS!!! YOU MUST BE PRAYING FOR MORE DEATHS OR ALL MODELS WILL BE LABEL FALSE IN FUTURE....JUST LIKE QUINPIAC POLLS NOW...ALWAYS WRONG

Guest

Imagine if you spent one fraction of the time you waste ranting on doing something good 🤔 oh but that requires thinking 🤣😂🤣

Guest

no...idiots believe models made up by scientists that get paid by colleges/government and skew numbers to make everything look worse in order to get more money / power .... i WOULD RATHER DIE OF THIS VIRUS THAN NOT WORK AND LIVE IN FREEDOM!!!

GIVE ME LIBERTY OR GIVE ME DEATH!!!!

HAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHA

Guest

Well hope you do then. One less stupid person to infect the innocent.

Guest

Haha how much do you think scientists get paid??? Try to google that and see who the real heroes are 🤗

Guest

scientists....like teachers are overpaid....they are paid by taxpayers and have jobs where they never can get fired....teachers unions / tenured at colleges .... pensions/benefits for teachers/scientists are breaking towns budgets and no one seems to care for if you speak out you are against kids....225k for a superintendent that does nothing? 150k for prinicpals that the position should not even exist...teachers making 95k to teach special ed? have jr teacher teach special ed

Create a voucher system and create competition between schools and will lower salaries for teachers and PARENTS can choose the school they want their kids to attend.

Never listen to group think and scientist/teachers for 99% will follow the crowd for the ones that speak up will be blackballed so most know to never go outside the group!

Remember History - The scientists/"doctors" told us 2.2 million would die of this virus...the 220,000 would die..now 60k would die in ...

how come these modelers never get fired when wrong...just like weather men...they always predict the worst to scare people then when wrong...well better we prepared for worse than under predicted.

NEVER believe scientisted/doctors/teachers....believe history and have common sense and know where/how people get paid and you will see why they come up with predictions and they you can ignore these so called "experts"

Ever notice - everyone is expert on tv and they are always wrong!

hahahahahahahgaha

Guest

Look up the difference between "could" and "would". Are you a high school drop out?

Guest

We will all die of something...modelers are always wrong and should be held accountable - fire them or better yet put them in jail....just like with global warming models...ALWAYS WRONG....

BEST THING ABOUT THIS CORONA MODEL GOT IT WAY WRONG ON DEATHS ...NO ONE IS GOING TO BELIEVE MODELERS/SCIENTISTS/FAKE DOCTORS ON TV EVER AGAIN...YOU HAD YOUR CHANCE AND YOU BLEW IT....EVERYONE KNOWS YOUR FAKE BIASED DEMOCRAT LIBERAL HATE AMERICA AGENDA NOW...

NO MORE ARE WE GOING TO LISTEN TO PEOPLE THAT WORK FOR THE GOVERNMENT AND ARE USELESS IN THEIR JOBS....THIS IS GREAT...AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH

Guest

go ahead asshole

gobballfan

None of these "experts" has any idea what the numbers will be. They throw numbers out there and have no consequences for their irresponsible guesses. How come we don't hear about the 95% of the people tested don't have it, and that 99% of the people who do have it, will survive. If that were the success rate for cancer, it would be mind blowing. It's never enough for the anti-trumpers. In fact, the numbers of actual deaths directly attributed to the China Virus is even less. You could die in your sleep from a heart attack, with no symptoms of the virus, but if they swab you and find it, that counts as a virus death. 3 people who recently died in a nursing home, were on end of life care, but counted towards the virus death count. The number of healthy people, contracting the virus and dying, is minimal. And I'm sure none of you will be returning that $1200 check. But if you weren't getting anything, you'd be the first ones looking for it. And get ready for voter ID folks.If my son needs an ID buy a beer, you need an ID to vote for the leader of the free world.

Guest

If ever there was a comment thread that made one pity the ignorance of humanity, this is it.

Guest

above has to be a government worker who never had to work for themselves...

where is the 2.2 million dead people?

where is the 220 thousand dead people?

empty hospitals but if you watch the news you would never know that!

common sense...never believe anyone who works in or for government ...they want chaso...they get paid regardless.....only 20k dead and slowing....time to open state and get back to work...

if you are afraid...stay home and shut up....

give me liberty or give me death!

Guest

God Bless Trump - tonights briefing - he is sticking it to the fake media..NOW, we have to start calling out people in leadership in CT, at Yale who overplayed this fake crisis...governor shut down CT for only 500 people dead..yes that is bad but how many 100's of people lives did you destroy...time to sue the state, politicians, yale doctors who overplayed everything...NEVER AGAIN TRUST ANY DOCTOR/LEADER - THEY WANT TO SCARE THE PUBLIC TO BOOST THEMSELVES UP...TIME TO JAIL PEOPLE

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