Connecticut officials: 6 more residents test positive for coronavirus

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State and health officials in Connecticut say six additional residents have tested positive for the coronavirus since Thursday, bring the total number of cases to 11.

Officials say the new patients include a woman in her 30s from Bethlehem, a man in his 60s from Bethlehem, a woman in her 40s from Westport, a man in his 50s from Darien, a man in his 40s from Greenwich, and a man in his 20s from Greenwich. 

 

 
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Out of 136 tests done so far, officials say 125 have come back negative and 11 have come back positive.

For the first time, these coronavirus tests were conducted at the Connecticut Department of Public Health State Laboratory and at private laboratories.

Darien officials say despite the town having its first positive coronavirus case, any threat to the public is low.

The town says the patient self-identified himself immediately because his son tried out for a youth lacrosse team in town and may have put other children at risk. Officials also say they are monitoring if the patient's children develop any symptoms.

Griffin Health said Friday night a physician tested positive for the COVID-19 virus.

The town also says they are looking into contacting residents who may have come into contact with the patient from the area.
First Selectwoman Jayme Stevenson is encouraging social distancing. They say residents are fine to travel around the town, but they should avoid hanging in groups to avoid unintended exposure to vulnerable people.

Stevenson says while she believes there's already community-wide transmission of COVID-19, residents should stay calm and refrain from stigmatizing anyone who may show symptoms, like coughing or sneezing.  

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