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Darien sees uptick in COVID-19 cases among young people

There were six new confirmed virus cases in the town on Wednesday – five of the patients were between the ages of 10 and 19.

News 12 Staff

Jul 23, 2020, 9:42 PM

Updated 1,426 days ago

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The Town of Darien is reminding young people to do their part to stop the spread of COVID-19 after a small spike in cases among children and teens.
There were six new confirmed virus cases in the town on Wednesday – five of the patients were between the ages of 10 and 19.
“We’re starting to see a different age group that are testing positive, younger than we did the first time through in March,” said David Knauf, Darein's director of public health.
The town saw big numbers in March and early April but has had zero to one case a week in May and June. The last time Darien reported six cases in a single day was April. 
There were two more positive cases added Thursday – one in that same age group, the other person in their 20s.
Knauf believes a part of the recent rebound is summer vacations and trips to check out colleges.
“Since the governor announced this travel ban and the quarantine regarding certain states, we’ve seen an uptick in cases, largely associated with people traveling,” he said.
Knauf says following the governor's quarantine directive is critical, but so too is basic safety, especially since many young people may be asymptomatic and unknowingly spreading the virus.
First Selectman Jayme Stevenson is urging young people to “wear the masks, wash your hands, keep a social distance, even from your best friends.”
Stevenson says she's disappointed to hear people have been publicly shamed the past couple days and says community members should be supporting each other.
Overall, Darien reports a total of 226 confirmed cases, five of them were fatal.
 


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