MADISON, CT — A "significant spike" in coronavirus cases in Madison had First Selectwoman Peggy Lyons say she is "both saddened and alarmed."
Lyons said that over the past week, the town now has 36 active COVID-19 cases.
"Cases in our town continue to cross a spectrum of age ranges and circumstances, with some family outbreaks causing small clusters," she said.
Lyons said that Madison’s Health Department is actively conducting contact tracing of "each of these cases, working closely with the schools to mitigate any spread."
"It appears that many of Madison’s new cases are linked to small private gatherings both indoors and outdoors, and sports related activities," she said. "Once one family member tests positive, we are often seeing other family members follow, expanding the reach of the virus."
Lyons said the "rising level of cases continues to highlight the need to get tested when experiencing symptoms or when in close contact with an infected person."
Lyons said residents can get more information on COVID-19 testing on the state’s 211 website.
And noted that, "Because there is a growing backlog in the reporting system for positive cases, it is extremely important for contact tracing purposes to call the Madison Health Department at (203) 245-5614 as soon as you receive a positive test result."
Lyons said that as the pandemic, "has impacted all of our lives," Madison Youth and Family Services provides programs and services to residents, "as we navigate this together."
For Madison youth and parents, MYFS includes a staff of several licensed mental health professionals that are available for free and confidential consultation, and can also offer ongoing mental health treatment services. Residents may contact MYFS at (203) 245-5645. For more information visit MYFS at www.madisonyouthservices.org.
And, Lyons said, to assist with contact tracing, she encourages residents to download the state's COVID Alert CT, an exposure notification app that can let you know if you have been exposed to COVID-19 without disclosing personal information.
"This app is only as successful as the number of people who use it, so we encourage all our residents to visit ct.gov/covidalertct to download the app," she said.
Lyons also encourages folks to sign up for Madison Alerts here.
"I cannot emphasize enough that the second wave of COVID-19 has arrived in our state and our town - we must stop being complacent and start taking this next wave seriously. Our town has already suffered some painful losses and no segment of our community will be untouched by today’s rising cases unless we work hard to reduce community spread," she said.
"This includes cancelling any unnecessary travel, limiting gatherings, washing hands frequently, and wearing a mask. With this in mind, all town departments will remain available to the public by appointment only, and all residents are encouraged to use the website and other remote means to conduct their business with the town."