New Canaan Coronavirus Update: 19 Confirmed Cases

This article originally appeared on the New Canaan Patch

NEW CANAAN, CT — The town has 19 confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) cases — and three deaths — as of Wednesday, but New Canaan's director of Emergency Management worries that the number of cases might be under-reported.

"I want to caution everyone about relying too heavily on the data as we do not yet have confirmed results from our March 20th testing site," said Mike Handler in his nightly address on the town's website. "Likewise, results from tests conducted at local hospitals have been slow to return. What this means is that our confirmed case load could be under-reported. Everyone is reminded that we remain under strict social gathering restrictions and must maintain 6-feet social distancing at all times. Anyone with symptoms should consult their personal physician and must behave as if they have tested positive and quarantine themselves."

Statewide, the number of coronavirus-related deaths has reached 19, as of Wednesday, up seven from the day before. The total number of cases in Connecticut is 875, with 546 of them in Fairfield County.

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On Thursday, New Canaan is hosting its third drive-thru testing site beginning at 9 a.m.

"This only applies to those New Canaan residents who have visited and
completed the appropriate online application and received both a prescription and an
appointment from Murphy Associates," Handler said. "Additional testing is also available, by appointment only, at Norwalk, Stamford and Greenwich Hospitals. To obtain an appointment at any of these sites, you will need a prescription from your personal physician."