Greenwich Health Officials Urge Caution As Holidays Approach

RJ Scofield
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GREENWICH, CT — As the state continues to see a growing number of coronavirus cases and hospitalizations, First Selectman Fred Camillo and Greenwich Hospital president Diane Kelly urged residents to stay vigilant as the holidays approach.

During a press briefing Wednesday afternoon, Camillo said 1,367 Greenwich residents have tested positive for the virus to date, with 104 active cases of the virus in town as of Wednesday. (To sign up for Greenwich breaking news alerts and more, click here.)

That number is up from Friday, when Camillo said a total of 1,312 residents had been diagnosed with the virus thus far, which represented an increase of 106 residents from the previous week.

In light of the rising number of cases, Camillo said he still wanted residents to be able to enjoy themselves but urged them to keep their guard up.

"I liken it to a nine inning baseball game," Camillo said, "where we're in the bottom of the sixth or the top of the seventh during a tight ball game, and it's pretty close. We don't want to lose focus and take our eye off the ball for the next few innings, because the next few months are going to be pretty tough."

He also thanked Kelly and her staff at Greenwich Hospital for all their hard work this year, and noted they had done a "terrific job" thus far.

"You helped get us through the first wave [of the virus]," Camillo said, "and I know you will do it again with your great help in the second wave."

According to Kelly, the hospital currently has 18 patients who have tested positive for the virus in their care, none of which are being treated in their intensive care unit. She noted this was "an important distinction," as the hospital has learned more about the virus since the spring and has been prepared for a rise in positive cases for a number of months.

"We had a whole group of people behind the scenes just kind of estimating when we would see an increase [in positive cases]," Kelly said, "so this is about the time they had estimated that we would see this for a lot of different reasons."

While she emphasized the hospital was "very much prepared" for a rise in cases, she also noted now was not the time to "take our foot off the lever," as the town continues to grapple with a "very serious virus."

"People are getting a little fatigued with social distancing and wearing their mask," Kelly said, "so I'm really going to encourage people to continue to do that, because it worked and it works, and it's especially important that people pay attention to that as the holidays come. It's going to be really tempting for people to want to be in larger groups, but it's not in the best interest of you as individuals and for us as a collective society."

Camillo also noted he was not considering closing any town parks at this time, however he was examining their capacity levels.

"We want people to be outside and be active," Camillo said, "but we want them to do so safely and not be on top of each other."

Camillo said the town continues to encourage residents to enjoy the outdoors, even as the weather gets colder.

"There are dozens of parks and facilities for residents, as well as their own neighborhoods, to walk, run and bicycle," Camillo said. "We continue to stress the importance of maintaining social distance and wearing a face mask, whether you're walking, running or cycling."

This article originally appeared on the Greenwich Patch