NORWALK, CT — There were nine new coronavirus (COVID-19) cases reported in Norwalk as of Friday, bringing the total to 2,032, but there were no new coronavirus-related deaths in the city over the past two days, according to Mayor Harry Rilling. As a result, the number of Norwalk residents who have died of complications from the virus remained at 135 on Friday.
The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Connecticut grew to 43,239 on Friday, an increase of 148, and the number of deaths broke the 4,000 barrier at 4,007, an increase of 18 from the day before, according to state health officials.
Coronavirus-related hospitalizations continues to drop in Connecticut, down 33 to 373 as of Friday, 126 of those are in Fairfield County, officials said. (Don't miss local and statewide news about coronavirus developments and precautions. Sign up for Patch alerts and daily newsletters.)
"We continue to monitor the health situation closely in Norwalk, and I am relieved that we have not seen a spike in COVID-19 cases as more businesses open and more amenities become available," Rilling said. "With the Governor's announcement of moving Phase Two up by a few days, we'll be looking at what that means for Norwalk and release details early next week."
This is from Rilling's Friday announcement:
- Governor Lamont announced that Phase Two of the state’s reopening will occur on June 17, three days earlier than anticipated, as to not interfere with Father’s Day Weekend. New guidelines for businesses, such as gyms, tattoo parlors, and movie theaters, as well as for the public, are expected to be released next week. The Norwalk Reopen Plan is slated to follow a similar timeline, but will be based on local health conditions. The Reopen Norwalk Plan can be viewed at norwalkct.org/reopennorwalk.
- To date, 64 of 72 permits for outdoor dining in Norwalk have been approved. The expedited process was put in place on May 20 and Mayor Rilling has waived all permit fees. Businesses can find FAQs and the application, and residents can find a list of approved restaurants, as well as favorite menu items of the City’s Director of Business Development & Tourism, at norwalkct.org/covid19businessresources.
- More than 45 banks and credit unions have agreed to extend their voluntary participation in the Connecticut Mortgage Relief Program, which provides relief to consumers facing financial hardship due to COVID-19. The program, launched on March 31, 2020, will now run through July 30, 2020. More information is available at ct.gov/dob.
- City officials remind residents to verify their license plate information before heading to a park or beach in Norwalk. Nonresidents will be ticketed and towed for not following parking regulations. Norwalk residents can verify license plate information online at any time by visiting norwalkct.org/passes.
"We know outdoor dining is not as simple as putting a table and chairs outside, and I appreciate the thoughtful consideration being put into the plans," Rilling said. "I am pleased businesses continue to work with city staff on these plans in effort to help keep the public safe."
Members of the public are encouraged to sign-up for the City's CodeRED Emergency Alert Notification System at norwalkct.org/codered. Updates on City services, hours, and community resources will be routinely published at norwalkct.org/citynews. The latest health updates can be found at norwalkct.org/coronavirus.