NORWALK, CT — Forty-seven new coronavirus cases were reported in Norwalk as of Friday, as local and state officials say the rate of growth is slowing down.
Additionally, no coronavirus-related deaths were reported during the period in Norwalk, according to Mayor Harry Rilling.
In Fairfield County, the number of deaths have broken the 1,000 mark at 1,006; the total number of confirmed cases in the county was 12,879 as of Friday.
Statewide, the total number of confirmed coronavirus cases increased by 627 to 32,411 and the number of deaths rose by 77 to 2,874, state health officials said on Friday.
Additionally, the number of new hospitalizations in the state declined by 49 to 1,327, and as of Friday 120,541 people have been tested.
"The positive reported cases are trending down, and that is certainly a good sign," Rilling said. "We will be watching the data closely as more parks open and restrictions begin to ease. We are not through this pandemic, not by a long shot, but I have hopeful optimism that these positive trends will continue."
Gov. Ned Lamont and officials are moving forward with plans to begin reopening the state on May 20, issuing further guidance on the matter on Friday. (Don't miss local and statewide news about coronavirus developments and precautions. Sign up for Patch alerts and daily newsletters.)
This is from Rilling's Friday statement:
- Mayor Rilling will be hosting a Zoom Town Hall on Monday, May 11, at 7:00 p.m. He will be joined by Norwalk Police Chief Thomas Kulhawik and State Senate Majority Leader Bob Duff. Members of the public can submit questions live by visiting norwalkct.org/meetings on Monday. The Town Hall will also be streamed on YouTube and Facebook. No registration is required.
- City officials announced that refunds are being issued to anyone who put down a deposit or fully paid for Summer Play & Learn Camp in Norwalk through the Recreation and Parks Department as the state of summer camps remains unknown at this time. Refunds will begin automatically on May 12, 2020. More details on norwalkct.org.
- There are organizations in Norwalk offering pantry and/or meal services, as well as food delivery for those who are isolated or quarantined because of COVID-19. Visit norwalkct.org/meals for more information.
- The Connecticut Department of Labor made active the filing site so those who are self-employed can complete filing applications for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA). The site, located on filectui.com, can be identified by a red button labeled with the PUA designation. Additional details can be found here.
"Food insecurity is real, not just in Norwalk, but around the state, and it has gotten worse as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic," Rilling said. "I ask those who can to consider donating food or money to one of the many great food pantries and groups in the community. Please help your friends and help your neighbors."
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.