NORWALK, CT — Both coronavirus deaths and confirmed cases continued to rise in Norwalk on Tuesday, with one more death, bringing the total to 92, and four more cases, bringing that total to 1,702, according to Mayor Harry Rilling.
Statewide there have been 2,633 coronavirus-related deaths as of Tuesday, and the number of confirmed cases stood at 30,621.
The state's coronavirus death toll rose by 77 over the past 24 hours, and the number of cases jumped by 648. (Don't miss local and statewide news about coronavirus developments and precautions. Sign up for Patch alerts and daily newsletters.)
Additionally, 1,500 Connecticut residents are hospitalized due to the virus, an increase of 36, which represents the first rise in hospitalizations in well over a week.
"I am sad to share that we have lost another one of our residents to COVID-19," Rilling said. "I offer my deepest sympathies to their family, friends, and loved ones during this difficult time. I remain concerned with what I have seen at some of our larger retailers and by customers. It is imperative that stores follow reduced capacity guidelines and customers physically distance themselves and wear face coverings. I fear not following these orders will slow the reopening of more businesses."
Earlier on Tuesday, Gov. Ned Lamont announced that schools would not reopen this school year, a decision he and other state and local officials did not want to make. Rilling said that a decision on summer school is expected later this month, but Norwalk Public Schools will continue to provide free meals on weekdays from noon to 2 p.m.
"This was no time to take that risk so sadly in terms of traditional classroom education that will not continue in this school year," Lamont said.
Added Rilling, "I applaud the Governor, Commissioners Cardona and Bye for making decisions in the best interest of the health and safety of students and families. I know teachers and students in Norwalk will continue to put forth their best efforts between now and the end of this very unusual school year."
To help with those efforts the Norwalk Board of Estimate and Taxation on Monday approved a $1.6 million special appropriation to purchase laptops for teachers and students to assist in ongoing distance learning plans, a move supported by Rilling.
He stressed that "this is a good investment since we do not know what the future holds and how COVID-19 will continue to impact Norwalk. There is a real possibility schools could be closed for extended periods of time again. While much of the future is unknown, we do know that our young people are the next generation of leaders. It is incumbent on us to make sure they have the tools and resources they need."
This is from Rilling's Tuesday announcement:
- The boat launch at Veteran’s Park will be open for daily launches and marina slip holders on Saturday, May 9, and Sunday, May 10, from 7 a.m. – 7 p.m. Daily launch passes and seasonal permits will be available to purchase via credit card on-site. Please email email@example.com for more information.
- Under a previous executive order signed by Governor Lamont, for rent due in May 2020, landlords must grant a 60-day grace period for payment upon the request of tenants. Under this provision, a tenant must to notify the landlord that they have lost a job, lost hours, or otherwise lost revenue or faced significant increased expenses as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The deadline for renters to request an extension in writing is May 10, 2020.
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