RIDGEFIELD, CT — Four more residents have tested positive for the new coronavirus, Health Director Ed Briggs confirmed on Thursday. That brings the number to 46 active COVID-19 cases in Ridgefield.
Seventeen of those active cases are in lockdown at Benchmark Senior Living at Ridgefield Crossings on Route 7, according to Briggs, with the remaining 29 spread throughout the community. The first two Ridgefield men who died from the disease had been residents at the facility. Ridgefield Crossings reports that they are taking optimal health and safety measures and the facility still remains on lockdown to all visitors at this time., according to the Town's Office of Emergency Management
The third death, reported Wednesday, has no association with that facility, according to Briggs.
As of March 26, a total of 1012 laboratory-confirmed cases of COVID-19 have been reported
among Connecticut residents. Cases have been reported in all 8 Connecticut counties. One
hundred and twenty-five patients were hospitalized, and 21 residents have died (13 in Fairfield County, three in Tolland County, two in Hartford County, two in New Haven County, and one in Middlesex County), according to the state Department of Public Health. More than 6,500 tests have been reported.
Gov. Ned Lamont has declared a "Stay Safe, Stay Home" program. All non-life-sustaining businesses in Connecticut have been closed, and the governor has asked Connecticut residents to limit social gatherings to just five people.
The State of Connecticut has instituted a Recovery Bridge Loan Program for businesses or nonprofits with 100 or less employees. Details and the application form are available online.
Ridgefield officials have taken several steps to mitigate the spread of the new coronavirus. All recreation areas such as basketball, tennis, pickle ball and paddle courts are closed. The dog park and all playgrounds are closed. The high school track is available for walking and jogging by individuals practicing social distancing; no group jogging is allowed. The golf course is closed to play but open to walking or hiking only if social distancing is practiced.
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The Town of Ridgefield, including police, fire, and public works are fully operational, but all Town buildings are closed to the public.
All Ridgefield Public Schools are closed until at least April 20, but distance learning continues online. Teachers are available in their "virtual classrooms" from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00.p.m. Monday through Friday for the duration of the closing.
The Ridgefield Library is temporarily closed. The Library has online resources, including downloadable books, audiobooks, streaming video and music, language learning, and research databases available through its website.
Residents are encouraged to sign up to receive messages pertaining to Ridgefield on the Connecticut Alert website. Those without an email address may use firstname.lastname@example.org.
Live streams with updates from the Town's Office of Emergency Management are scheduled for Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 4 p.m. on the town website and on Comcast channel 24.