Westport Coronavirus Update: 267 Confirmed Cases In Town

Alfred Branch

WESTPORT, CT — The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Westport stood at 267 as of Monday, with one new case reported over the weekend, according to state and local health officials. A total of 20 residents have died from coronavirus-related causes, no increase since last week.

Statewide, the number of coronavirus (COVID-19) cases grew by 697 to 38,116 as of Monday, and there were 41 coronavirus-related deaths to bring the total to 3,449.

Hospitalizations for the virus continue to drop in Connecticut, with that number at 920 as of Monday, a decrease of 17 from the day before. (Don't miss local and statewide news about coronavirus developments and precautions. Sign up for Patch alerts and daily newsletters.)

On Monday, Westport First Selectman Jim Marpe issued an update on the town's progress in dealing with the pandemic, including praise for how residents handled the reopening of the Compo Beach and Soundview parking lots and Longshore Golf Course. Read the remarks below:

This weekend’s reopening plan for the Compo Beach and Soundview Parking Lots, as well as reopening of play at Longshore Golf Course with restrictions, was successful. In general, everyone was respectful, aware, and accommodating to the social distancing and having masks available when not able to maintain six-foot distances. I appreciate the efforts everyone made, including residents and Town staff, that helped insure a positive outcome.

There remains, however, some who are choosing not to adhere to the CDC recommendations. In order for us to be successful in our reopening efforts, we must self-monitor and request that everyone comply with the recommendations outlined for the general health and well-being of all. We are in uncharted territory, and gentle reminders to those around us are encouraged. Remember, whenever you leave your home, you are wearing a mask to protect your neighbors, and they are wearing one to protect you. Please have a mask readily available (around your neck, NOT in your pocket) and be prepared to carefully pull it up and over your mouth and nose at any time. Parents, please remind your children that the rules apply to them as well. Together, we can meet the challenges that face us all during these unprecedented times.

Re-Open Advisory Team:

The ReOpen Westport Advisory Team will hold a public meeting tomorrow, Tuesday, May 19, 2020 at 11:00 AM. It will be held electronically, live streamed on www.westportct.gov, and broadcast on Westport’s Optimum Government Access Channel 79 and Frontier Channel 6020. Emails to the Advisory Team may be sent to reopenteam@westportct.gov.

For information on town services and facilities status reopening plans: www.westportct/reopen

Restaurants Re-Opening:

On Tuesday, May 12, 2020, Governor Lamont issued Executive Order No. 7MM, which primarily modifies state and local law to streamline the application and approval process for outdoor dining and outdoor display of retail goods. The Town of Westport will be streamlining and expediting the process for those applicants seeking approval for outdoor dining. The application form and a detailed description of the rules will be made available on the town’s P&Z website this week (www.westportct.gov/pnz).

These Applications will be approved by administratively with an expected response time within 10 days of the application receipt date. The Planning & Zoning Commission has waived any requirements for a hearing on these applications to allow for an expedited reopening of outdoor dining in Westport

The ReOpen Westport Advisory Team is working with Westport retailers and the Selectman’s Office for administrative approvals on the use of town property for the outdoor display of retail goods.

Phase 1 Reopening Date Revised for Barbershops and Hair Salons:

Hair salons and barbershops were initially included in Phase 1 of Connecticut’s reopen plan, which begins May 20. According to a release today, however, Governor Lamont said that after having extensive discussions with owners and employees of these businesses it is in everyone’s best interests to provide for some additional preparation time and also align the state with its regional partners.

Tax Relief Program REMINDER:

The tax relief program application for April’s tax payment is due this Friday, May 22. The deadline for the July payment is July 1, 2020. www.westportct.gov/TaxRelief.

WWHD Update:

Executive Director of the Westport-Weston Health District Mark Cooper reports:

Phase 1 of reopening Connecticut businesses begins next week. The WWHD has been hard at work contributing to both state and town planning efforts, as well as training for the anticipated surge in testing and contact tracing. Wide-spread testing and contact tracing are key components of a successful and steady reopening process. The WWHD’s Community Health staff will be performing contact tracing for our local community. While some municipalities across Connecticut have opted to rely on the State Department of Public Health to do the tracing, the WWHD expects have the ability to manage the volume of calls in-house.

From the beginning of the COVID-19 outbreak in Westport and Weston, WWHD staff has been contact tracing infected individuals. We anticipate that the number of positive tests will increase with wide-spread testing, so capacity has been augmented accordingly. Staff will be joined in the efforts by the Westport Public School nurses who have generously volunteered to help our community with this important work. Additionally, Medical Reserve Corp volunteers, under the direction of Emergency Management Director, Mike Vincelli, have answered the call for assistance during this crisis. We are incredibly grateful for all of these amazing, knowledgeable volunteers. Our volunteers have completed the necessary training modules and will be supervised by WWHD’s Director of Clinical Care, Dr. Louis D’Onofrio. This team effort will enable the Health District to reach out to impacted individuals to educate them on safe practices, self-isolation measures, and to answer any questions.

Parks & Rec:

Parks and Recreation Director Jennifer Fava also announced today the anticipated opening of the Longshore Club Park and Staples High School tennis courts on May 27. Play will be limited to singles play and will only be allowed on courts 1, 3, 5, 7 and 9 at Longshore and courts 2, 4, and 6 at Staples. Additional restrictions will be in place and will be posted on the tennis page of the Parks and Recreation Department website www.westportrecreation.com. Use of the Longshore tennis courts will require advanced reservations with payment by credit card only, no walk-ups will be permitted.

The opening of the Longshore Pool complex is delayed until further notice, as is the staffing of lifeguards at Compo Beach and Burying Hill Beach, as the Town awaits further guidance from the State.

Please continue to stay connected by signing up or following us at:

- Online: www.westportct.gov/COVID19

- Get Updates: Signup for emergency alerts

- Get Updates: Sign up for email subscriptions

- Social Media: #Westportctcovid19info

This article originally appeared on the Westport Patch

  • White House defends Trump's claim that 99 percent of COVID-19 cases are 'harmless' with chart showing 5 percent are fatal
    Yahoo News

    White House defends Trump's claim that 99 percent of COVID-19 cases are 'harmless' with chart showing 5 percent are fatal

    White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany came to her press briefing on Monday prepared to defend President Trump's claim over the weekend that “99 percent” of U.S. coronavirus cases are “totally harmless” with two charts illustrating the country's COVID-19 death rate. But McEnany's slides showed a case fatality rate — the percentage of confirmed cases that result in death — of 4.6 percent, not the 1 percent implied by Trump. During a July 4 “Salute to America” speech on the South Lawn of the White House, Trump boasted that the administration has conducted more than 40 million coronavirus tests.

  • ‘Let me borrow your bike’: Atlanta police officer takes passing man’s bicycle to chase fleeing murder suspect
    The Independent

    ‘Let me borrow your bike’: Atlanta police officer takes passing man’s bicycle to chase fleeing murder suspect

    Police in Atlanta were able to apprehend a murder suspect thanks to a passerby's bicycle. The Atlanta Police Department said in a statement that the suspect had been seen around the Old Fourth Ward area last Tuesday when one cop commandeered a bicycle to chase the man down. The department said on Twitter afterwards that a cyclist had assisted with 21-year-old Nicholas Fonseca's arrest, who was wanted in connection with a 28 June shooting.

  • FBI chief says China threatens families to coerce overseas critics to return to China
    Reuters

    FBI chief says China threatens families to coerce overseas critics to return to China

    FBI Director Christopher Wray on Tuesday urged China-born people in the United States to contact the FBI if Chinese officials try to force them to return to China under a program of coercion that he said is led by Chinese President Xi Jinping. Wray issued the unusual appeal in an address to a think tank in which he reiterated U.S. charges that China is using espionage, cyber theft, blackmail and other means as part of a strategy to replace the United States as the world's dominant economic and technological power.

  • China detains professor who criticised Xi over coronavirus
    AFP

    China detains professor who criticised Xi over coronavirus

    Chinese authorities on Monday detained a law professor who published essays criticising President Xi Jinping over the coronavirus pandemic and accusing him of ruling "tyrannically", according to friends of the man. Xu Zhangrun, a rare outspoken critic of the government in China's heavily censored academia, was taken from his home in suburban Beijing by more than 20 people, one of his friends said on condition of anonymity. Xu published an essay in February blaming the culture of deception and censorship fostered by Xi for the spread of the coronavirus in China.

  • Coronavirus: Anger over US decision on foreign students' visas
    BBC

    Coronavirus: Anger over US decision on foreign students' visas

    Politicians and academics have criticised a decision to withdraw US visas from foreign students whose courses move fully online. US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) said people could face deportation unless they changed to an institution with in-person tuition. A number of US universities are considering online teaching in the new academic year due to coronavirus.

  • Olson Kundig’s Latest Design Embraces Its Hawaiian Habitat
    Architectural Digest

    Olson Kundig’s Latest Design Embraces Its Hawaiian Habitat

    On a stunning lava rock field site in Kona, this stunning home seems to hover over the landscape as a series of pavilions Originally Appeared on Architectural Digest

  • Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms Tests Positive for COVID-19
    Time

    Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms Tests Positive for COVID-19

    Keisha Lance Bottoms, the mayor of Atlanta, announced on Monday afternoon that she tested positive for COVID-19. In a tweet, Mayor Bottoms said that she has had no symptoms and that the virus had “literally hit home.” In recent weeks, the city of Atlanta and Mayor Bottoms has been in the spotlight as a result of the widespread protests over police brutality, racial discrimination and the killing of Rayshard Brooks, a Black man who was shot and killed by an Atlanta police officer in a Wendy's parking lot.

  • Frederick Douglass statue vandalized in Rochester park
    Associated Press

    Frederick Douglass statue vandalized in Rochester park

    A statue of abolitionist Frederick Douglass was ripped from its base in Rochester on the anniversary of one of his most famous speeches, delivered in that city in 1852. Police said the statue of Douglass was taken on Sunday from Maplewood Park, a site along the Underground Railroad where Douglass and Harriet Tubman helped shuttle slaves to freedom. In Rochester on July 5, 1852, Douglass gave the speech “What to the Slave is the Fourth of July,” in which he called the celebration of liberty a sham in a nation that enslaves and oppresses its Black citizens.

  • NASA's powerful Hubble space telescope has beamed back a striking photo of a 'fluffy' galaxy with a ghostly, empty center
    Business Insider

    NASA's powerful Hubble space telescope has beamed back a striking photo of a 'fluffy' galaxy with a ghostly, empty center

    By contrast, other spiral galaxies — including the Milky Way — have more distinct arms where stars and gas are compressed. Hubble is NASA's strongest telescope — but not for long NASA launched Hubble into Earth's orbit in April 1990. Since then, the telescope has discovered new planets, revealed strange galaxies, and provided new insights into the nature of black holes.

  • As divisions threaten America, the pressure to cancel presidents is dangerous
    USA TODAY Opinion

    As divisions threaten America, the pressure to cancel presidents is dangerous

    Princeton University has decided to remove former President Woodrow Wilson's name from its school of Public and International Affairs, citing his “racist thinking and policies.” Looking solely through the lens of race relations, the case against Wilson is clear. In his 1912 run for the White House, Wilson would warm up the crowds with racial jokes that today would be unprintable. Gazing back across the long century since Wilson was in office shows the progress we have made as a country.

  • White House defends Trump claim that ‘99%’ of virus cases are ‘harmless’
    Yahoo News Video

    White House defends Trump claim that ‘99%’ of virus cases are ‘harmless’

    White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany on Monday responded to President Trump's claim that “99 percent” of coronavirus cases are “totally harmless.

  • Amy Cooper Will Face Charges After Calling Cops on Black Birder in Central Park
    The Daily Beast

    Amy Cooper Will Face Charges After Calling Cops on Black Birder in Central Park

    Amy Cooper, the white woman who called the police in May and falsely accused a Black man of threatening her life after he asked her to leash her dog in Central Park, faces charges for the incident, prosecutors announced Monday. Cooper, 41, will be charged with filing a false report, a misdemeanor offense punishable by up to a year in jail, for making the May 25 complaint against Christian Cooper, the Manhattan District Attorney's office said. “Today our office initiated a prosecution of Amy Cooper for falsely reporting an incident in the third degree,” Cyrus R. Vance, the Manhattan district attorney, said in a statement.

  • Australia warns of 'arbitrary detention' in China
    AFP

    Australia warns of 'arbitrary detention' in China

    Australia warned its citizens Tuesday they could face "arbitrary detention" if they travel to China, the latest sign of growing tensions between the two nations. The foreign ministry issued the warning in updated travel advice, which also noted that Chinese authorities had detained foreigners for allegedly "endangering national security". Australia has already told its citizens to avoid all international travel due to the coronavirus pandemic, and the updated advice did not raise the overall level of the warning against travel to China.

  • Could 'Baby' Aircraft Carriers Be the Next U.S. Navy Super Weapon?
    The National Interest

    Could 'Baby' Aircraft Carriers Be the Next U.S. Navy Super Weapon?

    The Navy can buy smaller, cheaper carriers rather than the $13 billion Ford-class behemoths it is currently constructing, according to a new study by RAND Corporation. The RAND study is a public version of a classified study conducted in 2016 at the behest of the U.S. Navy, which was ordered by Congress to examine cheaper options than the Ford-class carriers. It would be powered by forty-year nuclear reactors that couldn't be replaced, rather than the current twenty-five-year reactors on the Fords that can replaced to extend the life of the ship.

  • Mississippi students voted to move a Civil War statue. Now they fear a Confederate shrine
    LA Times

    Mississippi students voted to move a Civil War statue. Now they fear a Confederate shrine

    When Joshua Mannery voted last year to remove a statue of a Confederate soldier that has towered over the heart of the University of Mississippi for more than a century, he understood that change takes place slowly on this historic Southern campus. Now that construction crews have arrived on campus to move the white marble figure, student leaders are demanding that the project be halted after learning that university administrators plan to spend more than $1.1 million in private funds to renovate the cemetery and erect headstones for the Confederate dead, install security cameras and shine new lighting on the memorial. “It just doesn't seem normal that we have to protest the creation of a Confederate shrine — and yet here we are,” said Mannery, a fourth-year political science and English double major.

  • Residents of Mexican town block Americans from entering
    Politico

    Residents of Mexican town block Americans from entering

    Residents of the town of Sonoyta, across from Lukeville, Arizona, briefly blocked the main road leading south from the U.S. border over the weekend over fears of coronavirus outbreaks. Arizona has seen a major upsurge in infections and there were worries about intensified contagion during the July 4 weekend. Sonoyta Mayor José Ramos Arzate issued a statement Saturday “inviting U.S. tourists not to visit Mexico.

  • Las Vegas' Nobu Hotel at Caesars Palace reopens amid COVID-19 pandemic
    USA TODAY

    Las Vegas' Nobu Hotel at Caesars Palace reopens amid COVID-19 pandemic

    LAS VEGAS – Nobu Hotel Caesars Palace has reopened. The Caesars Entertainment property is the seventh to open since Nevada lifted a COVID-19 shutdown that lasted almost three months, reports the Reno Gazette Journal, which is a part of the USA TODAY Network. As customer interest in visiting Las Vegas continues to increase, we remain committed to creating memorable experiences for guests at our premier boutique hotel with enhanced health and safety protocols,” said Gary Selesner, regional president of Caesars Entertainment, in a statement.

  • US military apologizes to South Korea after its troops fired fireworks and reportedly brawled in the streets
    Business Insider

    US military apologizes to South Korea after its troops fired fireworks and reportedly brawled in the streets

    Screenshot via SBS American troops in South Korea celebrated the Fourth of July by lighting fireworks on public sidewalks and beaches, prompting local authorities to shut down the groups. Over 70 police reports were filed and 200 police officers were deployed to Busan, according to South Korean news reports. At least one US Army soldier was briefly detained.

  • A rare case of brain-eating amoeba has been confirmed in Florida. Officials are telling residents to avoid tap water, and to swim with nose clips.
    INSIDER

    A rare case of brain-eating amoeba has been confirmed in Florida. Officials are telling residents to avoid tap water, and to swim with nose clips.

    One Florida resident was infected with a rare and dangerous brain-eating amoeba. The Florida Department of Health warned residents to avoid nasal contact with tap water, and to avoid swimming in warm freshwater. The Florida Department of Health is warning residents of Hillsborough County to avoid nasal contact with tap water after confirming that someone in the region has been infected by a rare, brain-eating amoeba.

  • New York's Cuomo pleads with Trump to acknowledge COVID-19 as 'major problem'
    Reuters

    New York's Cuomo pleads with Trump to acknowledge COVID-19 as 'major problem'

    New York Governor Andrew Cuomo on Monday called on President Donald Trump to not be a "co-conspirator" of the coronavirus and acknowledge the "major problem" it poses as cases spiked in dozens of states after some rushed to reopen. The number of U.S. coronavirus deaths exceeded 130,000 on Monday, following a massive surge of new cases that has put Trump's handling of the crisis under the microscope and derailed efforts to restart the economy. "So, Mr. President, don't be a co-conspirator of COVID," Cuomo said at a news briefing.

  • Trump Aide Peter Navarro’s Bonkers CNN Interview: ‘Give Peace a Chance, Give Hydroxy a Chance’
    The Daily Beast

    Trump Aide Peter Navarro’s Bonkers CNN Interview: ‘Give Peace a Chance, Give Hydroxy a Chance’

    White House trade adviser Peter Navarro appeared on CNN on Tuesday morning for yet another off-the-rails interview, this time devoting much of his energy to promoting anti-malarial drug hydroxychloroquine following a disputed new study finding some efficacy in treating the coronavirus. Last week, in the wake of the Food and Drug Administration revoking the emergency use of hydroxychloroquine due to serious safety issues and lack of benefit for COVID-19 patients, a Michigan study found the Trump-touted drug helped patients survive from the virus. Appearing on CNN's New Day, Navarro quickly brushed off a series of questions from anchor John Berman about the rapid surge of new coronavirus cases in several states, immediately hyping hydroxychloroquine as a game-changer that can greatly reduce mortality rates.

  • Woman filmed coughing on baby’s face loses job
    The Independent

    Woman filmed coughing on baby’s face loses job

    A woman who appeared to cough on another woman's child because she did not social distance inside a store, was said to have lost her position with a California school district. Oak Grove School District said the unnamed woman did not work with the school district in San Jose, California, anymore. “We want to inform our community that the District employee who was alleged to have engaged in this conduct is no longer an employee of our District,” said Oak Grove school district in a statement.

  • Supreme Court rules 'faithless electors' can't go rogue at Electoral College
    NBC News

    Supreme Court rules 'faithless electors' can't go rogue at Electoral College

    The 538 people who cast the actual votes for president in December as part of the Electoral College are not free agents and must vote as the laws of their states direct, the Supreme Court ruled Monday. The unanimous decision in the "faithless elector" case was a defeat for advocates of changing the Electoral College, who hoped a win would force a shift in the method of electing presidents toward a nationwide popular vote. Writing for the court, Justice Elena Kagan said the Constitution gives states far-reaching authority over choosing presidential electors.

  • Kremlin vows to retaliate against fresh UK sanctions against Russians
    The Telegraph

    Kremlin vows to retaliate against fresh UK sanctions against Russians

    The Kremlin spokesman says that Moscow will respond to new UK sanctions against Russian citizens including a senior investigator and prison officials. Britain on Monday used a new legislation drafted in the memory of a killed Russian tax adviser to sanction 25 Russian nationals linked to prosecution and mistreatment of tax adviser Sergei Magnitsky as well as 20 Saudis involved in the murder of a journalist in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. Dmitry Peskov, the Kremlin spokesman, told reporters on Tuesday that Moscow “can only lament such hostile steps.”

  • China Has a Plan to Crush the Tibetan Diaspora
    The National Interest

    China Has a Plan to Crush the Tibetan Diaspora

    The atheists in Beijing are eagerly waiting for him to die so that they can pick his successor. “I will also be there for around twenty years,” the Dalai Lama said on June 5, while giving the Bodhicitta empowerment, which is intended to cultivate an altruistic, awakened mind. China is particularly interested in the Dalai Lama's death.