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Discussion on Coronavirus with Darien Health Director, Stamford Hospital Expert Friday, Online Only

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Darien Library is sponsoring a presentation on the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., Friday, at the library — but don’t go there. You can watch it online. The event will be live-streamed on the library website and a video will be posted for later viewing,  The library announced. The library has canceled all events until further notice in order to protect people from catching COVID-19. The library announced Tuesday that said it has canceled all of its other events.

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First Selectman Releases ‘Darien COVID-19 Situation Report’

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Darien First Selectman Jayme Stevenson released a statement Saturday on what the town is doing about COVID-19 and included related information on the illness, what to do if you may have it and what to do to make yourself less likely to get it. She asked people to avoid public events if they or a family member feel sick and think they might have COVID-19:

“If you or a family member is sick, […] Do be mindful of the health of others by avoiding public events and gathering places. You may ‘feel good enough’ to go on with your regular day but you may risk exposing others and medically vulnerable people to illness.” Without providing further details, Stevenson said the town government Emergency Preparedness Team “convened three times this past week, and members are in regular communication sharing situation updates and reviewing and testing our response and communication procedures.” She also said: “I am confident we have the professionals and policies in place to respond effectively in spite of the uniqueness of this emerging situation.”

Darien School District Superintendent, Nurse Announce COVID-19 Policies for Keeping Students and Staff Safe

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The nursing director for Darien Public Schools sent an email to parents at 6:35 p.m., Friday, announcing policies for when students traveling abroad would have to wait to come back to school, along with several other safety policies related to the COVID-19 Coronavirus. In a separate letter sent at 5:27 p.m., Friday, Schools Superintendent Alan Addley told parents that the district would soon unveil an “eLearning Plan” for teaching students over the Internet if school buildings have to close down due to the epidemic. The long email from Alicia V. Casucci, the district’s director of nursing services, touched on several other subjects relating to combatting the spread of the epidemic. It provided more details on: cleaning procedures for schools to protect students against the virus; what teachers are doing to keep students from spreading any virus they might have; and what symptoms nurses would look at in deciding which students and staff would need to stay out of school. — This article was published at 9:05 p.m., Friday.

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School District Letter to Families: Here’s What We’re Doing to Protect Students From the COVID-19 Virus

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Darien Public Schools district officials are reviewing ways to provide remote teaching to students if schools have to be closed because of the COVID-19 virus, and “special attention” is being paid to wiping down surfaces frequently touched by people in schools, officials said in a letter to parents on Friday. “The district remains vigilant in monitoring the status and potential risk of COVID-19 for our students and staff,” the letter said. The letter, from Schools Superintendent Alan Addley and the district’s Nursing Director Alicia Casucci, said that the district “continues to follow standard cleaning practices in all schools,” but it also said custodians are paying “special attention” to wiping down frequently touched surfaces. “The district continues to follow standard cleaning practices in all schools,” the letter said. “Our custodial staff is paying special attention to wiping down “touchpoint surfaces” such as door handles, railings, desks and keyboards.

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Darien Health Department: What We Know Now About the Coronavirus

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As has been reportedly widely in the news, a novel viral infection has been identified in the region of Wuhan, Hubei Province, China which has made thousands ill, claimed over 50 lives and has led to massive, global public health effort to contain the illness. — This is an announcement from Darien Health Department, incorporating information from the Centers for Disease Control and Connecticut Public Health Department. At the moment, the potential global impact of this virus is uncertain. However, it has captured the attention of our world leaders in the realm of public health, medicine and government. Here’s a summary of what we know now:

What is a novel Coronavirus (2019 n-CoV)?