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LATEST DARIEN COVID-19 NEWS: Continual Updates: June 29 to July 5

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This week’s news and links on the COVID-19 pandemic for Darien, as they come in:

LATEST UPDATES: Darien Library reopening postponed to July 6 (due to lack of protective equipment) || State’s youth employment funding expanded with federal CARES Act funds

||Governor’s Tuesday COVID-19 update: 16 states now on quarantine list for CT, NY, NJ; continuing education classes for plumbers and electricians can be done online; different types of healthcare providers can now get funding from Coronavirus Relief Fund already used for nursing homes

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LATEST DARIEN COVID-19 NEWS: Continual Updates:

June 22 to 28 || June 15 to 21 || June 7 to 14 || June 1 to 7 || May 25 to 31 || May 18 to 24 || May 11 to 17 || May 3 to 10 || April 27 to May 3 || April 20 to 26 || April 13 to 19 || April 5 to 12 || March 30 to April 5
THURSDAY: Governor’s COVID-19 Briefing
Thursday, July 2 —  Gov. Ned Lamont provided the following updates as of 6 p.m.:

Data updates on testing in Connecticut

The following is a summary of the day-to-day newly reported data on cases, deaths, and tests in Connecticut. It is important to note that these newly reported updates include data that occurred over the last several days to a week. All data in this report are preliminary, and data for previous dates will be updated as new reports are received and data errors are corrected. NEW REPORTING SCHEDULE: Effective immediately, the State of Connecticut will continue to publish these COVID-19 metric reports five days a week, every Monday through Friday. The report that is issued every Monday will include combined data that was collected on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

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LATEST DARIEN COVID-19 NEWS: Continual Updates: June 7 to 14

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This week’s news and links on the COVID-19 pandemic for Darien, as they come in:

LATEST UPDATES: Governor’s Friday, Saturday Sunday COVID-19 briefings || State provides more career help, job-seeking services, work training || Governor’s Thursday COVID-19 briefing: Data on nursing home COVID-19 cases released

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LATEST DARIEN COVID-19 NEWS: Continual Updates:

June 1 to 6 || May 25 to 31 || May 18 to 24 || May 11 to 17 || May 3 to 10 || April 27 to May 3 || April 20 to 26 || April 13 to 19 || April 5 to 12 || March 30 to April 5
SUNDAY: Governor’s COVID-19 Briefing
Sunday, June 14 — Gov. Ned Lamont provided the following updates as of 4 p.m.:

Data updates on testing in Connecticut

The following is a summary of the day-to-day newly reported data on cases, deaths, and tests in Connecticut. It is important to note that these newly reported updates include data that occurred over the last several days to a week. All data in this report are preliminary, and data for previous dates will be updated as new reports are received and data errors are corrected. Overall Summary
Statewide Total
(includes confirmed and probable cases)
Change Since Yesterday

COVID-19 Cases
45,088
+94

COVID-19-Associated Deaths
4,201
+15

Patients Currently Hospitalized with COVID-19
205
-28

COVID-19 PCR Tests Reported
347,190
+4,852

County-by-county breakdown:

County
COVID-19 Cases
COVID-19 Deaths
COVID-19 Hospitalizations

Confirmed
Probable
Confirmed
Probable

Fairfield County
15,690
616
1,052
294
68

Hartford County
10,564
654
1,023
304
52

Litchfield County
1,380
62
115
21
3

Middlesex County
1,173
56
134
37
11

New Haven County
11,653
381
895
149
63

New London County
1,173
63
75
26
6

Tolland County
817
71
48
14
0

Windham County
458
7
13
1
2

Pending address validation
264
6
0
0
0

Total
43,172
1,916
3,355
846
205

For several additional graphs and tables containing more data, including a list of cases in every municipality, visit ct.gov/coronavirus and click the link that is labeled, “COVID-19 Data Tracker.”
SATURDAY: Governor’s COVID-19 Briefing
Saturday, June 13 — Gov. Ned Lamont provided the following updates as of 3 p.m.: 

Data updates on testing in Connecticut

The following is a summary of the day-to-day newly reported data on cases, deaths, and tests in Connecticut. It is important to note that these newly reported updates include data that occurred over the last several days to a week.

LATEST DARIEN COVID-19 NEWS: Continual Updates: June 1 to 6

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This week’s news and links on the COVID-19 pandemic for Darien, as they come in:

LATEST UPDATES: Governor’s Saturday COVID-19 Briefing || Governor’s Friday COVID-19 BRIEFING: Rules for drive-thru graduations, modifications of rules for drive-in religious events; suspension of involuntary discharge of residents from nursing homes or residential care homes to homeless shelters; Phase 2 of CT Reopening moved to June 17 to avoid it happening during Father’s Day weekend

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LATEST DARIEN COVID-19 NEWS: Continual Updates:

June 7 to 14 

May 25 to 31 || May 18 to 24 || May 11 to 17 || May 3 to 10 || April 27 to May 3 || April 20 to 26 || April 13 to 19 || April 5 to 12 || March 30 to April 5
SATURDAY Governor’s COVID-19 Briefing

Saturday, June 6 — Gov. Ned Lamont provided the following updates as of 4 p.m.:
Data updates on testing in Connecticut
The following is a summary of the day-to-day newly reported data on cases, deaths, and tests in Connecticut. It is important to note that these newly reported updates include data that occurred over the last several days to a week. All data in this report are preliminary, and data for previous dates will be updated as new reports are received and data errors are corrected. County-by-county breakdown:

For several additional graphs and tables containing more data, including a list of cases in every municipality, visit ct.gov/coronavirus and click the link that is labeled, “COVID-19 Data Tracker.”

FRIDAY Governor’s COVID-19 Briefing
Friday, June 5 — Gov. Ned Lamont provided the following updates as of 6:30 p.m.:

Data updates on testing in Connecticut

The following is a summary of the day-to-day newly reported data on cases, deaths, and tests in Connecticut. It is important to note that these newly reported updates include data that occurred over the last several days to a week.

Corbin Cares Initiative for Food-Insecure Families and Seniors Extended to July 3

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When Corbin Cares and the Darien Foundation partnered back in March to provide meals for Darien senior citizens and families impacted by the shelter-in-place order, the program was projected to wind down by Friday, May 22. However, the ongoing needs related to the pandemic have warranted the program’s extension to Friday, July 3. — an announcement from Corbin Cares and the Darien Foundation

“We conceived these meals to replace the lunches that were being served by the now closed Mather Senior Center and to support families who had relied on the school lunch program” said Sarah Woodberry, executive director of the Darien Foundation. “We are proud that as of May 22, this collaboration has provided 4,140 meals to those in need.”

Corbin Cares enlisted six local restaurants, including Bodega Taco Bar, Ten Twenty Post, Baldanza Bistro, Four Forks, Jake’s Place and UCBC, to provide healthy, boxed meals that are then distributed to the seniors and families. “It’s inspiring to be involved in a public private partnership like this,” said Ward Glassmeyer, chairman of The Darien Foundation.

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Darien Beaches Back to Closing at Traditional 10 PM Time, Tennis and Pickleball Courts Open

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Weed and Pear Tree Point Beaches are going back to their normal 10 p.m. closing times, and tennis and pickleball courts can be used by town residents, the Parks & Recreation Department announced Thursday. The announcement includes several other rules changes (all of which took effect on Thursday): The town now has a carry-in/carry-out policy regarding trash at parks (there are dumpsters you can use at the beaches). That includes taking your dog-poop bags with you, disgusting as that may be if you’re driving out. Here’s the Park & Rec announcement:
Beach Hours:
Beginning Thursday June 4, The Darien Parks & Recreation Department will be extending the closing hours of Weed Beach and Pear Tree Beach from 8 p.m. to our normal closing hours at 10 p.m.
Security guards will be on from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. with the park monitors working from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Please remember to SPREAD OUT TO STOP THE SPREAD while enjoying your beaches. Tennis Courts: may play singles and or doubles while always following the safety guidelines from the USTA. 
Pickleball: may play singles only until further notice.

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Governor: Towns to Get Everything They Asked For in Reimbursements for March-to-June Spending Related to COVID-19

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The federal funding now made available to the state ($75 million) to reimburse local governments for COVID-19 expenses is nearly twice the amount ($40 million) municipalities recently told the state that they expected to spend through the end of June, according to state officials. “We are reimbursing municipalities for their full cost of their expenses to date,” Gov. Ned Lamont said in an announcement Thursday. The money, from the federal CARES Act, also funds testing for the virus and an even larger amount for school district expenses due to COVID-19 — $111 million in Connecticut. The funds, which must be for additional COVID-19 expenses alone, will be given out in future months as well, according to an announcement from Gov. Ned Lamont’s office. School districts will get a share of $111 million from Connecticut’s portion of the CARES Act funding.

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New Relief Program Targets CT Residents Hurt by Epidemic and Not Covered by Other Efforts

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A partnership between the state and various philanthropies is trying to help state residents directly hurt by the COVID-19 pandemic but who have fallen through gaps in other relief programs, Gov. Ned Lamont and other officials announced Wednesday. Here’s the  announcement from the Governor’s Office (we’ve also included a video of the announcement; for this article, the list of long quotes from various officials has been moved to the bottom):

Gov. Ned Lamont today announced that the State of Connecticut is partnering with philanthropic organizations in an effort to provide emergency assistance to vulnerable residents in the state who are most directly impacted by the COVID-19 public health emergency and are otherwise ineligible from receiving assistance through federal pandemic relief programs, including those from within the undocumented community. The federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which was created at the outbreak of the pandemic to provide emergency assistance to those who have been impacted, excludes relief to any residents who are undocumented and any U.S. citizen who files taxes with an undocumented spouse or partner. This same measure also denies emergency benefits to the U.S. citizen children of these parents. To address this situation, the Lamont administration and its philanthropic partners are taking a several steps to providing assistance.

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Town Health Director: New Confirmed COVID-19 Cases Way Down in Darien

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Darien Health Director David Knauf announced Wednesday morning that the town recently appears to be safer than it was from the COVID-19 pandemic, with a significant decline in people who have new, confirmed cases of the disease. “The medical advisor for the town informed the department yesterday he hasn’t treated a single COVID patient in a month at his private practice,” Knauf said in the news release. “Based on this data and similar trends reported in surrounding communities, it seems clear that community transmission has been significantly reduced and risk of Coronavirus illness is significantly lower than it was just a month ago.” Knauf said the Health Department “will continue to advise and conduct inspections during the reopening process” at restaurants, hair dressing salons, public pools, summer camps and beaches, along with conducting “contact tracing” of new COVID-19 cases, and other activities to lower the risk from the virus. He added: “In the meantime, please do your part by continuing with social distancing, hand washing and the wearing of face masks because it does appear those measures have made a difference.:

Here’s the entire announcement:

The Darien Health Department has been tracking reported cases of COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic.

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Webinar for Parents: ‘Are You Ready for Re-Entry?’

A webinar to help support parents as we begin to start thinking about
re-entering the world after the long quarantine will be held from 7:30 to 9 p.m., Monday, June 1. The event on Zoom is free, but you need to register first. The presentation is sponsored by the YWCA Darien/Norwalk Parent Awareness and the Community Fund of Darien, with the support of the Thriving Youth Task Force, Darien High School and Middlesex Middle School Parents Association. “Are you ready for Re-Entry? A Conversation with Parents About
Supporting Our Teens” will be presented by Cristina Young, a licensed clinical social worker and parent educator.

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Metro-North Increases Train Service by 26%

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Effective Wednesday, May 27, Metro-North is increasing service on the Hudson, Harlem and New Haven Lines as the Mid-Hudson region is expected to begin Phase 1 of reopening. — an announcement from Metro-North (with non-New-Haven-Line information removed)

The expanded service represents an overall increase of 26% in peak train availability since our essential service went into effect on April 13. Metro-North will also have 14 protect trains strategically positioned at major facilities to operate additional service as may be necessary. You can access the amended schedule online at New.MTA.Info. For train times, and real-time arrival and departure times on your phone, download TrainTime.

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LATEST DARIEN COVID-19 NEWS: Continual Updates: May 25 to 31

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This week’s news and links on the COVID-19 pandemic for Darien, as they come in:

LATEST UPDATES: Governor’s COVID-19 briefing for Sunday || Governor’s Saturday COVID-19 update || GOVERNOR’S FRIDAY COVID-19 BRIEFING: barber shops and hair salons can open Monday || Limit on gatherings upped to 10 indoors, 25 outdoors || Religious gatherings now 25% capacity or 100 people indoors (whichever is smaller) or 250 outdoors, starting Monday || Utility shutoff moratorium for businesses extended to July 1

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LATEST DARIEN COVID-19 NEWS: Continual Updates:

May 18 to 24 || May 11 to 17 || May 3 to 10 || April 27 to May 3 || April 20 to 26 || April 13 to 19 || April 5 to 12 || March 30 to April 5
SUNDAY COVID-19 Governor’s Briefing
Sunday, May 31 — Gov. Ned Lamont provided the following updates as of 4 p.m.:

Data updates on testing in Connecticut

The following is a summary of the day-to-day newly reported data on cases, deaths, and tests in Connecticut. It is important to note that these newly reported updates include data that occurred over the last several days to a week. All data in this report are preliminary, and data for previous dates will be updated as new reports are received and data errors are corrected. Overall Summary
Statewide Total
Change Since Yesterday

Laboratory-Confirmed COVID-19 Cases
42,201
+179*

COVID-19-Associated Deaths
3,944
+32

Patients Currently Hospitalized with COVID-19
481
-52

COVID-19 Test Reported
250,046
+3,111*

*The number of tests in today’s update does not include the entirety of the data as there was an upload issue in the transmission of the electronic files to the state. The remainder of the test data that should have been included in today’s update is anticipated to be reflected in Monday’s report.