PSHD – Middlefield Moves to Covid-19 Red Alert Level

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  OCTOBER 30, 2020
CONTACT:  SHANE LOCKWOOD, 860-276-6275

Middlefield Moves to Covid-19 Red Alert Level

PSHD Emphasizes the Use of Prevention Measures to Help Stop the Spread

Over the past month, Connecticut has seen a steady increase in COVID-19 cases.  The I-84 corridor from Waterbury to Hartford and in smaller towns to the east have seen an uptick in positive cases this week.  Hospitalizations are on the rise.  As the virus continues to spread across the state, the Plainville Southington Health District (PSHD) encourages residents to remain vigilant, wear masks appropriately, maintain social distancing, and to wash hands frequently in an effort to slow the spread throughout our communities.

“To date, Connecticut has reported 70,446 positive cases and 4,609 deaths,” said Shane Lockwood, PSHD Director of Health. “Remaining disciplined in our prevention measures is key to reducing and stopping the spread of this disease.  Until a vaccine is readily available, residents are encouraged to wear masks, avoid large gatherings, and adhere to the CDC prevention guidelines.”

The state has developed an alert map which is to be used to inform residents and local officials on the positivity rate of COVID-19 cases in the community.  There are three levels on the map; yellow means no more than 9 cases per 100,000; orange means no more than 14 cases per 100,000; and red means 15 or more cases per 100,000.  As of Thursday, October 29, the Town of Middlefield has shifted from yellow to red alert level.  Data suggests the increase spread can be linked to small group gatherings.

Edward Bailey, First Selectman for the Town of Middlefield stated “the community must continue to adhere to the prevention measures outlined by the public health authorities.  By working together, we can slow the spread and reduce the impact this virus is having on our residents and on our community.”

Local and state government continues to work closely with partners to ensure a safe reopening of our community.   The new alert level is not a cause to panic, but rather a cause to remain vigilant in our prevention measures.

“We encourage residents to be tested for the virus,” said Lockwood.  There are free COVID-19 testing sites available throughout Connecticut.  Middlefield is also planning to schedule additional COVID-19 testing dates for residents.  These dates and times will be announced shortly.  Visit the town website at  www.middlefieldct.com or the PSHD at www.pshd.org for a list of testing locations.

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The mission of the Plainville Southington Health District is to preserve, protect, promote, and improve the quality of life in a healthy environment through the prevention of disease, ongoing health education opportunities and the enhancement of the well-being of its residents.

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