Pomperaug Health District COVID-19 Testing Summary for October 31, 2020 – Cases Continue to Increase

Pomperaug Health District COVID-19 Testing Summary for October 31, 2020 – Cases Continue to Increase

The Pomperaug Health District is keeping a close eye on COVID-19 testing results in our towns and has noted a sharp increase in the number of cases in recent weeks. The cumulative case count in the Pomperaug Health District is now at 459. So far, 29% of these cases have been residents of congregate housing, the remainder is community transmission, which is widespread once again. The total number of fatalities is 46, which has remained unchanged since late August.

The Health District has observed a 218% rapid rise in COVID-19 cases in the week ending 10/31/2020. This is a serious situation and persons vulnerable to serious COVID-19 illness, those 65 and older and those with underlying medical conditions, should be following CDC guidance for people at high risk.

Cases by Town 10.31.20 Age Group and Week 10.31.20 By Week by Town 10.31.2020

These charts are derived from Connecticut Electronic Disease Surveillance System (CTEDSS) which undergoes frequent revisions due to the increase in testing being done in our state and our three towns. As the system is updated, the numbers may fluctuate due to corrections, as is the case with these current charts.

The Pomperaug Health District has been tracing the close contacts of known cases, including contacts associated with local schools. So far, over 160 students and staff have been quarantined and some schools have been closed. A close contact is someone who was within 6 feet of an infected person for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period starting from 2 days before illness onset (or, for asymptomatic patient, 2 days prior to test specimen collection) until the time the patient is isolated.

Based upon information gathered during contact tracing, the main source of COVID-19 spread in our community is household contact as well as small and large gatherings with friends and family.

If you were tested for COVID-19 due to symptoms, being identified as a close contact, or due to recent travel, it is critical that you stay home until you get your test results, even if you are feeling well. The Health District, as well as other local health departments, have documented cases of people going to work, socializing and going to restaurants, personal care appointments and other similar activities, only to find out afterwards that their test results are positive.

If you have been identified by the Pomperaug Health District, the school system or another health department as a close contact of someone with COVID-19, please stay home for the duration of your quarantine period. Even if you get tested and it’s negative, you still need to complete the14 day quarantine.