Norwalk, CT – City officials are working closely with partners at the state and federal levels, as well as partners in Norwalk, to monitor and respond to COVID-19, the 2019 novel Coronavirus. Statewide updates can be found online at ct.gov/coronavirus. Mayor Rilling provided the following Norwalk-area specific updates regarding COVID-19 coronavirus as of 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 6, 2020:
- Since yesterday, there are 17 new positive cases in Norwalk, bringing the total positive reported cases to 1,719. There were also three new deaths reported. Now, a total of 95 residents have died from coronavirus.
- Connecticut Attorney General William Tong announced the formation of a joint federal-state task force to combat COVID-19 related fraud in Connecticut. The task force will investigate and prosecute a wide range of misconduct related to the COVID-19 pandemic, including price gouging, healthcare and government program fraud, consumer and small business scams, lending scams, charities fraud, and cyber fraud. Members of the public can report fraud by emailing email@example.com or calling 860-808-5318. More details at ct.gov.
- Mayor Rilling will be joined by Norwalk Health Director Deanna D’Amore for a live Zoom Town Hall on Thursday, May 7 at 6 p.m. Members of the public will be able to ask questions in real time. More information is available at norwalkct.org/meetings.
- In an effort to continue to support Norwalk families with young children during a time of social distancing, early childhood partners have come together to offer virtual support groups for Norwalk families with children ages 0-5. The groups will be offered twice a week via Zoom in both Spanish and English, beginning Friday, May 8. One group will be held Tuesdays at 10 a.m. in Spanish and the other will be held Fridays at 3 p.m. in English. More information here.
- City officials and health professionals remind the public to call 9-1-1 for any emergency. First responders are well-trained and prepared to respond to calls, and residents should not fear coming in contact with COVID-19 by calling 9-1-1 or going to the emergency room.
- May 6 is National Nurses Day and School Nurse Appreciation Day. City officials offer thanks and praise to all of the nurses in the community.
“I am sad to share news that three more Norwalk residents have died from COVID-19. My heart goes to out to their families, friends and loved ones. We are not out of the woods yet, but it looks as though we are past the peak of positive cases. This really is a testament to the work of people physically distancing and staying home. I know it hasn’t been easy, but it has made a difference. I know everyone is eager to return to some sense of normalcy, but it will be a slow process. My team and I will be releasing a detailed plan soon on how we’ll gradually open more services and amenities in Norwalk,” Mayor Rilling said “There are many in the community who are on the frontlines of this pandemic, but today, I want to offer a special thank you to all of the nurses who are working tirelessly to keep the community safe and healthy. Nurses always goes above and beyond and I am eternally grateful for the work you do.”
Members of the public are encouraged to sign-up for the City’s CodeRED Emergency Alert Notification System at norwalkct.org/codered. Updates on City services, hours, and community resources will be routinely published at norwalkct.org/citynews. The latest health updates can be found at norwalkct.org/coronavirus.