Danbury, Connecticut, is facing “serious outbreak” of Covid-19 stemming mostly from recent domestic and international travel, according to a statement attached to Governor Ned Lamont’s latest Covid-19 update.
Between August 2 and 20, there were at least 178 new Covid-19 cases reported in Danbury, compared to the 40 new cases that were recorded in the prior two week period, according to the state department of public health. That represents a 345% increase in new reported cases.
Over the weekend, Danbury Mayor Mark Broughton reported via Twitter a total of 15 new cases and another 44 cases on Friday. There were no new deaths over those three days, he said.
“This is a serious outbreak in Danbury and we really need an all hands on deck approach. We need everyone in Danbury to take extreme precaution,” Acting Public Health Commissioner Dr. Deidre S. Gifford said in the statement. “We are urging anyone who thinks they may have been exposed to get tested as soon as possible, stay home until your test results are known and stay at home for 10 days if you test positive.”
The state department of public health issued a Covid-19 alert for the city in response to the outbreak.