The Connecticut Department of Public Health (DPH) today is issuing a COVID-19 alert statewide for Labor Day weekend after seeing clusters of cases recently among college students, as well as a concern over the many gatherings and cookouts that are scheduled all over Connecticut for the holiday weekend. Public Health Acting Commissioner Dr. Deidre Gifford is urging all Connecticut residents – especially young adults – to take all necessary precautions to avoid risking exposure to COVID-19 and spreading infection.
“We have a beautiful weekend coming up. But as we celebrate the holiday, the Department of Public Health is reminding Connecticut residents that small gatherings of family and friends are a major source of infection,” Acting Commissioner Gifford said. “In the past several weeks in Connecticut, we are seeing small gatherings of friends and family leading to COVID-19 infection. If you are getting together with anyone who doesn’t live with you, please wear your mask, maintain social distance, wash your hands frequently, and use hand sanitizer. In addition, our partners in local health departments will be monitoring restaurants and other public spaces to be sure our re-opening rules are adhered to.”
So far, ten COVID-19 cases have occurred among Sacred Heart University students living off campus, and more test results are pending. Sacred Heart has approximately 3,000 students living on campus and 2,500 who live off campus in the surrounding communities of Bridgeport, Fairfield and Trumbull. The university has taken the precaution of shutting down campus access for all students today and has notified the campus community, parents and area residents of the situation. Students who test positive are being isolated.
At the University of Connecticut Storrs campus, UConn has been issuing daily updates for the public and campus community about COVID-19 cases on and off campus. Latest published numbers show a total of 89 cumulative positive cases among residential students since they started to arrive for the fall semester. Currently, 67 positive/symptomatic COVID-19 cases are in isolation beds on campus, and 27 cases among commuter students are isolating off campus.