The first confirmed case of the coronavirus has been reported in Cheshire, officials announced Wednesday evening.
According to Chesprocott Health District, the first positive test of COVID-19 has been confirmed and “two additional potential positives are awaiting confirmation from the Connecticut Department of Health.":
“Chesprocott is working with the individual to ensure all appropriate CDC guidance is followed to limit any potential exposure,” stated Chesprocott Health District Director Maura Esposito, in a statement released by the Town of Cheshire.
While this is the first positive test detected in Cheshire, it comes as little surprise as public health experts have predicted from the beginning of the COVID-19 spread that all local municipalities would have individuals infected.
No details on the individual were released, such as age, gender, and status of symptoms. Currently, there are approximately 900 confirmed cases of the coronavirus in Connecticut, with 19 reported deaths.
In the statement, Town Manager Sean Kimball said that, “while this first positive is not surprising, it underscores the critical importance of staying home, practicing good respiratory hygiene, washing your hands, avoiding touching your face, and disinfecting surfaces.
“We are doing all we can to help protect our community, and we ask all our residents to assist our efforts by staying home as much as possible and adhering (to) social distancing. We send out thoughts and best wishes to our neighbor for a full recovery," said Town Council Chair Rob Oris.