New Canaan as of Monday had seven new confirmed cases of COVID-19 virus, data show.
As of Friday, New Canaan had 172 confirmed and three probable cases, according to data on file with the Connecticut Department of Public Health.
On Monday, the total number of confirmed cases stood at 179, according to figures available on the DPH website.
It’s unclear how the virus was transmitted, whether the new cases represent town residents, whether or how the new cases are related to each other, whether there’s a risk of wider spread in New Canaan, when town officials became aware of the positive tests, whether and how they planned to inform residents or whether new safety measures are to follow.
First Selectman Kevin Moynihan could not be reached for comment.
In his most recent town-wide outcall, from last Wednesday, Moynihan noted that an employee of the New Canaan YMCA’s nursery school had tested positive for the virus. It’s not clear whether the first selectman had information on the additional new local cases of the virus at that time and, if so, why he withheld the information during the update.
It’s also unclear what kind of risk the new cases pose to the wider community, how many may have been exposed or whether the risk will affect New Canaan’s phased reopening, well underway.
The town in April reopened public parks for trail-walking and, following the governor’s guidance, reopened outdoor dining at restaurants, and then retail shops and partial indoor dining. Other facilities in New Canaan, such as Waveny Pool, are reopening under new restrictions.