First Selectmen Kevin Moynihan said Tuesday that New Canaan must “watch with eyes wide open” as COVID-19 virus resurges locally and in the wider region and state.
Addressing the Board of Selectmen at its regular meeting, Moynihan said, “It looks like there’s a second wave coming and we are going to have to begin to address further actions.”
“The EOC [Emergency Operations Center] is going to begin to meet twice a week instead of once a week,” he said during the meeting, held via videoconference. “And I have no specific actions to mention now, but I just want to mention that we are obviously concerned that state of Connecticut is heading the direction of a second wave.”
Made during an open comment portion of the meeting, Moynihan’s observation comes on the heels of a week that saw 10 new positive COVID test results for New Canaan residents. “[C]ommunity transmission is occurring,” Moynihan had said in a Friday town-wide outcall to residents. After weeks of urging downtown visitors to wear masks, with mixed results, New Canaan recently created a “mandatory mask zone” for the business district. Moynihan said failing to comply could result in fines for individuals.
The Connecticut Department of Public Health reported five new confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 for New Canaan over the weekend, as well as five new probable cases. Gov. Ned Lamont said Tuesday that the state on Friday would roll back from its current reopening phase to a version of the previous one, so that “restaurants will reduce to 50 percent capacity with a maximum of 8 people limited to a table” and “event venues will be limited to 25 people indoor, 50 people outdoor,” among other changes.
The selectmen during Tuesday’s meeting also voted 3-0 to approve the hiring of a Torrington resident as a part-time public health nurse in the New Canaan Health Department. Aimee Ballard “has done COVID testing, contact tracing and I think will be a great asset to [New Canaan Health Director] Jenn [Eielson] to help her with this contact tracing,” town Human Resources Director Cheryl Pickering-Jones said during the meeting.
Moynihan said, “We very much need further resources in the Health Department as we fight COVID.”