Moynihan: New COVID-19 Cases Among Unvaccinated People and Those Who Are Traveling

New Canaan’s highest elected official said Tuesday that the town continues to see four or five new positive cases of COVID-19 virus per week. The new cases are of two kinds, according to First Selectman Kevin Moynihan: unvaccinated people or people who have received vaccine but have traveled “predominantly to areas of higher risk.”

None of the New Canaan positive cases are being reported yet as “very sick or hospitalized in the area,” Moynihan said during a regular meeting of the Board of Selectmen, held at Town Hall. “And [Gov. Ned Lamont] indicated yesterday this Delta variant is a concern,” Moynihan said. “I talked to the governor yesterday about the school reopening and whether or not he’s going to require masks,” he added. “The governor’s orders were extended as of today to [Sept.

Town Adds Pesticide Use Disclosure to Municipal Website

Eight months after parks officials voted in support of the move as part of a larger recommendation, the town on Tuesday added a section to the municipal website disclosing its use of pesticides on several athletic fields. Though state law prohibits the use of pesticides on school grounds through grade 8, New Canaan uses the chemicals in treating athletic grounds at Waveny, Conner Field and baseball fields at Mead Park. 

Selectman Kathleen Corbet last summer questioned why pesticides are still applied to some public fields used by young kids, and in September developed a set of recommendations for the town. Her findings included that “not very many people know about the use of pesticides in our Town,” and she said in her report that “[a]t a minimum, unless a pesticide free policy is adopted for all athletic fields, public disclosure about the use of pesticides on the natural grass athletic fields is recommended.”

During this week’s regular Board of Selectmen meeting, Corbet noted that a draft disclosure still hadn’t been posted to the town’s website. “Did we forget to do that?” Corbet asked during the meeting, held via videoconference. Public Works Director Tiger Mann responded that the town did not forget.