Uptick of COVID-19 Cases in Greenwich

By Richard Kaufman
Sentinel Reporter

Not only are COVID-19 cases surging across the country, they’re also on the rise in Greenwich.

According to an update from First Selectman Fred Camilo on Friday evening, there have been 37 new cases since Wednesday, with the Health Department monitoring 72 active cases. Greenwich Hospital is currently treating eight COVID positive patients.

Since the pandemic began, there have been a total of 1,219 residents diagnosed with the illness. To date, 54 residents have died.

According to Camillo’s update, Health Director Caroline Baisley said that contact tracing indicates that many of the new cases involve students who are participating in non-school sanctioned athletics, who are in turn infecting family members.

On Thursday, Gov. Ned Lamont issued stricter guidelines for gatherings, restaurant operations and sports. Effective on Friday, restaurants will return to 50% indoor capacity and they must close at 10 p.m. Both indoor and outdoor private gatherings are capped at 10 people. More details can be found here.

“It is imperative that we dial back on our social gatherings and progress. Face masks are a must as is social distancing,” Camillo said.

As a result, Veterans Day ceremonies in Greenwich this year have been scaled back.

A brief ceremony will be hold on Nov. 11 at 11 a.m. at the Veterans Monument in front of the Board of Education building on Greenwich Avenue. The ceremony will be led by American Legion Post 29 and include members of the Byram Veterans Association, Cos Cob VFW Post 10112 and the Greenwich Police Department Honor Guard.

Wreaths will be placed at the monument, as well as the WWI monument in front of Restoration Hardware. The ceremony will also include representatives from the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts.

BEcause of a concern for the health and well being of veterans, the annual walk down Greenwich Avenue with the car parade and luncheon at Redmen’s Hall have been cancelled.

Additional Veterans Day events include:

  • The annual ceremony at the Cos Cob VFW Post 10112 Veteran’s Memorial on Strickland Road across from the Greenwich Historical Society at 11 a.m. on Nov. 7.
  • At 6 p.m. on Nov. 11, the Byram Veterans Assciation will conduct a service at the Eugene Morlot Park, which is located next to the Dorothy Hamill Skating Rink.

All veterans and the public are invited to attend the various ceremonies, but all guests must follow CDC guidelines regarding COVID-19, including wearing a mask and maintaining social distancing.

About Author: Richard Kaufman

Richard Kaufman, general assignment reporter at the Sentinel, graduated from Springfield College in Springfield, Mass., in 2011 with a degree in journalism/communications. Having grown up in nearby Westchester County, Richard is familiar with the area and everything it has to offer. To get in contact with Richard, you can email him at richard@greenwichsentinel.com

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