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Child, Homeless Man Among Newest COVID-19 Cases in New Haven Bringing Total to 12

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There are now 12 cases of coronavirus reported in New Haven including a child and a homeless man who was being treated for COVID-19 at a hospital, but left against hospital guidance.

New Haven Health Director Martiza Bond said the city now has its first pediatric case of coronavirus.

The child is in the hospital, but is in stable condition, according to New Haven Mayor Justin Elicker.

The youngest patient who has tested positive for coronavirus in New Haven is 10 and the oldest is now 73, Bond added.

The other new case is a homeless man in his 50s who was in the hospital as part of a detox program and tested positive for coronavirus, according to Elicker.

A public health order was issued to make sure he was quarantined and not able to be discharged until he was cleared. He left against hospital guidance and police were looking for him, city officials said.

Police said they found the man who left the hospital in Milford just before 7 p.m. and he is under quarantine and police guard at an undisclosed location in Milford.

A few hours earlier, officers said they detained a man in downtown New Haven and later determined he was not the missing man.

As restaurants and other food establishments continue to stay open for take-out and curb-side pick up orders, the city issued some recommendations.

The city is asking food establishments to follow proper food handling protocols and social distancing even with take-out orders. Food establishments are also being urged to clean all surfaces and have employees continuously wash hands.

The city also recommends not allowing the public to come into food establishments, but rather have employees either come do take-out and pick-up.

If you have any questions or there is a risk of exposure, you're encouraged to call (203) 946-4949.

There are more than 220 cases of coronavirus across the state and at least five people have died.

Coronavirus Symptoms

The key symptoms of the coronavirus, according to the CDC are:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath

Symptoms can appear in infected persons two to 14 days after exposure.

Coronavirus Prevention Steps

Steps for prevention from the CDC include:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover when around others
    • You could spread COVID-19 to others even if you do not feel sick.
    • Everyone should wear a cloth face cover when they have to go out in public, such as to the grocery store
    • Coverings should not be placed on children under 2, anyone who has trouble breathing or is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance.
    • The face cover is meant to protect other people in case you are infected
    • Do NOT use a facemask meant for a health care worker
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
    • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.

Steps to Self-Monitor for Coronavirus

Steps to self-monitor from the CDC include:

  1. Take your temperature with a thermometer two times a day and monitor for fever. Also watch for cough or trouble breathing.
  2. Do not take public transportation, taxis, or ride-shares during the time you are practicing social distancing.
  3. Avoid crowded places (such as shopping centers and movie theaters) and limit your activities in public.
  4. Keep your distance from others (about 6 feet or 2 meters).

If you do get sick with a fever, cough or have trouble breathing, call ahead before you go to a doctor’s office or emergency room and communicate with your doctor about your recent travel.

  • If you develop symptoms, stay home and avoid contact with others. Do not go to work or school for this 14-day period. Discuss your work situation with your employer before returning to work.

The CDC has a special website set up with details about the coronavirus, including how it spreads and treatment.

Anyone with questions relating to coronavirus can call 2-1-1 or text "CTCOVID" to 898211. The 2-1-1 hotline is available 24 hours a day.

You can also visit the state's coronavirus information website here. Residents are encouraged to check the website for answers to questions before calling the hotline.

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