Officials have announced a the first confirmed case of the coronavirus in the Hartford region, a notice from Hartford HealthCare said Friday. This is the 12th reported case in Connecticut.
Officials said the patient is a woman in her 80s from Rocky Hill. She is receiving treatment at Hartford Hospital.
Leaders stressed that they have been expecting cases and that they anticipate more as the virus spreads in the community.
"Part of this process was to ensure that any patient that was flagged goes through the appropriate screening process and I can say that was successful," Keith Grant, part of the infectious diseases team at Hartford Hospital, explained.
The patient came into the emergency room and has been receiving treatment for a few days, officials said. They are investigating to see what points of contact she may have had.
According to the statistics released by State Public Health Lab Friday afternoon, eight cases are in Fairfield County and three are in Litchfield County. One is a child under 20, one is a person ages 20-29, one is a person ages 30-39, three are people ages 40-49, one is 50-59, three cases are people ages 60-69, and one is a person 70 or older.
Another 125 tests have come back negative.
Dr. Matthew Cartter, the state epidemiologist, said that the new cases include residents of Bethlehem, Darien, Greenwich and Westport.
Cartter also noted that a child who lives in Rhode Island but goes to day care in Mystic has tested positive. That facility, which Ledge Light Health District officials confirmed as Precious Memories Place, is now closed.
A notice from the health district said parents would be contacted if their child is at risk for developing the virus.
As the new virus spreads across the U.S., the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have issued a global Level 2 travel alert. Level 2 means that the CDC is recommending that older adults or those who have chronic medical conditions consider postponing travel. This global alert includes travel in the U.S. China, Iran, most of Europe and South Korea remain on Level 3.
The key symptoms of the coronavirus, according to the CDC are:
- 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:
- Take your temperature with a thermometer two times a day and monitor for fever. Also watch for cough or trouble breathing.
- Do not take public transportation, taxis, or ride-shares during the time you are practicing social distancing.
- Avoid crowded places (such as shopping centers and movie theaters) and limit your activities in public.
- 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.