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City of New Haven Now Has 54 Cases of Coronavirus

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The City of New Haven now has 54 cases of coronavirus, according to Mayor Justin Elicker.

Elicker announced the latest numbers for the city in a virtual press conference on Saturday afternoon.

"I'm a little bit skeptical that that's an accurate number. We tend to get updates in the middle of the day and that's not as much of a bump as I was expecting today, but that's technically the information we have available now is that we have 54 cases," Elicker said during the virtual press conference.

City officials also said a custodian who works in a New Haven school, but lives outside of the city has tested positive for coronavirus and is hospitalized.

The custodian's test came back positive Saturday and city officials said the custodian had already been out of the building for nearly two weeks.

Crews finished disinfecting the building where the custodian works as of yesterday, however, city officials added that they are working to continue to disinfect the facility.

Elicker also said so far, the city has distributed over 46,000 meals at 38 sites to students since the coronavirus outbreak began.

He also reminded residents about the importance of social distancing. Elicker said he has been hearing about families playing at playgrounds and congregating in big groups in the city.

In an effort to stop the spread of coronavirus, Elicker said people should be staying away from other people as best they can.

You can watch the full briefing on Mayor Elicker’s YouTube page here:

The state of Connecticut has nearly 1,300 confirmed cases and 27 deaths.

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