The City of New Haven now has more than 180 confirmed cases of coronavirus and 6 deaths.
Mayor Justin Elicker said 181 people now have coronavirus in New Haven and there have been an additional two deaths since Friday, bringing the total deaths in the city to 6.
Elicker said seven firefighters and three police officers are among those with coronavirus.
According to Elicker, the city has started moving public safety officers to the University of New Haven and four police officers are staying there so far. The first responders who are staying there have not tested positive for COVID-19 and are asymptomatic. They may have been exposed or are concerned they could expose their families so they are staying at UNH.
Elicker also said the city has been working with hotels to house homeless individuals. An agreement has been worked out with a second hotel and starting Monday, more people will be transferred there from homeless shelters.
The city is also recommending all residents wear masks when going on essential trips. The goal is to get as many people as possible to comply with the recommendation, Elicker added.
The purpose of wearing a mask is not to prevent people from contracting COVID-19. If someone does have coronavirus, they're less likely to spread it with their germs while wearing a mask, Elicker said.
City residents are encouraged to wear masks when going on essential trips to the grocery store or for medicine, he said.
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