The first New Haven resident has died of complications from COVID-19, Mayor Justin Elicker confirmed Wednesday.
NEW HAVEN CORONAVIRUS CASES
That patient was in his late 50s, according to New Haven Health Director Maritza Bond. There are now 29 confirmed cases of the coronavirus in the city.
City officials also announced a confirmed case of COVID-19 at the Bella Vista senior living facility. That person was in the hospital overnight and will be returned to Bella Vista to self-isolate and recover.
The mayor stressed that it is important for residents in places like Bella Vista with large populations of people more vulnerable to the coronavirus to follow health experts' recommendations, such as adhering to visitor restrictions.
Elicker also called on others to hold off on visits to nursing homes or other such facilities, which could put family members or others at risk.
Two New Haven firefighters who were being monitored for symptoms have tested negative for the virus. Two others are awaiting test results.
INCREASED SECURITY AT YALE NEW HAVEN HOSPITAL
The city has been working with Yale New Haven Hospital on security measures to prevent anyone who tests positive for COVID-19 from leaving against medical advice. This comes after an incident where someone who tested positive walked out of the hospital against medical advice and had to be tracked down by police.
UNDOCUMENTED IMMIGRANTS ENCOURAGED TO SEEK TREATMENT
Officials are encouraging any undocumented immigrants experiencing symptoms to reach out to healthcare providers for help. Those with concerns can contact the New Haven Health Department hotline at 203-946-4949.