The Bethel Director of Health and Director of Emergency Management are monitoring the global coronavirus situation closely and are in contact with state and federal health authorities. First Selectman Matt Knickerbocker says they will continue to work collaboratively with other town and school officials to ensure necessary precautions are taken. COVID-19 is a novel virus, and as such there is still much to learn about it. Knickerbocker says one fact that is known, however, is an infected person can be a carrier, capable of spreading the virus to others for several days before they begin to show symptoms or know they are sick. The best prevention strategy is to implement good hygiene practices now, not to wait until cases begin emerging in the area.