Redding has been informed by the Connecticut Department of Public Health of two positive cases of COVID-19. Noticing that the virus was in nearby towns, First Selectwoman Julia Pemberton says the presence of COVID-19 in Redding was expected.
With this development Redding residents are reminded to be more adamant with their social distancing. Pemberton says not feeling sick isn’t a good enough reason to break the social distancing norms because the virus could be incubating and spread inadvertently. Social distancing is primarily about protecting other people and slowing transmission. She says this includes avoiding getting together with other people if at all possible, working from home, and staying at least 6 feet from others, especially those who are ill.
More new cases are confirmed in Bethel. First Selectman Matt Knickerbocker also stressed the need for all residents to take precautions to protect themselves from the virus. He says this is real, it's in Bethel and everyone must take aggressive actions to limit exposure to friends and family.
In addition to thorough hand washing and other personal hygiene practices, Knickerbocker underscored the importance of social distancing as the only way to stop the spread of the virus. He says this means limiting get-togethers and play dates, because with an incubation period of up to two weeks, it’s impossible to predict when or where exposure to the virus will occur.