On Friday, Bethel Emergency Management received a partial delivery of requested resources for Town agencies from FEMA. 500 medical face shields and 275 protective coveralls will be distributed to Bethel police and EMS to help them respond during the Coronavirus pandemic.
As of Sunday, the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Bethel stands at 61. There have been no deaths reported from the Bethel cases. The majority of the patients in these cases are recovering at home. Some are serious enough to require hospitalization, but the exact number has not been publicized.
First Selectman Matt Knickerbocker says more viral infections occur from touching contaminated surfaces, rather than direct contact with an infected person. Unknowingly touching a contaminated surface, then unconsciously rubbing your eyes or nose can transfer the virus and let it get a foothold in your system. Knickerbocker says that's why it is so important to not only wash your hands every time you go out, but also wipe down and sanitize commonly used surfaces regularly, especially when returning from a shopping trip.