In addition to the now routine reminders to people to wear a mask, socially distance and practice good hand hygiene, a local elected official is adding a 4th reminder to that list. Bethel First Selectman Matt Knickerbocker is calling on people to stay home if feeling ill. He says the days of “toughing out” a cold or “sweating it out” at the gym need to be a thing of the past. One of the reasons for the increase in COVID-19 cases that Bethel is seeing today is from people who thought they were experiencing nothing more than a cold or a seasonal allergy and continued about their daily business. It turned out to be COVID-19, allowing the virus to gain a foothold in their family and start to spread.