In the last two weeks reported Brookfield has experienced 29 new cases of COVID-19. The rate per 100,000 residents is 12.2. First Selectman Steve Dunn says rates have risen sharply over the past three weeks and all indicators show that they are likely to continue to rise.
Brookfield, like other towns, recently imposed a mandatory mask requirement in all town-owned buildings, regardless of vaccine status. The municipalities, along with many national retailers, are now extending the mask requirement to include all publicly used indoor spaces.
Ridgefield Health Director Ed Briggs stressed the importance of vaccinations for those who are eligible, saying unless enough people get inoculated, they will be chasing variants forever. He hopes the mask mandate is temporary, noting that health officials will continue to monitor the data issued by the CDC and the state Department of Public Health.