Coronavirus Update for Bethel, 118 Confirmed Cases, 7 Fatalities

Report by Paula Antolini, April 17, 2020, 1:29PM EDT

Community Update from First Selectman Matthew Knickerbocker, Friday, April 17, 2020:

There are several important items to cover in today’s report:

  • In yesterday’s press briefing, Governor Lamont emphasized the need for all people to wear a face mask at all times when around other people in public.
  • The first drive-through rapid COVID test site has opened in New Haven, capable of delivering results in about 30 minutes. The site is located in the former main parking lot of Gateway Community College. Please be advised: a doctor’s order is still required in order to receive a test. Call your health care provider if you believe you need to be tested.Health Care Access
  • Responding to the public health threat and the exceptional circumstances caused by the global spread of COVID-19, Access Health CT – Connecticut’s health insurance marketplace – announced the launch of a special open enrollment period available for uninsured Connecticut residents who would like to sign up for a health insurance plan offered by either of their two insurance carriers.
  • The special open enrollment period began on March 19 and ends on Friday, April 17, 2020.
  • To be eligible, Connecticut residents must be lawfully present in the United States and not incarcerated.
  • To enroll, customers must apply by phone only:  1-855-365-2428 (TTY: 1-855-789-2428) – Monday to Friday, 8AM to 5PM
  • For more information about the special open enrollment period, including an FAQ, visit AccessHealthCT’s website.

COVID19 Status in Bethel:

As of Thursday, April 16th, Bethel had a total of 118 laboratory confirmed cases, and, sadly, 7 fatalities.

Although the Governor and President are beginning to speak of plans for a gradual reopening of our economy, the figures above show that we must continue to be highly disciplined in our efforts to stay safe.