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First Selectman Knickerbocker: ‘The greatest uptick is from the 25-39 age group’ concerning the COVID-19 virus rate; ‘Bethel Now in Red Zone’

Report by Paula Antolini, November 18, 2020, 7:57AM EDT

During last night’s Board of Selectman meeting, which only lasted 15 minutes, First Selectman Knickerbocker stated that the “greatest uptick is from the 25-39 age group” concerning the COVID-19 virus rate. He said “kids are not transmitting the virus at school” but that they are spreading it at home.

Knickerbocker also suggested that even though Connecticut seems to be doing well at only 5.5% COVID rate, as compared to other areas of the country, like 60% for Wyoming for example, he said. Families should celebrate Thanksgiving only with immediate family, he said.

He also reminded everyone that Governor Ned Lamont recently announced a new COVID alert system which you can activate on an App on your iphone. If you have been near a person with COVID it will alert you. Knickerbocker stated that 600,000 residents have already activated this App.

On a separate issue, the “Consideration of recommendations from the Charter Revision Committee” was tabled to a later date due to technical difficulties, Knickerbocker said.

There is another “Special Meeting” of the Board of Selectmen via Zoom App tonight, November 18, 2020, at 5pm, access meeting here (also read our other detailed story on this topic, HERE):

Video/ Teleconference video link: https://zoom.us/j/7360902790
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Materials can be viewed at: https://www.bethel-ct.gov/content/117/478/20785.aspx

A G E N D A
1) Call to order/Pledge of Allegiance
2) Consideration of Democratic Town Committee endorsements to fill vacancies
3) Consideration of Fire Department Commission

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Here is the latest report from First Selectman Knickerbocker, which includes a map showing 80% of the state of CT in the “red zone”:

Community Update Friday, November 13, 2020

COVID CASES CONTINUE TO RISE – 80% OF STATE NOW IN “RED ZONE”

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

It is an unfortunate fact that the long-predicted “second wave” of the Coronavirus is upon us, nationally, statewide and here in Bethel. In Connecticut, 80% of the state’s population is now in the “red zone” with 15 or more daily cases per 100,000 residents and hospitalizations are rising again. Bethel’s average daily rate of infection has climbed to 20.7 cases per 100,000 (see map below, and click here to access the interactive map on the state website).

The news is not all bad, however. As has been widely reported in the press, a COVID vaccine showing a very promising rate of effectiveness is on the horizon. But before we get to that stage, we will all need to be extra careful during the colder months when people are most susceptible.

In recent months, medical and health officials have learned new facts that we can use to help keep us and our families safe:

  • The most common venue for transmission of the virus is in homes and social gatherings. While we all need to be careful no matter where we are, the basic precautions apply to in- home settings just as much, maybe more.
  • Data from newly released studies have reaffirmed the fact that wearing a mask is still the single most effective means of preventing infection. It protects the wearer and everyone around them from each other.
  • While you wear your mask, please don’t forget the other basics: keeping your distance from others, thorough hand sanitizing and disinfecting frequently used surfaces in your home and work areas.

FREE COVID TESTING NOW AVAILABLE

The Connecticut Institute for Communities (CIFC), in partnership with the State of Connecticut is offering regularly scheduled drive-through testing for our area at their center at 120 Main Street in Danbury. The next test dates are Saturday, Nov. 14 from 9am to 1pm, Monday, Nov. 16 from 1pm to 4pm and Wednesday, Nov. 18 from 1pm to 4pm. A doctor’s order is not required.

You can see the full test schedule for the remainder of November by clicking here. Thank you, and please stay safe.

Matt Knickerbocker

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