As of tonight, there have been 33 positive coronavirus cases in Chester (not including the three that were attributed to us but don't live here). Sadly, seven of those individuals have died from complications related to the virus. Of our total cases, more than 80% are associated with a nursing home and are over 70. Compared to other nearby towns, Chester's infection rate can be very directly related to an aging population and a nursing home outbreak.
For the past several days, the overall rate of hospitalizations have been going down in Connecticut, although the overall rate of new cases and the rate of deaths have both risen. A consistently lower rate of hospitalizations for a period of two weeks is the marker that public health officials look for to determine when we have reached the peak infection period and for planning long term recovery. Of course various areas of the state are in different stages and it is too early for any formal determination, but overall it is a hopeful sign.
Stay strong, be patient, stay home, wear masks, and wash hands. This is difficult - we will get through it.