COVID ‘red alert’ prompts more restrictions at SHU
FAIRFIELD — As the town was added on Thursday to the state’s “red alert” list for being at high risk for COVID-19 spread, at least one local college announced it would increase restrictions and testing of those who are asymptomatic.
Gov. Ned Lamont announced that 10 municipalities, including Fairfield, had been added to the list. That list gives local officials the authority to role back to Phase 2 reopening restrictions, while the rest of the state remains at Phase 3 — which allows for greater capacity in restaurants and at gatherings.
Fairfield has a rate of 19.6 virus cases for every 100,000 residents, according to the state.
Sacred Heart University in a statement late Thursday afternoon said it will further limit on-campus activities and discourage any unnecessary off-campus travel, including locally.
“We are canceling all public events for the foreseeable future,” the statement said. “We have been increasing our asymptomatic testing numbers each week and will continue to do so in response to this new information.”
The statement said school officials participate in weekly calls with town and state health officials to share testing strategy and number of active cases.
Sacred Heart, which did not move to Phase 3 when the state allowed for it, said it will “not do so for the foreseeable future.”
SHU officials on Wednesday reported an additional 11 COVID-19 cases among students. The cases included seven on-campus and four off-campus students.
The university said its total number of active cases as of Wednesday, the latest day data was available, reached 70. There have been 273 SHU students who have had the virus since returning to campus.
Fairfield University reported 69 active virus cases as of Wednesday, the latest day data was available. Officials did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Thursday regarding any potential changes to the school due to the elevated alert level.