State rep. suspends door-knocking as Norwalk reaches 'red' COVID level

File photo of state Rep. Lucy Dathan, taken on Saturday, Oct. 17, 2020.

File photo of state Rep. Lucy Dathan, taken on Saturday, Oct. 17, 2020.

Erik Trautmann / Hearst Connecticut Media

NORWALK — As city and school officials consider rolling back reopening measures after COVID cases reached a “red alert” level, one one state representative is urging political campaigns to suspend door-knocking.

State Rep. Lucy Dathan announced Friday she would suspend her campaign’s door-to-door activities in Norwalk out of “concern for her constituents’ health and the rising number of COVID-19 cases.”

Dathan said she adjusted her campaign schedule to reach constituents through virtual events and phone calls instead of meeting them at their doors for the next week. She called on her opponent, Fred Wilms, to do the same.

“Together, let’s help get Norwalk out of the red,” Dathan said in a statement Friday.

Norwalk was added to the state’s red alert zones on Thursday with the state Department of Health reporting 18.9 cases per 100,000 residents from Oct. 4 to Oct. 17. The city reported 53 new cases on Friday.

Towns with 15 or more positive virus cases per 100,000 residents over a two-week period are considered “red alert” for coronavirus spread potential. Those areas have the option to revert to Phase 2 restrictions of reopening.

The city opted to scale back on reopening because of the spike in cases. Norwalk Public Schools is considering switching the middle and high schools to full remote learning, according to Superintendent Alexandra Estrella.

The city will continue to hold free testing events. There will be one from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to noon Sunday at the Stepping Stones Museum Parking Lot, 303 West Ave. No appointment, insurance, symptoms or doctor’s note required.

The Saturday event will be drive-thru testing, and the public does not have to leave their vehicle. The Sunday testing requires the public to exit their vehicles to enter a testing tent. Masks are required.