Weston resident dies from coronavirus

WESTON — A Weston resident has died of COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, according to a town announcement made Wednesday.

“COVID-19 continues to accelerate and is rapidly spreading through Connecticut, with Fairfield County being the hardest hit,” a statement on Weston’s town website reads. “We regret to inform you that one of our community members has succumbed to his illness caused by COVID-19. Our condolences and sympathies go out to his family as they mourn their incredible loss.”

The deceased individual was not identified.

“We’re heartbroken as a town,” First Selectman Chris Spaulding said, adding he could not confirm information about the resident currently. “I think my citizens have been doing their best to socially distance. It’s just a shame.”

State authorities reported on Wednesday that Weston had 10 confirmed coronavirus cases, an increase since the first case was announced on March 20.

As of Wednesday there are 546 cases in Fairfield County, 47 of whom are hospitalized. There are 875 total cases in the state and 19 deaths due to COVID-19, with 12 in Fairfield County.

Spaulding said the town has continued to take preventive measures to protect residents. On March 17, he declared a local civil preparedness emergency in response to growing concerns of the coronavirus.

All schools in Weston have also been closed since March 11, when Superintendent William Mckersie received information that members of the community may have been exposed to the coronavirus.

Spaulding said residents have been practicing social distancing in an effort to slow the spread of the virus. Several locations around town have also closed including playgrounds, Lachat Town Farm and the Devil’s Den Preserve.

“Everyone is taking this very seriously and working to ensure our most vulnerable community is protected,” Spaulding said.

The next rounds of community testing for Westport and Weston residents are scheduled for March 31 and April 7 from 8:30 a.m. to noon at Bedford Middle School.