CHESHIRE — A 73-year-old local woman with underlying medical issues has died from complications of COVID-19.
The Chesprocott Health District notified the town of the death, according to a Wednesday statement from Town Manager Sean Kimball.
“The community offers its deepest sympathy to the family and friends for the loss of their loved one,” he said.
As of Wednesday, Cheshire had 27 confirmed positive cases of COVID-19, he added.
“Residents are strongly urged to continue to stay home, to adhere to social distancing, to avoid interpersonal contact as much as possible, to practice respiratory hygiene (cover your cough and sneeze with a disposable tissue), to wash your hands and avoid touching your face, and to disinfect surfaces,” Kimball said.
State Rep. Liz Linehan, D-Cheshire, said the impact of COVID-19's spread is “taking a serious emotional toll.” The announcement of a town resident’s death and the COVID-19-related death of an infant in Hartford County drove that point hard, she said.
“These are not just numbers. These are actual people. We need to honor the memory of our neighbor by following the advice of our health officials,” said Linehan, who also represents parts of Wallingford and Southington . “I just urge everyone in order to flatten the curve and stop the deaths, stay home, order in, get your groceries online. Don't go out unless it's absolutely necessary.”
Kimball also urged residents to adhere to social distancing guidelines and other recommendations. He also suggested residents stay in contact with their loved ones by phone and online, and to find ways to check in with neighbors to “make sure they're well and that they have the resources they need.”
Local non-profit Lights of Hope announced on Wednesday it was activating its network of 240 street captains and other volunteers to participate in a neighborhood check-in program.
“Created in partnership with Cheshire’s Human Services Department, Cheshire’s Lights of Hope Street Captains and volunteers will have the opportunity to do periodic outreach and virtual wellness checks on elderly and/or other neighbors who may be isolated during the crisis,” a statement said.
“We’re asking our volunteers to do what they do best, be amazing neighbors, connect with each other, be a helper and offer support,” said Don Walsh, president of Cheshire’s Lights of Hope, in a statement. “Together we will help our community stay connected.”