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Masonicare at Ashlar Village in Wallingford reports first coronavirus case

Masonicare at Ashlar Village in Wallingford reports first coronavirus case

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WALLINGFORD — Masonicare is increasing precautions for residents of Ashlar Village after the health care provider was notified that a resident at the independent living complex has tested positive for coronavirus.

“In response to this development, Masonicare at Ashlar Village have increased precautions that include an immediate request for all residents to shelter in place until further notice,” a statement from Masonicare said. “All meals and other necessities will be provided for in a modified manner.”

The resident is being treated at a local hospital for symptoms of the virus.

Visitation had already been restricted under an executive order from Gov. Ned Lamont prohibiting the general public from entering nursing homes and residential facilities. Masonicare has also implemented daily screenings of all employees and vendors and daily monitoring of patients.

The federal government will be releasing emergency aid funding to Connecticut to supplement recovery efforts going back to Jan. 20, according to a Sunday statement from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. The funds will provide cost sharing of 75 percent to “state, tribal, and eligible local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations” for certain emergency protective measures.

New cases of COVID-19 have continued to mount in the Meriden area and the state Department of Public Health reported 1,524 cases across the state as of Saturday evening. That report stated there are now 16 cases in Southington, 14 in Meriden, eight in Cheshire and three in Wallingford.

According to the DPH data, as of Saturday there have been 33 deaths statewide connected to the virus and 205 cases have required hospitalization. Serious cases have been concentrated in older age brackets; all but three of the fatal cases were individuals over the age of 60 and 167 of those treated at the hospital were at least 50 years old.

School-aged children have been by far the least impacted, with four in 100,000 children between the ages of birth and 9 testing positive and eight per 100,000 between 10 and 19 years old. Residents over the age of 80 have the highest rate of testing positive at 75 per 100,000, compared to the statewide average of 43.

The DPH has also created a question and answer factsheet about the virus and the state’s response. It lists the categories of businesses deemed essential and allowed to remain open during the shutdown. It also goes into details about new temporary rules like the suspension of the tax on disposable bags and gun stores remaining open by appointment only.

The 55-page factsheet gives information on COVID-19 testing, cleaning, managing at home with family members who have the virus, the moratorium on evictions, expansion of unemployment benefits and extension of deadlines for licenses and registration. It also clarifies Lamont’s Stay Safe-Stay Home Initiative, which prohibits non-essential social gatherings and encourages people to remain at home and stay at least six feet apart from others in public.

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