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Fairfield County Residents Told To Stay Home If Sick; Possible Cluster In Westport

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Fans use a hand sanitizer dispenser at the entrance to Mohegan Sun Arena prior to an NCAA college basketball game on March 9.

Connecticut officials advise residents of Fairfield County with flu-like symptoms to stay home and call their doctor. This comes as health officials test for a possible cluster in Westport.

State Epidemiologist Dr. Matthew Cartter gave the advice during a Wednesday briefing on the coronavirus.

“If you have fever and a cough for example and you are in the southwestern part of the state, you should assume that you have COVID-19.”

Carter said an elderly New Canaan resident who had not traveled out of state is the third person in Connecticut to be diagnosed with COVID-19.

He said it appears to be community acquired. 

Health officials in Westport say at up to 40 people could have been exposed to the virus at a going away party last week. At least 12 have come down with flu-like symptoms. Town schools have been closed. The person who had the virus is now out of the country. As of now, there are no confirmed cases in Westport.

Read the latest on WSHU’s coronavirus coverage here. 

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