First COVID Death In Connecticut; Navy Hospital Ship To Sail To New York Harbor

Mar 18, 2020

Here’s the latest on the coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak in this region:

Connecticut recorded its first death due to the virus, a man in his 80s. The state has at least 96 cases, with most in Fairfield County.


New York has at least 20 deaths due to the coronavirus. New York has at least 2,382 confirmed cases, with at least 152 in Suffolk, 278 in Nassau, and 538 in Westchester. 

The Navy hospital ship Comfort will be sent to New York Harbor to help relieve pressure on the state’s hospitals in a few weeks after it finishes maintenance.

A mobile testing site is available in Suffolk County at Stony Brook University.

Connecticut will join New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania to close all indoor malls, bowling alleys and other places of gathering by Thursday night. Several towns have closed barbers, nail salons, and personal care businesses.

Connecticut Children’s hospital will launch a 24/7 pediatric Coronavirus hotline Thursday at 8 a.m. Call 1-833-226-2362. 

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