Yesterday, 2 officials advised Westporters about the rapid increase of coronavirus in town.
Superintendent of Schools Tom Scarice said that while COVID cases have been discovered in the school population, administrators’ swift response to new cases has resulted in “little to no widespread COVID contamination.”
However, new cases require immediate attention, like quarantining and contact tracing. While the lack of spread demonstrates that the processes in place are working, the schools are continually challenged by new cases resulting from outside activities.
These include recent large gatherings, parties and sports activities involving students or parents. Photos and social media posts caused 1st Selectman Jim Marpe to ask Parks and Recreation director Jen Fava to consider reinstating earlier COVID-related policies at local parks, fields and recreation facilities.
Marpe says: “The ability for our schools to remain open for in-person learning is dependent on the actions of our entire community. I urge all residents to follow the appropriate public health protocols so that our community can remain open, but safe.
“Please refrain from contact sports, wear a mask, social distance, avoid gatherings and practice good hygiene. Residents are strongly urged to avoid gatherings where adherence to social distancing and mask wearing cannot be accomplished.”
Anyone awaiting test results, whether taken because of symptoms or COVID exposure, should not go out into the community until receiving those results.
The Westport Library’s Holiday & Winter Book Sale is always eagerly anticipated by gift givers.
The bad news: COVID-19 has knocked out in-person shopping. This year it’s all online.
The good news: It’s already there.
Fiction, mystery, arts, biographies, photography, cookooks, sci-fi, puzzles, kids’ books, plus CDs, puzzles an games — they’re all available from the comfort of home.
Click here to browse. All books are available for pickup by appointment at the library’s upper parking lot, 7 days after purchase.
New items are added weekly. So bookmark the page, and check back often.
Speaking of holiday gifts: This is my favorite so far.
Savvy + Grace — the wonderful, whimsical Main Street gift shop across from Rye Ridge Deli — sells some very cool Westport-themed items. What stands out is a fleece blanket, featuring an 1890s topographic map of the town.
Click here to check it — and much more — out. In-store shopping, curbside pickup and shipping are all available.
And finally … today is Friday the 13th. Just what we need in 2020!