NEWTOWN — The state Department of Public Health notified the Newtown Health District of the first positive case of Covid-19 among Newtown residents.

The individual, a female between the ages of 25 and 49, is currently isolated and recovering at home.

“Positive cases of Covid-19 in Newtown have been expected as community transmission of the virus has been occurring in the area,” said Donna Culbert, health director for the Newtown Health District.

The Newtown Health District will work with the individual to ensure all close contacts of this person are notified and appropriate CDC guidance is followed to limit any potential for exposure.

The town’s main objective is to continue to keep residents safe and slow the spread of the virus.

First Selectman Dan Rosenthal said, “The single best way to slow the spread is to practice social distancing, and the town is recommending that all individuals, both adults and children, stay home and not interact with individuals outside of the household.”

Social distancing is crucial in helping to reduce the spread of the virus and limit the number of people who are infected.

Everyone should be taking the everyday preventative actions to help protect themselves including staying home if one is sick, except to get medical care, avoiding close contact with people who are sick and washing hands with soap and water frequently and for at least 20 seconds.

Also, everyone should cover a cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash and wash hands, avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth, and clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

Covid-19 is a novel coronavirus which first emerged in China in December 2019.

Symptoms of the virus include fever, cough and shortness of breath.

More information, resources, hotlines, testing and how to support local businesses why practicing social distancing is available at www.newtown-ct.gov.

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