Ridgefield Man Confirmed as Connecticut’s First COVID-19 Death
Unfortunately, a Ridgefield man has been announced as the first death in the state of Connecticut related the novel coronavirus.
According to Governor Ned Lamont, Ridgefield man was 88 years old and living at Ridgefield Crossing Assisted Living facility on Danbury Road.
The man had reportedly been recently submitted for treatment at Danbury Hospital, where he passed away due to what's being described as "severe complications from coronavirus (COVID-19).
In an official statement, Governor Lamont expressed his condolences, saying,
It is with sadness today that we are confirming the first death of a person in Connecticut due to severe complications from COVID-19. The patient, a man in his 80s, had recently been admitted to Danbury Hospital, where he was receiving treatment. He had been a resident of an assisted living facility in Ridgefield. I want to thank all of the doctors, nurses, and medical professionals at the hospital who did everything in their power to save his life. I also want to acknowledge the dedicated professionals from hospitals and medical centers throughout our state who continue to work on the front lines and treat patients, in addition to all of the support staff who are providing critical assistance through this trying time.
We know that people of an advanced age and in certain conditions are among the most at risk of this disease, however I urge everyone in Connecticut – regardless of age or condition – to take an active role in doing their part to reduce the spread of this virus throughout our communities so we can protect one another.”
The news of the 88-year-old man's passing comes along with the information that as of Wednesday, March 18, there are now 96 tested positive and presumptive cases in Connecticut.
The State Department of Health included a breakdown of the total cases by county. They include 69 cases in Fairfield County, 11 Cases in Hartford County, 5 in Litchfield County, 1 in Middlesex County and 10 in New Haven County.
To stay informed on the evolving coronavirus situation throughout the country, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Website.