COVID-19 CodeRED Transcript

Mayor Rilling is using the CodeRED Emergency Alert message to provide updates to residents. This service is opt-in for cell phone users, meaning members of the public have to sign up if they wish to receive these messages. To sign up, or to update contact information, please click here.

To hear the Mayor's latest CodeRED message, click here. Please see below for a transcript of the latest message. 

CodeRED call from October 23, 2020:

Attention Norwalk Residents, this is Mayor Harry Rilling with an important update on COVID-19. To hear this message in Spanish, Press 9.

We are experiencing a rapid increase in positive COVID-19 cases in our community, and the State Department of Public Health has issued a red alert for Norwalk. 

Over the last week, we have reported over 230 new cases in Norwalk. We are now at levels we have not experienced since April. This is not a time to panic, but it is a time to be concerned, and to double down on our efforts to slow the spread of this virus.  

I encourage residents to limit outings and avoid social gatherings. If someone can work from home, please consider that option. Those who can stay home should stay home, especially those who are considered high-risk.  

As a result of the rise in cases, Norwalk Public Schools is looking at the possibility of moving middle and high schools from hybrid learning to full remote for all students in grades 6 through 12. NPS is working closely with Norwalk health officials and will continue to provide updates to families and staff. 

 The State has offered communities in the red zone the option to roll back from Phase 3. At this point in time, our contact tracing does not show Phase 3 is a cause of the increased cases. Small social gatherings, family events, and parties, are believed to be the cause. If we continue to remain in red zone, we will reevaluate this decision. 

To help slow the spread of COVID-19 it’s critical that residents get tested – even if they don’t have symptoms. People can have the virus and unknowingly transmit it to others. There will be free testing events this weekend at Stepping Stones Museum on West Avenue on Saturday from 10 AM to 2 PM and again on Sunday from 9 AM to 12 PM. No symptoms, appointment, or doctor’s note is needed. Please consider getting tested. 

And remember – even if you are with loved ones – do not let your guard down and ignore the public health guidelines. Practice social distancing, wear face coverings, and wash or sanitize your hands frequently.    

You – the residents – are truly in control of what happens next. 

Stay up to date with the latest news at norwalkct.org. Thank you and stay safe. 

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