Health officials remind residents to follow COVID-19 guidelines over Labor Day weekend

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MONROE, CT — As people plan picnics and parties over Labor Day weekend, the Connecticut Department of Public Health has issued a statewide COVID-19 alert, because health officials have observed an increase in positive cases from social gatherings.

DPH reminds residents to wear masks when getting together with anyone who doesn’t live with them, to social distance and wash their hands, or use hand sanitizer, frequently.

Monroe has had seven new cases of COVID-19 in the past week, for a total of 150 positive cases since the global pandemic began. Though not alarmed by the numbers, First Selectman Ken Kellogg says the rate of transmission has risen.

“While Monroe remains well below the volume of new cases seen during the April peak, we have seen an increase in the rate of new cases in the past few weeks,” he said in an update Friday. “Residents are reminded to remain vigilant in following the guidelines.”

Among other information shared in Kellogg’s update:

  • The governor’s public health and civil preparedness emergency declarations have been extended five months to February 9, 2021.
  •  Town Hall remains open by appointment only. Call departments for assistance. Appointments for many departments may be made online at www.MonroeCT.org/appointments.
  • Remember state rules regarding limitations on gatherings, wearing face coverings and to comply with the state travel advisory, which remains in effect.

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