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7/27/2020 - Community Update - July 27, 2020

Community Update
Monday, July 27, 2020


Dear Friends and Neighbors,

Although Connecticut and our Northeastern-state neighbors are still the best in the nation when it comes to controlling the spread of the Coronavirus, we are, unfortunately, beginning to see a slight uptick in the rate of new infections. The cohort showing the largest degree of change is among younger people.

I am urging everyone, but especially my Bethel High and college age friends (and their parents!) to please stay strong. This is not the time to drop your guard.

Please remember to wear your mask in public.

New studies from around the nation and around the world consistently point to masks as the single most effective way to protect yourself and your loved ones by preventing you from becoming an unwitting carrier and infecting others. Please remember that if you get sick, that raises the risk not only for your own family, but also for the health care workers who you will need to rely on for help. Let’s all do our part!



I recently received a very well written message from one of our outstanding volunteer EMT’s, which I would like to share:

The Compassion of Staying Home to Save Others

        A lot of thanks and appreciation has been rightly expressed to essential workers who have continued to work through the pandemic.  These individuals are heroes and deserve our gratitude. 

There is another group of people that also deserve some appreciation.  Those residents who have tested positive with no or few symptoms or been in contact with someone who has tested positive and willingly stayed home in isolation and/or quarantine.  By doing this they probably kept 2-3 other people from getting infected. 

Since we do not know yet who will get severe illness or may even die, it is important to recognized this act of compassion.  Those who stayed home and followed the isolation/quarantine rules, saved lives.  Thank you to all who have shown this act of compassion and to all that will be asked to do so in the future. May your illness be mild and your closets be neat and clean.  Thank you!  You are Isolation & Quarantine Heroes!




Executive order 7III, issued on July 21st, requires mandatory self-isolation for 14 days for all travelers coming to Connecticut, including Connecticut residents, after visiting any state with an average rate of infection higher than 10% over the previous 7 days. Failure to abide by the order may result in a fine of up to $1,000. The list of states affected by this order is updated weekly and now identifies 31 states. There are exceptions to the order for health care workers and for those who have had a negative test before traveling. You can download the latest information and the full list of affected states by clicking here:


Thank you to all who are keeping themselves safe and working to support our community.

  • Matt Knickerbocker