Madison, Hamden see first coronavirus-related deaths
A 76-year-old Madison woman has died of complications from COVID-19, Madison First Selectwoman Peggy Lyons announced in a release Tuesday.
It marked the town’s first coronavirus-related death, according to Lyons.
Hamden also recorded its first coronavirus-related death Tuesday, but no details about the patient were provided.
The Madison resident had been hospitalized after testing positive for COVID-19, Lyons said, adding that officials did not know how she contracted the virus.
“Our prayers remain with the family, friends, and neighbors of this Madison resident who has fallen victim to this virus,” Lyons said. “Now more than ever, each of us must do our part as a citizen and community member to minimize its spread by staying safe, healthy, and at home.”
Speaking on the Hamden resident, Mayor Curt B. Leng urged people to be smart about going out and interacting with others.
“As a community, our thoughts, shared sadness and prayers are with the family of our departed resident and with everyone suffering from this disease,” Leng said.
So far, Madison has 14 confirmed cases of COVID-19, according to Lyons.
The latest state data listed 11 cases in town. Several factors account for the small discrepancy, according to Trent Joseph, Madison’s health director.
Because Joseph has been proactive about testing, and because the communication process between town officials is streamlined, the cases are reported more quickly, according to Joseph, who added that the state Department of Public Health is not always the first to be notified of new cases.
What’s more, there is a lag in the state database, Joseph said.
Lyons urged residents to continue to practice social distancing even as the weather gets warmer, noting that she had heard reports of large gatherings outside.
“If you have not done so already, I urge all Madison parents to have a serious conversation with their children about the importance of staying home and not gathering with people outside of their household,” Lyons wrote in her release.