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DPH issues COVID-19 alert for New London after spike in new cases

According to a release, the city reported 115 new COVID-19 cases between September 20 and October 3.

NEW LONDON, Conn. — The state Department of Public Health issued a COVID-19 alert Thursday for New London due to a rising level of new cases in recent weeks.

According to a release, the city reported 115 new COVID-19 cases between September 20 and October 3.

That spike raised the daily case rate to 30.5 per 100,000 population, which is one of the highest in the state, officials said. 

Residents have been urged to:

  • stay home if not feeling well or exposed to positive cases
  • limit trips outside the home
  • avoid indoor gatherings with those outside of their households

“We are seeing increased levels of community transmission of COVID-19 in eastern Connecticut, and the amount of disease activity in New London is a real concern,” Acting DPH Commissioner Deidre S. Gifford, MD MPH said.

DPH also noted that they are working closely closely with the Ledge Light Health District, municipal officials and health care providers that have testing sites available for members of the community.

New London and Norwich are the only two municipalities in the state with an infection rate per 100,000 people over 25. This has New London stepping up testing. 

"The surge that we’re having right now, all the data tells us that all the cases are coming from community gatherings," said New London Mayor Michael Passero. 

There has been no one gathering or event that has caused the outbreak in the area. The same was said in Norwich when the first COVID advisory was issued there last week.  

"You have to break the chain of transmission from those who are exposed to those who don’t have the disease," said Dr. Gifford. 

Staying home if you have symptoms, practicing social distancing and getting tested are ways to break that chain. The state is offering additional support to the city to ramp up testing and contract tracing.  

"The number of asymptomatic carriers versus symptomatic carriers is 7 to 1," said Governor Ned Lamont. "It’s really important that the testing be done on a broad-based basis."

RELATED: Norwich issued COVID-19 Alert by CT DPH

RELATED: State takes action to mitigate COVID-19 spread in New London County

The following below testing locations are available in New London and the surrounding communities. COVID-19 testing in New London is free and no appointment is necessary:

Monday through Friday until further notice:

• Community Health Center, 1 Shaws Cove, New London – 8:30am-4pm

Thursday October 8:

• Groton Senior Center, 102 Newtown Rd, Groton – 9am-3:30pm

• New London Elks Club, 81 Washington St, New London – 9-11am

Friday October 9:

• Stonington Human Services, 166 S Broad St, Pawcatuck – 9am-3:30pm

• New London Senior Center, corner of Brainard and Mercer, New London – 12-4pm

• All Souls Church, 19 Jay St, New London – 8:30am-4pm

Saturday October 10:

• Jennings School, 50 Mercer St, New London – 10am-2pm

Sunday October 11:

• New London High School, 490 Jefferson Ave, New London – 12pm – 4pm

Wednesday October 14:

• New London Hospitality Center, 730 State Pier Rd, New London – 9am-1pm

Saturday October 17:

• Oasis of Restoration Church, 35 Redding, New London – 10am-2pm

Monday October 19:

• George Washington Carver Apartments, 202 Colman Street, New London 9am-1pm

• Williams Park Apartments, 127 Hempstead Street, New London – 9am-1pm

Wednesday October 21:

• Alliance For Living, 154 Broad Street, New London – 9am-1pm

Friday October 23

• Gordon Court, 40 Gordon Court, New London – 9am-1pm

Saturday October 24:

• Riozzi Court, 27 Riozzi Court, New London – 9am-1pm

For more information or any questions, reach out to the Ledge Light Health District at 860-448-4882 or by email to Ledge Light Director of Health Stephen Mansfield smansfield@llhd.org.