Lawmaker from Windsor tests positive for coronavirus

Published on Friday, 20 March 2020 21:03
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HARTFORD (AP) - A Connecticut state representative from Windsor has tested positive for COVID-19, in the first known case of a lawmaker in the state coming down with the disease.

Democratic Rep. Jane Garibay, 64, announced the positive test in a message to fellow lawmakers.

“I wanted to let you know that I am self quarantining and resting comfortably at home,” she wrote Thursday.

Garibay did not say if she had any idea where she may have come in contact with the virus. The Legislature was last in session on March 11, and she developed symptoms four days later, House Speaker Joe Aresimowicz said.

For most people, the coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia, or death. The vast majority of people recover.

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MEDICAL SUPPLIES

Connecticut’s congressional delegation is asking the federal government to provide urgently needed medical supplies as soon as possible to hospitals and health care workers to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

Some hospitals are only days away from running out of some personal protective equipment, the lawmakers said Friday.

The seven legislators sent a letter to officials at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on Thursday. They requested 250,000 each of respirator face masks, surgical masks, surgical gowns, non-sterile gloves and disposable face shields from the national stockpile.

State health officials had requested supplies from the stockpile last week.

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LAST RITES BY PHONE

A 91-year-old Connecticut man with the coronavirus who died this week was given last rites by an Episcopal pastor - over the phone.

The Rev. Peter Walsh of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in New Canaan told Hearst Connecticut Media that he made the unusual call on Wednesday to William Pike, who was being treated at Norwalk Hospital. Of the three state residents who have died from COVID-19, two were from New Canaan including Pike.

“I have done many creative pastoral things, but that was a first,” Walsh said. “I did last rites, then the family all had a moment to say they loved him.”

Pike died about 15 minutes after his family said their farewells as a nurse held a phone to his ear, his son, Daniel Pike, said.

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Posted in New Britain Herald, State on Friday, 20 March 2020 21:03. Updated: Friday, 20 March 2020 21:05.