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Cornwall red with COVID-19

CORNWALL — The upward trend in COVID-19 cases continued throughout the week and that rise was discussed by the Cornwall selectmen at their regular meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 1.

“The town has seen a significant increase in positive test results,” First Selectman Gordon Ridgway reported. “Cornwall could easily be in a red zone shortly,” he added.

And, in fact, at the end of the week, Ridgway sent a written update to the town that Cornwall had risen to red zone status. Currently, he wrote, only nine of the state’s 169 towns remain free of the high-alert status.

Town officials have been following the spread very carefully, Ridgway said.

“We ask everyone to redouble their efforts with mask wearing, hand sanitizing and social distancing,” Ridgway urged. 

He said the town continues regular contact with area and state officials, who are fully responsive.

He said that residents should do whatever they can to lessen the impact on hospitals.

“The next month may be the toughest,” Ridgway warned.

Recent donations to the Food and Fuel Fund stand at a current total of $10,000, Ridgway announced, expressing appreciation for residents’ generosity and crediting the Cornwall Talent Show (Part One), a fundraiser coordinated by Fred Thaler.  

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