Zero or one case? It’s more and it’s here.
By Margaret Leonard
NORTH STONINGTON – It has been more than a week since North Stonington was made aware of it’s first confirmed COVID-19 case. As identified by our local health department, Ledge Light Health District, it was a 53-year-old male. Only today has the state database reflected that number.
There are discrepancies in the data. This is very obvious in a town like North Stonington which is dealing with one case (.02% of the population), but it is less obvious for a town like Stamford with 1,748 cases (1.3% of the population). In a phone call with the director at Ledge Light, Steven Mansfield, he was able to clarify the discrepancy.
When a COVID-19 test comes back positive, it is reported to the state and to the local health department, he explained. Ledge Light releases their numbers on Friday and the state releases them daily. There are people manually entering the data and mistakes happen. The current priority of the health department is tracking down contact points of infected individuals.
Whether there are none or one confirmed positive cases in town shouldn’t affect behavior, Mansfield pointed out. Only first responders and high-risk individuals are currently being tested.
Mr. Mansfield emphasized the importance of acting as if everyone around you is infected. He actually takes it a step further and assumes he is infected and doesn’t want to be the person who infects anyone. Mr. Mansfield shared what his personal behaviors were as someone with parents in their eighties.
“They have been self-quarantined for over a month,” he told The Milltown Monitor, “I have been doing their grocery shopping for them. I leave the groceries on the doorstep and take the envelope from under the knocker.”
Mr. Mansfield suggested that whichever mentality will cause you to act with an over-abundance of caution and follow protocol is the guideline you should be following.