NEW FAIRFIELD — First Selectman Pat Del Monaco is urging residents to continue following health safety measures following a recent spike in novel coronavirus cases in town.

“We are starting to see a slight uptick in cases — both in the state and the town of New Fairfield,” Del Monaco said during Thursday night’s Board of Selectmen meeting.

As of 4 p.m. Thursday, New Fairfield had 131 confirmed COVID-19 cases and a 3-percent infection rate, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

“The cases that we’re seeing, interestingly, are between the ages of 18 and 40,” Del Monaco said, “so it is kind of a younger community than what we saw in the beginning of the pandemic.”

The first selectman is urging residents to practice social distancing, wear a mask and avoid large gatherings.

“We’ve gotten to this point in New Fairfield and the state of Connecticut by working really hard — please continue,” she said. “I know it’s difficult and frustrating — we all want this to be over — but we’re not there yet.”

Del Monaco is also asking residents to be patient and flexible with changes that arise during the pandemic like the recent closing of the basketball courts on Gillotti Road.

“We had a situation where we had to close the basketball hoops,” she said, “and that was because we had some very real concerns about community spread.”

Del Monaco said the basketball courts will reopen once when the number of COVID-19 cases in town start to come down and the officials believe the risk has been mitigated.

“As we start to see upticks in our cases and we find a cause based on contract tracing, there may be some changes that we’re going to have to make,” she said. “I just ask everybody to be a little patient (and) flexible.”

Del Monaco said there are several nurses in town who have been trained in the state program for contact tracing.

“Every case that we get, we do perform contact tracing, and we’ve been doing that really since the beginning of the pandemic at one level or another,” she said.