Ridgefield leader has ‘turned the corner’ in his battle with coronavirus
RIDGEFIELD — Assuring Ridgefield residents he had “turned the corner” in his personal struggle with the coronavirus, First Selectman Rudy Marconi thanked the town for its well-wishes and delivered the harsh facts of the disease.
Marconi, who has led the town for 20 years, revealed Monday he had contracted COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, and is now working from home in self-quarantine. He is is believed to be the first municipal leader in the state to contract the disease; it is unclear how he was exposed to the virus.
As of Tuesday, there were 13 deaths from COVID-19 and 110 confirmed cases in town.
Marconi delivered his latest message in a CTAlert phone call received in homes around 8:30 p.m. Tuesday. In it, the first selectman echoed the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s instruction that people make their own face masks for any necessary trips outside, and reiterated his pleas — and those of countless authorities — for people to stay home.
“I want to thank you for the outpouring of get-well wishes I have received as I recover from COVID-19. I assure you I am doing well and feel like I’ve turned the corner,” he added.
Marconi then proceeded with updates on the situation in Ridgefield.
“Health Director Ed Briggs confirms that we have 110 COVID-19 cases reported, with the expectation that these numbers will continue to climb,” he said. “Sadly, our death toll has climbed to 13, and this is a reminder of how diligent we must remain in keeping our most vulnerable population safe.”
The 13 deaths include a resident of the Laurel Ridge Health Care Center, a nursing home; 11 from the Benchmark Senior Living at Ridgefield Crossings, an assisted living facility that shares a Route 7 campus with Laurel Ridge; and one from elsewhere in town.
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“We ask that all Ridgefielders follow CDC guidelines and wear face coverings in public settings, even if you do not have symptoms,” Marconi said. “There are many recommended homemade options that can be fashioned from household items or common materials. This adds an extra measure of protection. However, continue to practice social distancing if you must go out.”
Marconi also advised maintaining 6 feet of separation while social distancing and avoiding groups. Those who have gathered in groups, he said, should self-quarantine for 14 days before entering any public spaces.
“Please,” Marconi ended his call, “stay home, stay safe, stay healthy. We will get through this.”