WEST HARTFORD — On Oct. 29, the Connecticut Department of Public Health identified West Hartford as a municipality with an elevated rate of COVID-19 infections. This means that in recent weeks, the Town has experienced a significant increase in cases of COVID-19 and must take this threat seriously. With a count of 12.6 cases per day, West Hartford has moved to the state’s Orange zone, or 10-14 new cases per day, according to an email from the Town.
By order of Gov. Ned Lamont, West Hartford’s Town Manager now has the authority to roll back to the state’s more restrictive Phase 2 rules to help slow the rate of infection in the community. Moving back to the Phase 2 rules would affect the size of indoor and outdoor gatherings, and indoor seating capacities at restaurants, religious services, and libraries, among other things.
For now, West Hartford will remain in Phase 3. However, town leaders and health officials will continue to closely evaluate the Town’s daily average case rate. If numbers in West Hartford and surrounding communities remain elevated or continue to increase, it will likely become necessary to move the Town back to the Phase 2 restrictions.
Mayor Shari Cantor and Town Manager Matt Hart wish to remind everyone to do their part to keep our community healthy and safe. Please help us keep West Hartford’s infection rate low by wearing face coverings, limiting in-person social interactions, staying physically apart from others, and washing your hands.