Mayor Joseph P. Ganim
For Immediate Release
October 28, 2020
HEALTH DIRECTOR ANNOUNCES TEMPORARY CLOSURE OF COMMUNICABLE DISEASE CLINIC
BRIDGEPORT, CT – Health Director Lisa Morrissey announced the temporary closure of the Communicable Disease Clinic until November 10, 2020. Officials have been notified that two city employees have tested positive for COVID-19. The closure follows quarantine and isolation protocols with precautionary measures to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Contact tracing has begun and is extended to any visitors of the clinic that may have been affected.
The following actions are in place to ensure the continuity of care for patients as well as the notification of potential exposure:
• CTDPH Tuberculosis (TB) operations have been transferred to the state. CTDPH will be picking up the medication and will be taking over continuity of care for TB patients.
• Arrangements have been made through CTDPH and the City of Norwalk Department of Health for patients seeking STD treatment. Patients will be referred to the Norwalk Health Department for the next 14 days.
• The State Department of Public Health and Preparedness Response are providing mutual aid and have begun to assist with contact tracing in Bridgeport.
Bridgeport Health Department has activated the Medical Reserve Corps through Bridgeport EOC, Director Scott Appleby as well as support from the regional MRC through the Town of Stratford. The MRC request is for nurses to carry out influenza vaccine clinics and support for the community health care providers conducting COVID-19 testing.
Director Morrissey states, “We are finding that contraction of COVID-19 at family and friends’ gatherings outside of the workplace are having an impact on the number of rising cases. I can’t emphasize enough the importance of following the top 5 protocols at work and at home; wear your mask, social distance, no gatherings, stay home if you are sick, and get tested.”