As we continue to try and keep residents updated regarding COVID-19 with verified information, we want to emphasize the lag time in reporting that was mentioned in our last update. Confirmed cases continue to remain fluid and can vary by source which requires further reconciliation.
It has become obvious that, for the safety of all, it is important that our office remains closed. Accordingly, sadly we will not yet be able to resume our printed edition. However, we will once again publish an online only edition in May 2020.
It can be said that what is truly valuable only comes into focus during times of crisis. This is especially true of Suffield Community Aid (SCA) – your local safety net – and the Town of Suffield’s chosen partner to deliver vital resources.
Some of you may have heard recently about large deliveries of donated surgical type masks to Suffield House and Suffield by the River, as well as smaller donations to Suffield Volunteer Ambulance Association and other organizations working with the public during the COVID-19 outbreak.
As confirmed cases of COVID-19 have made their way into our community, it has been our desire to apprise residents quickly. In our last update, we stated, “the Town will not report on each confirmed case going forward.”
We are deeply saddened to report that the first of our residents has died from COVID-19 as confirmed by The Suffield House. Though the Connecticut Department of Public Health (CTDPH) has not made the official verification yet, in the interest of timeliness, we felt it appropriate to inform the public.
The April issue of the Suffield Observer will only be available online so that we could comply with good health practices and protect the health of our volunteers, limiting direct contact between people. Whereas the print edition requires that many volunteers work together in close quarters, a skeleton Observer crew has prepared the submissions for this issue, much which can be done remotely.
In 2013, workers digging a new high-speed rail underneath London unearthed a 14-century plague pit holding 25 victims of the Black Death. The discovery allowed researchers to extract DNA from the victims’ teeth and identify the deadly disease — Yersinia Pestis, which surprisingly is still around and simply treated by antibiotics.