The Fairfield County Communicable Disease Clinic announced its temporary closure after two city employees tested positive for COVID-19.
Health Director Lisa Morrisey said the closure follows quarantine and isolation protocols to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 within the offices and among personnel.
Contact tracing has begun and is extended to visitors of the clinic located at 752 East Main Street in Bridgeport, that may have been affected, Morrisey said.
The following actions are in place to ensure the continuity of care for patients as well as the notification of potential exposure:
• Tuberculosis (TB) operations have been transferred to the state. The State Department of Public Health (CTDPH) will be taking over the care for TB patients for the next 14 days.
Arrangements have been made through CTDPH and neighboring health departments for patients seeking sexually transmitted disease treatment. Patients will be referred to local health departments in the surrounding towns for the next 14 days.
The State Department of Public Health, Office of Public Health Preparedness & Response is providing mutual aid and has 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.
“We are finding that COVID-19 is spreading through small gatherings of family and friends and this is having a significant impact on the increase in cases," said Morrisey.
"I can’t emphasize enough the importance of wearing your mask, social distancing, minimizing gatherings, staying home if you are sick, and getting tested. This is time to come together and take care of our community by following the protocols.”
The clinic is expected to reopen on Tuesday, Nov. 10.
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