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MIDDLETOWN, Conn. (AP) — Municipal offices in the central Connecticut city of Middletown will be closed to the public this week because of a “small outbreak” of COVID-19, the mayor announced.
“Due to a small outbreak of COVID-19 cases among city employees, several staff members are currently quarantining,” Mayor Ben Florsheim said in a news release Monday.
Middletown’s City Hall closed as of Tuesday and will tentatively reopen to the public on Aug. 9, Florsheim said.
The mayor said that because a larger COVID-19 outbreak would have been possible without quick action to halt the spread of the disease, “we came to the decision that the best option for the safety of our staff and the public is to work fully remotely for the next few days.”
Health officials do not believe there is risk to members of the public who visited City Hall in recent days, Florsheim said.
The decision to close Middletown’s City Hall comes amid rising coronavirus case counts in Connecticut and elsewhere due to the highly infectious delta variant of the virus.
The rolling average of daily new cases in Connecticut has increased by 225.5% over the past two weeks, according to Johns Hopkins University researchers.