Bridgeport disease clinic closes temporarily amid two COVID cases
BRIDGEPORT — The city’s communicable disease clinic will be closed for two weeks after two Bridgeport employees tested positive for COVID-19, health officials announced Wednesday.
“The closure follows quarantine and isolation protocols with precautionary measures to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 within the offices and among personnel,” a news release said. “Contact tracing has begun and is extended to visitors of the clinic that may have been affected.”
The clinic will remain closed until Nov. 10.
Patients receiving treatment for tuberculosis at the clinic will be treated through the state Department of Public Health for the next 14 days.
DPH and nearby local health agencies will provide treatment for patients with sexually transmitted diseases.
DPH is also assisting with mutual aide and contact tracing, the release said.
The city’s health department has activated its Medical Reserve Corps with the Emergency Operations Center, and Stratford’s regional MRC is providing aide.
“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 Lisa Morrissey, Bridgeport’s health director, in a prepared statement.
She reminded residents to wear masks, social distance and get tested if they are feeling ill.
“This is time to come together and take care of our community by following the protocols,” Morrissey said.