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The Putnam County health department is encouraging residents who think they might’ve been exposed to COVID-19 in Danbury to get tested and stay home until their results come back as the neighboring Connecticut city deals with an outbreak. 

The recommendation comes after the Connecticut Department of Public Health said Friday there was a significant spike in new COVID-19 cases in Danbury over the last few weeks. Between Aug. 2-20, Danbury recorded 178 new cases, which Connecticut health department officials said was a sharp increase over the previous two weeks. Connecticut officials are encouraging Danbury residents to stay home. 

Danbury borders the Town of Southeast, which includes the Village of Brewster in Putnam. It’s common for Putnam residents to travel over the border to shop at the Danbury Fair Mall, Trader Joe’s or Costco located in Danbury. Connecticut residents typically shop at the DeCicco and Sons supermarket in Southeast. 

Danbury has a population of about 80,000. 

Southeast Supervisor Tony Hay said Monday he hasn’t seen an increase in COVID-19 numbers locally stemming from the Danbury outbreak. He said he plans to monitor the weekly COVID-19 dashboard sent out by the Putnam health department to see if there has been a sharp uptick in town. 

According to the dashboard, as of Thursday there have been 11 new cases in the county and 3 new cases in Southeast over the past week. 

“This is a reminder that although cases are low in Putnam and New York, we still need to remain vigilant,” a Putnam health department spokesperson said of the Danbury cluster. “Continue to wear your mask, continue to keep your distance, and continue to wash your hands often.”

David Propper covers New Rochelle and the shore towns. Reach him at dpropper@lohud.com and follow him on Twitter: dg_propsOur local coverage is only possible with support from our readers. Sign up for a digital subscription here.

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