Mental health commissioner tests positive for coronavirus

Published on Wednesday, 18 November 2020 11:02
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HARTFORD - The Commissioner of Connecticut’s Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services has tested positive for the coronavirus.

Commissioner Miriam Delphin-Rittmon said in a statement that her symptoms are mild and she is quarantining at home.

“I have had limited face-to-face contact with co-workers due to teleworking and I have been in daily contact with the team at DMHAS,” she said in a Tuesday night release. “I am grateful my colleagues in the office have not been exposed.”

Delphin-Rittmon is among 160 employees at the department to come down with COVID-19 since March. That is in addition to 87 people living in eight facilities run by the department.

There have been 136 cases at Connecticut Valley Hospital, the state-run psychiatric hospital in Middletown. That includes 69 staff members who have tested positive and 67 patients living at the facility.

Gov. Ned Lamont remained in quarantine at home on Wednesday after his communications director, Max Reiss, tested positive for the virus last week.

The governor's office said Monday that there had been not other positive tests among senior staff, who are expected to be tested again on Thursday.

Posted in The Bristol Press, General News on Wednesday, 18 November 2020 11:02. Updated: Wednesday, 18 November 2020 11:05.