New Canaan First Selectman Kevin Moynihan emphasized in his Thursday update to residents about the coronavirus in the town that the low number of positive cases from the virus in town should be expected, but residents should not become complacent about it, especially with recent reports to the Health Department of parties where young people did not observe social distancing.

One such party was in Waveny Park, according to Moynihan.

“Last week, we had several reports of parties in town and at Waveny Park that caused concern for our Health Department,” Moynihan said.

Moynihan urged parents to urge young people to help limit the spread of the virus by socially distancing from others, wearing face masks, and frequently washing or sanitizing hands.

“I urge parents to caution their teens, and young adults to not be irresponsible, and avoid large gatherings, and wear masks when around others. New Canaan’s record of success in avoiding viral infection is due to the personal responsibility that we took in the spring to have seniors stay safe at home, social distance when in public, and wear (face) masks when indoors in public, or in close contact with others, and also frequently washing, or sanitizing hands when in contact with public surfaces like handrails, and doorknobs. Stay safe, New Canaan,” Moynihan said.

New Canaan has 189 cumulative reported positives since March. Darien has 219 cases of the virus. Wilton has 230 cases. Westport has 318. Greenwich has 853. Norwalk has 2100, and Stamford has 3,348.

New Canaan’s total includes 35 residents who died from COVID-19. The residents were “principally elderly seniors with compromised health conditions,” Moynihan said.

The town has 236 positive cases of the virus. This includes 40 people who work but don’t live in town.

“This should not be alarming to our residents. In summary, we should be comforted by our relativ(ly) low cumulative number of cases of local infections. But we should not be complacent. This pandemic is not over for New Canaan,” Moynihan said.

Moynihan also spoke about a new strategy that the town has for reporting data about its cases from the virus, and its tracing of them.

“Thank you for your continued interest in my reporting on coronavirus cases and their tracing. We have attempted to find a balance in reporting — providing more frequent reports when we have new data, and less frequent when we see our community in compliance with donning of (face) masks, and social distancing. Please know that we are following the progression of this disease daily. It is also important to note that we take great pride in the fact that our town’s Department of Health has the most up-to-date and accurate numbers. We encourage you to review the town’s website for updates as they are timely and consistent. There is a lot to be extraordinarily proud of,” Moynihan said.

Moynihan also spoke about the results of the town’s Community Testing Program, and how it relates to the total number of cases from the virus in the town.

“In this context it is important to realize that our Community Testing Program in June of nearly 3,200 residents, and town employees, and an additional 173 residents tested this past Monday, (July 13, 2020), with DOCs Urgent Care produced fewer than 10 total positive, and presumed positive cases,” Moynihan said.

Moynihan reminded residents that a spike of the virus has not been detected in local cases of the virus since restaurants in the town began indoor dining again, and its gyms, and formerly non-essential businesses also (re-opened for Phase 2 of Connecticut’s Phase 2 re-opening plan after June 20, 2020. (Some re-opened June 17, 2020, just prior to Father’s Day weekend, and Father’s Day, which was on June 21, 2020).

Moynihan also compared the tally to where the cases from the virus were coming into the town from.

“As I reported last Friday evening, our Health Director does not see a “spike” in local cases after the June 20 re-opening of many formerly non-essential businesses, but rather a handful of cases arising mainly from travel of residents, or visitors from hotspot states, or visitors from neighboring towns, and predominantly younger persons. No seniors have been among the recent cases,” Moynihan said.