— Newtown, Conn., residents are being asked to stay indoors for the next several days as authorities investigate a “hives-on-skin” outbreak.
State health officials say there are four reported cases of the new coronavirus, and the most recent confirmed case came in the early morning hours of March 7.
The New York Times reported the new virus has sickened more than 1,100 people across New England and New York City since it was first discovered in the U.S. last month.
Newspapers reported that one person tested positive in New Jersey, where a person has been hospitalized with the new infection.
The New England Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the infection is rare, but the state health department says there is an increased risk for more severe infections.
The state is warning residents to stay inside or close their windows and doors when they have had any contact with an infected person or if there are any suspicious activity around their homes.
People who haven’t had contact with the person with the illness or are not in a position to do so can remain at home.
There are no symptoms or other symptoms to alert anyone else to the presence of the infection.
People can call the state department of health at 1-800-232-4823, or go online at nco.gov.
Newtland’s county has reported five confirmed cases of new coronacovirus in the past two weeks.
Officials in the state have warned that the spread of the virus in New England is extremely high and that those with weakened immune systems may need to be careful and watch their exposure to air, water and other surfaces.
The outbreak is also spreading across Connecticut and New Jersey.
New Jersey is experiencing its worst winter in decades, with a record snowfall of over six inches.