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Patients at two state psychiatric hospitals in Middletown have coronavirus disease

The Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services announced Tuesday that it has a total of 12 confirmed cases of COVID-19 within inpatient psychiatric facilities, all of them at Connecticut Valley Hospital and the Whiting Forensic Institute in Middletown.

Five patients at Connecticut Valley Hospital and two staff members have the disease caused by the new coronavirus, according to a news release from Public Information Officer Diana Shaw. Five patients at the Whiting Forensic Institute, which is the state hospital for the criminally insane, have laboratory-confirmed cases.

The news release indicates there are no confirmed cases at six other DMHAS facilities throughout the state, including Southeastern Mental Health Authority in Norwich.

DMHAS has restricted visitors to its facilities and is conducting health screenings of all individuals who enter, according to the release. More than 1,000 employees have been approved to work remotely, and staff who have symptoms of COVID-19 or have been in close contact with individuals who have the disease or are suspected of having it have been directed to stay at home and self-quarantine to prevent infection of clients and staff, according to the release. 

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