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Westport COVID-19 Cases Up 16, Deaths Unchanged

The state said its Westport COVID-19 case count was up 16 since Friday, at 699 (642 confirmed and 57 probable) and deaths unchanged at 24 (16 confirmed and 8 probable).

Source: https://data.ct.gov/Health-and-Human-Services/COVID-19-Tests-Cases-and-Deaths-By-Town-/28fr-iqnx (Data is updated on weekdays.)

Downtown Bustling as Holiday Shopping Begins

Busy shoppers downtown Westport (CT) on Nov. 28, 2020, by Dave Matlow
Downtown Westport was busy with shoppers on the traditional Black Friday weekend as retailers feature deep discount sales. On a national level, according to CNBC, “Black Friday shopping in stores craters 52% during surging pandemic as e-commerce sales surge 22% to a record $9 billion.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Crash on I-95 Traps Person Under Vehicle

Person trapped under vehicle in I-95 crash Saturday morning, 11-28-2020, Westport Fire Department
Westport Assistant Fire Chief Matthew Cohen said a person was pinned under a vehicle following a 9 a.m. two-vehicle accident between exits 18 and 19 on I-95. Firefighters used hydraulic rescue tools to lift the vehicle and remove the injured person, who had severe injuries and was taken to the hospital by Westport EMS. The accident tied up northbound I-95 until 12:45 p.m. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Westport Fire Dept.

COVID-19 Won’t Stop the Annual Police Toy Drive, They Say

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The Westport Police annual holiday toy drive in 2018, (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

The Westport Police Department Local Union No. 2080 and Police Benevolent Association will be hosting their annual Holiday Toy Drive this holiday season.

The drive provides toys for underprivileged children throughout Fairfield County and beyond, an announcement said.

Officers will accept new, unopened, and unwrapped toys, as well as cash donations, in the parking lot of ASF Sports & Outdoors, 1560 Post Road East, on Saturdays and Sundays Dec. 5, 6, 12, and 13 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Officers volunteering on site will be wearing personal protective equipment and can accommodate the contactless drop off of donations.

Due to building access restrictions implemented in response to the current pandemic, donations cannot be accepted at Westport Police Headquarters or at Westport Town Hall as they have been in the past.  Despite this change, collection boxes will be set up from the present date until December 14, 2020 at the following Westport stores: