Clarence Anthony, CEO of the National League of Cities, announced on Tuesday that two attendees of its recent conference in Washington DC have tested positive for Coronavirus. A majority of City Council members attended the four-day event returning March 11.
North End councilwoman AmyMarie Vizzo-Paniccia notfied OIB that “I am glad I cancelled due to virus health situations and did not attend this Conference.” Council members trained to DC on March 6. See story here.
Among other council members who did not attend the conference, according to Vizzo-Paniccia: Maria Pereira, Denese Taylor-Moye, Alfredo Castillo, Michael DeFilippo and new member Avelino Silva.
NLC leadership had debated whether to go forward with the conference.
City Council President Aidee Nieves issued this statement:
Early last week members of the Bridgeport City Council attended the annual National League of Cities conference in Washington DC.
Members of the City Council met with other local elected leaders to advance their knowledge and learn best practices as well as meet with our Federal Delegation (Senator Blumenthal, Senator Murphy and Congressman Himes) at Capitol Hill to address and discuss Bridgeport issues and support through federal initiatives.
The Council members in attendance practiced measures to ensure their health and safety. Those Council members have shown no symptoms of COVID-19 but are taking precautionary steps to avoid contraction and spread of the virus by seeking professional advice from their Primary Care Physician and will take any further action as necessary if directed by medical professionals.