COVID-19 UPDATE #2

COVID-19 Update #2 

In an effort to keep everyone informed we've decided to update you every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.

For the time being Town Hall will continue to be open during our normal hours, however not all offices/departments are fully open to the public.

The Building Department/Health Department will remain open but we ask that you review the survey we've posted on the front and back doors before entering the building. All building/health department questions are being directed to 860-364-0909.

The Social Service Agent continues to deliver food and medication to those in need, she is asking that people in need of her services call ahead. Also, anyone who would like to help Miriam can contact her at 860-364-1003. Click here for information on unemployment due to COVID-19 and free breakfast and lunch for children.

The Town Clerk's Office is operating by appointment only. Please call 860-364-5224 to arrange an appointment. For updates check this page.

The Assessors Office is closed to the public but available by phone or email. 860-364-0205.

The Tax Collector is encouraging residents to pay their taxes online or via her drop box inside the front door to Town Hall. You can pay by check or credit card. https://client.pointandpay.net/webportal/partner.do?method=prepare&webSi... can be reached at 860-364-5402.

The Selectmen Office is open but encouraging residents to contact us by email or phone if possible. 860-364-5789.

Meetings

We're advising boards and committees to delay or cancel meetings (if possible) or have conference calls or remote video meetings until further notice. 

Nuvance Health:

Phone number: 888-667-9262. Hours of operation: 8 am to 6 pm, seven days a week.

Nuvance Health is keeping the communities informed on their website at 

nuvancehealth.org/coronavirus, and on social media @NuvanceHealth, or search for your hospital's name.

The Latest from the Governor Lamont

(HARTFORD, CT) - As the State of Connecticut continues taking actions in response to the global spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19), Governor Ned Lamont provided the following updates as of 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 17, 2020:

Data updates on testing in Connecticut

Since yesterday's update, an additional 27 Connecticut residents have tested positive, bringing the total number of positive cases reported in Connecticut (including presumptive positive) - from both the State Laboratory and private laboratories - to 68. The new cases since yesterday include 19 more in Fairfield County, 3 more in Hartford County, 1 more in Litchfield County, and 4 more in New Haven County.

 

A county-by-county breakdown of the total positive cases statewide includes:

Fairfield County: 48

Hartford County: 7

Litchfield County: 5

New Haven County: 8

On Tuesday afternoon, Governor Lamont signed another executive order - the sixth since he enacted the civic preparedness and public health emergency declarations - that builds upon his efforts to encourage mitigation strategies that slow down transmission of the virus.

Governor Lamont's Executive Order No. 7E enacts the following provisions:

Modifies previously enacted waiver of 180-day school year: As a result of evolving circumstances, this order modifies Executive Order No. 7 to account for the potential impact on schools that may be subject to longer-term cancellation of in-school classes and permits schools, upon reopening in the spring of 2020, to close school on their normally scheduled end-dates, so long as local and regional boards of education provide opportunities for continuity of education to all students to the greatest extend possible consistent with federal and state guidance.

Suspension of required fingerprinting availability: The order suspends a state law that requires employees of a municipal police department or the State Police to collect the fingerprints of a person requesting such fingerprinting for a criminal history records check, and permits police department fingerprinting hours to be limited or eliminated to limit the transmission of COVID-19. Barracks will remain open to the general public for other business.

Extension of time period for permits: The order modifies state statutes covering expiration dates for permits, licenses, and other credentials administered by the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection and authorizes the agency's commissioner to extend those dates as he deems necessary in his sole discretion to protect public safety.

Suspension of the requirement that public assistance benefit overpayments be immediately recouped: The order authorizes the Commissioner of Social Services, to the extent permitted by federal law, to temporarily suspend recoupment of non-fraudulent overpayments for public assistance programs for the duration of the pandemic emergency.

Suspension of in-person hearing attendance at Department of Social Services fair hearings: The order modifies state statutes to authorize the Commissioner of Social Services to suspend any requirement that an aggrieved person authorized by law to request a fair hearing of a decision of the commissioner appear in person at such hearing.

In addition, Governor Lamont clarified that the executive order he issued yesterday prohibiting gatherings of 50 people or more does not apply to food banks, mobile food distributors, and farmers' markets. These activities are considered essential services and not subject to the restrictions in the order.

https://portal.ct.gov/Office-of-the-Governor/Governors-Actions/Executive...