Public Health DEPARTMENT

⚠️ 2/24/2021 Recall of Contaminated Cheese⚠️

The Connecticut Department of Public Health (DPH) has expanded its warning to consumers, restaurants, and retailers not to eat, serve or sell any soft cheeses produced by El Abuelito Cheese Company of Paterson, NJ due to laboratory findings that confirm the product is the source of a multistate outbreak of foodborne bacteria called listeria monocytogenes. Click Here for the full Connecticut DPH Press Release. Click Here for the full FDA update. Click Here for the Spanish version of FDA’s update.

If you are 55 years of age or older, an Educator, or a Child Care Provider employed in CT, you are eligible to schedule your COVID-19 vaccine now!

HOW TO SCHEDULE
1. Schedule on the phone by calling the CT COVID Vaccine Appointment Assist Line at: 877-918-2224 The line will take calls on 7 days a week from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. and will offer a call-back option when all contact specialists are busy serving other callers. The team will aim to return calls as soon as possible, with the goal of same-day response. Please be patient.
2. Schedule directly through a healthcare provider. 

Click Here, visit www.211ct.org, OR see below to find a healthcare provider vaccine clinic:

3. Schedule through the online Vaccine Administration Management System (VAMS):

Click on the links below for instructions on how to schedule your vaccine appointment in VAMS:

https://ecsu-bisaitp.org

https://portal.ct.gov/-/media/Coronavirus/VAMS-Account-Creation-and-Scheduling-Guide.pdf

Click Here to learn more about VAMS.

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COVID-19 - Town of Westbrook

Total # of COVID-19 Cases Among Westbrook Residents 
Total # of Positive Tests Within the Past 14 Days
14-Day Rolling Average of New Cases Per 100,000 Population Per Day
411
23
43.4 (2/7/2021-2/20/2021)

COVID-19 Cases by Age

COVID-19 Cases by Gender

To Find a COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic: Click Here

State of Connecticut COVID-19 VACCINATION Updates: Click Here

What To Expect After Your Getting the COVID-19 Vaccine: Click Here

COVID-19 - State of Connecticut Daily Update: Click Here

COVID-19 TestinLocations: Click Here

Quarantine Guidance: Click Here

What To Do If You Are Sick: Click Here

When You Can Be Around Others After You Had or Likely Had COVID-19: Click Here

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The Estuary Transit District’s Complimentary COVID Vaccine & Testing Transportation provides accessible transportation within the Estuary Area Transit service area and is available 7 days per week.  The service is available to all residents within the Estuary Transit District (ETD).  Participant’s taxi rides to designated COVID vaccination and testing sites within the Estuary Transit District are paid 100% by ETD.
How To Book A Trip
You may book a trip by calling the taxi provider, Curtin Transportation, at 860-443-1655.  Reservations may be made between 9:00 AM and 1:30 PM Monday through Friday at least one day in advance.  The vehicle will provide wait and return service, and can be used for drive through sites.  A wheelchair accessible vehicle will be provided upon request.
Attendants/Companions
Up to three (3) companions, including a Personal Care Attendant (PCA), may ride for free with the eligible rider.  The eligible rider and companions must have the same origin and destination.
COVID Precautions
All riders are required to wear a mask. The vehicles are equipped with front to back protection barriers. After each ride, the vehicle is wiped down with disinfectant wipes.  
Complimentary COVID Vaccination Transportation will be available until June 30, 2021 or until funding is exhausted.  ETD reserves the right to limit number of uses per individual.
Curtin Transportation
(860) 443-1655
Reservation Times:
Monday – Friday
9:00 AM – 1:30 PM
Full program details at: www.estuarytransit.org

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  • For the latest State of Connecticut COVID-19 Guidance, Click Here
  • For the Reopening Sector Rules, Click Here
  • For information on the Regional Travel Advisory, Click Here
  • For Governor Lamont’s Executive Orders, Click Here
  • For the latest CDC Guidance, Click Here

⚠️Masks/Face Coverings in Connecticut⚠️

Following recommendation from the CDC for everyone to wear masks/cloth face coverings in public settings to reduce the spread of COVID-19, the State of Connecticut issued Executive Order 7NNNwhich directs masks/face coverings to be worn by anyone in public wherever a six-foot distance is unavoidable, including by employees while in the workplace. A CDC video explains how to make a mask/face covering. Guidance on face coverings has been issued to the state’s businesses.

⚠️CDC Calls on Americans to Wear Masks to Prevent COVID-19 Spread⚠️

See Below or Click Here

CDC recommends that people wear masks in public settings, like on public and mass transportation, at events and gatherings, and anywhere they will be around other people. Effective February 2, 2021, Masks are required on planes, buses, trains, and other forms of public transportation traveling into, within, or out of the United Stated and in U.S. transportation hubs such as airports and stations. 


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Masks are an additional step to help prevent people from getting and spreading COVID-19. They provide a barrier that keeps respiratory droplets from spreading. Wear a mask and take every day preventive actions in public settings.

COVID-19 infection is transmitted predominately by respiratory droplets generated when people cough, sneeze, sing, talk, or breathe. CDC recommends community use of masks, specifically non-valved multi-layer cloth masks, to prevent transmission of COVID-19. Masks are primarily intended to reduce the emission of virus-laden droplets (“source control”), which is especially relevant for asymptomatic or presymptomatic infected wearers who feel well and may be unaware of their infectiousness to others, and who are estimated to account for more than 50% of transmissions. Masks also help reduce inhalation of these droplets by the wearer (“filtration for personal protection”). The community benefit of masking for COVID-19 control is due to the combination of these effects; individual prevention benefit increases with increasing numbers of people using masks consistently and correctly.

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The simplest way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to the virus.

We continue to ask our residents to follow these guidelines:

  • Implement social distancing by avoiding close contact with others and maintaining at least 6 feet of physical separation
  • If you must go out into public settings, such as grocery stores or pharmacies, per Governor Lamont's Executive Order, you must wear a mask or cloth face covering, as it may be difficult to achieve social distancing in these environments.
  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and warm water
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily, such as doorknobs, countertops, light switches, keyboards, toilets, and telephones
  • Adhere to Governor Lamont’s Executive Orders, which can be viewed on the Governor’s website: Click Here
  • If you’re experiencing COVID-19 related symptoms, such as fever, cough, or shortness of breath, contact your health care provider first before going to their place of work
  • Maintain healthy practices, such as consuming nutritional food and doing in-home exercises
  • Monitor the Westbrook Health Department website for COVID-19 updates

The Town of Westbrook Health Department would like to emphasize the importance of social distancing and mask wearing. Since COVID-19 is spread mainly from person to person through respiratory droplets, social distancing and mask wearing are the number one interventions we can all practice at this time. This will require a community effort.

Is your child or teen feeling stressed about COVID-19? 

There are many things you can do to support your child during this time:

  • Take time to talk with them about COVID-19.
  • Reassure your child and that it‘s normal to be upset.
  • Reassure your child that they are safe.
  • Try to keep up with a regular routine, including sleep and structured learning.
  • Connect with friends and family through phone, text, or email.
    To view more tips on how to support your child or teen, Click Here

Do you know of a Senior that requires help getting food and/or other basic necessities?

Please contact the Westbrook Senior Center: Phone: 860-399-2029 Email: CBurks@WestbrookCT.us

Westbrook Senior Center Website

Do you have friends or family who need COVID-19 information in a different language? 

CDC’s COVID-19 website has options in Spanish, simplified Chinese, Vietnamese, and Korean. Be sure to click the other language tabs near the top of the page here: www.cdc.gov/coronavirus92358947_10157807760121026_4240802587256815616_o Opens in new window

Do you or someone you know communicate using American Sign Language (ASL) ?

Visit CDC’s YouTube channel to watch ASL videos on Social Distancing, Doing Your Part to Slow the Spread, Managing Stress and Anxiety, and more.
Click Here

For more information on COVID-19, please visit the following websites:

  • Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) website, Click Here
  • State of Connecticut Coronavirus website, Click Here
  • Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on the State of CT’s Actions Related to COVID-19, Click Here
  • Cases of COVID-19 in Connecticut by Town, Click Here
  • Travel Advisories from the US Department of State, Click Here
  • Food Programs & Services, Click Here and/or Here
  • Stress & Coping, Click Here
  • Pregnancy & Breastfeeding FAQs, Click Here

Message Regarding Health Department Services

During this current COVID-19 Pandemic, the Westbrook Health Department is continuing essential services, such as reviewing applications for septic system installations and inspections, soil testing, B100a, private wells, food service inspections, complaint investigations, and more. If needed, please contact the Health Department to discuss submitting an application, a pending application, inspections, or any concerns related to COVID-19.

Zachary Faiella, MPH, RS, Director of Health

Phone: 860-399-9869

Email: ZFaiella@WestbrookCT.us

Lee Archer, RS

Phone: 860-399-3018

Email: LArcher@WestbrookCT.us

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PUBLIC HEALTH NEWS RELEASE

  1. 3.1.2021 Vaccine Update.pdf
  2. 2.24.2021 Vaccine Update.pdf
  3. 2.12.2021 Vaccine Update.pdf
  4. 2.9.2021 Vaccine Update.pdf
  5. 1.12.2021 PHA and Vaccine Update.pdf
  6. 1.7.2021 State of CT COVID-19 Update.pdf
  7. 12.17.2020 CDC Public Health Advisory Opioids.pdf
  8. 11.12.2020 Public Health Alert.pdf
  9. 11.12.2020 State of CT COVID-19 Update.pdf
  10. 11.5.20+DPH+Issues+Public+Health+Advisory+Due+to+Rise+in+COVID-19.pdf
  11. 10.23.2020 Drive Thru Flu Clinic.pdf
  12. 9.24.20+DPH+Announces+Flu+Vaccination+Clinics+Available+in+CT.pdf
  13. 9.11.2020 CT DPH COVID-19 Update.pdf
  14. 8.30.2020 State of CT COVID-19 Report.pdf
  15. 8.28.2020 CT DPH COVID-19 Update.pdf
  16. 6.29.2020 CT DPH COVID-19 Update.pdf
  17. 6.25.20 Guidelines for Private Well Users in times of Drought or Low Precipitation.pdf
  18. 6.18.20 CT DPH COVID-19 Update.pdf
  19. 6.18.20 CT COVID-19 Testing FAQ.pdf
  20. 6.11.2020 CT DPH COVID-19 Update.pdf
  21. 6.1.2020 CTDPH COVID-19 Update.pdf
  22. 5.25.2020 CT DPH COVID-19 Update.pdf
  23. 4.24.20 Letter to Parents-Legal Guardians.pdf
  24. 4.17.2020 Governor Lamont's Executive Order 7BB - Masks-Face Coverings Required.pdf
  25. 4.9.2020 Press Release - COVID-19 Update.pdf
  26. 4.3.2020 Press Release - Five Positive COVID-19 Cases Among Westbrook Residents.pdf
  27. 3.28.2020 Press Release - Second Positive COVID-19 Case in Westbrook.pdf
  28. 3.27.2020 Press Release - First Positive COVID-19 Case in Westbrook.pdf
  29. 3.23.2020 Governor Lamont's Executive Order 7K.pdf
  30. 9.11.19 DPH Advises CT Residents to Take Precautions to Avoid EEE 003.doc
  31. 9.5.19 DPH Reports Three Additional Cases of Severe Lung Disease
  32. 09.05.2019 DPH Press Release Risk of Mosquito-Borne Diseases Continues
  33. 8.27.19 DPH CAUTIONS STATE RESIDENTS TO TAKE EXTRA PRECAUTION
  34. 8.21.19 DPH Investigating Cases of Severe Respiratory Symptoms

aBOUT US

The Town of Westbrook Health Department is a full time, local public health department, providing essential services to Westbrook residents, visitors, businesses, and the environment.  

What we do: Enforce the CT Public Health Code, Public health education, Food establishment inspections, Septic system reviews and inspections, Daycare inspections, Salon and barbershop inspections, Private well review and approvals, Beach water testing, Public pool inspections, Environmental investigations, Public health complaints, and more.

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