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Updated Friday April 10, 2020 - See Below for CDC and Town of Westbrook Updates

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Recommendation

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Wear cloth face coverings in public settings where social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (grocery stores, pharmacies, etc.) especially in areas of significant community-based transmission.

Making Your Own Cloth Face Coverings

For an instructional video by the United States Surgeon General, Click Here

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CDC continues to study the spread and effects of the novel coronavirus across the United States.  We now know from recent studies that a significant portion of individuals with coronavirus lack symptoms (“asymptomatic”) and that even those who eventually develop symptoms (“pre-symptomatic”) can transmit the virus to others before showing symptoms.  This means that the virus can spread between people interacting in close proximity—for example, speaking, coughing, or sneezing—even if those people are not exhibiting symptoms.  In light of this new evidence, CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies) especially in areas of significant community-based transmission, which Connecticut is experiencing.

It is critical to emphasize that maintaining 6-feet social distancing remains important to slowing the spread of the virus.  CDC is additionally advising the use of simple cloth face coverings to slow the spread of the virus and help people who may have the virus and do not know it from transmitting it to others.  Cloth face coverings fashioned from household items or made at home from common materials at low cost can be used as an additional, voluntary public health measure.

Cloth face coverings should not be placed on young children under age 2, anyone who has trouble breathing, or is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance.

The cloth face coverings recommended are not surgical masks or N-95 respirators.  Those are critical supplies that must continue to be reserved for healthcare workers and other medical first responders, as recommended by current CDC guidance.

Cloth face coverings should:

  • fit snugly but comfortably against the side of the face
  • be secured with ties or ear loops
  • include multiple layers of fabric
  • allow for breathing without restriction
  • be able to be laundered and machine dried without damage or change to shape

Should cloth face coverings be washed or otherwise cleaned regularly? How regularly?

Yes. They should be routinely washed depending on the frequency of use.

How does one safely sterilize/clean a cloth face covering?

A washing machine should suffice in properly washing a face covering. Wash in hot water and dry at high heat.

How does one safely remove a used cloth face covering?

Individuals should be careful not to touch their eyes, nose, and mouth when removing their face covering and wash hands immediately after removing.

For additional Questions and Answers related to cloth face coverings, Click Here

To view the CDC’s full recommendations, recent studies, videos, and more, Click Here

Town of Westbrook Update

Nine Positive COVID-19 Cases and One Death Confirmed Among Westbrook Residents.

The Westbrook Health Department is saddened to announce the first confirmed death of a Westbrook resident due to COVID-19. The resident is an 86-year-old male. On behalf of the Town of Westbrook, we express our deepest sympathy and condolences to the family and loved ones of our resident who has passed. Our thoughts go out to everyone who has been affected by this global pandemic, which has certainly hit home.

In total, the Town of Westbrook Health Department has confirmed 9 positive COVID-19 cases among Westbrook residents with dozens of residents having been tested.
Based on epidemiological models, Connecticut is expected to hit its peak in daily deaths and needed hospital resources in the next two weeks. Right now, more than ever, is the time to strictly adhere to the guidance set forth. The simplest way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to the virus.

For the latest Connecticut Department of Public Health Update, Click Here

We continue to ask our residents to follow these guidelines:

  • Implement social distancing by avoiding close contact with others and maintaining 6 feet of physical separation
  • Stay home as much as possible and only go out for essential purposes, such as to retrieve medical care or food, or to conduct essential work
  • If you must go out into public settings, such as grocery stores or pharmacies, wear a cloth face covering, as it may be difficult to achieve social distancing in these environments.
  • View the guidance on how to make your own cloth face coverings on the Town of Westbrook HealthDepartment website
  • 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: https://portal.ct.gov/Office-of-the-Governor/Governors-Actions/Executive-Orders
  • 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 daily COVID-19 updates

The Town of Westbrook extends our gratitude to all health care workers, first responders and other essential personnel who are on the frontlines of this pandemic every day in our community. Please stay safe and check in on your loved ones by telephone or video call. The Westbrook Health Department will continue to monitor the COVID-19 pandemic. Know that your health is our priority.

In an effort to promote Social Distancing and Physical Separation from others:

  • Schools are closed.
  • The Westbrook Town Beach Parking Lot is closed.
  • Westbrook playscapes are closed.
  • Food Service Establishments may only serve food for Take-Out, Curbside Pick Up, or Delivery ONLY. On-Site Consumption of Food and/or Beverages is ILLEGAL.
  • Body Care Establishments (Salons, Barber Shops, Spas, etc.) are closed.
  • Non-essential businesses are closed or offering limited services through Curbside Pick Up or Delivery ONLY.
  • Lodging establishments, such as hotels and Bed and Breakfasts are closed to non-essential lodging.

COVID-19 spreads mainly from person to person through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. These droplets can land in the mouth or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs. It may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.

The Town of Westbrook Health Department would like to emphasize the importance of social distancing and physical separation. Since COVID-19 is spread mainly from person to person, social distancing and physical separation are the number one non-pharmaceutical interventions we can all practice at this time.

This will require a community effort.

Health Information Resources
If you are displaying symptoms consistent with those of COVID-19, and are unable to get into contact with your primary care physician, please reach out to one of the following hotlines:

  • Hartford Healthcare Hotline: (860) 972-8100
  • Yale New Haven Health: (833) 484-1200
  • Bristol Hospital Coronavirus Info Line: (860) 261-6855
  • Stamford Health: (203) 276-4111

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
  • Food Programs & Services, Click Here and/or Here
  • Stress & Coping, Click Here
  • Pregnancy & Breastfeeding FAQs, Click Here

Blood Donations Needed!

Giving Blood is Essential! The Coronavirus has affected a number of CT residents and services. Donated blood is still a necessity, even while combating an epidemic. As part of our nation’s critical infrastructure, healthy individuals can still donate in areas that have issued shelter in place declarations. The Red Cross follows the highest standards of safety and infection control, and volunteer donors are the only source of blood for those in need. 

To make a blood donation appointment, please Click Here

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
  • Parents Supporting Children
    Click Here

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.
    See more tips to support your child or teen: https://bit.ly/39UVoE

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

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.  

Additionally, the Health Department can answer COVID-19 related questions or you may call 2-1-1.

All applications with the applicable fee must be submitted via postal mail. 

If needed, please contact the Health Department to discuss submitting an application, a pending application, inspections, or any concerns related to COVID-19.  

Our contact information on the right of this page will put you in contact via email or phone.  All inquiries will be answered as soon as possible.

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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.  

The Town of Westbrook Health Department works closely with the CT Department of Public Health to enforce the CT Public Health Code.

What we do: Enforce the CT Public Health Code, Public health education, Community outreach, Food establishment inspections, Septic system reviews and inspections, Daycare inspections, Salon and barbershop inspections, Private well review and approvals, Environmental investigations, Complaints, and more!

For more information, or to say hello, visit us at the Teresa Mulvey Municipal Building, located at 866 Boston Post Road, Westbrook, CT 06498.

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