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Posted on: March 28, 2020

Expected Peak - COVID-19 Update

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As the State of Connecticut approaches the expected peak of COVID-19, its more critical than ever to continue to follow the preventative illness guidelines set forth. Although this extraordinary time has felt prolonged to some, this is not the time to relax these simple, yet serious measures. 

The Westbrook Health Department continues to ask our residents to follow these critical preventative illness 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 Westbrook Health Department website: facemask-instructions-01
  • 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: Seal_of_the_Governor_of_Connecticut
  • 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 front-lines of this pandemic every day in our community. Please stay safe and check in 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.


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There are numerous confirmed COVID-19 cases among Westbrook residents. 

News releases by the Public Health Department are always available here:  https://westbrookct.us/456/News-Releases

To limit any potential further exposure in the community, the Town of Westbrook Health Department will continue to work with the residents to ensure all appropriate Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines are followed. The cases are not unexpected, as we know COVID-19 is circulating in our surrounding local communities and our State as a whole. No further information about these cases can be released at this time. 

News releases by the Public Health Department are always available here:  https://westbrookct.us/456/News-Releases


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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. 

Follow these guidelines to protect yourself and others:


  • ·      Implement social distancing by avoiding close contact with others and maintaining 6 feet of physical separation
  • ·      Stay home, except to retrieve essential items, such as medical care or food
  • ·      Wash hands frequently with soap and warm water
  • ·      Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
  • ·      Stay home if you’re sick, except to get medical care
  • ·      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
  • ·      Contact a health care provider if symptoms develop, such as a fever, cough, or shortness of breath

The Town of Westbrook Health Department would like to emphasize the critical 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.

For more information on COVID-19, please visit:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

State of Connecticut COVID-19 website: https://portal.ct.gov/coronavirus

Town of Westbrook Health Department website: https://westbrookct.us/152/Public-Health-Department


News releases by the Public Health Department are always available here:  https://westbrookct.us/456/News-Releases


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