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Latest Coronavirus (COVID-19) Announcement - Updated March 28th, 2020

The Town of Westbrook Health Department and the Connecticut Department of Public Health have confirmed two positive Coronavirus (COVID-19) cases amongst Westbrook residents.

Fortunately, symptoms are improving in both cases. Out of state and out of country travel have been associated with these cases. Thankfully, the residents returned back to Connecticut and took proper precautions, as did their families. They have, and will continue to self-isolate themselves. The cases currently pose little risk to the community. 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. These 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.

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
    State of Connecticut COVID-19 Website

State of Connecticut Update

As of March 27, 2020, a total of 1,291 laboratory-confirmed cases of COVID-19 have been reported among Connecticut residents (Table 1). Cases have been reported in all 8 Connecticut counties. One hundred and seventy-three patients were hospitalized, and 27 residents have died (15 in Fairfield County, 6 in New Haven County, 3 in Tolland County, 2 in Hartford County, and 1 in Middlesex County).

Laboratory-Confirmed Cases of COVID-19 in Connecticut

As of 3/27/2020 1:30PM. Includes patients tested at the State Public Health Laboratory, Hospital, and Commercial Laboratories

CountyLaboratory
Confirmed Cases      
Hospitalized
Cases
Deaths
Fairfield County7526815
Hartford County189362
Litchfield County5290
Middlesex County2551
New Haven County222466
New London County1520
Tolland County3323
Windham County300

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Total129117327


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Latest Announcement - Updated March 26, 2020

Executive Order 7N

Protection of Public Health and Safety During COVID-19 Pandemic and Response - Increased Distancing, Expanded Family Assistance and Academic Assessment Suspension

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WHEREAS, on March I0, 2020, I issued declarations of public health and civil preparedness emergencies, proclaiming a state of emergency throughout the State of Connectic as a result of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak in the United States and confirmed spread in Connecticut; and

WHEREAS, my Executive Order No. 7, dated March 12, 2020, among other things, prohibited gatherings of 250 people or more for social and recreational activities, including but not limited to, community, civic, leisure, and sp011ing events; parades; conceits; festivals; movie screenings; plays or performances; conventions; and similar activities, and suspended various statutes and regulations to protect public health and safety; and

WHEREAS, my Executive Order No. 7A, dated March 13, 2020, authorized the Commissioner o f Public Health to restrict entrance into nursing homes and similar facilities to protect people who are most vulnerable to COVID-19; and

WHEREAS, my Executive Order No. 7B, dated March 14, 2020, among other things, modified in-person open meetings requirements, waived ce11ain rules to mitigate the critical shortage of hand sanitizer and personal protective equipment (PPE), maintain and increase the availability of childcare, and provide for increased healthcare resources and facilities; and

WHEREAS, my Executive Order No. 7C, dated March 15, 2020, among other things, cancelled classes in public schools for at least two weeks, provided for closure and remote conduct of business at Department of Motor Vehicle branches, extended deadlines for municipal budget preparations, and suspended or modified laws and regulations governing health care data and visitation at certain health care and congregate care settings; and

WHEREAS, my Executive Order No. 70, dated March 16, 2020, restricted social and recreational gatherings of all types to fewer than 50 people, closed bars and restaurants to all service except food and non-alcoholic beverage takeout and delive1y, closed gyms, fitness centers and movie theaters, and prohibited on-site operations at off-track betting facilities; and

WHEREAS, my Executive Order No. 7E, dated March 17, 2020, among other things, waived the requirement for an 180-day school year, limited fingerprinting availability to that for critical requirements, extended the duration of various licenses and permits under the authority of the Commissioner of Emergency Services and public protection, and suspended certain requirements for recoupment of overpayment and hearings conducted by the Depmtment of Social Services; and

WHEREAS, my Executive Order No. 7F, dated March 18, 2020, ordered the closure of Large Shopping Malls, the closure o f places o f public amusement except public parks and open recreation areas, expanded Medicaid telehealth coverage, waived in-person service, hearing, and screening requirements for certain Probate Court proceedings in vulnerable group care settings, and clarified my order cancelling school classes; and

WHEREAS, my Executive Order No. 70, dated March 19, 2020, ordered the postponement of the presidential primary, suspended non-critical court operations, expanded the availability of telehealth services, and enacted additional public health measures; and

WHEREAS, my Executive Order No. 7H, dated March 20, 2020, limited the workplace operations o f non-essential businesses, and on-profit, created a process to designate those that are essential, and provided for consistency across the state in governmental response to the COVID- 19 pandemic; and

WHEREAS, my Executive Order No. 71, dated March 21, 2020, among other things, granted various forms of financial relief to recipients of public health and economic assistance, enacted measures to protect the health of children in the care of the Department of Children and Families, and enacted a series of measures to allow municipalities and their administrative bodies to conduct essential business while reducing the risk of COVID-19 transmission; and

WHEREAS, my Executive Order No. 7J, dated March 22, 2020, among other things, expanded the availability of tempormy retired workers to fill critical staffing needs, provided authority to expedite acquisition and leasing of property to meet emergency response needs, and clarified restrictions on the operations of non-essential businesses; and

WHEREAS, my Executive Order No. 7K, dated March 23, 2020, among other things, suspended non-critical operations of the Probate Comt and the Workers’ Compensation Commission, authorized remote notarization, and provided the Commissioner of Public Health with additional authority to expedite the public health response to the COVID-19 pandemic; and

WHEREAS, my Executive Order No. 71, dated March 24, 2020, among other things, extended the cancellation of public school classes through April 20, 2020, opened fishing season early to provide a safe recreational activity during this period of limited availability of other options, provided for continued availability ofmedical marijuana for patients with debilitating conditions, eased the ability for certain patients to transfer between nursing homes, and provided for increased availability of vital records services; and

WHEREAS, my Executive Order No. 7M, dated March 25, 2020, preserved the rights of the public in ce1tain proceedings under the Connecticut Freedom of Information Act and authorized commissioners of state agencies to suspend or modify administrative deadlines and other requirements of Chapter 54 of the Connecticut General Statutes and other agency-specific administrative requirements; and

WHEREAS, COVID-19 is a respiratory disease that spreads easily from person to person and may result in serious illness or death; and

WHEREAS, the World Health Organization has declared the COVID-19 outbreak a pandemic; and

WHEREAS, the risk of severe illness and death from COVID-19 appears to be higher for individuals who are 60 years of age or older and for those who have chronic health conditions; and

WHEREAS, to reduce spread ofCOVID-19, the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Connecticut Department of Public Health recommend implementation of community mitigation strategies to increase containment of the virus and to slow transmission of the virus, including cancellation of gatherings of ten people or more and social distancing in smaller gatherings; and

WHEREAS, confirmed COVID-19 infections and resulting hospitalizations have increased significantly in recent days, at the same time that residents ofareas with high infection rates have arrived in Connecticut, creating a need to enact further mandato1y distancing measures to limit the rate ofspread ofthe disease; and

WHEREAS, Public Act 19-117, codified as Section 22a-246a of the 2020 Supplement to the Connecticut General Statutes, in order to reduce waste and litter and their resulting harm to the quality of the environment and waters of the State of Connecticut and associated environmental costs, imposed a 10-cent-per-bag tax on single-use plastic checkout bags at various retail and other establishments; and

WHEREAS, while the Connecticut Department of Public Health has examined this issue and found that existing precautions, including frequent handwashing for at least 20 seconds or use of alcohol based sanitizer, avoiding touching the face with unwashed hands, and routine cleaning of public spaces and frequently handled items will greatly reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission for workers in high volume retail settings, many employees ofretail establishments have expressed concern about the handling of such bags; and

WHEREAS, retail and especially grocery and restaurant workers are making a critical contribution to keeping food readily available to the public during this public health and civil preparedness emergency, their continued contribution is essential to the state’s ability to enact appropriate distancing measures, and their concerns are respected; and

WHEREAS, Connecticut law mandates annual statewide assessments to measure student achievement and to determine school accountability, in addition to the federal testing requirements which were waived by the U.S. Department ofEducation on March 20, 2020 for the full state; and

WHEREAS, in light of the major disruption caused by the cancellation of classes statewide in Connecticut, on March 20, 2020, the Connecticut State Depmtment ofEducation secured a federal waiver for the 2019-20 school year from (i) all state-mandated assessments in all grades and subjects; and (ii) district/school accountability measures under the Eve1y Student Succeeds Act; and

WHEREAS, demand for firearms and ammunition since the declaration of this public health and civil preparedness emergency has increased dramatically, for example with 19,943 firearms purchase or transfer authorizations completed in March 2020 so far compared to 12,572 in all of March 2019, resulting in difficulty for dealers in transmitting authorization requests, larger than normal lines and crowds, and significant burdens on the staff and systems who process such requests, compromising their ability to process the requests and perform other critical emergency services and public safety duties; and

WHEREAS, upon a proclamation that a civil preparedness emergency exists, section 28-9(b) of the Connecticut General Statutes authorizes the modification or suspension in whole or in part by executive order of any statute or regulation or requirement or part thereof that conflicts with the efficient and expeditious execution of civil preparedness functions or the protection of public health;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, NED LAMONT, Governor of the State of Connecticut, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the State of Connecticut, do hereby ORDER AND DIRECT:

I. Restriction of Social and Recreational Gatherings to No More Than 5 People. Effective immediately, and through April 30, 2020, unless earlier modified, extended, or terminated by me, the prior order set forth in Executive Order No. 7D, prohibiting social and recreational gatherings of 50 people or more, is hereby amended and modified to require that all such gatherings of six (6) or more people, including but not limited to, community, civic, leisure, or sporting events; parades; conceits; festivals; plays or live performances; conventions; and similar activities, are prohibited throughout the State of Connecticut, except that religious, spiritual or worship gatherings shall not be subject to such increased restrictions, and shall instead remain subject to the prohibition on gatherings of 50 or more people, provided that they employ reasonable and appropriate distancing measures. To further clarify this order, it does not apply to government operations, private workplaces, retail establishments, or other activities that are not social or recreational gatherings.

2. Restrictions on Restaurant Payment and Pickup Operations. Where reasonably practicable, restaurants, eating establishments, and any bars that remain open for sales o f food for off-premise consumption, shall limit entrance of customers into their locations to the minimum extent necessary to pick up and/or pay for orders, use touchless payment systems, and require remote ordering and payment, whether by telephone, computer, mobile application, or other technology. Nothing in this order shall require any such business to acquire or use ordering or payment technology that they do not already possess, prohibit drive-through ordering and pickup, or prohibit in-person payment or cash payment where there is no reasonable alternative. Previously issued guidance for hospital and business cafeterias remains in effect.

3. Further Restrictions on Retail Operations. Any retail establishment that has been allowed to remain open and permit customers inside such establishment during this public health and civil preparedness emergency shall take appropriate and reasonable measures to ensure customers maintain six feet of distance between each other, and to manage any resulting lines to maintain such distance while people are waiting to enter, and where reasonably practical, employ touchless payment technology if they already have such technology available.

a. Firearms Transactions by Appointment Only. Effective immediately and through May 15, 2020, unless earlier modified, extended, or terminated by me, because the nature of certain regulated retail transactions, including purchase, sale, and transfer of firearms, ammunition, and their components or supplies, requires the customer’s presence inside the business to accommodate certain parts of those transactions or associated background check processes, and in order to limit person-to-person contact as much as possible and manage the large increase in requests for authorizations for such transactions and the resulting burdens on the communications technology and public safety staff responsible for reviewing and providing such authorizations, any firearms dealer shall conduct all such transactions by appointment only, shall limit such appointments to a number that will maintain a distance of six feet between any customers and/or staff in a store, including customers and staff conducting such transactions, and shall allow entrance into their establishments only to those customers conducting such transactions.

4. Temporary Suspension of Tax on Single-Use Checkout Bags. All provisions of Section 355 of Public Act 19-117, as codified in Section 22a- 246a of the 2020 Supplement to the Connecticut General Statutes, regarding single-use plastic checkout bags, are temporarily suspended through May 15, 2020, unless earlier modified, extended, or terminated by me. The Commisioner of Revenue Services shall issue any implementing order he deems necessmy, and any guidance for businesses on accounting or other necessmy measures during this temporary suspension.

5. Employees Not Required to Bag Items in Reusable Bags. Effective immediately and through May 15, 2020, unless earlier modified, extended, or terminated by me, no employer in a retail establishment shall require any employee to bag any item in a customer-provided reusable bag, provided that nothing in this order shall prohibit customers who wish to use such reusable bags from doing so; such customers shall bag their own items where the employee o f the retail establishment declines to do so.

6. Suspension of21-month Limit on Temporary Family Assistance. Section 17b-l 12 ofthe Co1mecticut General Statutes and any implementing regulations are modified to exclude from the statutory 21-month time limit on receipt of Tempora1y Family Assistance all months of such assistance received during the public health and civil preparedness emergency.

7. Suspension of School Testing Assessments for 2019-20 School Year. The provisions o f Section 10-14n o f the Co1U1ecticut General Statutes related to the administration of all state summative and alternate assessments; Section 10- 14t, related to the administration ofuniversal screening reading assessment for students in Grades K-3; and Section 10-265g, related to the administration of reading assessments in priority districts at the end of the school year, are hereby suspended for the 2019-20 school year. Any associated regulations, rules, and policies regarding statewide assessments are modified to authorize the Commissioner of Education to temporarily waive any requirements contained therein as he deems necessary to respond to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Unless otherwise specified herein, this order shall take effect immediately and shall remain in effect for the duration of the public health and civil preparedness emergency, unless earlier modified or terminated by me.

Dated at Hartford, Connecticut, this 26th day of March, 2020.

Ned Lamont

Governor

Corona Virus Impact Update


As you know, a State of National Emergency and a Declaration of Public Health and Civil Preparedness Emergency have been declared throughout the United States.  

We urge you, during this time, to act responsibly and do your part to prevent the transmission of the virus.  

The Town of Westbrook is asking residents to take social distancing very seriously. Through distancing we will slow the spread of COVID-19

The sick among us will be treated, the spread of the virus will slow, and we will reach a point where recoveries outnumber new cases.

Please continue to adhere to the established protocols (hand washing, avoid shaking hands, stay home if you are sick, etc.) that are on the Director of Health’s website here: Visit_Website_button

Please Note The Following:

  • School may be out, but this is absolutely not the time for parties, sleep-overs, or play-dates, no matter the size.  Parents play a crucial role in their child’s whereabouts and are advised to keep their children home. 
  • People may go outside to recreate, but do not congregate with others and refrain from visiting areas where people may have recently congregated such as playgrounds.
  • Disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces (cell phones, remote controls).
  • If you do not have to go out, stay home.  If possible, stay home from work.
  • If you are over 60 or have a serious underlying health condition, stay home and away from people.
  • If someone in your household is sick with a fever, cough or shortness of breath, please self-isolate for 14 days and contact your physician.  Do not rush to the Emergency Room.
  • Only travel if it is essential (seeking medical care or food). 

The Westbrook community is a family.  We are connected and know that your health, safety and well-being are our primary objectives. 

Together we can manage these challenging times as a community.


For more information, visit the Official State of Connecticut Website: connecticutmapor  The U. S. Department of Health and Human Services:CDC_logo


.......Noel Bishop, First Selectman, Zachary Faiella, Director of Health and Pat Ciccone, Superintendent of Schools


Questions or concerns may be directed to: First Selectman Noel Bishop or Director of Health Zachary Faiella.


Zachary Faiella, MPH, RS, Director of Health Phone: 860-399-9869 or 860-510-8894

Email; ZFaiella@WestbrookCT.us

Noel Bishop, First Selectman Phone; 860-399-3040

Email: NBishop@WestbrookCT.us


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