COVID-19 - Town News and Community Updates
Town officials are working closely with partners at the state and federal levels, as well as our partners here in Westbrook to monitor and respond to COVID-19, the 2019 novel Coronavirus.
|Westbrook Health Department updates can be found here.|
Summary Status of Town Services can be found here.
Updated March 20, 2020
Statewide updates can be found here.
First Selectman Noel Bishop is providing Westbrook-area specific updates.
Transfer Station to resume normal operations on March 21, 2020 (Open Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays 8:00 am - 3:00 pm)
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Released: March 23, 2020 4:00 pm
DATE: March 23, 2020
TO: All Town Hall Employees, Board and Commission Chairmen and Westbrook Residents
FROM: Noel Bishop, First Selectman
RE: Town Hall/Corona Virus Update
I want to provide an update on items of importance to all of us. Last week, we closed the Town Hall and did a deep cleaning of our municipal facilities consistent with CDC guidelines to ensure the health of our municipal staff. During this time, all vital services to the public were continued. This morning, all Department Heads met and we reviewed how we will continue to perform core responsibilities without any interruption of services to Westbrook residents.
I am enormously impressed with the commitment and teamwork that has been demonstrated by our employees doing everything we can, consistent with Governor Lamont’s various Executive Orders.
To continue essential town services, the Town Hall is staffed with the following procedures. The doors of the building will be locked, and ALL members of the public will need to make an appointment with the appropriate department regarding their concerns. Whenever possible, specific issues should be discussed with the employee by telephone or email thereby minimizing social contact. If necessary, a time can be arranged with an employee to meet with you in person to assist with your issue.
The Director of Health and I have participated in Governor Lamont’s almost daily press briefings. Additionally, as a member of the Executive Committee of the Council of Governments, I have received communication from the other 17 towns and the above protocol for Westbrook’s municipal offices is consistent with what many of my colleagues are doing in their respective municipalities. To date, four of the towns have already totally closed their offices. Also, the Superintendent of Schools and I have been in daily contact with messages that she is communicating to parents.
My office has issued several communications that have been posted on our website; social media when appropriate and the Director of Health and I recorded a program last week at the Valley Shore Community Television studio that is also on our website reinforcing all of the CDC guidelines for how to mitigate this serious virus. There has been and will continue to be constant communication with frequent updates.
I have been in contact with our local restaurants and, as per the Governor’s orders, only take-out service is available. I encourage you to give them and all of our Westbrook businesses your support. Additionally, in a conversation with Vin Capece, President and CEO, Middlesex Health, they are prepared to care for individuals but request that your primary care physician be your first point of contact if you are experiencing any symptoms of the Corona Virus. Please go directly to the Emergency Room if your symptoms appear to be acute.
The Director of Health, in conjunction with Governor Lamont’s Executive Order 7B, recommends no in-person Board/Commission meetings in Town Hall but rather Board members and the public must participate in meetings via teleconferencing or video call. The logistics of that are still being finalized. I would request that all of our Boards/Commissions, unless absolutely necessary, do not schedule any meetings until further notice; with the exception of the Board of Finance that will need to continue their budget deliberations but with restrictions.
Finally, on a personal note, my wife, Kit, and I try to take a walk everyday and take a deep breath and reflect for a moment that during this time of crisis, we live in Westbrook; a community that cares very deeply about family, neighborhoods and friends. We are all in this together.
As all of us know, the status of the virus and its impact on our communities might necessitate a change in the above procedures and protocols.
Noel Bishop, First Selectman
Released: March 19, 2020 3:30 pm
The Town Hall was closed this past week on advice of our Health Director in order to conduct a thorough cleaning of our municipal buildings, according to CDC guidelines, to ensure the safety of our employees and the public. During this time, vital services to the public have continued: constables have been on duty; VNA nurses and first responders have been available. The Town Clerk, Building Official, Director of Health, Finance Office and Selectman’s Office staff have continued with their responsibilities. The Director of Health and I have been in daily contact and have been monitoring all Press Conferences and Executive Orders from the Governor regarding guidelines on meeting the tremendous needs of this health emergency.
As First Selectman, I realize the importance and responsibility that your local government has, as one major point of contact for information and support during this crisis.
To continue essential town services, the Town Hall will re-open on Monday, 3/23/20 at 9:00 a.m. with the following procedure. The doors of the building will be locked, and ALL members of the public will need to make an appointment with the appropriate department regarding their concerns. Whenever possible, specific issues should be discussed with the employees by telephone or email thereby minimizing social contact. If necessary, a time can be arranged with an employee to meet with you in person to assist with your issue. This is a protocol that several other municipal governments have adopted.
We need to finalize procedures for meetings of our Boards and Commissions consistent with Governor Lamont’s Emergency Orders and Freedom of Information guidelines.
To reiterate, the Town Hall will be open, by appointment, phone, or email only.
The Senior Center, Park and Rec. programs and the Library will remain closed until further notice. These are the necessary health procedures that we must take to limit the potential spread of the virus.
We appreciate your patience, support and cooperation.
Noel Bishop, First Selectman
Zachary Faiella, Director of Health