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Update May 6: Schools to Remain Closed

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Stamford COVID-19 Information:

This is just a small sampling of the twenty-plus pages of information at the City’s Site. You’ll find there information on a wide range of resources, including mortgage relief, openings and closings, special hours for seniors, opportunities to volunteer, donate, or otherwise make a difference, isolation housing, business guidelines, and a whole lot more. Here are what I think are worth looking at today:

COVID-19: If You Need Non-Emergency Assistance Please Dial Social Services at (203) 977-4050

In-person Classes at all K-12 Schools are Canceled Statewide for the Remainder of the Academic Year

Governor Ned Lamont announced today he is ordering in-person classes at all K-12 public school facilities in Connecticut to remain canceled for the rest of the 2019-2020 academic year and continue to provide distance learning.

Superintendent Dr. Tamu Lucero and Mayor David Martin announced Stamford Public Schools will continue to provide education to students via distance teaching and learning through to the end of the scheduled school year.

The last scheduled day for Stamford students in June 15, 2020.

Help Stamford

All information about how to help Stamford during the COVID-19 public health emergency can be found at the City’s<How to Help Stamford Page. Included are links for volunteering, home mask production, blood and plasma donations, and, of course monetary donations to the many groups and agencies providing necessary assistance to the people of Stamford at this time.

Testing for COVID-19 in Stamford

Residents can call Stamford’s dedicated Testing Hotline at 1.833.508.8378 for information on testing availability in the Stamford area.

For complete information, visit Stamford’s May 5 COVID-19 Daily Summary.


Remote Learning Opportunities in Stamford:

Remote Learning at the Stamford Museum & Nature Center

Avon Theatre Film Center has added various on-line offerings.

Ferguson Library, though closed, has various digital services available.

Bartlett Arboretum and Gardens is still open (please follow CDC guidelines) and has webinars scheduled. The next is: Tick Prevention on May 14.


Local Data as of May 5:

Stamford cases: 2788

Stamford case rate: 2148/100,000, or one out of every 47 people in Stamford.

Stamford deaths: 150

Connecticut cases: 30,621

Connecticut deaths: 2633


Governor’s News:

Classes at K-12 Public Schools Will Remain Canceled for the Rest of the Academic Year

After two extensions of these orders, they are being extended to the end of the Academic Year.

Distribution of Donated Laptops and Scholastic Books

The State Department of Education and the Governor’s Learn from Home Task Force have been continuing to coordinate the distribution of remote learning resources that have been donated to Connecticut, including 60,000 Dell laptops from the Partnership for Connecticut, and more than 185,000 high-quality Scholastic book packs for prekindergarten to eighth grade students from the Nooyi family. Due to global supply chain shortages during the pandemic, the laptops and book packs are arriving to Connecticut in staggered waves. See the May 5 Press Release for full details.

Connecticut schools have served four million meals under emergency meals programs

Throughout the emergency, Connecticut’s public schools have served more than four million meals to students under the emergency meals programs. A total of 130 school districts are currently serving meals at 458 locations statewide. In accordance with federal requirements, the state is operating two emergency meals programs. See the May 5 Press Release for full details.

Governor’s May 5, Press Conference:

Hospitalizations popped a little after eight day down trend. Infection rate among positive cases pretty low.

It’s highly infectious, and we need to be cautious going forward. Still targeting May 20 for a calendar as to how we will move forward.

We had a protest. We get that, but you need to get that your stupidity does not allow you to put others at risk.

Traditional classroom education closed for year, but will be continuing at a distance.

Scholastic has donated tens of thousands of books. Our teachers are stepping up. And most kids are taking to this.

Commissioner Cardona reminds you schooling continues, though it’s going to look different. Guidance on summer schools will come later this month.

Beth Bye, Commissioner, Office of Early Childhood. Child Care does continue. Camps will start opening June 29th. Added protective measures being put in place.

Unlikely to have any in-person graduations.

Stamford Corona Update: May 1, 2020

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From the City’s last Update

This is just a small sampling of the twenty-plus pages of information at the City’s Site. You’ll find there information on a wide range of resources, including opportunities to volunteer, donate, make a difference, and just learn more. Here are what I think are worth looking at today:

Stamford is Hosting a Food Drive for the Fairfield County Food Bank on Saturday, May 2nd.

Residents can drop off non-perishable food supplies to the Stamford Police Department, 805 Bedford Street, between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.

Volunteer

The City of Stamford maintains a volunteer signup sheet for future volunteer opportunities.

Stamford Together, a citywide volunteer program to help support emergency response efforts related to the COVID-19 public health emergency. Volunteers can contribute to five major initiatives (click each title to sign up):

  • Testing Site Volunteer Program: As the City launches more testing sites, volunteers are needed to keep these sites functional.
  • Resident Delivery Program: Volunteer drivers are needed to provide delivery services to quarantined members of our community.
  • Medical Reserve Corps: A national network of medical and public health professionals who assist emergency response during public health emergencies.
  • Homemade Mask Production: Masks produced by volunteers will be picked up by a delivery driver through a partnership with local dry-cleaning service providers. Masks will be cleaned and disinfected then distributed to the community.
  • Volunteer spots for Grab and Go Meals and Senior Outreach have been completely filled.

Students and retired health care workers are encouraged to register for Connecticut’s CT Responds, a statewide volunteer management system.

Golf and Tennis Open:

The City of Stamford today reopens—with strict restrictions—golf courses and tennis courts. These restrictions are guided by the United States Tennis Association’s recommendations for players and facilities, and standard practices at other golf courses reopened in the Northeast region. Restrictions include, but are not limited to:

Tennis Courts
  • Maintain at least six feet apart from other players, do not make physical contact with other players.
  • Players should consider not playing doubles.
  • Avoid touching your face after handling a ball, racquet, or other equipment.
  • If a ball from another court comes to you, do not touch it. Players can return the ball with a kick or hitting it with a racquet.
  • After playing, wash your hands thoroughly or use hand sanitizer.
  • Do not use the locker room or changing area, shower at home.
  • No extracurricular or social activity should take place on tennis courts.
  • All players should leave the facility immediately after play.
  • Full list of restrictions for players available here.
  • Full list of restrictions for facilities
    available here.
Golf Courses
  • Social distancing of six feet throughout all facilities.
  • Facemasks must be worn in situations where social distancing cannot be maintained.
  • Golfers can show up no sooner than 20 minutes before tee time.
  • Golf carts restricted to one person per cart. Carts, keys, and pull cart handles are to be cleaned and sanitized before sold again.
  • Flagsticks are not to be touched or removed.
  • Individuals not playing golf or picking up food from the establishment’s restaurant will be asked to leave.
  • Full list of restrictions available on E. Gaynor Brennan’s website and Sterling Farms’ website.

The United States Tennis Association previously recommended against playing tennis at all, this motivated the City of Stamford’s original decision to close tennis courts.

Other public golf courses in the region have reopened or plan to reopen in the coming week, including Greenwich, Danbury, East Haddam, Hamden, Middlefield, Monroe, Oxford, Wallingford, and Woodbridge — as well as Ossining and Yorktown in New York State.

The City of Stamford’s marinas and boatyards policy is now available to residents. Governor Ned Lamont announced on April 18th marinas, boatyards, and marine manufacturers would remain open so long as they followed social distancing guidelines.

Remote Learning Opportunities

Remote Learning at the Stamford Museum & Nature Center

Avon Theatre Film Center has added various on-line offerings.

Ferguson Library, though closed, has various digital services available.

Bartlett Arboretum and Gardens is still open (please follow CDC guidelines) and has webinars scheduled. The next is: Tick Prevention on May 14.


Local Data as of April 30:

Stamford cases: 2390

Stamford case rate: 1842/100,000, or one out of every 54 people in Stamford.

Stamford deaths: 127


Yesterday’s Governor’s Briefing

Daily Summary

Negative 41 hospitalizations; continuing to go down. Eighty Nine more fatalities, concentrated in nursing homes.

Governor covered stages and measures for opening.

Working with businesses to keep things safe. Also want consumers knowing they are being taken care of.

Looking at what and how to open public venues. Taking our cues from our community partners, businesses and venues as well.

A whole lot was covered. Your best bet is to visit the Press release of April 30 for full details, especially the charts of the impact and how we will progress.


Where to Help Out and Where to Get Help

Connecticut Volunteer Opportunities: https://portal.ct.gov/Coronavirus/Information-For/Volunteers

Connecticut Mental Health Resources: https://portal.ct.gov/Coronavirus/Pages/Public-Health-Resources/Mental-Health-Resources

Stamford COVID-19 Resource Center: https://www.stamfordct.gov/covid19

Stamford Hospital COVID-19 Hotline: 203-276-4111

And to help Stamford hospital, visit their page.

Stamford Volunteer Opportunities: https://www.stamfordct.gov/stamfordtogether

CDC guidelines on How to Protect Yourself and Others.

Stamford Corona Update: April 28, 2020

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Yesterday’s Governor’s Briefing

Supply Chains and Food

People lining up for food, a lot of whom had a really good job only six weeks ago.

Tomorrow: Contact Tracing. Later in Week: Reopen CT. Friday: end of month numbers for this and next fiscal year, ends June 30.

Looking at Asia: Hong Kong and Singapore have resurgences of virus; a lot of travel. New Zealand and Australia are moving to zero.

Food supply chain: remembering 70s. Energy states are losing 30-40% of revenue. We’re learning about supply chains on PPE and antibiotics what we learned then about oil. Want some control over the chain.

Now food. People hungry, and food is being dumped. Looking at how we can get control over own food supply.

Bryan Hurlburt, Commissioner, Department of Agriculture: Four separate buckets: (1) insecurity, food banks and food share, have increased SNAP allotments and eligibility, (2) food systems: getting outlets for farmers and restaurants, aggregation, (3) access for quarantined, and (4) supermarkets.

Dr. Deidre Gifford, Commissioner, Department of Social: Food insecurity is an issue, and a first time issue for many people. Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP): 350,000 were getting before CoronaVirus.

New benefit for 270,000 children. Waivers so all SNAP recipients receiving maximum amount. Extended eligibility. Won’t have to renew in April, May or June. Fewer interviews required. Eliminated some of the work requirements. Are planning for on-line access. Working with USDA to allow families to order food on-line for pick up and delivery.

Working with FEMA to supply people stuck at home, either because at risk or sick.

Looking at how to help restaurant industry.

Summary

Hospitalization down. Fairfield down. Hartford and New Haven Flat. New hospitalizations. 162 new admissions last day; numbers are lumpy but trend line down. Fourteen day downward on three-day moving average is when we start to adjust access.

Press Questions:
  • Summer and Fall: That’s why we have task force. We’ll do what we find safe.
  • What caseload necessary to indicate easing? Numbers are also related to testing. Hospitalizations is key metric for me.
  • Food shortages: We’re looking, but USDA says don’t count on it.
  • Resurgence of interest in locally grown and farmers markets.
  • CDC and National Guard providing additional service to nursing homes.
  • Connecticut primaries in August: we’ll make sure to have access.
  • Taking us 30% less to do infrastructure repairs, but also with crash of gas prices and demand, source of revenue to do repairs also limited.
Governor Lamont encourages residents to sign up for the state’s CTAlert notification system

Governor Lamont is encouraging Connecticut residents to sign up for CTAlert, the state’s emergency alert system, which provides text message notifications to users. To subscribe, text the keyword COVIDCT to 888-777.

Residents encouraged to consider non-perishable food donations to Connecticut’s food pantries

Governor Lamont is encouraging Connecticut residents with extra canned and other non-perishable food items to make a donation to a food pantry in their area. To find local food pantries, visit www.211ct.org/foodpantries. Monetary donations are also welcome, as are monetary donations to Connecticut’s regional food banks – Foodshare and the Connecticut Food Bank.

This and more at the Press release of April 24.

Links and Data

Connecticut Official Site: https://portal.ct.gov/Coronavirus

Local Data as of April 27:

Stamford cases: 2315

Stamford case rate: 1784/100,000, or one out of every 56 people in Stamford.

Stamford deaths: 118

Connecticut cases: 25,997

Connecticut deaths: 2012

Remote Learning Opportunities

Today, 2:00 p.m. Facebook Live: Essential Garden Tools and Their Uses Hosted by Bartlett Arboretum & Gardens.

Remote Learning at the Stamford Museum & Nature Center

Avon Theatre Film Center has added various on-line offerings.

Ferguson Library, though closed, has various digital services available.

Bartlett Arboretum and Gardens is still open (please follow CDC guidelines) and has webinars scheduled. The next is: Tick Prevention on May 14.

From the City’s last Update

This is just a small sampling of the information at the City’s Site. You’ll find there information on a wide range of resources, including opportunities to volunteer, donate, make a difference, and just learn more.

Community:

The U.S. Navy’s “Blue Angels” aviation team will perform a flyover of Stamford to show appreciation of frontline COVID-19 responders tomorrow, Tuesday, April 28th. Residents can anticipate this demonstration approximately between 12:20 p.m. and 12:30 p.m. Residents can anticipate the sound of a very loud jets flying at low altitude at this time.

Stamford’s Town Clerk’s Office has provided more information on their dedicated webpage for how residents can utilize the office’s services during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Stamford’s First Responders will host a Food Drive for the Farfield County Food Bank on Saturday, May 2nd. Residents can drop off nonperishable food supplies to the Stamford Police Department, 805 Bedford Street, between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.

The City of Stamford would like to remind residents of pedestrian, bicyclist, and motorist general safety tips as more residents walk around Stamford:

  • Pedestrians are advised to walk FACING traffic.
  • Pedestrians are advised to maintain 6 feet of social distancing from other pedestrians.
  • Bicyclists are advised to ride in the street (not the sidewalk) and obey traffic laws (such as red lights).
  • Bicyclists are advised to ride WITH traffic.
  • Motorists are advised to look out for pedestrians and bicyclists.
  • Motorists are advised to provide 3 feet of space when passing bicyclists.

Beach Stickers are available for purchase online or by mail, residents cannot purchase beach permits at the Government Center for the duration of the COVID-19 pandemic. Residents who submit information online are reminded to complete the payment process after they’ve received an email notifying their application has been approved.

Residents who wish to purchase by mail can send 1) a photocopy of their current car registration, 2) a self-addressed stamped envelope, and 3) any other required documentation along with 4) a check payable to the City of Stamford. The permit will be mailed back to you.

Services:

The bulk waste/collection event planned for Scofieldtown Yard Recycling Center on May 2nd has been canceled. The next collection event is planned to take place on Saturday, June 6th.

The State of Connecticut’s Department of Transportation will pave Route 104 (Long Ridge Road) from Loughran Avenue to Route 137 (Cold Spring Road) between April 27th and May 28th. Work will be conducted from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. daily. Scheduling may be adjusted depending on inclement weather.

Where to Help Out and Where to Get Help

Connecticut Volunteer Opportunities: https://portal.ct.gov/Coronavirus/Information-For/Volunteers

Connecticut Mental Health Resources: https://portal.ct.gov/Coronavirus/Pages/Public-Health-Resources/Mental-Health-Resources

Stamford COVID-19 Resource Center: https://www.stamfordct.gov/covid19

Stamford Hospital COVID-19 Hotline: 203-276-4111

And to help Stamford hospital, visit their page.

Stamford Volunteer Opportunities: https://www.stamfordct.gov/stamfordtogether

CDC guidelines on How to Protect Yourself and Others.

Stamford Corona Update: April 27, 2020

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Friday’s Governor’s Briefing

Hospitalizations down. Testing up. Hartford now trending down.

Trend line down.

Getting testing out to communities rather than people to tests.

Virus has flare ups. That’s just how it is. FEMA stepping up to help nursing homes. On top of all our other nursing home attention.

Food supply chain is a matter of concern. Commissioner of Agriculture is taking lead on that. Extending SNAP.

Helping with restaurants, DoorDash, etc. Patronize them. They need it.

Kathleen Silard, President and CEO of Stamford Hospital: Our people are selfless and great. They should get your thanks. Want to acknowledge Governor Lamont for really making this a team effort. Sending a lot of patients home. So many lessons learned: sharing in and out of state.

Major General Francis J. Evon, Jr., Adjutant General and Commanding Officer, Connecticut National Guard. First, thanks to Governor for really moving and coordinating from day one. Warehousing, distribution, testing. Four mobile hospitals. Working with Yale on testing and tracking.

Press Questions:
  • Fourteen days of declining metrics, phase one, first Tier, parks and beaches open, we’re already there. Never closed.
  • Business Advisory Committee has a lot of small businesses.
  • Our revenues will be down about 5% on the year.
  • Voting pushed off to August.
  • Nursing homes doing alright. Nursing homes 43% of deaths.
  • Hydorxychloroquine: Initially used, small study suggests doesn’t help. Stamford Hospital not using.
  • Testing of Nursing Home Workers: Would like to do more. It’s important for us to test more.
  • Normal Health Care Put Off: this could cause a surge later and we’re concerned about it.

Highlights from Governor’s Daily e-mail

“When you take a broad look at the data over the last two weeks, we’ve shown that we can flatten the curve and control the spread of this virus through kinds of social distancing measures that we’ve implemented – but we are not out of the woods yet,” Governor Lamont said. “When it comes creating an action plan on the steps we should take next, our primary objective needs to focus on not causing any harm to the progress we have made so far, otherwise our infection and hospitalization rates will go right back up. Our health care system has been amazing throughout this pandemic, and we are going to continue working with them to ramp up testing even more, including through antibody tests and contact tracing. This approach is key to getting people back to work and ensuring that workers are adequately protected when they return.”

Press Release April 26

Governor Lamont encourages residents to sign up for the state’s CTAlert notification system

Governor Lamont is encouraging Connecticut residents to sign up for CTAlert, the state’s emergency alert system, which provides text message notifications to users. To subscribe, text the keyword COVIDCT to 888-777.

From April 25 Press Release

Governor Lamont partners with CBIA and CONNSTEP to distribute free face coverings for small businesses

“Governor Lamont today announced that his administration is partnering with the Connecticut Business and Industry Association (CBIA) and its affiliate CONNSTEP on an initiative to distribute free face coverings to eligible, essential small businesses with fewer than 50 employees. Eligible businesses include those defined as essential businesses by the Department of Economic and Community Development.”

See complete story at the Press Release of April 25.

Residents encouraged to safely dispose of unwanted medication at home as an alternative to National Drug Takeback Day events

If not for COVID-19, thousands of Connecticut residents would be visiting one of the nearly 100 drug drop boxes at police stations across the state today to mark National Drug Takeback Day. This year, in light of the pandemic, residents are asked to avoid visiting the drug drop boxes, and take steps to secure, and clean out their medicine cabinets at home.

Here’s what residents can do:

  • Dispose of any unneeded medication at home by running it under hot water, combining it with something undesirable like used coffee grounds or kitty litter, securing it in a container, and disposing of it in the trash. Do not flush medication down the toilet.
  • Secure any of your expired or unneeded medication in a safe place so that it’s ready to go as soon as you’re able to visit a drug drop box again.

Last year, 59,058 pounds of unneeded medication were disposed of in drug drop boxes, an increase of more than 15,000 pounds from 2018.

For more information, read the press release issued today by the Department of Consumer Protection.

Press Release of April 25.

“Raytheon Company and United Technologies – is donating more than $3 million worth of charter transportation and personal protective equipment (PPE) to the State of Connecticut’s relief supplies, which will be distributed by the state to first responders and front line health care professionals.”

Full details here.

Residents encouraged to consider non-perishable food donations to Connecticut’s food pantries

Governor Lamont is encouraging Connecticut residents with extra canned and other non-perishable food items to make a donation to a food pantry in their area. To find local food pantries, visit www.211ct.org/foodpantries. Monetary donations are also welcome, as are monetary donations to Connecticut’s regional food banks – Foodshare and the Connecticut Food Bank.

This and more at the Press release of April 24.

Links and Data

Connecticut Official Site: https://portal.ct.gov/Coronavirus

Local Data as of April 23:

Stamford cases: 2255

Stamford case rate: 1738/100,000, or one out of every 58 people in Stamford.

Stamford deaths: 115

Connecticut cases: 25,269

Connecticut deaths: 1924

Remote Learning Opportunities

Tomorrow, April 28: Facebook Live: Essential Garden Tools and Their Uses Hosted by Bartlett Arboretum & Gardens.

Remote Learning at the Stamford Museum & Nature Center

Avon Theatre Film Center has added various on-line offerings.

Ferguson Library, though closed, has various digital services available.

Bartlett Arboretum and Gardens is still open (please follow CDC guidelines) and has webinars scheduled. The next is: Tick Prevention on May 14.

From the City’s last Update

This is just a small sampling of the information at the City’s Site. You’ll find there information on a wide range of resources, including opportunities to volunteer, donate, make a difference, and just learn more.

Long Ridge Road: Work Starts Today

The State of Connecticut’s Department of Transportation will pave Route 104 (Long Ridge Road) from Loughran Avenue to Route 137 (Cold Spring Road) between April 27th and May 28th. Work will be conducted from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. daily. Scheduling may be adjusted depending on inclement weather.

New Symptoms

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention added six new symptoms of COVID-19 to their website. The new symptoms are in addition to previously listed symptoms fever, cough and shortness of breath. The newly added symptoms include:

  • Chills
  • Repeated shaking with chills
  • Muscle pain
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • New loss of taste or smell
Masks

The City of Stamford announced five mask distribution sites for the next five days (three left). Each site will be provided with 2,000 masks to distribute to the public:

  • Monday, April 27th
    Glenbrook Railroad Station
    Glenbrook Road and Cowing Place
    5 p.m. – 7 p.m.
  • Tuesday, April 28th
    Springdale Railroad Station
    Hope Street and Clearview Avenue
    5 p.m. – 7 p.m.
  • Wednesday, April 29th
    Scofield Middle School
    641 Scofieldtown Road
    5 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Bethel AME in Stamford will have a drive-through mask pick-up at 150 Fairfield Avenue on Monday, April 27th from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.: Roughly 5,000 masks will be distributed.

Where to Help Out and Where to Get Help

Connecticut Volunteer Opportunities: https://portal.ct.gov/Coronavirus/Information-For/Volunteers

Connecticut Mental Health Resources: https://portal.ct.gov/Coronavirus/Pages/Public-Health-Resources/Mental-Health-Resources

Stamford COVID-19 Resource Center: https://www.stamfordct.gov/covid19

Stamford Hospital COVID-19 Hotline: 203-276-4111

And to help Stamford hospital, visit their page.

Stamford Volunteer Opportunities: https://www.stamfordct.gov/stamfordtogether

CDC guidelines on How to Protect Yourself and Others.

Corona Update: April 24

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Yesterday’s Governor’s Briefing

Today will focus on Reopen Connecticut.

We didn’t close as much as other states. Closed 38%. Kept a lot of manufacturing open. Unlike Texas, we never closed our state parks. Unlike Michigan, our gardening and landscaping businesses still operating. Daycare we’ve kept open.

We let certain non-essentials revise business practices instead of closing completely. We’ve preserved 76% of payroll wages.

Knows it’s no good to say two-thirds are working when you are in the one third. We’re working on that.

It’s smaller businesses that got hit the hardest, and it’s those we are focussing on getting back on track.

Indra Nooyi, Co-Chair – Reopen Connecticut Advisory Group, Former Chairman and CEO PepsiCo. Four aspects, doing our best to hit on all. Want every citizen to feel like the most important. Developing range of scenarios, doing analysis, to see where we can go and how it would impact us.

Dr. Albert Ko, Co-Chair – Reopen Connecticut Advisory Group, Department Chair – Epidemiology and Medicine, Yale University. Growing capacity to test so we can know how to protect ourselves and inform better decision making, and figure out best interventions.

They should have a well thought through plan by the May 20th date.

Press Questions:
  • Hitting top of curve. Looks good in Fairfield and New Haven.
  • Money from Feds helping a lot.
  • PPE: supply line is doing well.
  • Testing numbers up and down sometimes because we get big batches of data. Best to look over a few days.
  • Unemployment most of it paid or in process. Independents is a new program and will take a little longer.
  • Hydorxychloroquine, don’t have evidence it works.
  • Testing: Continuing to ramp up. We have strong corporate partners.
  • Reopen Connecticut: sharing information with other states, we are working in most integrated way. We’re all in same boat and learning from each other as go along.
  • State employment slated raises: We’re looking at it.
  • May 20 is not reopen date, It’s when we’ll have plan.

Highlights from Governor’s Daily e-mail

State launches program to coordinate housing solutions for individuals re-entering society

The Connecticut Office of Policy Management (OPM) – in partnership with the Department of Housing, the Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness (CCEH), United Way 2-1-1, the Department of Correction (DOC), and housing and homeless service providers across the state – is launching a new program to coordinate housing solutions for individuals re-entering the community from incarceration. See more here.

Governor Lamont encourages residents to sign up for the state’s CTAlert notification system

Governor Lamont is encouraging Connecticut residents to sign up for CTAlert, the state’s emergency alert system, which provides text message notifications to users. To subscribe, text the keyword COVIDCT to 888-777.

Governor Lamont Announces Members of the Reopen Connecticut Advisory Group

April 23 – It will be co-chaired by Indra Nooyi and Dr. Albert Ko. The announcement with full details about the committee can be found here.

Links and Data

Connecticut Official Site: https://portal.ct.gov/Coronavirus

Local Data as of April 23:

Stamford cases: 2182

Stamford case rate: 1681/100,000, or one out of every sixty people in Stamford.

Stamford deaths: 103

Connecticut cases: 23,100

Connecticut deaths: 1639

Remote Learning Opportunities

Remote Learning at the Stamford Museum & Nature Center

Avon Theatre Film Center has added various on-line offerings.

Ferguson Library, though closed, has various digital services available.

Bartlett Arboretum and Gardens is still open (please follow CDC guidelines) and has webinars scheduled. The next is: Tick Prevention on May 14.

From the City’s last Update

This is just a small sampling of the information at the City’s Site. You’ll find there information on a wide range of resources.

Mayor David Martin announced on April 21stover 300 of Stamford’s emergency response providers were tested for COVID-19, including Stamford’s Police Department, Fire Department, Stamford Emergency Medical Services, 911 Communications, and Department of Health nurses at testing sites. These individuals were not presenting with symptoms (“asymptomatic”).

  • Emergency response providers were given nasopharyngeal tests (“nasal swabs”) provided by DOCS Urgent Care and Murphy Medical Associates. Test results are provided by Quest Diagnostics and Sema4 Labs.
  • As more testing capacity becomes available, the City intends to expand its asymptomatic testing program to essential workers at nursing homes and senior living facilities.
Isolation Housing

Mayor David Martin announced the City of Stamford has partnered with UConn Stamford to provide housing for individuals who require isolation but cannot safely isolate in their homes. Apply Here.

Where to Help Out and Where to Get Help

Connecticut Volunteer Opportunities: https://portal.ct.gov/Coronavirus/Information-For/Volunteers

Connecticut Mental Health Resources: https://portal.ct.gov/Coronavirus/Pages/Public-Health-Resources/Mental-Health-Resources

Stamford COVID-19 Resource Center: https://www.stamfordct.gov/covid19

Stamford Hospital COVID-19 Hotline: 203-276-4111

And to help Stamford hospital, visit their page.

Stamford Volunteer Opportunities: https://www.stamfordct.gov/stamfordtogether

CDC guidelines on How to Protect Yourself and Others.

Stamford Corona Update: April 22, 2020

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Yesterday’s Governor’s Briefing

Today’s theme is testing.

Death toll still rising, but lagging indicator. Hospitalizations up, but still trending down. Daily admissions mostly down, Fairfield at half its peak now, New Haven even bettter, but Hartford still going up.

Back to testing. Thanks to you all, we’ve got five times as many people on Howwefeel.org:. Partnership between Quest and Hartford HealthCare. We’ll be up 2000 tests a day soon.

PPE – 100,000 new N95 masks, especially to nursing homes, two million surgical masks, and millions of gloves.

Hartford still has sufficient capacity.

Press Questions:
  • Still working to ramp up of tests significantly so we have data to make appropriate decisions going forward.
  • Supplies still working through chain.
  • Blood and Antibody testing: Want to know what’s going on in population, not just who is symptomatically sick, so we can make appropriate decisions. Starting with first responders.
  • Working with nursing homes. They’ve been a tragedy across the country.
  • Not asking about immigrant status as dealing with testing.
  • Working to get tests out of hospitals and out to you.
  • Bottom line: Have Capacity; Making sure we can care for all.

From Governor’s Daily e-mail

Thirtieth Executive Order relaxes physical presence requirement in certain court matters. See the Order for more guidance.

Limited student loan payment relief for privately held student loan debt also announced. “Under this new initiative, Connecticut residents with commercially owned Federal Family Education Loan Programs or privately held student loans who are struggling to make their payments due to the COVID-19 pandemic will be eligible for expanded relief. Borrowers in need of assistance should immediately contact their student loan servicer to identify the options that are appropriate to their circumstances. Relief options through the servicers listed below include:

  • Providing a minimum of 90 days of forbearance;
  • Waiving late payment fees;
  • Ensuring that no borrower is subject to negative credit reporting;
  • Ceasing debt collection lawsuits for 90 days; and
  • Working with borrower to enroll them in other borrower assistance programs, such as income based repayment.”

See more at The Department of Banking.

Links and Data

Connecticut Official Site: https://portal.ct.gov/Coronavirus

Local Data as of April 21:

Stamford cases: 2067

Stamford case rate: 1593/100,000, or one out of every 63 people in Stamford.

Stamford deaths: 87

Connecticut cases: 20,360

Connecticut deaths: 1423

Remote Opportunities

Remote Learning at the Stamford Museum & Nature Center

Avon Theatre Film Center has added various on-line offerings.

Ferguson Library, though closed, has various digital services available.

Bartlett Arboretum and Gardens is still open (please follow CDC guidelines) and has webinars scheduled. The nex is: Tick Prevention on May 14.

From the City’s Daily Updates

This is just a small sampling of the information at the City’s Site. You’ll find there information on a wide range of resources.

Marinas and Boatyards Open

The City reminds residents Governor Lamont announced on Saturday marinas, boatyards, and marine manufacturers in Connecticut are allowed to be open for personal use so long as strict social distancing and sanitization protocols are followed.

Paving Route 104, Long Ridge Road

The State of Connecticut’s Department of Transportation will pave Route 104 (Long Ridge Road) between April 27th and May 28th. Work will be conducted from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. daily. Scheduling may be adjusted depending on inclement weather.

Isolation Housing

Mayor David Martin announced the City of Stamford has partnered with UConn Stamford to provide housing for individuals who require isolation but cannot safely isolate in their homes. Apply Here.

Interesting News from Other Sources

From “Uncommon Knowledge” with Peter Robinson: Interview with Stanford University Professor of Medicine Dr. Bhattacharya: for every person who has it, there are fifty people who have it and never showed symptoms. It’s substantially more common than we previously thought. It’s not as deadly as we thought. Our estimates suggest between one and two in a thousand die, roughly on line with the flu. Bad news is the disease is likely non-eradicable.

Where to Help Out and Where to Get Help

Connecticut Volunteer Opportunities: https://portal.ct.gov/Coronavirus/Information-For/Volunteers

Connecticut Mental Health Resources: https://portal.ct.gov/Coronavirus/Pages/Public-Health-Resources/Mental-Health-Resources

Stamford COVID-19 Resource Center: https://www.stamfordct.gov/covid19

Stamford Hospital COVID-19 Hotline: 203-276-4111

And to help Stamford hospital, visit their page.

Stamford Volunteer Opportunities: https://www.stamfordct.gov/stamfordtogether

CDC guidelines on How to Protect Yourself and Others.

Stamford Corona Update: April 21, 2020

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Yesterday’s Governor’s Briefing

Deaths look to be up, but the CDC has changed for what is a Corona related death, so take that number with a grain of salt; hospitalizations up a little, but trend line is still down. We’re past the top of our curves in Fairfield and New Haven, Hartford not. But we’re not out of the woods. We can learn from the countries who are a little bit ahead of us on the disease progression.

What More Can We Do

This is leading up to May 20. Howwefeel.org: We’re the first state to partner to help monitor what’s going on in the state. For instance, we can monitor body temperature trends.

Tens of thousands of fever meters ordered so that we can monitor people’s temperatures on way into work or stores.

Long talks with Pence’s task force. Feds getting out of the way and letting states get more entrepreneurial and lead the way.

Abbott ramping up testing. CVS sponsoring a lot of drive through testing. Thanks to Connecticut Guard and Police, things up and running very efficiently. On the dark side, African American community is testing positive at four times the rate of caucasion.

Contact tracing: We want to look at who people who test positive have been in contact with. Apple and Google are working on Apps to help with this.

Business support: Paycheck protection tapped out. 18,000 businesses have been helped. Looking for how to do more. Need to address unemployment compensation funds: asking for grant instead of loans, so we don’t have to put this on the back of our small businesses as well.

Dr. Feng Zhang, Professor of Neuroscience, M.I.T., of How We Feel project addressed how his app works: asking people to share anonymously by zip code and symptoms to predict emerging hot spots. Please think about participating: a href=”https://howwefeel.org/” target=”_blank”> Howwefeel.org. Prof Zhang excited to be working with state to make this happen.

To help with food insecurity, have partnered to match every user with free meal donation at Feeding America. They are hoping to be able to provide ten million free meals along the way.

Dr. Lynn Sosa, Deputy State Epidemiologist, Department of Health, excited to be working with HowWeFeel to help fill out picture.

Press Questions:
  • Protest coming: What about overreaching on civil rights. What we are doing is working. Let the protestors walk through a COVID-19 ward and then lets talk about rights.
  • Worker’s Compensation: looking into how to protect our workers. No cost for testing or treatment. Sick leave is paid, but we’ll do better than that.
  • Unemployment and claims labelled as processed. What does that mean? Processed means approved, money on way.
  • Reopening Schedule, will it be by area or wholesale? His inclination is as a whole to avoid people moving unnecessarily, but open to adjust as impact can be minimized.
  • Data reporting: we’re just bringing our definition into line with other states.
  • How much data to make app useful: launched two weeks ago 300,000 users across country, 3300 in Connecticut, already have usable data. Finding testing is behind, with up to a seven day lag. Location information still needs more users. Ten to fifty thousand users could start giving some really useful data.
  • Cost of collaboration to How We Feel: zero.
  • Most bottle redemption centers closed; they say they’re ordered. Not what stated here. We’ll look into it.
  • Face mask: What if people don’t have. We’ll start with “These are the rules, please follow.” Most people have been just fine with that.
  • Plunging Gas Prices: We’re losing taxes. Will have major impacts on producers and other parts of world.
  • Level of Testing: Ramping up. Yale can help us innovate here. We’ll be able to know by May 20 what’s best way forward.
  • 50 Experts on Reopen Connecticut. Doing our best to dovetail human and tech to make sure we can do what we need, always being mindful of people’s privacy.
  • Health Care Worker Death numbers: We don’t have.
  • Appears to have peaked in Fairfield and New Haven Counties, Hartford still rising. Worried about Eastern Connecticut and Massachusetts effect.
  • How can we reimagine out of this crisis? Looking at universal health care. State like Connecticut might become more attractive if we have future crises like this.
  • Releasing people from State Psychiatric Facilities: Nothings off the table, but need to make sure that people are taken care of

Links and Data

Connecticut Official Site: https://portal.ct.gov/Coronavirus

Local Data as of April 20:

Stamford cases: 2046

Stamford case rate: 1577/100,000, or one out of every 63 people in Stamford.

Stamford deaths: 80

Connecticut cases: 19,815

Connecticut deaths: 1331

Remote Opportunities

Remote Learning at the Stamford Museum & Nature Center

Avon Theatre Film Center has added various on-line offerings.

Ferguson Library, though closed, has various digital services available.

Bartlett Arboretum and Gardens is still open (please follow CDC guidelines) and has webinars scheduled: Controlling Backyard Invaders – Backyard Gardening Series, Today, Tick Prevention on May 14.

From the City’s Daily Updates

This is just a small sampling of the information at the City’s Site. You’ll find there information on a wide range of resources.

Marinas and Boatyards Open

The City reminds residents Governor Lamont announced on Saturday marinas, boatyards, and marine manufacturers in Connecticut are allowed to be open for personal use so long as strict social distancing and sanitization protocols are followed.

Paving Route 104, Long Ridge Road

The State of Connecticut’s Department of Transportation will pave Route 104 (Long Ridge Road) between April 27th and May 28th. Work will be conducted from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. daily. Scheduling may be adjusted depending on inclement weather.

Isolation Housing

Mayor David Martin announced the City of Stamford has partnered with UConn Stamford to provide housing for individuals who require isolation but cannot safely isolate in their homes. Apply Here.

Interesting News from Other Sources

From “Uncommon Knowledge” with Peter Robinson: Interview with Stanford University Professor of Medicine Dr. Bhattacharya: for every person who has it, there are fifty people who have it and never showed symptoms. It’s substantially more common than we previously thought. It’s not as deadly as we thought. Our estimates suggest between one and two in a thousand die, roughly on line with the flu. Bad news is the disease is likely non-eradicable.

Where to Help Out and Where to Get Help

Connecticut Volunteer Opportunities: https://portal.ct.gov/Coronavirus/Information-For/Volunteers

Connecticut Mental Health Resources: https://portal.ct.gov/Coronavirus/Pages/Public-Health-Resources/Mental-Health-Resources

Stamford COVID-19 Resource Center: https://www.stamfordct.gov/covid19

Stamford Hospital COVID-19 Hotline: 203-276-4111

And to help Stamford hospital, visit their page.

Stamford Volunteer Opportunities: https://www.stamfordct.gov/stamfordtogether

CDC guidelines on How to Protect Yourself and Others.

Stamford Corona Update: April 20, 2020

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Friday’s Governor’s Briefing: Hospitalizations down, but we’ve passed a thousand deaths. Our stay at home policies are working. Our first rapid testing site is up.

On the bright side, we are dealing well with food insecurity. Travelers has, instead of firing its cafeterias staff, tasked them with providing meals. We have hundreds of volunteers making a difference all over the state.

Governor Lamont handed the podium over to Miriam Delphin-Rittmon, Commissioner of the Department of Mental Health & Addiction Services, who provided us an update on how we’re dealing, or not. They’ve created a web page, and have numbers for various support lines and links to various groups to support people through this time.

And if you are having issues with addiction, assessment for substance abuse can be done over the phone. Call 211 or directly to the DMHAS line for this, 800-563-4086.

The bottom line. There’s a lot of help out there. You don’t have to go through this alone.

Vanessa Dorantes, Commissioner, Department of Children and Families, also checked in. She reminds us that this is also a time of strength.

When it Builds up,
Talk it Out.

It’s okay to talk it out 833-258-5011, or simply Talk it Out.

Press Questions:

  • coordinating with region regarding reopening
  • can’t keep distancing, wear masks
  • I’m doing great
  • testing ramping up
  • no schools/stores open until May 20
  • tracking cases within agencies: daily discussion
  • what we do with marinas will be coordinated with other states
  • disproportionate impact on African-American community
  • nursing homes: 40% of fatalities
  • undocumented people: treating everyone
  • Bridgeport, Torrington, Westfield, several more adding beds
  • schools reopening: regional or not
  • restaurants will be handled universally to avoid travel
  • working closely with legislature: integral part of any process: “one Connecticut” as governor always says

Links and Data

Connecticut Official Site: https://portal.ct.gov/Coronavirus

As of April 19:

Stamford cases: 1758

Stamford case rate: 1355/100,000, or one out of every 74 people in Stamford.

Stamford deaths: 73

Connecticut cases: 17,962

Connecticut deaths: 1127

Remote Opportunities

Remote Learning at the Stamford Museum & Nature Center

Avon Theatre Film Center has added various on-line offerings.

Ferguson Library, though closed, has various digital services available.

Bartlett Arboretum and Gardens is still open (please follow CDC guidelines) and has webinars scheduled: Controlling Backyard Invaders – Backyard Gardening Series, tomorrow, Tick Prevention on May 14.

From the City’s Daily Updates

This is just a small sampling of the information at the City’s Site. You’ll find there information on a wide range of resources.

The City of Stamford announced its ongoing initiative to hand out thousands of masks to residents and organizations across Stamford.

  • This initiative began several weeks ago through coordination with Public Safety departments including Stamford Police Department, Fire Department, and Community Emergency Response Team.
  • Masks have been given to organizations including New Covenant House, Building One Community, Bethel AME Church, and a partnership with the NAACP to distribute masks and information to apartment buildings and complexes.
  • Stamford Police Department’s Community Outreach Program provides masks and information to individuals throughout Stamford as part of the department’s ongoing commitment to Community Policing.
  • Masks and prevention information have also been included as part of the Board of Education’s Grab and Go meal program.
  • Prevention information is provided in English, Spanish, and Creole as needed.

Governor Ned Lamont signed an executive order requiring any person in a public place in Connecticut who is unable or does not maintain a safe social distance of approximately six feet shall cover their mouth and nose with a mask or cloth face-covering.

  • Exceptions are made for individuals “for whom doing so would be contrary to his or her health or safety,” including medical conditions, anyone under the age of 2 years old, and parents or guardians who cannot safely place a mask on a child’s face.
  • “This order shall supersede and preempt any current or future municipal order.&#8221

Connecticut Volunteer Opportunities: https://portal.ct.gov/Coronavirus/Information-For/Volunteers

Connecticut Mental Health Resources: https://portal.ct.gov/Coronavirus/Pages/Public-Health-Resources/Mental-Health-Resources

Stamford COVID-19 Resource Center: https://www.stamfordct.gov/covid19

Stamford Hospital COVID-19 Hotline: 203-276-4111

And to help Stamford hospital, visit their page.

Stamford Volunteer Opportunities: https://www.stamfordct.gov/stamfordtogether

CDC guidelines on How to Protect Yourself and Others.

Stamford Corona Update: April 19, 2020

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We’ve included here a handful of links and some basic information. We hope you find it useful.

Connecticut Official Site: https://portal.ct.gov/Coronavirus

As of April 18:

Stamford cases: 1748

Stamford case rate: 1347/100,000, or one out of every 74 people in Stamford.

Stamford deaths: 72

Connecticut cases: 17,550

Connecticut deaths: 1086

Business Casualties

The Stamford Advocate reports that, after 50 years of operations: The Business Council of Fairfield is ending regular operations due to the Coronavirus.

We hope they can find a way back when this is over, and thank them for Fifty years of great service.

From the City’s Daily Updates

This is just a small sampling of the information at the City’s Site. You’ll find there information on a wide range of resources.

The City of Stamford announced its ongoing initiative to hand out thousands of masks to residents and organizations across Stamford.

  • This initiative began several weeks ago through coordination with Public Safety departments including Stamford Police Department, Fire Department, and Community Emergency Response Team.
  • Masks have been given to organizations including New Covenant House, Building One Community, Bethel AME Church, and a partnership with the NAACP to distribute masks and information to apartment buildings and complexes.
  • Stamford Police Department’s Community Outreach Program provides masks and information to individuals throughout Stamford as part of the department’s ongoing commitment to Community Policing.
  • Masks and prevention information have also been included as part of the Board of Education’s Grab and Go meal program.
  • Prevention information is provided in English, Spanish, and Creole as needed.

Governor Ned Lamont signed an executive order requiring any person in a public place in Connecticut who is unable or does not maintain a safe social distance of approximately six feet shall cover their mouth and nose with a mask or cloth face-covering.

  • Exceptions are made for individuals “for whom doing so would be contrary to his or her health or safety,” including medical conditions, anyone under the age of 2 years old, and parents or guardians who cannot safely place a mask on a child’s face.
  • “This order shall supersede and preempt any current or future municipal order.&#8221

Connecticut Volunteer Opportunities: https://portal.ct.gov/Coronavirus/Information-For/Volunteers

Connecticut Mental Health Resources: https://portal.ct.gov/Coronavirus/Pages/Public-Health-Resources/Mental-Health-Resources

Stamford COVID-19 Resource Center: https://www.stamfordct.gov/covid19

Stamford Hospital COVID-19 Hotline: 203-276-4111

And to help Stamford hospital, visit their page.

Stamford Volunteer Opportunities: https://www.stamfordct.gov/stamfordtogether

CDC guidelines on How to Protect Yourself and Others.

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