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.
- 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 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.”
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.