Emergency Management

**COVID19 PREVENTATIVE MEASURES & IMPLEMENTATION PROCEDURES: TOWN PLAN FOR LIMITED GENERAL PUBLIC INTERACTION: AS OF MARCH 23, 2020 PUBLIC WILL BE ALLOWED IN TOWN HALL BY APPOINTMENT ONLY, PLEASE SEE THIS LINK FOR CONTACT INFORMATION FOR EACH DEPARTMENT!!! 

*STATEMENT FROM HARWINTON EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT: PLANNING TEAM*

CASES IN HARWINTON: 40

DEATHS IN HARWINTON: 4

UPDATED: FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2020

The Planning Team is participating in a number of state and regional conference calls throughout the week and will continue to do so. Information from those calls will be posted here.

**Please see the link below for the governor’s Frequently Asked Questions Document related to COVID-19.  It has some great info that can answer many of our questions.**

A county-by-county breakdown of the positive cases 

*Wednesday, April 8th, 2020 – The Department of Consumer Protection (DCP), the Better Business Bureau Serving Connecticut, and Attorney General William Tong are warning families about work from home scams that may be targeting vulnerable workers during this time. Click here to learn more.* 

Governor Lamont signs fifth executive order to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

On Monday afternoon, Governor Lamont signed another executive order – the fifth since he enacted the civic preparedness and public health emergency declarations – that builds upon his efforts to encourage mitigation strategies that slow down transmission of the virus.

Governor Lamont’s Executive Order No. 7D enacts the following provisions:

  •      Further reduces large crowds: Effective immediately, the order amends a previous directive prohibiting large social and recreational gatherings of 250 or more and modifies that capacity to no more than 50 people. In addition, the order adds religious, spiritual, and worship gatherings to the list of activities for which this prohibition applies.
  •       Limits restaurants and bars to take-out and delivery services only: Effective at 8:00 p.m. on March 16, the order requires restaurants, eating establishments, and bars that serve food to temporarily move to take-out and delivery services only, and prohibits the sales of alcohol at these establishments. The Governor strongly urges residents to order pick to support the Resturant a in your neighborhood
  •        Closure of off-track betting facility operations: Effective at 8:00 p.m. on March 16, the order requires that any facility authorized to conduct off-track betting must cease on-site operations. While Governor Lamont enacted this clause in his executive order, he also acknowledges and thanks these businesses for their willingness to close voluntarily.
  •        Restriction on gyms, fitness studios, and movie theaters: Effective at 8:00 p.m. on March 16, the order directs the closure of any indoor gym, fitness center, or similar facility or studio offering fitness, sporting, or recreational opportunities or instructions, and all movie theaters.

All of the restrictions are enacted through April 30 unless otherwise amended by future order.
The Lamont administration remains in discussions with Connecticut’s tribal nations regarding the operations of the Mohegan Sun and Foxwoods casinos and anticipates having a resolution soon.

Drive-through testing sites approved at several Connecticut hospitals.

In order to help protect patients and support social distancing, alternate COVID-19 testing locations have been approved at several hospitals throughout Connecticut, and each of them are at varying stages of setting-up drive-through testing procedures. The hospitals approved for drive-through test sampling includes:

  •        Bridgeport Hospital
  •        Bristol Health
  •        Danbury Hospital
  •        Greenwich Hospital
  •        Stamford Health
  •        Waterbury Hospital
  •        Yale-New Haven Hospital

Anyone seeking to be tested must have a prescription from their doctor and make an appointment in advance.

Healthcare providers granted streamlined approval process to accelerate availability of COVID-19-related treatment and services

HANDWASHING IS MOST IMPORTANT & VERY EFFECTIVE: The COVID - 19 virus is more fragile than other viruses and is destroyed with soap & water.

LIMIT EXPOSURE TO LARGE GROUPS: This is especially important for the elderly and anyone with a compromised or depressed immune system.

SHOULD YOU EXPERIENCE SYMPTOMS: 1) Call your PCP, 2) stay hydrated, 3) rest. This is a type of flu that requires the same attention and care as the seasonal flu. If you feel symptoms are getting worse please call 911.

*Please keep in mind that the measures being taken in Harwinton & Region #10 are precautionary and preventative. 85% of cases of COVID-19 virus require no medical treatment. We will update the website daily during the business week and as much as necessary. We are being proactive in keeping the community safe.

*Our Emergency Management Team have set up an email address in order for Residents to send in questions regarding COVID-19. That email address is: COVID19@harwinton.us.

GOVERNOR'S EXECUTIVE ORDER NO. 7D

for the most up to date information and prevention measures please visit www.cdc.gov

 

In this unpredictable world of emergency operations, conditions change rapidly as does the knowledge needed to lead the response. The Town of Harwinton takes the safety of our residents as top priority and has one of the best emergency response teams and leaders in the State.  Whether responding to hurricanes, floods, earthquakes, tornados, winter storms or hazmat spills, our officials use their expertise to establish command and control, coordinate communication, evacuate citizens, and execute clean-up operations to protect human and wildlife populations and natural resources.

Vincent Wheeler has been appointed to help coordinate the Town's emergency response plans among Town and private organizations that play key or ancillary roles in responding to an incident of mass casualty, natural disasters such as hurricanes, floods, earthquakes, tornados, winter storms or bioterrorism that may occur in or around Harwinton. The organizations include: Town of Harwinton municipal departments, agencies, such as the Red Cross, Charlotte Hungerford Hospital and private industry and businesses. Mr. Wheeler coordinates the town’s Emergency Operations Center with the First Selectman. This hi-tech arena, currently located at the Harwinton Town Hall, soon to be moved to the new emergency management center/ambulance building on Burlington Rd. in the fall, has seating, communications equipment, computer network, and a visual display system for monitoring crews working throughout the town in order to work together keeping residents safe and restore lifelines when trouble strikes.

This section includes emergency preparedness information for the residents and businesses in the Town of Harwinton. It also contains links to State and National Web sites that offer emergency preparedness tips and other information.

Staff Contacts

Name Title Phone
Vincent W. Wheeler Director (860) 601-5981