***FOUR CASES IN HARWINTON*** - COVID-19 Virus Prevention and Tips - UPDATED: MONDAY, MARCH 30, 2020 - PLEASE READ!

NUMBER OF CASES IN HARWINTON 4: - UPDATED MONDAY, MARCH 30, 2020

TOWN HALL IS CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC AND IS OPEN FOR EMPLOYEES MONDAY, WEDNESDAY & FRIDAY 8:30 AM - 4 PM (HOURS MAY VARY)

*STATEMENT FROM HARWINTON EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT: PLANNING TEAM*

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.**

**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!!! 

A county-by-county breakdown of the positive cases

For a Healthy Northwest Corner

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

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PLEASE CHECK EACH DEPARTMENT'S PAGE FOR CANCELLATIONS AND POSTPONEMENTS

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Current Data for COVID-19 Impact:

For the latest numbers of cases, deaths and those recovered click here

For additional data and graphs of activity click here

COVID-19 Guidance for Specific Groups:

Getting Your Household Ready for COVID-19

Guidance for Preventing COVID-19 Spread in Our Community

Guidance for Individuals, Families and Community

Guidance for Businesses

Guidance for Health Care Providers, Guidance for Health Care FacilitiesGuidance for Long Term Care Facilities

Guidance for Schools US Dept of Education

Tips for Talking with Children for Parents and TeachersPandemic Guidance for Schools

Guidance for Travelers: 

Guidance for Travelers

New Guidance for Travelers from Countries with Widespread Ongoing Transmission

Guidance for Caring for People with COVID-19:

Guidance on Caring for People Confirmed or Suspected COVID-19 in a Home/Residential Setting

Guidance on Protecting Yourself

Guidance for Coping with Stress During Infectious Disease Outbreaks

Guidance on How to Self-Quarantine and Self-Isolate for individuals and family members

What Can I Do Now

There is currently no vaccine or antiviral medication to prevent or lessen the impact of the COVID-19 Coronavirus, the best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to it.

  • Stay home if you are sick.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. The health department has a video demonstrating how to wash your hands properly. To view that video, please click here. 
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. The health department has a video demonstrating the importance of covering your cough and/or sneeze to help prevent the spread of germs.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.