COVID-19 Updates

Frequently Asked Questions on the State of Connecticut’s actions related to COVID-19 updated 10:00 pm, March 31, 2020

Naugatuck Unified Command Team

229 Church Street, Naugatuck, Connecticut 06770

 

 

March 31, 2020, 06:12 pm

 

Re: COVID-19 Code Red Transcript

 

Good Afternoon,


We've just received our daily report from the health department. The total number of confirmed cases in Naugatuck is now (16) sixteen. One thing that I don't think a lot of people realize is that right now, Connecticut, is the fourth most affected state in the United States of America. The virus is moving quickly from New York through Fairfield County and into New Haven County and up to Naugatuck.

 

Now you really don't have to be a rocket scientist to figure this out. The virus has been here for a while. It's very contagious. Social distancing is necessary for everyone. No matter your age. Anyone can be a carrier, and the virus attacks people of all ages, here's my advice in a nutshell. Don't be a knot head follow the rules. Protect yourself, your loved ones, and anyone you've come in contact with. Let's make Naugatuck the safest place to be in the entire state of Connecticut. A couple of other points, for seniors or people who need help with errands, please call 203-729-1564. That's the number for the United Way, and they're organizing volunteers to help people with errands and whatever they need.

 

Let's also remember the bell ringing tonight from 8:00pm to 8:02pm. We all know that Naugatuck is a very special place with a long history of sticking together. Let's all ring bells tonight from 8:00pm to 8:02pm, but no fireworks please, let's stay safe. Stay healthy and be Naugatuck strong. Thank you to repeat this message.

 

Pete Hess

Mayor

Borough of Naugatuck 

 

Press Release

March 26, 2020, 6:41 pm

 

Re: COVID-19 Code Red Transcript

 

Good Afternoon,


Here is what we know as of today, we have six positive and confirmed cases in Naugatuck.  We're also aware that a very large percentage of the tests have come back negative. There are still many cases of the flu and other related illnesses. Testing for the virus started in mid-March when people first started to feel sick. The initial testing was all negative. The first positive test in Naugatuck was taken on March 18 and we received the results on March 23. Testing takes five days and the results come in from all across the country. We give out the information as soon as we get it. So where are we right now? Pretty much exactly where we expected to be. The virus is here, and has been here for at least 10 days. It's very catchy and spreads fast. We all need to remain vigilant and follow all guidelines and recommendations from the CDC.  The cases in Naugatuck are spread out throughout the town there is no clustering of cases. The location of the positive cases is made known only to first responders as per directives from the state and local health departments. To be clear we can only give this information to our first responders. Also the largest clustering of people in Naugatuck remains at our grocery stores. There is no problem with the supply of food, let's get back to normal at the grocery stores. Everyone needs to be smart think about this example; just today I watched 25 people pump gas and no one took any precautions of any kind.  Be cautious this is not the time to look cool or to be tough. Stay safe, stay at home, be strong, be Naugatuck strong.

 

Pete Hess

Mayor

Borough of Naugatuck 

 

March 23, 2020, 06:21 pm

 

Re: COVID-19 Code Red Message

 

Good Afternoon,

We have received confirmation of our first case of the virus in Naugatuck. The individual who has contracted the virus has been working directly with the health department, the health department has confirmed that there is no risk to the community with regard to this case and all appropriate precautions have been taken.  Any questions about this case should be directed to the 211 COVID-19 Call Center. In a further effort to adhere to social distancing guidelines, access to the Town Hall has been restricted. Residents are encouraged to conduct all town related business over the phone or internet. Residents can call any department; all departments are in operation. Naugatuck public schools have begun their online learning program beginning today. Anyone needing assistance can visit the school website (https://www.naugatuck.k12.ct.us/). Mobile testing sites are operating at St. Mary's and Waterbury hospitals as well as Griffin Hospital in Derby. Residents are reminded that they need a written order from a doctor to be tested. Individuals that would like to volunteer to assist those in need are asked to contact the United Way of Naugatuck at 203-729-1564 (https://unitedwaynaugatuck.org/). We all know there's lots of rumors flying around so you can get your best information by visiting the town website and you can also contact unified command by email at unifiedcommand@naugatuck-ct.gov. The governor’s stay safe, stay home policy goes into effect at 8 PM tonight let's all follow the policy.

 

Let's stay healthy and be safe,

 

Pete Hess

Mayor

Borough of Naugatuck 

 

 

Note: Members of the community that would like to receive “Code Red” messages from the town are asked to visit the town’s website at http://www.naugatuck-ct.gov/

Once you are on the website, please scroll down and on the bottom right-hand corner you will see “Code Red”. Click on it and you will be directed to a page to enter your information and register to receive messages.

Press Release

March 22, 2020, 01:05 pm

Affordable Internet at Home for Eligible Households: https://www.internetessentials.com/covid19

 

March 21, 2020, 03:13 pm

 

Re: COVID-19 Essential Employees

 

Department Heads,

 

The purpose of this directive is clarify the Stay Safe, Stay at Home executive order issued by Governor Lamont as it applies to essential services and essential employees. Municipalities are Exempt. The Borough is an Essential Entity.

 

As to employees, all department heads have previously set up arrangements with the mayor as to who is working from home and who is covering the office. This procedure will continue after the adoption of the state-wide Stay Safe, Stay Home Order. The town hall will be operating on an appointment only basis effective at 5:00 A.M. on March 23, 2020. The town hall is otherwise closed to the public.

 

 

Stay healthy,


Pete Hess

Mayor

Borough of Naugatuck 

 

March 19, 2020, 4:51 pm

 

Re: Wastewater and Sewers

 

Borough of Naugatuck

 

Members of the community are asked to refrain from flushing wipes, paper towels and similar products down toilets. These items will clog sewers and cause backups and overflows at wastewater treatment facilities, and potentially in your own home, creating an additional public health risk in the midst of the COVID-19 virus outbreak. Even some wipes labeled “flushable” will clog pipes and interfere with sewage collection and treatment. These products do not readily break down and cause backups in sewer pipes and clog pumps and equipment. We thank the public in advance for your understanding and cooperation.

 

March 17, 2020, 5:40 pm

 

Re: COVID-19 Code Red Message

 

Good Afternoon,

 

At this time, there are no confirmed cases of the COVID-19 Virus in Naugatuck, we are nevertheless operating under the assumption that the virus is already here. At 11:00AM I declared a state of emergency in Naugatuck. The purpose of this action is to allow the Borough to receive state and local funding to recover costs incurred as a result of the virus.  This order is a formality and should not be interpreted by anyone in a manner to cause alarm. The Borough Unified Command Team continues to meet regularly. The town hall remains open on a limited basis. All departments continue to operate remotely or as otherwise required. Borough parks and playgrounds have been closed with the exception of Hop Brook Golf Course, the dog park, and walking trails. We are also working closely with all three of our grocery stores. They continue to receive daily grocery shipments. Police, fire, and EMS continue to provide services on an uninterrupted basis. Continue to follow us on the town website (Naugatuck-ct.gov) and Facebook (@naugatuckpolice). Superintendent Locke will be calling (on Code Red) later today to announce a distance learning plan that will be implemented on March 23, 2020. This plan will be similar to a virtual learning planning. Lastly, let’s all do our best to remain isolated and to comply with all directives from public health officials. Be calm, stay healthy, direct any questions to: unifiedcommand@naugatuck-ct.gov. My personal advice to everyone is to think of the emergency like this, if you don’t know what to do, err on the side of being cautious and safe. Any problems created from being too cautious, can be dealt with at a later date.

 

Stay healthy,

Pete Hess

Mayor

Borough of Naugatuck 

 

 

Note: Members of the community that would like to receive “Code Red” messages from the town are asked to visit the town’s website at http://www.naugatuck-ct.gov/

Once you are on the website, please scroll down and on the bottom right-hand corner you will see “Code Red”. Click on it and you will be directed to a page to enter your information and register to receive messages.

 

March 17, 2020, 04:21 pm

 

Re: COVID-19 and Code Red Alerts

 

Borough of Naugatuck

 

Members of the community that would like to receive “Code Red” messages from the town are asked to visit the town’s website at http://www.naugatuck-ct.gov/


Once you are on the website, please scroll down and on the bottom right-hand corner you will see “Code Red”. Click on it and you will be directed to a page to enter your information and register to receive messages.


The Unified Command Team is aware that some individuals already signed up for “Code Red” messages, receive a telephone call that may display on your phone as “Potential Spam”. We are in the process of addressing this issue with the service provider. In the meantime, residents that are registered to receive “Code Red” messages are encouraged to store the following telephone number, 203-720-7074, in their phone contacts as CODE RED MESSAGE. This will prevent the call from coming up as “Potential Spam”.


Thank you and stay healthy!

 

March 17, 2020, 01:27 pm


DECLARATION OF LOCAL STATE OF EMERGENCY FOR THE BOROUGH OF NAUGATUCK CONNECTICUT

 

WHEREAS, on March 10, 2020, the Governor of the State of Connecticut declared a public health emergency and civil preparedness emergency for the State of Connecticut, pursuant to Connecticut General Statutes Sections 19a-131 and 28-9, in response to the global pandemic of COVID-19 disease associated with a novel coronavirus that is currently affecting multiple countries and states; and

 

WHEREAS, on March 13, 2020, the President of the United States declared a national emergency to combat the coronavirus that is currently infecting the population of the United States; and

 

WHEREAS, the effects the transmission of COVID-19 has resulted in the spread of infections in Connecticut and throughout the country, as well as resulting in shortages of personal protective equipment and other supplies that could jeopardize public safety and civil preparedness; and

 

WHEREAS, in response to the issuance of declarations of a public health emergency and civil preparedness emergency by the Governor of this State, and a national emergency by the President of the United States, and the spread of COVID-19 to an unknown number of Connecticut residents as a result of the global pandemic, the Chief Executive Officer of the Borough of Naugatuck its Mayor, N. Warren "Pete" Hess, does hereby find that a local state of emergency now exists in the Borough of Naugatuck; and

 

WHEREAS, due to the significant danger to public health posed by the spread of COVID-19 and possible shortages of supplies and equipment necessary to protect the public health and safety, the Mayor must take action for the purpose of ensuring civil preparedness and mitigating the effects of this public health emergency situation upon the residents of the Borough of Naugatuck.

 

WHEREAS, it is critically important that the Chief Executive Officer have all authorities necessary to limit the spread of the COVID-19 and protect public health and safety within the Borough of Naugatuck: and

 

WHEREAS, upon the declaration of a local state of emergency by the Chief Executive Officer, authorizes the Mayor to obligate the Borough in an amount of money necessary to cope with such emergency, and to do whatever he may deem necessary for the purpose of meeting the emergency.


NOW, THEREFORE, IT IS HEREBY PROCLAIMED pursuant to Connecticut General Statutes Sections 28-8a(a), 28-1(8), and 28-22a, it is hereby declared that a state of local emergency now exists in the Borough of Naugatuck; and

 

IT IS FURTHER PROCLAIMED AND ORDERED, that during the existence of said emergency, the Chief Executive Officer of the Borough of Naugatuck, Connecticut, its Mayor, N. Warren "Pete" Hess, shall assume the powers, functions and duties prescribed and provided by law, including but not limited to Connecticut General Statutes Sections 28-8(a), 28-1(8), and 28-22a, and may take such action as necessary to protect the public health and mitigate this emergency; and

 

IT IS FURTHER PROCLAIMED AND ORDERED, that this state of emergency shall remain in effect until declared terminated; and

 

IT IS FURTHER PROCLAIMED AND ORDERED that this order shall be available for review and inspection in the Office of the Borough Clerk of the Borough of Naugatuck during regular business hours and

shall be posted on the Borough website. PDF version:Declaration_Of_Local_State_Of_Emergency_3-17-20.pdf

 

Press Release

March 16, 2020, 09:16 pm

 

COVID-19 Closure of Borough Parks, Playground, and Armory

Borough of Naugatuck

Effective immediately all Borough parks and playgrounds will be closed. This will also include the Naugatuck Armory with its associated events and activities. This recent action is a result of the Northeast Governors From New Jersey, New York, and Connecticut collective measures to combat the spread of COVID-19 (https://portal.ct.gov/governor). These closures will remain in effect until further notice. We ask the public to comply with these announcements as they will only help prevent the spread of the virus.

 

March 15, 2020, 9:22 pm

 

COVID-19 and Grocery Stores

 

Borough of Naugatuck

 

In response to inquiries from the public regarding the Borough’s three main grocery stores, Stop and Shop, Big Y and Walmart, Naugatuck Police have conferenced with the on-duty managers. All three stores reported no supply chain issues and that inventories from our local stores to warehouses are just a day or two behind. There remain items which are out of stock, such as toilet paper, sanitizer, and chicken. This is expected to only be temporary. There are no plans to limit the number of items a person can buy. All three stores are receiving shipments and have adjusted their hours to allow for more efficient cleaning and stocking.

 

Current store hours are as follows:

Stop and Shop: 730 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Big Y: 730 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Walmart: 600 a.m. – 11:00 p.m. 

 

Community leaders are in communication with management at Big Y, Stop and Shop and Walmart. The stores have assured us the food supplies will continue to be replenished to meet demand. There is no need by their own assessment to request limiting purchases of items as they will be able to keep up with demand (be it a day or two behind). Should the situation change we have already taken steps to ensure that we all can work in partnership until this situation's conclusion. 

 

The Borough’s will continue to remain proactive in their steps to reassure the community and provide the most accurate and timely information to everyone.


March 13, 2020,10:23 pm

 

Naugatuck Public Schools

2019-20_REVISED_March_2020_School_Calendar.pdf

 

School Lunch Program Emergency Meal Protocols

Due to the unanticipated school closure, the school breakfast and lunch program will operate meal service for all persons (18 years of age and under) under the direction of CT State Department of Education, (CSDE) version of the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP)program standards as outlined below.

The following sites will be open each weekday from 11:00am - 1:00pm from March 13-March 27.  A bagged breakfast and a bagged lunch will be provided to take home for each child under 18 years old as long as one of the children attends NPS. Children do not need to be present in order to collect the meals. 

Sample bag breakfast (must take complete meal bag): Nutrigrain bar, 100% Fruit Juice, Graham Cracker, Piece of Fruit, Milk

Sample Lunch Bag (must take complete meal bag): Sandwich, Vegetable, Fruit, and Milk

 If you have any questions about meal distribution, please contact Kate Murphy at kate.murphy@naugatuck.k12.ct.us

 

Breakfast and Lunch distribution times: 11am – 1pm

Naugatuck High School, Main Entrance

543 Rubber Ave. Naugatuck, CT 06770

 

City Hill Middle School, Lower parking lot café doors

441 City Hill St. Naugatuck, CT 06770

 

Cross St. Intermediate, School Main entrance

120 Cross St. Naugatuck, CT 06770

 

Salem Elementary School, Café door entrance

124 Meadow St. Naugatuck, CT 06770

 

Andrew Ave Elementary School, Main entrance

140 Andrew Ave. Naugatuck, CT 06770

 

Western Elementary School, Café door entrance

108 Pine St. Naugatuck, CT 06770

 

Hop Brook Elementary School, Parent pickup entrance around back

75 Crown St. Naugatuck, CT 06770

 

Maple Hill Elementary School, Main entrance

641 Maple Hill Rd. Naugatuck, CT 06770

 

Central Ave Early Childhood Center, Side door entrance

28 Central Ave. Naugatuck, CT 06770

 

Southwood Garden Apartments, School bus van in front of office / 5L

933 Rubber Ave. Naugatuck, CT 06770

 

Lantern Park Condo Association, School bus van main office building parking lot

11 Lantern Park Drive. Naugatuck, CT 06770

 

 

March 13, 2020, 11:00 am

The Howard Whittemore Memorial Library will be closed to the public effective Saturday, March 14. All fines generated on materials during this time will be waived. Staff will be available via email and phone. 

 

Thank you,

Jess Jahnke

 

March 12, 2020, 09:43 pm

 

 

 

Good afternoon,

The Connecticut Office of Emergency Medical Services (OEMS), is providing the following information in reference to COVID-19.  Connecticut specific updates are available at https://www.ct.gov/coronavirus and updates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are found at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html.  As the information is continuously evolving, please check these websites frequently for updates.  If you have a particular question, please e-mail COVID19.dph@ct.gov 

Health care workers who were in contact with COVID19-positive patients. (EMS providers are health care workers.)
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/hcp/guidance-risk-assesment-hcp.html

New guidelines from the CDC recommend that instead of N95 surgical masks, health care workers can use looser-fitting face masks to shield themselves from contracting the coronavirus, a change prompted by an ongoing shortage of the N95 respirators. The virus is primarily spread by droplets, and the agency is narrowing its recommendation for the use of N95 masks to workers dealing with severely ill patients.

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/infection-control/control-recommendations.html

Please be vigilant and practice universal precautions at all times.  

Thank you.

 

March 12, 2020, 07:14 pm

Code Red message

Good evening,

Tonight’s call is an update on COVID-19 issues and the latest efforts we are making to ensure the Borough remains safe and informed.

First, as a result of proactive measures the Town’s unified command has been taking since last week we are now ready for a variety of scenarios that the town may encounter as a result of the spread of the virus.

The Borough has already laid the groundwork to ensure a continuity of governmental services as we move forward. The Borough will remain open for business.

Emergency services have taken preemptive steps to ensure that they will continue to operate without disruption.

I would like to emphasize that at this time that there are no confirmed cases of the COVID-19 virus in Naugatuck or in the Naugatuck Valley at this time.

In an abundance of caution, Naugatuck will be closing all schools until March 27, 2020. We all need to do whatever it takes to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

The town emergency management system, through the unified command has been meeting daily and will continue to meet several times a day in order to ensure our community remains safe, and has the most accurate information.

Community members should monitor the town website at http://www.naugatuck-ct.gov/ as updates will be provided as they become available. In addition, we are setting up a dedicated email address for questions and concerns that will be active as of midnight tonight, March 12, 2020. The email address is:

Unifiedcommand@naugatuck-ct.gov

Everyone should continue to follow the advice from the Naugatuck Valley Health District and the CDC. The links are on the town website

 

March 12, 2020, 09:13 am

 

Naugatuck’s Unified Command would like to assist the community with additional guidelines regarding concerns that the public may have regarding the COVID-19 Virus (Coronavirus).

 

Should a member of the community have a confirmed exposure to COVID-19 or travel to an area with widespread exposure:

  • Call the Naugatuck Valley Health Department at 203-881-3255.
  • Remain home except to seek medical attention.
  • Self-isolate from other people.
  • Monitor your condition for fever, cough, or shortness of breath.
  • Maintain good hygiene.
  • Call 211 or visit the Connecticut Department of Health website (https://portal.ct.gov/dph).
  • Please utilize 911 if there is only a true emergency and provide confirmation of exposure to the dispatcher.

     

    Possible Exposure (not confirmed)

  • Remain home except to seek medical attention.
  • Monitor your condition for fever, cough, or shortness of breath.
  • Maintain good hygiene.

    Call 211 or visit the Connecticut Department of Health Website (https://portal.ct.gov/dph).

  • Please utilize 911 if there is only a true emergency.

     

    Symptomatic Only (feeling sick)

  • Remain home except to seek medical attention.
  • Monitor your condition for fever, cough, or shortness of breath.
  • Maintain good hygiene.

    Call 211 or visit the Connecticut Department of Health Website (https://portal.ct.gov/dph).

  • Please utilize 911 if there is only a true emergency.