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

 

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Naugatuck Unified Command Team

229 Church Street, Naugatuck, Connecticut 06770

September 11, 2020, 5:30 pm

 

Re: COVID-19 Code Red Transcript

Good Afternoon,

Today is September 11 at 5:00pm. Let's first of all take a moment to honor the memory of those who lost their lives on 9/11. The spirit of community that we all felt that 9/12 will serve as well as we draw on that sense of unity to help us as we continue to move ahead through today's challenges. Recently in Naugatuck we have had two isolated events relating to the pandemic that have created a cause for concern on television and on social media. The purpose of this call today is to give you the real facts. At this time, in Naugatuck, our community positive test rate is 0.4%. This is one of the lowest rates in the entire state. We have had four new cases in the past two weeks, and a total of nine cases in the past month, we are doing very well. At unified command, we have been in contact with the health department, the school district, the YMCA, and others; all appropriate protocols have been followed. We have concluded that there is no cause for alarm, because of the recent announcement of one positive case at the high school and one case at the YMCA preschool. We have always anticipated that we will periodically have new cases, our plans at our schools, and at unified command are based on this assumption. We will be back to full speed at the high school on Monday. The disruption at Naugatuck High School was minimal, the high school has been sanitized, contact tracing has been completed. No child lost a beat in their education. In conclusion, there is no cause for alarm and Naugatuck. We will continue to keep you informed. Stay healthy, follow the rules, stay Naugy smart and Naugy strong,

Thank you

Pete Hess

Mayor

Borough of Naugatuck

 

May 29, 2020, 0849 pm

 

Re: COVID-19 Code Red Transcript

 

Good afternoon,

 

Today is May 29 at 6pm, the count in Naugatuck as of today is 365. We have seen a downward trend in our numbers over the past week. We've been averaging about two cases per day, over the past week, we appear to have reached a period of stabilization at the lowest average level of new residential cases that we've seen since the beginning. As a community, we've done well. But we do need to continue to be vigilant. Ultimately, how you deal with the virus is a question of balance, common sense and understanding your limitations. All of us are in different situations. We need to be resilient and adapt to change. We need to be smart; we need to be Naugy smart. At unified command we feel that we've reached a point in the crisis, where we do not have to call you automatically every Friday with a report. We will be calling when we have new information to deliver. I want to remind everyone that Unified Command continues to meet every day. We respond to every issue that is presented to us any questions or concerns, can be directed to us at:

 unifiedcommand@naugatuck-ct.gov

A few other reminders, you can call the United Way for help at 203-729-1564; The Ecumenical Food Bank at 203-723-1922, and don't forget our monthly mobile food pantry at the Event Center on June 11. Also please remember to fill out your census. The easiest way to do it is at 2020census.gov, even if you don't have your card with your number on it, you can complete the information there.

 

Be resilient, Stay Healthy, Stay Naugy Strong, and most of all stay Naugy Smart.

 

 

 

Pete Hess

Mayor

Borough of Naugatuck

 

May 22, 2020, 07:21 pm

 

Re: COVID-19 Code Red Transcript

 

Good afternoon,

 

Today is May 22 at 4:30pm, the count in Naugatuck is now at 350. Please note that yesterday we were also at 350. So, we have reached a milestone. Our first day with no new cases. This doesn't mean that we are out of the woods, but we are making progress. We are also seeing much more activity in Naugatuck, especially in our restaurants with the beginning of outdoor dining as a result of the governor's executive order. The reopening of businesses brings more people together. Many people remain on edge. Our citizens in Naugatuck and throughout the country, do not agree on many issues associated with social distancing. We know two things; we need to stay healthy and we need to reopen the economy safely. These two goals do not have to conflict. Ultimately, it is a question of balance. It is not a war between people with differing views. So, what do we do? We need to be smart. We need to be, Naugy smart. Make a plan that fits your specific requirements to remain safe and healthy be resilient, venture out where you feel comfortable, show compassion to everyone, especially to those who hold views that are opposite to your own. Remember, compassion is not a sign of weakness, but of strength. Let's also remember that there will be a solemn Memorial Day ceremony, on the Green on Monday. We're trying to arrange a flyover and details will be announced shortly. Also, remember, when you're ringing the bells at 8pm, you're ringing them for those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country.

 

Stay Safe, Stay Healthy, be Naugy Strong and be Naugy Smart.

 

Pete Hess

Mayor

Borough of Naugatuck 

 

May 15, 2020, 7:34 pm

Re: COVID-19 Code Red Transcript

 

Good afternoon,

 

Today is May 15, at 5pm. Today's count in Naugatuck is 268. I do however need to inform you that we are going to see an increase in our numbers in the next few days. The main purpose of my call is to tell you, do not be alarmed. There are several reasons why we're going to have an increase. The State has just completed point prevalence testing in our nursing homes. This means they tested everyone. There is a large number of new confirmed cases. Many of these cases are people who have no symptoms, and people who have already recovered. Now here's a direct quote from the health department, “an increase in cases associated with point prevalence surveying does not indicate a sudden increase in transmission.” In short, there is no increased risk to the public. As we move forward into our third month of dealing with the virus and as we approach the new normal, we all need to rethink our strategies for staying healthy and sane. We're all in different situations, from young strong and raring to go, to older, not as healthy and fearful. So how do we stay healthy and cope with the new normal? We need to remember our lives are not going to automatically get easier. We all need to get stronger and be more resilient. Resilience is the key ingredient in staying healthy and being Naugy Strong resilience is the ability to adapt to a problem and find a creative solution. Remember, our future is not determined by the stars, but by our own sweat, knowledge, and ability to adapt to change. We need to accept our new reality, adapt and put together a plan that works for all of us. It's our reaction to adversity that determines how our lives improve.

 

Stay Healthy, be resilient, and be Naugy Strong.

 

Pete Hess

Mayor

Borough of Naugatuck

 

May 8, 2020, 07:12 pm

 

Re: COVID-19 Code Red Transcript

 

Good afternoon,

 

Today is May 8 at 5:30pm. Our count in Naugatuck today is 228, 53 of the cases are related to nursing homes. I'm sorry to announce that we are up to eight deaths with seven related to nursing homes. There are several relevant factors that are impacting our numbers. There is currently much greater access to testing than in the past. So, we're getting more positives, the test results also lag and are reported in bunches. What do these statistics tell us? Clearly the virus is still here. It's imperative that we continue to maintain social distancing and follow CDC protocols. Because of increased access to testing the numbers will continue to rise. It is uncertain as to how long this trend will continue. We all know that uncertainty can cause fear, anxiety and stress. What can be done to overcome fear, anxiety and stress? The best thing that can be done is to make a plan and begin to implement it. Once you begin implementing a plan, you stop worrying and your anxiety subsides. For example, I have a two-part plan. I follow CDC guidelines, and I do everything I can to strengthen my lungs. I walk every morning and evening up a lot of hills. So, my advice to you is make a plan, start implementing it. You'll then stop worrying. In other words, stop thinking and start doing. One other thing, we all know that we are Naugy Strong. So, what does this really mean? It means we are tough; we are gritty, we never give up. Actually, we never, ever give up. We are resilient, we stick together, we help each other, we have compassion for each other. We are not red. We are not blue. We are garnet and gray. We will all help each other get through this. We are Naugy Strong.

 

Stay Safe, Stay Healthy and Stay Naugy Strong.

 

Pete Hess

Mayor

Borough of Naugatuck 

 

 

May 1, 2020, 6:26 pm

 

Re: COVID-19 Code Red Transcript

 

Good Afternoon,

Today is Friday, May 1 at 4:30pm. This is day 57 of the crisis in Naugatuck. Today's count in Naugatuck is 185, with one death. Our actual count for yesterday and today is 4. So, what do these numbers tell us? Well, we're not out of the woods yet. We need to continue to follow all social distancing guidelines and we also need to realize that this is going to go on for quite some time, probably longer than we all expect. Now the number one question and problem we have at Unified Command is, why aren't people wearing masks in stores. Well the governor's order has sort of a loophole in it. Some people have medical conditions and can't wear masks. We understand that. Others have no excuse. Our answer and solution is simple, stay away from those in stores with legitimate medical conditions who can't wear masks. And also, stay away from all the knot heads who don't wear masks and refuse to wear them. I can tell you all this, they couldn't get near me no matter how hard they try. We also want to thank all the community members who have stepped up to the plate and helped out in many ways, making masks, delivering masks, helping with donations, prescriptions, and looking out for their neighbors. Two reminders; don't forget to fill out your census forms, every person who doesn't sign up costs the town $2,900 a year, the forms can be done online, by mail, or by phone. Also remember, we've opened up a whole bunch of new really cool hiking trails, and we have our hike of the week. Maps are available online and in the Town Hall in a mail slot in the lobby.

 

Stay Safe, Stay Healthy and be Naugy Strong.

 

Pete Hess

Mayor

Borough of Naugatuck 

 

 

April 24, 2020, 643 pm

 

Re: COVID-19 Code Red Transcript

 

Good Afternoon,

Today is Friday, April 24 at 5pm. Today's count in Naugatuck is 156. So, the first question I always get asked from people, whenever they hear the number is Pete, where are the cases? Are there any clusters? Should I be worried about any particular part of town? Now this is a normal and natural question. As I've said before, there is no real clustering of cases in Naugatuck, the cases are spread out throughout the entire town, the only area that could possibly be considered as a cluster is in our nursing homes. The numbers are rising in nursing homes throughout the entire state. Our newest cases are mostly in nursing homes or at locations where there are other infected family members, the risk to the citizens of Naugatuck is the same. We are still moving in the right direction. We will get through this. Now, if a drone were flying over Naugatuck looking around seeing where the people are, what they would see is that the people are in the grocery stores and Walmart. When you go shopping, one person per household, be careful follow all the CDC guidelines and rules. When venturing outside, always try to separate yourselves from other people. We are opening some new trails in Naugatuck. We're opening our mission 22 Trail this weekend. We're opening a new Loop Trail on Nichols Road, and we have more trails that will be coming out next week. Please follow the rules on the trails, and in the grocery stores. We're going to make some copies of the maps available in the lobby of the town hall for the trails. Stop by, pick one up.

 

Stay Safe, Stay Healthy and be Naugy Strong.

 

Pete Hess

Mayor

Borough of Naugatuck

 

April 22, 2020, 4:25 pm

 

Unified Command

Covid19 Guidance Memorandum

 

As we leave the acceleration phase of the virus and approach the “new normal” in Connecticut, there needs to be further clarity on the rules for social distancing in Naugatuck.

The purpose of this memorandum is to provide guidance on various areas of activity in Naugatuck.

  1. Grocery stores

    There is no question that the largest groupings of people in Naugatuck are in grocery stores and that these stores pose the greatest area of concern for possible exposure to the virus.  Unified Command has previously reduced limits of patrons at grocery stores in Naugatuck below the limits allowed by the governors’ executive order.  The police department monitors enforcement of these orders.  All stores are cooperating with Unified Command.  The food supply remains constant.  Our store managers do not foresee meat shortages at this time.  All residents should limit their trips to the grocery store and follow all rules of the store as well as the governors’ executive order.  In addition, all CDC guidelines should be followed.  Masks are required by the Governor’s Executive Order No. 7BB and disposable gloves, properly utilized, are recommended.  Please spread out in the store and follow the rules.

  2. Pharmacies, gas stations, banks and other stores

    Masks are required in pharmacies, at gas stations and other stores whenever it is likely that you will come in contact with store employees or other patrons in accordance with the Governor’s Executive Order No. 7BB.  Disposable gloves are also recommended, especially at gas stations.  Logic, common sense and erring on the side of caution are strongly recommended.

  3. Outdoor Parks

    Active sports are prohibited at this time.  Basketball rims have been removed from all courts.  The police continue to monitor all parks and recreation areas and they break up clusters of people as required.  Relatively small groups of roaming children continue to be an area of concern.  Parents should continue to monitor their children. 

  4. Trails

    Trails are being utilized to a much greater extent as a result of the virus.  In many ways, this is a positive change in life style and people are also exposed to many beautiful parts of the Borough.  The problem is that most people are utilizing only a few trails and are ignoring several existing trails.  There are large numbers of people utilizing the Bridle trail, Hop Brook Park, and Linden Park.  These trails are very crowded.  Everyone is encouraged to utilize our existing trail network directly behind the dog park that connects to the State Forest and offers many options to expand your hike.  In addition, the 22 kilometer Mission 22 trail is being opened this weekend.  This is a very difficult trail and it also offers several sections that can be done at different times. 

    We are also opening a new Nichols Road trail with loops to the Bridle trail as well as Hop Brook Park.  More information and mapping can be obtained from the Mayor’s office.  Maps can be requested electronically at nwhess@naugatuck-ct.gov

  5. Golf Course

    The golf course was not closed because golf is not consistent with social distancing. The course was closed because some people were not following the rules and there was an attitude of bravado that was inconsistent with social distancing.  The golf course will be reopened on Monday, April 27th, with modified rules and much tighter enforcement.  The course will be monitored and starting times will be spread out limiting the number of players for the entire 58-acre parcel. The parking lot will be monitored.  Follow the rules.

  6. Restaurants

    Restaurants will continue with take out only protocols.  We all continue to support our local restaurants.  Restaurants should follow all mandated protocols and CDC guidelines.  Further guidance will come from the State.

  7. Complaints / Questions

Any complaints or questions relating to Covid19 should be forwarded to Unified Command at unifiedcommand@naugatuck-ct.gov  We will continue to enforce the rules.

Reference:

Governor Lamont’s Executive Order No. 7BB:

https://portal.ct.gov/-/media/Office-of-the-Governor/Executive-Orders/Lamont-Executive-Orders/Executive-Order-No-7BB.pdf

 

Unified Command thanks everyone who has been following the rules.

            Stay Safe

            Stay Healthy

Unified Command

April 17, 2020, 6:21 pm

Re: COVID-19 Code Red Transcript

Good Afternoon,

Today's count in Naugatuck is 112, at our last call, we informed you that we were still in the acceleration phase of the virus. Early indications are that we are leaving or have already left the acceleration phase. At our last call on April 11 we were at 74, we were in the heart of the acceleration phase. We will then plus 6 plus 7, and our high of plus 10 on April 14. Since then on the 15th we will plus 8. The 16th yesterday, plus 3. Today the 17th plus 4, bringing us to a total of 112. So, what do these numbers mean? Well it's still too early to be certain, but hopefully, we have begun a downward trend. This does not mean that we will be letting up on social distancing rules. Our police will continue to enforce the rules. They're doing a great job. You know our statistics do show clearly that our social distancing has been working. Thank you to everyone who has been following the rules. As we approach what people are starting to call the new normal. We all need to realize that some form of social distancing is going to continue for the foreseeable future. We will be revisiting some of our rules and tweaking them where necessary. We need to be prepared for the long haul. We will get through this. And we will remain Naugatuck strong. I want everyone to know that the United Way has started a relief fund to help residents affected by the virus. For more information, or to make a donation, call 203-729-1564. 

Stay safe, Stay Healthy
 

Pete Hess
Mayor
Borough of Naugatuck  

April 11, 2020, 06:36 pm

 

Re: COVID-19 Code Red Transcript

 

Good Afternoon,


Today's total number of confirmed cases in Naugatuck is 74. At my last report on April 7, we were at 52. Since then we’ve gone as follows: 52, 54, 66, 67 and 74. These statistics remain in the range that we expected. We are still in the acceleration phase of the virus, numbers will continue to increase for many reasons, including a lag in test results. We know the numbers will continue to rise, but we hope that the increase will begin to decline. So, what can we learn from these statistics? Well, the biggest takeaway by far is that social distancing is working in Naugatuck.  Our statistics rise as expected, but the rate of increase is less than projected. So, what we're going to do because of limitations on the time of this call is we're going to invite your questions by email. Please email your COVID-19 questions to me at:

 NWHess@naugatuck-ct.gov

We're going to answer them by Facebook and other forums next week to give you as much information as possible. Stay safe, stay healthy, happy Easter, happy Passover. Let’s all be Naugatuck strong.

"P.S. Thank you, especially to all the knot heads who have changed their conduct to help us all be safe. "

 

Pete Hess

Mayor

Borough of Naugatuck 

 

 

April 7, 2020, 05:39 pm

 

Re: COVID-19 Code Red Transcript

 

Good Afternoon,

 

Today's total number of confirmed cases in Naugatuck is 52. These cases range in age from the mid-20’s to the high 80’s. Now first of all, this number really shouldn't alarm anyone. It's pretty much what we expected. We're in the acceleration phase of the virus. The actual acceleration looks like this. On Friday we were at 34. Yesterday 44. Today, 52. We anticipate the rise to continue for at least another week. What does this tell us? Well, what it says is, we are in the heart of the fight. Right now, more than ever, we need to follow all of the rules and guidelines. I'd like to thank everyone who is following the rules. You know the police are doing a great job, and all the reports are coming back that people are following the rules. We have a lot less knot heads this week, than we did last week. Thank God for that; people are wearing gloves at the gas stations, the grocery stores are doing well. There's plenty of food, and let's just keep it going.

 

Now, on a side note, I would like to remind everyone about the importance of the census, please complete your census forms while you're home. Each person who doesn't sign up costs us about $2900 per year. Going forward, that could mean, clearly that we're losing 9 to 10 million a year, so that money would really help so let's fill out the forms. Now, our preliminary data seems to show that social distancing is working. Let's keep it up. Let's be more vigilant than ever. We will get through this. We're all in it together. Let's be Naugatuck strong.

 

Thank you,

 

Pete Hess

Mayor

Borough of Naugatuck

 

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.