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Posted on: March 27, 2020

Town of Greenwich COVID-19 Update (3/27/20)

PRESS RELEASE – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Update on Greenwich COVID-19 Patients - March 27, 2020

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Here is an update from First Selectman Fred Camillo on the Town’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the needs of our residents. The updates also will be posted on the Town website’s dedicated page (www.greenwichct.gov/covid19) for COVID-19 information.

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As of Friday, March 27, 2020, there are 60 Greenwich residents who have tested positive for COVID-19, according to Greenwich Health Director Caroline Baisley. That is up from 57 reported on Thursday, March 26.


As of noon today, Friday, March 27, 2020, there were 55 COVID-19 positive patients in Greenwich Hospital, being treated in several different units. This number reflects patients who live in Greenwich as well as from other municipalities in Connecticut and Westchester County. The total number of positive test results collected at the hospital’s outpatient site, is not immediately available. The Greenwich Department of Health continues to work in Town Hall with more than half of the staff that is monitoring COVID-19 reported cases who are isolated at home; close family members of COVID-19 patients who are quarantined and being monitored for possible signs and symptoms. Another required public health intervention measure taken by the Department of Health staff is Contact Tracing, through which the Department is monitoring people who have or may have had a close and prolonged contact with a COVID-19 patient.  If you become ill, please contact your healthcare provider and also call the Greenwich Department of Health if you were in close and prolonged contact with a person known to have COVID-19.


The Department of Health has five phone lines specifically dedicated to the public for questions and answers about COVID-19. They are: 203-622 -7865; 203-622-7703; 203-622-7614; 203-622-7842 and 203-622-7836.

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All Town libraries, parks, beaches, marinas and ‘The Griff’ golf course remain CLOSED. Gov. Ned Lamont has further reduced the permissible number of people allowed to gather in groups. It is now six (6) people maximum while maintaining six feet of social distancing.


We appreciate all everyone is doing to maintain safe health practices including frequent hand-washing, using protective gloves and sanitizers while shopping. Please be courteous and mindful to dispose of those gloves and sanitizing clothes properly. We are experiencing an uptick in litter as shoppers are not throwing those items into the trash. The Town’s plastic bag ban remains in effect.

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Here is a list of Town Parks and Recreation Department programs CANCELLED for Spring 2020:

  • Spring Swim Activity # 10702 and # 107021, all sections
  • Co-ed T-ball Activity # 10405, sections 1 and 2
  • Small Fry I Baseball Activity # 10405, section 3
  • Small Fry II Baseball Activity # 10401
  • Junior Baseball Activity # 10402, all sections
  • Girls Softball Junior Division Activity # 105011
  • Girls Softball Babe Ruth Activity # 10501, all sections
  • Spring Fever Skate Jam Activity # 20206 (no fee)
  • Spring Skateboard Clinics Activity # 11302, sections 25 and 26
  • Mighty Mites Soccer Activity # 10302, all sections
  • Soccer Extreme (fee paid to Soccer Extreme)
  • Indoor Pickleball at EGCC Activity # 11203
  • Pickleball Outdoor Clinic Activity # 11205
  • Outdoor Pickleball Activity # 11207
  • Kite Flying Festival


Here is a list of other special events run by private organizations already CANCELLED or POSTPONED:

  • Greenwich Newcomer’s Club Easter Egg Hunt - cancelled
  • India Cultural Center of Greenwich Holi Festival - cancelled
  • Greenwich Half Marathon - postponed
  • North Mianus School PTA Carnival - postponed
  • YMCA Gala Fundraiser - postponed
  • Greenwich Town Party - postponed
  • Concours D’Elegance and Bonhams Auction – cancelled
  • Shellfish Commission Experience the Sound – cancelled
  • GEMS Kids Triathlon – cancelled
  • ALS Tri State Trek - cancelled

 

A reminder for food establishments

Given the unfortunate shutdown of many food preparation establishments across the state given, the Town is reminding operators of food facilities that it is important to unplug or otherwise de-energize indoor active grease recovery units (AGRUs) to prevent equipment damage caused by long periods with no drain water inflows. Failure to unplug or de-energize AGRUs during facility closures can create a potential fire hazard. If an establishment shuts down, it must unplug or de-energize all electric grease traps. More information can be found here on the Department of Public Works webpage.


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Metro North Reduces Schedule

As of today, Friday, March 27, 2020, Metro-North is providing hourly service on the Harlem, Hudson, and New Haven lines, with extra trains added during peak times. These service changes can be found on the Metro-North website and the MYmta app.

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Reporting Non-Emergency COVID-19 Activity Concerns

If you are concerned about an activity or an organization not following guidelines issued through COVID-19 related Executive Orders and emergency declarations, please call the Greenwich Police Department’s non-emergency phone number at 203-622-8004.

If you are experiencing mild symptoms of illness and are not in a high risk group, GPD asks that you contact your personal physician rather than call 911. If you have mild symptoms, do not go to the emergency room before contacting your doctor for direction. If you have any serious symptoms, please do not hesitate to call 911. Please save 911 for real emergencies.




Reminders, resources for residents and businesses and other helpful tips:

  • Connecticut Children’s School Closure Kit - With schools closed statewide through at least April 20, with the possibility of classes being canceled through the end of the school year in June, parents and families are undoubtedly struggling with educating their children at home. Connecticut Children’s Medical Center has created a School Closure Kit to help parents home-school as the COVID-19 outbreak continues. Pediatric experts have created a collection of information about structuring a child’s day, engaging them in learning and helping the whole family stay calm during these tough times.
  • Greenwich Police offers this list of children’s activities for parents looking for ways to keep their children entertained. Children can do these on-line programs while spending their time “Staying Home and Staying Safe”.
  • The CT Office of Early Childhood reminds first responders and healthcare workers that child care is available for essential workers. Where possible, for those who have to work, first look to trusted friends, neighbors, and family members who are not in a high-risk category to fill in care for children. For healthcare workers and first responders who are not able to find trusted family or friends for child care, please call the 2-1-1 dedicated number 860-756-0864 for support.
  • For Seniors, the Greenwich Commission on Aging/Greenwich Senior Center has teamed up with faculty and staff from Greenwich Country Day School to launch the new digital program, CONNECTT- Connecting Our Neighbors Naturally Enriching Community Through Technology. For information about the various services available, please log onto the Center’s webpage.
  • With the schools closed parents have been looking for ways to keep their children entertained with activities. Below is a list of some activities children can do on-line to while spending their time “Staying Home and Staying Safe”. The list can be found here.
  • For those residents experiencing challenges with food, finances, and living arrangements, please call the Department of Human Services at 203-622-3800.
  • In addition to social distancing protocols, residents are encouraged to review CDC guidelines on preventing the spread of COVID-19.
  • If you experience price gouging, please contact the State Attorney General’s Office which has a dedicated phone line and website to collect information: 860-808-5318 or online at https://www.dir.ct.gov/ag/complaint/
  • The U.S. Small Business Administration is offering designated states and territories, of which Connecticut is included, low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). Please visit their website for more information on eligibility and how to apply: https://www.sba.gov/disaster-assistance/coronavirus-covid-19
  • Governor Ned Lamont has provided a list defining essential businesses that are allowed to continue to operate during this time. Information can be found here.  Also, there is a process to will allow business owners to file for an exemption from the order. That information can be found here
  • The Connecticut Recovery Bridge Loan Program will make $25 million available to Connecticut businesses and nonprofits that have 100 or fewer employees to assist with cash flow. Loan amounts are up to the lesser of either three months operating expenses and/or $75,000.



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The next update will be released Monday, March 30, 2020, unless there is a development that warrants immediate public notification.

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For media inquiries, please contact Executive Assistant to the First Selectman Barbara Heins at barbara.heins@greenwichct.org.

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