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Posted on: March 30, 2020

Update on Greenwich COVID-19 Patients (3/30/20)

PRESS RELEASE – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Update on Greenwich COVID-19 Patients

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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 2:30 p.m. today, Monday, March 30, 2020, there are 113 Greenwich residents who have tested positive for COVID-19, according to Greenwich Health Director Caroline Baisley. That is up from 60 reported on Friday, March 27.


The breakdown of Town residents who have tested positive, according to the Health Department:


Age:

10-19: 1

20-29: 11

30-39: 18

40-49: 17

50-59: 22

60-69: 23

70-79: 9

Over 80: 12



As of noon today, Monday, March 30, 2020, there were 90 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. To date, there have been 41 of patients discharged from the hospital after treatment for COVID-19.


If you are concerned about an activity or a group 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.


“This is not meant to be a tattle-tale phone line. This line is for reporting the congregation of people and other non-emergency COVID-related calls. This phone line is not for seeking information about COVID-19,” said Police Chief James Heavey.


If you are experiencing mild symptoms of illness and are not in a high risk group 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.


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.


LOCK IT OR LOSE IT

Police Chief Heavey also urges residents to be more vigilant with locking their vehicles. “Car thieves aren’t staying home because of COVID-19. This weekend, there were five vehicles stolen in Town. All were left unlocked and with the keys inside. Lock it or you may become a victim of car thieves,” Chief Heavey said.



Parks Remain CLOSED

All Town parks, beaches, marinas, and the Griffith E. Harris Golf Course remain closed to the public. Greenwich Police are taking enforcement measures with violators. On Friday evening (March 27), a Greenwich resident was issued a summons for trespassing after he was caught scaling the fence at Greenwich Point Park, according to Chief Heavey.


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Resources for residents and businesses and other helpful tips:

  • To reach the Domestic Abuse Services staff at the YWCA, please call the 24/7 hotline at 203-622-0003.
  • Stay home and be counted – participate in Census 2020. Information can be found at www.my2020census.gov
  • Greenwich Hospital/Yale New Haven Health: call center for any questions about the virus, can be reached at 833-275-9644.
  • 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 homeschool 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.


The next update will be released Tuesday, March 31, 2020, unless there is a development that warrants immediate public notification.

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

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