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Posted on: April 15, 2020

Town of Greenwich COVID-19 Update (4/15/20)

PRESS RELEASE – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Update on COVID-19 in Greenwich

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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.

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As of today, Wednesday, April 15, there are 499 Greenwich residents who have tested positive for COVID-19, according to the Greenwich Health Department. That is up from the 394 cases reported on Tuesday, April 14. According to Health Director Caroline Baisley, this increase in Greenwich patients is attributable to a lag in test results being tabulated and input in to the Connecticut Department of Public Health’s computer systems. Many of these newly reported cases involve patients who were tested two to three weeks ago, according to Ms. Baisley. (The Town obtains its daily census information from the state Health Department.)


“The alarming issue here is that many of these people may have been asymptomatic and continued their daily business interacting with family, going outdoors or to the supermarket, unknowingly exposing countless others,” First Selectman Camillo said. “I cannot continue to emphasize enough, just how important it is to wear facial coverings whenever outside of your home.”


Greenwich Hospital reports that today, Wednesday, April 15, 2020, there were 117 COVID-19 positive patients being treated in several different Hospital units. So far, 223 patients have been discharged from the Hospital and continue their recuperation at home. There have been 3,330 people have been tested at the Hospital outpatient test site with 1,292 testing positive. All of these numbers reflect patients who live in Greenwich as well as from other municipalities in Connecticut and Westchester County.

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First Selectman Camillo, in consultation with his emergency management team, has ordered Town Hall to remain closed to all employees, through May 20thThis date is in accordance with other closure dates issued by Gov. Ned Lamont. Originally this order was effective March 23rd through April 22th.


All employees are expected to continue to work from home and to be available by phone and email during business hours. The Town will continue to provide limited services where possible. If you need a Town service, please first visit the Department’s webpage. Our website and email are the preferred methods of communication during this time. Staff will make periodic checks of voicemail boxes, however, please allow additional time for responses during this situation. Given the unprecedented fluidity of this situation, expectations and operations may change at any time.

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Today, we also are reminding residents that sanitizing wipes, paper towels, face masks and gloves must NOT be flushed down the toilet. On Tuesday, a Department of Public Works crew had to be deployed to repair a wastewater pump station which broke down because it became clogged with the aforementioned, according to Public Works Commissioner Amy Siebert.

This preventable equipment malfunction is regrettable on several fronts, especially since the crew had to work in very close quarters in order to effectuate repairs. Please remember: Only number one and number two are appropriate for the loo.

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Other resources for residents and businesses and other helpful tips:

  • For residents with questions about COVID-19, please call the Greenwich Health Department’s phone lines: 203-622 -7865; 203-622-7703; 203-622-7614; 203-622-7842 and 203-622-7836.
  • VITA, the IRS’s companion to the AARP volunteer income tax program, has initiated a virtual (on-line) option for the free preparation and e-filing of your taxes by the new July 15 deadline. You will need to complete and submit the form. VITA will then schedule a one-hour time slot on the portal to have a phone or video interview to complete and review returns. Please click here for answers to frequently asked questions and further information (en español). You may begin the process by using this link: https://form.jotform.com/200751255209146
  • The Department of Public Works, in conjunction with the Greenwich Police Department, are continuing to reach out to landscaping crews with flyers written in Spanish to provide guidance to workers of the necessary precautions they should be practice during the course of their work.
  • The flyer can be found at: https://www.greenwichct.gov/DocumentCenter/View/14743/Coronavirus_Info_spanish4820. Additional prevention information in Spanish can be found at: https://espanol.cdc.gov/enes/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/index.html
  • To reach the Domestic Abuse Services staff at the YWCA, please call the 24/7 hotline at 203-622-0003.
  • Residents, who need assistance with basic needs, including food, can call the Department of Human Services at.203-622-3800.
  • If you haven’t taken the 2020 Census yet, please go to my2020census.gov to take it today. Ask friends and family to do the same.
  • 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.
  • Many people with COVID-19 are asymptomatic or pre-symptomatic, meaning they can transmit the virus without knowing they have it. Easy to follow instructions to make cloth facial masks can be found here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/diy-cloth-face-coverings.html



The next update will be released at 4 p.m. Thursday, April 16, 2020, unless there is a development that warrants immediate public notification. 


Please visit www.greenwichct.gov/covid19 for more information. Please SHARE this information with friends and family.


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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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