Newcanaan's HamletHub https://news.hamlethub.com/newcanaan Sat, 04 Apr 2020 12:08:41 -0400 HamletHub.com Connecticut COVID-19 Update: 4,914 Cases https://news.hamlethub.com/newcanaan/neighbors/5184-connecticut-covid-19-update-4-914-cases5184-connecticut-covid-19-update-4-914-cases https://news.hamlethub.com/newcanaan/neighbors/5184-connecticut-covid-19-update-4-914-cases5184-connecticut-covid-19-update-4-914-cases

Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton took this photo of O'Neill Center at WCSU westside campus that is being transformed into a hospital for COVID-19 overflow. 

According to the State of Connecticut's latest data, the state has 4,914 confirmed positive cases of COVID-19. This is an increase of 1,090 cases since yesterday. The increase in cases reported today is related to catch up of data entry and implementation of a new method for reporting cases to the Department of Public Health. This increase does not reflect a change in the trajectory of the outbreak. There have been 909 patients have been hospitalized due to the virus and 135 residents have died.

Fairfield County continues to have the majority of cases in the state with 2,716 COVID-19 cases and 75 deaths.

Among 216 nursing homes in CT, 48 (22%) have had at least one confirmed case of COVID-19. A total of 221 nursing home residents with laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 have been identified of whom 80 (36%) were hospitalized and 23 (10%) have died.

Read the complete report HERE.

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kerry@ducey.org (HH) Neighbors Fri, 03 Apr 2020 12:35:19 -0400
New Canaan Land Trust Previews Sculpture Trail https://news.hamlethub.com/newcanaan/life/5182-new-canaan-land-trust-previews-sculpture-trail5182-new-canaan-land-trust-previews-sculpture-trail https://news.hamlethub.com/newcanaan/life/5182-new-canaan-land-trust-previews-sculpture-trail5182-new-canaan-land-trust-previews-sculpture-trail

New Canaan Land Trust Previews Sculpture Trail

Signature Sculpture “Passages” Installed to Inspire Hope in Pandemic

The New Canaan Land Trust is proud to announce the installation of Passages, a preview of the New Canaan Sculpture Trail. This outdoor art exhibit was designed in partnership with the Carriage Barn Arts Center to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, April 22, 2020 and to uniquely connect residents and visitors to our natural surroundings.

“It was important for us to install this signature piece as a hopeful reminder of better days ahead and to show the essential connection between art and nature,” commented Aaron Lefland, New Canaan Land Trust Executive Director. He continued, "We believe that Passages will serve as an inspiration to the entire community in the weeks and months to come."

The full New Canaan Sculpture Trail exhibition is scheduled to open in late spring or early summer and will include eight juried sculptures positioned at Land Trust preserves, New Canaan Town Hall and at the Carriage Barn courtyard at Waveny Park.

Passages, created by Norwalk-based artist, Thomas S. Berntsen, is a series of seven, eight-foot-tall panels that meander along a path in the center of the Hannan-Eberstadt Preserve, located at the corner of Smith Ridge (Rt. 123) and Canoe Hill Roads in New Canaan, CT. The panels are designed as individual portals of mirror, light, and color. Each has its own distinct pattern, which was inspired by and borrowed from the famous 13th-century labyrinth at Chartres Cathedral in France.

"Passages represents a series of sculptures that reflect, refract and extenuate their natural surroundings.” Berntsen explained. “Composed of dichroic film, each frame reacts to minute changes in the environment in a myriad of ways, responding to small movements of angle and light. Each visit, and each time of day, will create a unique and memorable experience."

In response to the town of New Canaan’s closure of all town parks, the Land Trust temporarily closed public access to its preserves, however, Passages can be easily viewed from the road. Visitors who wish to park their vehicles are strongly advised to do so along Canoe Hill Road.

The New Canaan Sculpture Trail has been made possible by the generous support of Lead Sponsor Harlan E. and Lois J. Anderson Foundation; contributors Stuart Higley Foundation; A.P. Construction Company, and the Town of New Canaan; and Media Sponsor Serendipity magazine.  

For more information on the New Canaan Sculpture Trail:

Visit the website: https://sculpture.newcanaanlandtrust.org/

Download the Otocast mobile app at https://apps.apple.com/us/app/otocast/id880987065

Contact the New Canaan Land Trust at info@newcanaanlandtrust.org or 203-972-1270

About the New Canaan Land Trust

For more than half a century, the New Canaan Land Trust has worked to build a healthier and greener New Canaan by protecting and stewarding New Canaan’s natural resources. By engaging the community in programs, workshops, and other events, NCLT fosters a connection between people and their natural surroundings and instills a conservation ethic in the New Canaan community. For more, visit newcanaanlandtrust.org.

 

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meri@buzzmkt.com (M. Erickson) Life Fri, 03 Apr 2020 10:30:52 -0400
Meet RVNAhealth Men and Women on the Front Line https://news.hamlethub.com/newcanaan/neighbors/5183-meet-the-rvnahealth-front-line5183-meet-the-rvnahealth-front-line https://news.hamlethub.com/newcanaan/neighbors/5183-meet-the-rvnahealth-front-line5183-meet-the-rvnahealth-front-line

RVNAhealth has a team of amazing clinicians and caregivers on the front line battling COVID. They are heroes - though they don't view it that way. 

They are the clinicians and caregivers who step forward when others step back. They are also the leaders who don’t just coach from the sidelines but find their way into the field. The RVNAhealth Front Line is driven by commitment and conviction, and their unwavering belief that the difference they make in their patients’ lives is an important one. 

And never are they more correct than now.  RVNAhealth is proud to introduce you. 

Throughout the month, RVNAhealth be sharing glimpses of as many team members as possible. They will also be featuring our front line on a special web page.

Please visit the page often (we'll be updating it frequently), to meet the team. And -- if you can -- please help RVNAhealth keep them safe by Protecting a Caregiver.

Meet the RVNAhealth Front Line

Jessica Velasco, RN
Jessica has an interesting story.  In times of 'normalcy,' she is our Home Health Aide Supervisor and Chronic Care Manager.  But when COVID-19 began to take hold, Jessica elected to return to the field to help care for patients she had served in days gone by -- this time as a hospice nurse. Meet Jessica 

Joe Naber, OTR
It's funny, the course of one's life. In school, Joe studied Construction Management. But when post-graduate opportunities were limited, he took a detour to Rehabilitation. Joe is now an Occupational Therapist serving COVID-19 patients in their residences and facilities. Joe may not be managing construction, but he is building trust and hope wherever he goes. Meet Joe

Annecia Young, HHA
Annecia Young is young, but she's also wise, and a wonderful and compassionate caregiver. She learned at the hands of her mother -- a nurse -- and cares for her patients as she hopes to be cared for herself one day, with honesty and love.  The challenges of COVID-19 don't stop Annecia. Her energy runs strong. Meet Annecia

Marlene Alba, EHR Specialist
Behind every successful Front Line is a team of experts quietly keeping the wheels turning. Marlene Alba is part of that team. An Electronic Health Record expert and educator, Marlene is focused now on keeping our system in sync with the evolving COVID-19 needs so our Front Line team can focus on the patients they see. Meet Marlene


 

Throughout the month, RVNAhealth be sharing glimpses of as many team members as possible. They will also be featuring our front line on a special web page.

 

Please visit the page often (RVNAhealth be updating it frequently), to meet the team. And -- if you can -- please help RVNAhealth keep them safe by Protecting a Caregiver.

 

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kerry@ducey.org (Nancy Rowe) Neighbors Fri, 03 Apr 2020 08:49:47 -0400
New Canaan COVID-19 Update: 63 Positive Cases, One Additional Death https://news.hamlethub.com/newcanaan/neighbors/5181-new-canaan-covid-19-update-63-positive-cases-one-additional-death5181-new-canaan-covid-19-update-63-positive-cases-one-additional-death https://news.hamlethub.com/newcanaan/neighbors/5181-new-canaan-covid-19-update-63-positive-cases-one-additional-death5181-new-canaan-covid-19-update-63-positive-cases-one-additional-death

This evening, New Canaan Emergency Management Director Mike Handler reported that New Canaan now has 63 confirmed positive cases and the commumity lost another resident.  This brings our total COVID-19 deaths to seven.  
 
Please read Mike Handler's update:
 
I would like to provide an update on two of our New Canaan partners. Throughout this crisis, we have been working hand-in-hand with both Waveny LifeCare Network and Silverhill Hospital. Both healthcare systems have residents and patients that fall into the COVID-19 risk profile and both have staff members and/or residents that have tested positive. Both Waveny and Silverhill continue to take all appropriate measures to protect staff and patients and we continue to provide equipment, training, guidance and support. 
 
On a different note, some of you may have heard that the State is planning on opening several nursing home step-down units. One potential site is the Acute Care Unit at Silverhill Hospital. The current plan calls for approximately 30 beds to be made available for COVID-19 positive patients to be discharged from local hospitals.  This is necessary to free up vital beds in our hospitals. We are working with all of the parties to ensure that this can be done in a safe and efficient manner and will keep everyone updated. 
 
COVID-19 testing is available, by appointment only, at Norwalk, Stamford and Greenwich Hospitals. To obtain an appointment at any of these sites, you will need a prescription from your personal physician.
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kerry@ducey.org (Mike Handler) Neighbors Thu, 02 Apr 2020 15:18:44 -0400
Grace Farms Relief Fund for Connecticut Addresses Critical Shortage of PPE https://news.hamlethub.com/newcanaan/charities/5180-grace-farms-relief-fund-for-connecticut-address-critical-shortage-of-ppe5180-grace-farms-relief-fund-for-connecticut-address-critical-shortage-of-ppe https://news.hamlethub.com/newcanaan/charities/5180-grace-farms-relief-fund-for-connecticut-address-critical-shortage-of-ppe5180-grace-farms-relief-fund-for-connecticut-address-critical-shortage-of-ppe

Grace Farms Foundation announced the Grace Farms Relief Fund for Connecticut, established with private donations totaling $2.5 million to help address the critical shortage of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for health care workers and first responders in Fairfield and New Haven counties.

“As the COVID-19 crisis escalates, it is clear that pressing humanitarian issues can be solved when the public, private, and not-for-profit sectors collaborate locally and globally,” said Sharon Prince, CEO and Founder.

In addition, more than 32,000 surgical masks, and 4,000 isolation coveralls have already been received by 13 area hospitals, COVID-19 clinics, and 14 local townships’ first responders to date.

Hundreds of thousands of additional respirator masks, gowns/coveralls and face shields are expected to arrive within days, and will be distributed again by New Canaan Fire Department volunteers (New Canaan EMS) to local first responders in Fairfield County and healthcare workers at Community Health Center, Inc.Stamford HealthNorwalk HospitalDanbury Hospital, and St. Vincent's Medical Center, Bridgeport CT , and Yale New Haven Health, which serves six hospitals.

Grace Farms Foundation has also organized the Grace Farms Alliance Against COVID-19, an effort comprised of more than half a dozen partner organizations, including Hamilton Beach Brands (Hamilton Beach), Ningxia Yanbao Foundation, Helena Foundation, and the Town of New Canaan Emergency Management to fight the COVID-19 pandemic.

Learn more HERE.

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kerry@ducey.org (Grace Farms) Charities Thu, 02 Apr 2020 10:29:28 -0400
Ethan Allen Prep School Tees Up for Fall, Applications Now Accepted https://news.hamlethub.com/newcanaan/places/5179-ethan-allen-prep-school-tees-up-for-fall-applications-now-accepted5179-ethan-allen-prep-school-tees-up-for-fall-applications-now-accepted https://news.hamlethub.com/newcanaan/places/5179-ethan-allen-prep-school-tees-up-for-fall-applications-now-accepted5179-ethan-allen-prep-school-tees-up-for-fall-applications-now-accepted

Ethan Allen Prep: Achieve Your Greatness On the Golf Course, In the Classroom and In Life

The Golf Performance Center’s (GPC) Ethan Allen Preparatory School is teeing up for fall and offering an innovative and unique educational experience for scholar-athletes.

Visit Ethan Allen Prep online HERE for additional information and to fill out an application.


Ethan Allen Prepartorpatory School, a brand new residential campus for scholar-athletes and summer campers, offers a state of the art residence hall, classrooms, a dining hall, lounge and beautiful walking paths.

The Achieve Program at Ethan Allen Prep promotes curiosity and empowers the scholar-athletes to embrace their individual areas of interest. Ethan Allen Prep designs individualized curriculums for each and every student, removing barriers that keep them from reaching their true potential.

The Achieve Program offers an expansive list of 150+ courses delivered by K12 International Academy, providing students the ability to delve into areas of interest and take charge of their own education.

A private alternative to traditional high school, Ethan Allen Prep is open to a select few high-achieving student-athletes and integrates state of the art training facilities and expert coaching to help athletes reach their goals. 

Learn more about Ethan Allen Prep fall program HERE.

Ethan Allen Prep: Achieve Your Greatness On the Go...

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kerry@ducey.org (HH) Places Thu, 02 Apr 2020 09:04:04 -0400
New Canaan has 55 COVID-19 cases, another community member dies https://news.hamlethub.com/newcanaan/neighbors/5178-new-canaan-has-55-covid-19-cases-another-community-member-dies5178-new-canaan-has-55-covid-19-cases-another-community-member-dies https://news.hamlethub.com/newcanaan/neighbors/5178-new-canaan-has-55-covid-19-cases-another-community-member-dies5178-new-canaan-has-55-covid-19-cases-another-community-member-dies

New Canaan Director of Emergency Management, Mike Handler reported tonight that New Canaan now has 55 confirmed positive cases; and sadly, we lost another dear member of our community, bringing our total loss of life to six.  
 
Test results from New Canaan’s March 26th test site are still outstanding. It should come as no surprise that we have more than 200 volunteers working with our Human Services team. Between our volunteer/senior pairing program and our food pantry we are currently serving groceries to over 210 residents. Additionally, our outreach program makes regular contact with over 1,300 seniors. All of this is in addition to the great outreach work being done throughout our community by our not-for-profit and faith-based partners. This is why we call New Canaan home.
 
Covid-19 testing is available, by appointment only, at Norwalk, Stamford and Greenwich Hospitals. To obtain an appointment at any of these sites, you will need a prescription from your personal physician.
 
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kerry@ducey.org (Mike Handler) Neighbors Wed, 01 Apr 2020 15:04:12 -0400
Fairfield County Bank Commits $100,000 to Help Feed the Community https://news.hamlethub.com/newcanaan/charities/5177-fairfield-county-bank-commits-100-000-to-help-feed-the-community5177-fairfield-county-bank-commits-100-000-to-help-feed-the-community https://news.hamlethub.com/newcanaan/charities/5177-fairfield-county-bank-commits-100-000-to-help-feed-the-community5177-fairfield-county-bank-commits-100-000-to-help-feed-the-community

In response to the COVID-19 national health crisis, Fairfield County Bank announced today its new program, Feeding Fairfield County, and a $100,000 commitment to help feed the community.

“As a result of the outbreak, many of our community members are struggling to feed their families.  As we tirelessly work to help our impacted business and consumer clients overcome their financial challenges, it is also important for us to take a leadership position to help community members with the urgent need of putting food on the table,” says Dan Berta, President of Fairfield County Bank.

Feeding Fairfield County, Fairfield County Bank’s COVID-19 food security response program, is a multi-faceted program designed to improve access to food for community members suddenly impacted by the national health crisis.  The program includes direct contributions to local food banks as well as purchasing gift cards from local restaurants that will be donated to help feed at-risk communities and our heroic healthcare workers and first responders.

“We want to contribute not only money but also create a program to bring together our local businesses, clients, and the overall community to further feed people in need.  We encourage everyone who can to join us in supporting the community through this program,” adds David Schneider, Fairfield County Bank CEO.

Dan Berta goes on to say, “The Bank’s restaurant clients are some of our most notable community leaders.  This is an opportunity for us to also help them during this crisis by purchasing gift cards that we then donate to people in need and using them to bring food to our front-line healthcare workers and first responders.”

Additionally, Fairfield County Bank will be directing some of its on-going community-focused efforts towards food-related causes, including the Bank’s Charity of the Month program, the Bank’s Coins for a Cause program, employee gift matching program, and volunteer efforts.

In the coming days, Fairfield County Bank will be providing details on how community members can join the effort.  For more information, please follow Fairfield County Bank on Facebook and check for routine updates on our dedicated Feeding Fairfield County webpage.  Charities or businesses interested in participating in the Feeding Fairfield County program can email Stephen Wooters at Stephen.Wooters@FairfieldCountyBank.com.

Stephen Wooters, Executive Vice President, further emphasizes, “We are a community bank, and we are here for our community.  It’s not just a tagline when we say ‘We Are Fairfield County.’”

Founded in 1871, Fairfield County Bank is a $1.5 billion community bank with locations throughout Fairfield County. In 2019 alone, Fairfield County Bank donated over $1 million to 415 local non-profit organizations with over 5,000 hours of volunteerism from their employees – a true testament to strengthening our communities. Visit www.fairfieldcountybank.com to find out more about the Bank. #WeAreFairfieldCounty              

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kerry@ducey.org (Ryan Arconti) Charities Wed, 01 Apr 2020 14:42:13 -0400
Connecticut COVID-19 Update: 3,557 Cases, First Pediatric Death https://news.hamlethub.com/newcanaan/neighbors/5176-connecticut-covid-19-update-3-557-cases-first-pediatic-death-in-connecticut5176-connecticut-covid-19-update-3-557-cases-first-pediatic-death-in-connecticut https://news.hamlethub.com/newcanaan/neighbors/5176-connecticut-covid-19-update-3-557-cases-first-pediatic-death-in-connecticut5176-connecticut-covid-19-update-3-557-cases-first-pediatic-death-in-connecticut

As of April 1, 2020, a total of 3557 laboratory-confirmed cases of COVID-19 have been reported among Connecticut residents. Seven hundred and sixty-six patients are currently hospitalized. Eighty-five residents have died. 

Fairfield County currently has the most cases in Connecticut with 1986 positive COVID-19 cases. There have been 49 deaths in Fairfield County.

Earlier today, Governor Ned Lamont reported the first pediatric fatality in Connecticut linked to COVID-19. "A 6-week old newborn from the Hartford area was brought unresponsive to a hospital last week and could not be revived," he said.

View cases by Town and County here.

National COVID-19 statistics and information about preventing spread of COVID-19 are available from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. A weekly report on seasonal influenza activity can be found on the DPH website.

The map you see here shows the number of patients currently hospitalized with laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 by county based on data collected by the Connecticut Hospital Association. The distribution is by location of hospital, not patient residence. The labels indicate the number of patients currently hospitalized with the change since yesterday in parentheses.

Additional details can be found here.

 

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kerry@ducey.org (State of CT) Neighbors Wed, 01 Apr 2020 13:54:57 -0400
Community is not Canceled: New Canaan Nature Center Brings Trails and Programs to YOU! https://news.hamlethub.com/newcanaan/places/5175-community-is-not-canceled-new-canaan-nature-center-brings-trails-and-programs-to-you5175-community-is-not-canceled-new-canaan-nature-center-brings-trails-and-programs-to-you https://news.hamlethub.com/newcanaan/places/5175-community-is-not-canceled-new-canaan-nature-center-brings-trails-and-programs-to-you5175-community-is-not-canceled-new-canaan-nature-center-brings-trails-and-programs-to-you

Community is not Canceled 

Neighbors helping neighbors, community members reaching out to our local senior citizens, residents supporting our heroic first responders -the inspiring stories and acts of kindness brought forth by our current crisis are extraordinary. What's more, small businesses, local nonprofits, and civic organizations are innovating to stay connected and serve the community. 

Community is not Canceled, a series made possible by LIFEWTR will showcase Connecticut's awesome response to this unprecedented situation. We are in this together. Stay strong. 

New Canaan Nature Center Brings Trails and Open Space and Educational Programs to YOU!

New Canaan Nature Center (NCNC) has launched a YouTube channel, bringing their outdoor programming to you! NCNC’s knowledgable ambassadors walk the grounds and trails unveiling the beauties of spring. From baby chicks soon to hatch, to spring walks, and turtles, NCNC enlightens, educates and inspires. 

Visit the YouTube channel here (and be sure to hit the “subscribe” button!)


Community is not Canceled! We are thankful to LIFEWTR for helping us to connect and stay strong.

The views and opinions expressed above are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of HamletHub or LIFEWTR. 

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kerry@ducey.org (HH) Places Wed, 01 Apr 2020 13:01:44 -0400
Why Small Businesses Matter in New Canaan: Roselli Trading Company https://news.hamlethub.com/newcanaan/places/5150-why-small-businesses-matter-in-new-canaan-roselli-trading-company5150-why-small-businesses-matter-in-new-canaan-roselli-trading-company https://news.hamlethub.com/newcanaan/places/5150-why-small-businesses-matter-in-new-canaan-roselli-trading-company5150-why-small-businesses-matter-in-new-canaan-roselli-trading-company

Why Small Businesses Matter

Shop small, do big things for your community

Why Small Businesses Matter puts a spotlight on the local merchants who donate their time, talent, goods, and services for the betterment of our community. The shop local movement spreads virally as local businesses who are “tagged” have the opportunity to share their story!

You're IT Roselli Trading Company!

Four questions with Michael Rodgers, founder of Roselli Trading Company.

Why did you start your business?

We started as a supplier to five-star hotels such as Mandarin Oriental Hotels and The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas and in 2010 we decided to bring our genuine 5-star bath accessories and luggage stands used in the best hotels to retail.

Finish this sentence in regard to your business. "I wish I could…"

I wish I could spend less time on the admin side and more time on the creative side but that unfortunately possible in a small business.

What is your best selling product/service?

Honestly, it all sells well but particular standouts are the luggage racks that are the best available in the business. We currently are offering a 20% sale on everything on our site www.rosellitrading.com - To anyone that mentions that they saw us on HamletHub when they place their order.

How many local businesses do you use to support your business (products and services) and can you name them?

The Linen Store of New Canaan carries our goods.

Roselli Trading Company nominates The Linen Store in New Canaan.

Roselli Trading Company is located at 237 S Bald Hill Rd in New Canaan. Visit Roselli Trading Company online here.

HamletHub thanks Fairfield County Bank for making our Why Small Businesses Matter series possible!

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daliborboldis@gmail.com (Dan) Places Wed, 01 Apr 2020 06:28:10 -0400
New Canaan has 48 Confirmed Positive COVID-19 Cases, Another Community Member has Died https://news.hamlethub.com/newcanaan/neighbors/5174-new-canaan-has-48-confirmed-positive-covid-19-cases-another-community-member-has-died5174-new-canaan-has-48-confirmed-positive-covid-19-cases-another-community-member-has-died https://news.hamlethub.com/newcanaan/neighbors/5174-new-canaan-has-48-confirmed-positive-covid-19-cases-another-community-member-has-died5174-new-canaan-has-48-confirmed-positive-covid-19-cases-another-community-member-has-died

New Canaan Director of Emergency Management, Mike Handler reported tonight that New Canaan currently has 48 confirmed positive cases; and sadly, he said, "Another dear member of our community has passed bringing our total loss of life to five." 
 
He also reminds residents that the Town is still awaiting 40 test results from New Canaan’s March 26th test date. "A gentle reminder to all that while grocery shopping is essential, it is not appropriate to bring the whole family to the store unless you absolutely have no alternative. Please continue to maintain adequate social distancing, thoroughly wash your hands and avoid all social gatherings." 
 
Covid-19 testing is available, by appointment only, at Norwalk, Stamford and Greenwich Hospitals. To obtain an appointment at any of these sites, you will need a prescription from your personal physician.
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kerry@ducey.org (HH) Neighbors Tue, 31 Mar 2020 15:24:59 -0400
Connecticut COVID Update: 3,128 Confirmed Cases, 69 Deaths https://news.hamlethub.com/newcanaan/neighbors/5173-connecticut-covid-update-3-128-confirmed-cases-69-deaths5173-connecticut-covid-update-3-128-confirmed-cases-69-deaths https://news.hamlethub.com/newcanaan/neighbors/5173-connecticut-covid-update-3-128-confirmed-cases-69-deaths5173-connecticut-covid-update-3-128-confirmed-cases-69-deaths

As of March 31, 2020, a total of 3128 laboratory-confirmed cases of COVID-19 have been reported among Connecticut residents. Six hundred and eight patients are currently hospitalized. Sixty-nine residents have died. In addition to the deaths related to COVID-19 that have been reported to the Department of Public Health (DPH), this update contains information on the number of deaths that have been reported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner (OCME).

Today, the OCME provided information on 14 additional COVID-19 related deaths that occurred during March 17-29. There were 16 COVID-19 related deaths on March 30, and 3 on March 31. Moving forward, deaths reported to either the OCME or DPH will be included in the daily COVID-19 update.

Fairfield County currently has the most cases in the state with 1870 COVID-19 confirmed positives 1870. View the data per county and town here.

Summary

Laboratory-Confirmed COVID-19 Cases 3128 (+557)

COVID-19 Associated Deaths 69 (+33)

Patients Currently Hospitalized with COVID-19 608 (+91)

Patients tested for COVID-19 15600 (+1000)

The Dr. Katherine A. Kelley State Public Health Laboratory has tested a total of 2008 patients for COVID19; 359 (18%) patients tested positive. The graph (image #2) shows the number of patients tested by date specimens were received. Hospital and commercial laboratories also are offering testing for COVID19 in Connecticut; in total, more than 15600 tests have been reported to date.

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kerry@ducey.org (State of CT) Neighbors Tue, 31 Mar 2020 13:34:13 -0400
Governor Lamont Announces Mortgage Payment Relief During COVID-19 Crisis https://news.hamlethub.com/newcanaan/politics/5172-governor-lamont-announces-mortgage-payment-relief-during-covid-19-crisis5172-governor-lamont-announces-mortgage-payment-relief-during-covid-19-crisis https://news.hamlethub.com/newcanaan/politics/5172-governor-lamont-announces-mortgage-payment-relief-during-covid-19-crisis5172-governor-lamont-announces-mortgage-payment-relief-during-covid-19-crisis

Governor Ned Lamont today announced that his administration has reached an agreement with over 50 credit unions and banks in Connecticut to offer mortgage relief to the state’s residents and businesses who continue to face hardship caused by the global COVID-19 pandemic. Under the agreement, the following relief policies are being offered by participating financial institutions:

  • 90-day grace period for all mortgage payments: Participating financial institutions are now offering mortgage-payment forbearances of up to 90 days, which will allow homeowners to reduce or delay monthly mortgage payments. In addition, the institutions will:
  • Provide a streamlined process for requesting forbearance for COVID-19-related reasons, supported with available documentation;
  • Confirm approval and terms of forbearance program; and
  • Provide the opportunity to extend forbearance agreements if faced with continued hardship resulting from COVID-19.
  • Relief from fees and charges for 90 days: For at least 90 days, participating financial institutions will waive or refund mortgage-related late fees and other fees including early CD withdrawals.
  • No new foreclosures for 60 days: Financial institutions will not start any foreclosure sales or evictions.
  • No credit score changes for accessing relief: For those taking advantage of this COVID-19-related relief, late or missed payments will not be shared with credit reporting agencies.

The agreement, which was negotiated on behalf of the Lamont administration by Commissioner Jorge Perez at the Connecticut Department of Banking, builds upon similar initiatives that have been enacted in recent days in California and New Jersey, and has been endorsed by the Connecticut Bankers Association and the Credit Union League of Connecticut. More than 50 credit unions and banks statewide are participating, including Webster Bank, American Eagle Financial Credit Union, Liberty Bank, Charter Oak Federal Credit Union, Bank of America, Nutmeg State Financial Credit Union, and Peoples United Bank. Additional financial institutions are expected to join the initiative in the coming days. The Department of Banking will maintain updated list of participating institutions on its website.

“This agreement with our financial institutions will allow Connecticut residents to obtain some relief as this public health emergency has had an impact on thousands of people in our state,” Governor Lamont said. “I thank each of these financial institutions that will provide this relief and applaud their participation in this agreement. The way we are going to get through this crisis is by working together, and this is an example of how we are going to get that done.”

The Department of Banking, along with the state’s banks and credit unions, is reminding residents that their money remains safe during the COVID-19 crisis and protected by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) and National Credit Union Administration (NCUA). No deposits have ever been lost under the protection of the FDIC and NCUA.

“This is a time when we need our entire financial services industry to come together to work tirelessly for the people of Connecticut, which is why I have asked the banks and credit unions to join forces and present one united approach which tells all of Connecticut, ‘We are in this together,’” Commissioner Perez said. “I am pleased to see that these efforts are well underway and that they are helping Connecticut residents work through this challenge.”

Leadership at Connecticut’s credit unions and banks said that they are flexibly meeting member and customer needs everyday on a case-by-case basis in a number of ways that may include fee waivers, access to short-term loans, loan deferrals and uninterrupted access to digital services, even though some credit unions and banks have temporarily limited physical access to their lobbies.

Bruce Adams, president and CEO of the Credit Union League of Connecticut, said, “We view ourselves as the financial first responders in this crisis, and I applaud Governor Lamont and Commissioner Perez for their leadership in partnering with us to provide even more financial solutions for the people of Connecticut.”

Tom Mongellow, president and CEO of the Connecticut Bankers Association, said, “Connecticut banks and credit unions are open for business, and statewide we have quickly and voluntarily responded to Governor Lamont’s and Commissioner Perez’s directives. Our financial institutions continue to ensure the financial well-being of the people and businesses they serve across the state, while protecting the health of their team members and customers.”

Adams and Mongellow are stressing that customers with loans should stay in close contact with their financial institution to identify their particular needs and work on customized solutions. They are also reminding customers that measures to protect people's health and safety continue to be available:

  • Drive-through services are available at numerous branches;
  • Individual appointments for in-person meetings are available at many financial institutions;
  • Call centers employees stand ready to assist customers and members;
  • Technology platforms give ready access to online services like bill pay, transfers, remote depositing of checks and ATMs for cash needs; and
  • People can use mobile payment channels and debit cards or credit cards to make purchases.


Questions and Answers on Connecticut’s COVID-19 Mortgage Relief Agreement

How do I get mortgage relief and/or forbearance?

You should contact and work directly with your mortgage servicer to learn about and apply for available relief. Please note that financial institutions and their servicers are experiencing high volumes of inquiries.

How long will the forbearance last?

 Participating financial institutions are now offering mortgage-payment forbearances of up to 90 days, which will allow homeowners to reduce or delay monthly mortgage payments.

What effect will this have on my credit report?

Financial institutions will not report derogatory information (e.g., late payments) to credit reporting agencies but may report a forbearance, which typically does not alone negatively affect a credit score.

How long will these programs last?

It is still unclear how severe or how long the COVID-19 impacts will be. Financial institutions have committed to necessary relief and will be assessing the ongoing conditions and necessity of continuing relief.

What if my financial institution isn’t offering this relief?

At this time, Webster Bank, American Eagle Financial Credit Union, Liberty Bank, Charter Oak Federal Credit Union, Bank of America, Nutmeg State Financial Credit Union, and Peoples United Bank, in addition to over 50 other federal and state-chartered banks, credit unions, and servicers are supporting these commitments. The state will welcome any other institution that would like to meet the moment and provide much-needed financial relief to Connecticut residents. The Department of Banking will publish a list of participating financial institutions on its website in the coming days.

What if I already made a payment or was hit with a fee because of COVID-19?

These measures go into effect as of March 31, 2020.

Is the mortgage relief available to businesses?

The relief is currently only available for residential mortgages.

What if my mortgage servicer is not communicative or cooperative?

You can file a complaint with the Department of Banking through the complaint form on the department website or by contacting the department at 860-240-8299 or 1-800-831-7225 (9:00 am to 5:00 pm EST Monday through Friday).

What impact does the CARES Act have?

The CARES Act has important protections for renters and homeowners. In particular, homeowners with mortgage loans that are backed by the federal government through the FHA, Freddie Mac, Fannie Mae, or other agencies can receive significant forbearance.

How about commercial loans and commercial mortgages?

Commercial loan or commercial mortgage customers should know that all financial institutions are working proactively with each commercial borrower experiencing challenges. Any bank or credit union commercial customer having financial difficulty, whether for-profit or nonprofit, should call their financial institution as soon as possible. Several important governmental actions have and will provide relief to businesses.

The Lamont administration’s quick actions resulted in Connecticut being one of the first states where businesses can access the U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA) economic injury disaster loan program for up to $2 million dollars. In addition, the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development quickly created the Connecticut Recovery Bridge Loan program, which will provide up to $50 million of loans to small businesses and nonprofits

Importantly, last week Congress passed the important CARES Act, which includes the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and will provide loans and grants of up to $10 million, for companies of up to 500 employees. A wide variety of businesses will be eligible for the PPP as soon as next week and they include but are not limited to: private and public businesses, self-employed and independent contractors, nonprofits, veterans’ organizations, and tribal business concerns. Additional information on the PPP should be available from the SBA early next week.

In addition to the PPP, banks and credit unions continue to work with their commercial customers on a case by case basis to address the financial needs of their impacted business. We encourage any impacted commercial customers to contact their financial institution.

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kerry@ducey.org (Gov. Ned Lamont) Politics Tue, 31 Mar 2020 13:18:35 -0400
Gov Lamont Announces Open Fishing Season for Connecticut https://news.hamlethub.com/newcanaan/places/5171-gov-lamont-announces-open-fishing-season-for-connecticut-15856722545171-gov-lamont-announces-open-fishing-season-for-connecticut-1585672254 https://news.hamlethub.com/newcanaan/places/5171-gov-lamont-announces-open-fishing-season-for-connecticut-15856722545171-gov-lamont-announces-open-fishing-season-for-connecticut-1585672254

This week, Governor Lamont signed an Executive Order that included the early opening of the fishing season in Connecticut. With spring showing its early colors, fishing is a perfect outdoor activity. It states:

opening the fishing season early in inland waters will help to limit community spread of COVID-19 by eliminating the large crowds that often accompany the traditional Opening Day of fishing in April

If you are suffering from cabin fever, head to your favorite fishing hole and drop in a line! Remember, even while fishing or engaging in any outdoor activity, social distancing is a MUST. Please remain 6' apart!

During this time of social distancing, fishing should be enjoyed as solitary experience or with members of the immediate household, not as a group activity. DEEP is encouraging all anglers to follow social distancing practices. Anglers should maintain a distance of at least six feet from others, practice good personal hygiene, stay home and away from others if they feel sick, and avoid areas where anglers or others congregate. All other fishing laws and regulations, including requirements for a fishing license and trout and salmon stamp when needed, and all methods, creel limits and length limits remain in effect. More information and a helpful FAQ can be found on DEEP’s website

Please refer constituents to https://portal.ct.gov/DEEP/Fishing/CT-Fishing for more information. We continue to stock trout and plan on completely our spring 2020 stockings. Below you will find the listings of our stockings so far this spring. Anglers should also check out our Interactive Stocking map at: https://ctdeep.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=70d13bc033854b89a87c04b1d11b1a43

You can find a helpful video here: https://www.facebook.com/CTFishAndWildlife/videos/1147555402243388/

A list of the fishing spots are listed below:

Around Bridgeport/Danbury/Norwalk/Stamford:

Lakes - Ball Pond, Beardsley Park Pond, Blanchard Pond, Candlewood Lake, Cobbs Mill Pond, Disbrow Pond, Factory Pond, Great Hollow Pond, Housatonic Lake, Isinglass Reservoir (Farmill), Lake Kenosia, Lake Lillinonah, Lake Zoar, Mamanasco Lake, Miller’s Pond, Mohegan Lake, Nells Rock Reservoir, Pierrepont Pond, Saugatuck Reservoir, Shelton Reservoir #2, Silvermine Pond, Squantz Pond, Starrett Pond, Tollgate Pond, Tungsten Mine Park Pond, Twin Brooks Park Pond, West Pequonnock Reservoir
Major Trout Streams – Aspetuck, Byram, Farmill, Mianus, Mill, Morrissey Brook, Norwalk, Pequonnock, Pond Brook, Pootatuck, Rippowam, Saugatuck

Around Hartford/New Britain:

Lakes - Angus Park Pond, Batterson Park Pond, Broad Brook Mill Pond, Brookfield Pond, Congamond Lakes, Freshwater Pond, Howells Pond, Manitook Lake, Rainbow Reservoir, St Martha’s Pond, Salmon Brook Pond, Salters Pond, Silver Lake, Stratton Brook Park Pond
Major Trout Streams – Blackledge, Cherry Brook, Coppermine Brook, Dickenson Creek, Farmington, Fawn Brook, Pequabuck, Podunk, Raymond Brook, Roaring Brook, Salmon Brook, Scantic, Stony Brook, Stratton Brook

Around Middletown/East Haddam:

Lakes - Bashan Lake, Beseck Lake, Black Pond, Cedar Lake, Dooley Pond, Great Hill Pond, Higganum Reservoir, Lake Hayward, Messerschmidt’s Pond, Miller’s Pond, Moodus Reservoir, Pataconk Lake, Pistol Shop Pond, Schreeder Pond

Major Trout Streams – Coginchaug, Hammonasset, Hemlock Valley Brook, Pine Brook, Salmon

Around New Haven/Naugatuck:

Lakes - Axle Shop Pond, Baldwin Pond, Barber Pond, Beaver Park Lagoon, Black Pond, Clarks Mill Pond, Clarktown Pond, Dayton Pond, Hancock Brook Flood Control Pond, Hop Brook Flood Control Pond, Housatonic Lake, Lake Chamberlain, Lake Lillinonah, Lake Saltonstall, Lake Stibbs, Lake Wintergreen, Lake Zoar, Maltby Lakes, North Farms Reservoir, Pages Millpond, Picketts Pond, Prospect Park Pond, Quonnipaug Lake, Scovill Reservoir, Silver Lake, Southford Falls Pond, Upper Fulton Park Pond, Wards Millpond, Wharton Pond, Woodruff’s Pond

Major Trout Streams – Bladens Brook, Branford, Chatfield Hollow Brook, Eight Mile Brook, Farm, Hop Brook, Little, Menunketesuck Brook, Mill, Muddy, Nonnewaug, Pomperaug, Quinnipiac, Sprain Brook, Weekeepeemee Brook, Wepawaug

Around New London/Norwich:

Lakes - Amos Lake, Andersons Pond, Ashland Pond, Aspinook Pond, Avery Pond, Babcock Pond, Billings Lake, Bog Meadow Pond, Day Pond, Dodge Pond, Fitchville Pond, Fort Shantok Pond, Gardner Lake, Glasgo Pond, Godfrey Pond, Gorton Pond, Green Falls Reservoir, Hallville Pond, Hewitt Flyfishing Pond, Hewitt Pond (lower), Hodge Pond, Hopeville Pond, Horse Pond, Lake of Isles, Lantern Hill Pond, Long Pond, Mohegan Park Pond, Norwich Pond, Pachaug Pond, Pataganset Lake, Pickerel Lake, Powers Lake, Red Cedar Lake, Rogers Lake, Savin Lake, Sawmill Park Pond, Uncas Lake, Wyassup Lake

Major Trout Streams – Beaver Brook, Broad Brook, Choate Brook, Eight Mile, Gardner Brook, Green Falls, Hunts Brook, Indiantown Brook, Jeremy, Judd Brook, Latimers Brook, Meadow Brook, Mt Misery Brook, Myron Kinney Brook, Pachaug, Salmon, Shunock Brook, Susquetonscut Brook, Whitford’s, Wood, Yantic

Around Torrington/Winsted:

Lakes - Bantam Lake, Black Rock Pond, Black Rock Flood Control Pond, Burr Pond, Colebrook Flood Control Pond, Dog Pond, East Twin Lake, Hatch Pond, Highland Lake, Indian Pond, Lake Lillinonah, Lake McDonough, Leonard Pond, Mad River Flood Control Pond, Mohawk Pond, Mt. Tom Pond, Mudge Pond, Northfield Brook Flood Control Pond, Northfield Cutlery Co. Pond, Park Pond, South Spectacle Pond, Stillwater Pond, Tyler Pond, Waramaug Lake, West Branch (Hogsback) Reservoir, West Hill Pond, West Side Pond, West Twin Lake, Winchester Lake, Winnemaug Lake, Wononscopomuc Lake, Wood Creek Pond, Zeiner’s Pond

Major Trout Streams – Aspetuck, Bantam, Blackberry, Butternut Brook, Carse Brook, Farmington, Furnace Brook, Hall Meadow Brook, Housatonic, Lead Mine Brook, Macedonia Brook, Mad, Morgan Brook, Morissey Brook, Naugatuck, Nepaug, Pomperaug, Sandy Brook, Shepaug, Still, Whiting

Around Vernon/Mansfield:

Lakes - Bald Mountain Pond, Bigelow Pond, Bishop Swamp, Bolton Lakes, Bolton Notch Pond, Breakneck Pond, Coventry Lake, Crystal Lake, Eagleville Lake, Gay City Park Pond, Hamilton Reservoir, Holbrook Pond, Johnson Pond, Lafayette Pond, Mansfield Hollow Reservoir, Mansfield Training School Ponds, Mashapaug Lake, Mono Pond, Morey Pond, Shenipsit Reservoir, Somersville Mill Pond, Stateline Pond, Tankerhoosen Lakes, Walkers Reservoir, Whitney Flood Control Pond

Major Trout Streams - Bigelow Brook, Blackledge, Broad Brook, Charter Brook, Crystal Lake Brook, Fawn Brook, Fenton, Furnace Brook, Great Meadow Brook, Hockanum, Hop, Judd Brook, Mt Hope, Natchaug, Quanduck Brook, Quinebaug, Roaring Brook, Scantic, Skungamaug, Tankerhoosen, Willimantic

Around Willimantic/Danielson:

Lakes - Alexander Lake, Beach Pond, Beachdale Pond, Beaver Brook Ponds, Bicentennial Pond, Black Pond, Griggs Pond, Halls Pond, Hampton Reservoir, Keach Pond, Killingly Pond, Lawton Pond, Little Pond, Moosup Pond, Muddy Pond, Paine Pond, Perry Pond, Pine Acres Lake, Quaddick Reservoir, Roseland Lake, Ross Pond, Tetrault Pond, Wauregan Reservoir, West Thompson Lake

Major Trout Streams - Bigelow Brook, Blackwells Brook, Five Mile Brook, Five Mile R, French, Kitt Brook, Little, Mashamoquet Brook, Merrick Brook, Middle, Mount Misery, Muddy Brook, Natchaug, Quinebaug, Shetucket, Snake Meadow Brook, Still, Willimantic

Content last reviewed March 2020.

 

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cronmpuser@hamlethub.com (CT Fish and Wildlife) Places Tue, 31 Mar 2020 07:22:40 -0400