Newcanaan's HamletHub https://news.hamlethub.com/newcanaan Wed, 25 Nov 2020 06:34:40 -0500 HamletHub.com New Canaan COVID Update: Significant Spike Over Weekend with 27 New Cases https://news.hamlethub.com/newcanaan/neighbors/5658-new-canaan-covid-update-significant-spike-over-weekend-with-27-new-cases5658-new-canaan-covid-update-significant-spike-over-weekend-with-27-new-cases https://news.hamlethub.com/newcanaan/neighbors/5658-new-canaan-covid-update-significant-spike-over-weekend-with-27-new-cases5658-new-canaan-covid-update-significant-spike-over-weekend-with-27-new-cases

This evening, First Selectman Kevin Moynihan provided a community coronavirus update. He reported that testing at Lapham Center last Friday of 653 residents, teachers, Town employees and volunteer first responders produced only 6 positive results, or a positivity rate of 0.92% and of the 6 positives only 3 were New Canaan residents. 

Moynihan said that the community saw another significant uptick in COVID-19 cases over the weekend with 27 new positive test results since last Friday’s outcall.  "The state DPH has not posted negative test results for the same period so we can’t give an all-inclusive updated positivity rate for New Canaan since last Friday," he said.

According to Moynihan, the new cases vary across all age groups and there is no new theme of where transmission is occurring other than gatherings and events where people are letting down their guard and not wearing masks and social distancing.  "But community transmission is occurring more rapidly across all age demographics," he said.

Moynihan says that this additional jump in positive cases over the weekend illustrates how fast community transmission spreads and accelerates.  In addition, hospitals locally and across CT are seeing rising Covid-19 patient counts of all age groups and senior residential facilities are beginning to have rising cases.  Most Covid-19 deaths across CT continue to be in the elderly age brackets with individuals who have comorbidities, although we have not had a Covid-19 death of a New Canaan resident since early August. 

For complete information and to view updated charts regarding New Canaan COVID-19 cases since March please see the COVID-19 page of the Town website at www.newcanaan.info.  

 As announced last Friday, the Town is collaborating with Waveny LifeCare Network (“Waveny”) to offer daily PCR nasal swab testing for residents only at Lapham Center this week Monday through Wednesday and continuing next week Monday through Saturday. This week’s registration is full and we cannot take any walk ins or additional appointments.  Collaborating with Waveny for daily test days will provide easier access for residents to be tested here in town. The link for next Monday through Wednesday test dates is in your Everbridge email (https://www.signupgenius.com/go/COVID19Wavneytest2).  You must sign up each person in the household under their own name and date of birth.  Please be sure to include complete insurance information in the text box provided on the SignUpGenius registration. Results will be provided within 48 hours by email or text message so please provide your cell phone number as contact number.  Please note that we are not recommending that everyone get tested but we are encouraging those with any potential Covid-19 symptom, those who had a potential exposure to a positive case and those with essential jobs who have a lot of interaction with the public to get tested.

 If you have children in any of the schools or daycares please contact them immediately upon receiving a positive test result in order for them to begin their part of the contact tracing. You may also report any positive cases directly to the New Canaan Health Department at 203-594-3037. This weekend due to the holiday please email Director of Health Jenn Eielson to report positive cases at jen.eielson@newcanaanct.gov and she will contact you as soon as possible.

 As a reminder, if you are symptomatic please do not attend work, school, or any public or private gathering.  The symptoms for COVID-19 vary and some symptoms include: new loss of sense of smell or taste, sore throat, shortness of breath, dry cough, fever, body aches, chills, fatigue, and congestion. For a complete list of COVID 19 symptoms please visit www.cdc.gov.  We want to stress how important it is to recognize symptoms of COVID-19 and get tested. For those experiencing COVID-19 symptoms please get tested by contacting your primary care provider for referral to a local hospital or visit one of the community health centers (CHC) in Norwalk or Stamford.

 With the continued spread of the virus we strongly urge our seniors to avoid crowded areas, gatherings of any kind, and to remain safely at home as much as possible. Seniors should contact our Human Services Department at 203-594-3093 if you need assistance with grocery shopping, prescription pickup or other services. Also, if you are willing to volunteer to be a shopper for a senior please contact Human Services as well.

We remind you that college students traveling home from a red state and anyone traveling for the holiday to/from a red state are subject to the CT travel advisory requirements. If you travel to any of the states or countries on the list (except for less than 24 hours), you must quarantine for 14 days upon your return home or fulfill the testing requirements outlined in Executive Order 9B and also complete the travel form found on the state’s coronavirus website (https://portal.ct.gov/Coronavirus/travel).

We wish you a safe, healthy, and happy Thanksgiving holiday with your families. Due to the holiday, we will not do an outcall on Friday; our next outcall will be Monday, November 30, with further Waveny testing days to register for next week.

Finally, please do your part in controlling the spread by wearing a mask, washing hands frequently and maintaining social distance. 

Stay safe, New Canaan.

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kerry@ducey.org (HH) Neighbors Tue, 24 Nov 2020 13:45:02 -0500
COVID Testing for New Canaan Residents This Week at Lapham Community Center https://news.hamlethub.com/newcanaan/neighbors/5657-covid-testing-for-new-canaan-residents-this-week-at-lapham-community-center5657-covid-testing-for-new-canaan-residents-this-week-at-lapham-community-center https://news.hamlethub.com/newcanaan/neighbors/5657-covid-testing-for-new-canaan-residents-this-week-at-lapham-community-center5657-covid-testing-for-new-canaan-residents-this-week-at-lapham-community-center

COVID Testing for New Canaan residents tomorrow, Tuesday, November 24th and Wednesday, November 25th from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. at Lapham Community Center.  You must pre-register on the SignUpGenius website at https://www.signupgenius.com/go/COVID19waveny. 

No walk-in appointments will be allowed. 

The testing/lab fee of $100 will be submitted through your insurance by the lab and you will be financially responsible for any balance remaining. The Town of New Canaan will not be responsible if your insurance declines payment. 

Collaborating with Waveny for shorter but daily test days will provide easier access for residents to be tested here in town.  Due to the limited available spaces, we are restricting this testing to New Canaan residents only. We thank Waveny for their support of our community during a busy holiday week. 

We will announce next week more testing dates to come.

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kerry@ducey.org (Town of New Canaan) Neighbors Mon, 23 Nov 2020 13:39:19 -0500
Connecticut COVID Update: Additional 5,271 Cases, 4.83% Daily Test Positivity https://news.hamlethub.com/newcanaan/neighbors/5656-city-of-danbury-reports-33-new-cases-of-covid-today-26-new-cases-on-saturday-and-73-on-sunday5656-city-of-danbury-reports-33-new-cases-of-covid-today-26-new-cases-on-saturday-and-73-on-sunday https://news.hamlethub.com/newcanaan/neighbors/5656-city-of-danbury-reports-33-new-cases-of-covid-today-26-new-cases-on-saturday-and-73-on-sunday5656-city-of-danbury-reports-33-new-cases-of-covid-today-26-new-cases-on-saturday-and-73-on-sunday

Data updates on testing in Connecticut from Gov. Ned Lamont

The following is a summary of the day-to-day newly reported data on cases, deaths, and tests in Connecticut. It is important to note that these newly reported updates include data that occurred over the last several days to a week. All data in this report are preliminary, and data for previous dates will be updated as new reports are received and data errors are corrected.

Overall Summary

Total

Change Since Yesterday

COVID-19 Cases (confirmed and probable)

106,740

+5,271

COVID-19 Tests Reported (molecular and antigen)

3,031,062

+109,045

Daily Test Positivity

 

4.83%

Patients Currently Hospitalized with COVID-19

875

+27

COVID-19 Associated Deaths

4,871

+43

County-by-county breakdown of current COVID-19 hospitalizations:

County

Current COVID-19 Hospitalizations

Fairfield County

241

Hartford County

220

Litchfield County

16

Middlesex County

24

New Haven County

321

New London County

46

Tolland County

2

Windham County

5

Total

875

For a series of interactive graphs and maps that provide additional data, including metrics related to age, gender, and race/ethnicity, as well as data broken down by every town and city in Connecticut, visit ct.gov/coronavirus and click the link that is labeled, “Data Tracker.”

Providing information to Connecticut residents

For the most up-to-date information from the State of Connecticut on COVID-19, residents are encouraged to visit ct.gov/coronavirus. Residents can also subscribe to text message alerts from the state by texting the keyword COVIDCT to 888-777.

Individuals who have general questions that are not answered on the website can call 2-1-1 for assistance. The hotline is available 24 hours a day and has multilingual assistance. Anyone who is out-of-state or requires a toll-free number can connect to Connecticut 2-1-1 by dialing 1-800-203-1234. This is intended to be used by individuals who are not experiencing symptoms but may have general questions related to COVID-19. Anyone who is experiencing symptoms are strongly urged to contact their medical provider.

 

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kerry@ducey.org (City of Danbury) Neighbors Mon, 23 Nov 2020 12:46:34 -0500
Carriage Barn Arts Center Deck The Walls Wreath Auction & Small Works Exhibit https://news.hamlethub.com/newcanaan/events/5634-carriage-barn-arts-center-deck-the-walls-wreath-auction-small-works-exhibit5634-carriage-barn-arts-center-deck-the-walls-wreath-auction-small-works-exhibit https://news.hamlethub.com/newcanaan/events/5634-carriage-barn-arts-center-deck-the-walls-wreath-auction-small-works-exhibit5634-carriage-barn-arts-center-deck-the-walls-wreath-auction-small-works-exhibit

Carriage Barn Arts Center invites you to Deck the Walls! 5th annual Wreath Auction and Sale November 29 - December 12

Catch the holiday spirit at the Carriage Barn Art Center’s 5th Annual holiday wreath auction and small works exhibit!

Visit the gallery to see the spectacular, one-of-a-kind wreaths available to buy or bid on, along with a selection of small, original artwork priced at $250 or less. From traditionally decorated greens to unconventional materials, the wreaths and variety of artwork capture the creativity of our community.

The gallery will be open daily from 11am - 4pm, Sunday, November 29 - Saturday, December 12. Wreaths and artwork will also be available to buy or bid on through an online auction that runs through Friday, December 4.

Learn more here.

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kerry@ducey.org (Carriage Barn Arts Center) Events Mon, 23 Nov 2020 10:57:00 -0500
Falls Prevention, Tips and Tools, presented by RVNAhealth on December 3 https://news.hamlethub.com/newcanaan/events/5655-falls-prevention-tips-and-tools-presented-by-rvnahealth-on-december-35655-falls-prevention-tips-and-tools-presented-by-rvnahealth-on-december-3 https://news.hamlethub.com/newcanaan/events/5655-falls-prevention-tips-and-tools-presented-by-rvnahealth-on-december-35655-falls-prevention-tips-and-tools-presented-by-rvnahealth-on-december-3

Melissa Woodhouse, OTR/L, Director of RVNAhealth StayWELL Non-Medical Services, and Gigi Weiss, MSPT, Director of Rehabilitation Services at RVNAhealth invite you to attend a virtual  Falls Prevention Event December 3.

In the U.S., more than 1 of 4 people aged 65 and older will experience a fall each year. Join RVNAhealth virtually as we discuss the statistics and science behind falls, as well as strategies to help you prevent and reduce your risk. The session will include personal tips for exercise and home safety, and cover some professional resources such as therapy and personal medical alert devices.

This presentation will be given by Melissa Woodhouse, OTR/L, Director of StayWELL Non-Medical Services, and Gigi Weiss, MSPT, Director of Rehabilitation Services.

Pleases register here

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kerry@ducey.org (RVNAhealth) Events Mon, 23 Nov 2020 07:53:24 -0500
New Canaan COVID Update: 57 New Cases, Upcoming Testing, Holiday Safety Protocols https://news.hamlethub.com/newcanaan/neighbors/5653-new-canaan-covid-update-57-new-cases-upcoming-testing-holiday-safety-protocols5653-new-canaan-covid-update-57-new-cases-upcoming-testing-holiday-safety-protocols https://news.hamlethub.com/newcanaan/neighbors/5653-new-canaan-covid-update-57-new-cases-upcoming-testing-holiday-safety-protocols5653-new-canaan-covid-update-57-new-cases-upcoming-testing-holiday-safety-protocols

This evening, Town of New Canaan First Selectman Kevin Moynihan reported that there have been 57 new COVID-19 positive cases reported since last Friday’s outcall.  An additional 784 negative test results have been reported for this period, for a positivity rate of 7.27%.  The State of Connecticut’s 7-day rolling average positivity rate is 5.79%.

Please read Moynihan's complete update below:

The cases continue to occur in every age demographic. Transmission of the virus continues to occur around social gatherings at homes, sports teams, dinner parties, play dates, caregivers and not surprisingly among family members. Like more than 90% of Connecticut, New Canaan remains classified as a “red town” with a case rate of 38.8 per 100,000, which is very high. We therefore implore residents to take immediate steps to help slow the spread of COVID-19.

We strongly encourage everyone to limit your social contacts and be more vigilant in regard to not attending or hosting gatherings of more than 10 people. If you have people coming into your home that are not household members they should wear a mask and you should wear a mask and maintain social distance. These actions are paramount in slowing the spread of COVID-19.

Testing

Next Monday we will begin daily community testing in collaboration with Waveny LifeCare Network (“Waveny”). Because PhysicianOne will not be available next week for large scale testing like we did today for almost 700 persons and the prior two Fridays, Waveny has graciously agreed to help provide COVID-19 testing on a limited but daily basis.

Next week, there will be testing Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. at Lapham Community Center. You must pre-register on the SignUpGenius website at https://www.signupgenius.com/go/COVID19waveny. No walk-in appointments will be allowed. The testing/lab fee of $100 will be submitted through your insurance by the lab and you will be financially responsible for any balance remaining. 

The Town of New Canaan will not be responsible if your insurance declines payment. Collaborating with Waveny for shorter but daily test days will provide easier access for residents to be tested here in town. Due to the limited available spaces we are restricting this testing to New Canaan residents only. We thank Waveny for their support to our community during a busy holiday week.  We will announce next week more testing dates to come.

As a reminder, if you have COVID-19 symptoms please do not attend work, school, or any public or private gathering.  The symptoms for COVID-19 vary and some symptoms include: new loss of sense of smell or taste, sore throat, shortness of breath, dry cough, fever, body aches, chills, fatigue, and congestion. For a complete list of COVID-19 symptoms please visit www.cdc.gov.

 We stress to all residents how important it is to recognize symptoms of COVID-19 and get tested immediately at an area hospital, an urgent care center or a CVS or Walgreens store that is offering PCR testing.  If you have children in any of the schools or daycares please contact them immediately upon receiving a positive test result in order for them to begin their part of the contact tracing. You may also report any positive cases directly to the New Canaan Health Department at 203-594-3037.

As we welcome home our college students to New Canaan for the holiday we ask parents to advise their children to wear masks where required and especially in any local establishment, no large parties or gatherings of more than 10 people, get tested, and do not go to work or any social gathering if you have any kind of COVID symptom or illness. For those families who are gathering with relatives or friends from outside your immediate household on Thanksgiving, the CDC recommends dining outdoors if possible, opening windows for ventilation if you dine indoors, cleaning and disinfecting high touch surfaces, practice social distancing with those outside the immediate household, and limit the number of people to 10, as provided by Governor Lamont’s executive order.

We strongly encourage seniors and vulnerable persons with health conditions to shelter in place and limit unnecessary trips outside of the home. Our Human Services Department has a volunteer shopper program to assist seniors who need groceries and/or prescriptions. They can be contacted at 203-594-3093. The Lapham Community Center provides wonderful programming done via Zoom for socialization of seniors and they can be reached at 203-594-3620. Most restaurants will be offering take out/curbside pickup  and some are offering delivery so we encourage seniors to begin doing take out rather than going to restaurants for indoor dining.

This week the Governor updated the travel advisory to add Vermont to the list of states travel from which requires quarantine. Remember that college students traveling home from a red state are subject to the travel advisory requirements. If you travel to any of the states or countries on the list (except for less than 24 hours), you must quarantine for 14 days upon your return home or fulfill the testing requirements outlined in Executive Order 9B and also complete the travel form found on the state’s coronavirus website (https://portal.ct.gov/Coronavirus/travel).

We encourage all residents to get tested and help us stop the spread of COVID-19 in our community.  We remind all residents that downtown New Canaan is a required mask zone and you must wear a mask on the sidewalks and inside all establishments.

Please do your part in controlling the spread by wearing a mask, washing hands frequently and maintaining social distance from others that are not family members.

Stay safe, New Canaan.

Kevin J. Moynihan

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kerry@ducey.org (HH) Neighbors Fri, 20 Nov 2020 13:06:03 -0500
Connecticut updated sector rules released regarding team sports, gyms, and fitness centers https://news.hamlethub.com/newcanaan/politics/5654-connecticut-updated-sector-rules-released-regarding-team-sports-gyms-and-fitness-centers5654-connecticut-updated-sector-rules-released-regarding-team-sports-gyms-and-fitness-centers https://news.hamlethub.com/newcanaan/politics/5654-connecticut-updated-sector-rules-released-regarding-team-sports-gyms-and-fitness-centers5654-connecticut-updated-sector-rules-released-regarding-team-sports-gyms-and-fitness-centers

Governor Lamont signs 81st executive order to mitigate the spread of COVID-19

Governor Lamont today signed another executive order – the 81st since he enacted the emergency declarations – that builds upon his efforts to encourage mitigation strategies that slow down transmission of the virus. Executive Order No. 9M enacts the following provisions:

  • DECD authority to enact rules for all sports activities: Expands authority of the commissioner of the Department of Economic and Community Development to establish mandatory safety rules to all sports.
  • Renewals of certain permits extended: To promote compliance with pandemic-related restrictions on sales of liquor, extends the renewal period for certain liquor permits and refunds certain renewal fees already paid.
  • Extending authorization for online continuing education for plumbers and electricians: Extends to February 9, 2021 the time during which plumbers and electricians may satisfy continuing education requirements through online learning.
  • Extended deadlines for continuing education for plumbers and electricians: Extends to February 9, 2021 the deadline for electricians and plumbers to complete their continuing education requirements while allowing them to renew licenses according to original deadlines.

Updated sector rules released regarding team sports, gyms, and fitness centers

The Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development today published updated sector rules regarding team sports, as well as gyms and fitness centers. These rules take effect Monday, November 23.

Some of the new rules include:

  • All team sporting activities, except collegiate and professional, are prohibited until January 19, 2021.
  • All team scrimmages, competitions, camps, clinics, and tournaments including all interscholastic, “pick-up” games, and other informal athletic activities prohibited.
  • “Team” is defined as a group of more than four people jointly engaged in an organized or recreational athletic activity on a court, field, etc.
  • Masks are now required in all gyms and fitness centers with no exceptions.
  • Fitness classes have been reduced to 25 percent capacity.

For the full rules released today, click here.

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kerry@ducey.org (Gov. Ned Lamont) Politics Fri, 20 Nov 2020 12:58:57 -0500
Ridgefield's Virtual Turkey Trot Kicks Off Tomorrow! Register Now and Support The Boys & Girls Club! https://news.hamlethub.com/newcanaan/events/5652-ridgefield-s-virtual-turkey-trot-kicks-off-tomorrow-register-now-and-support-the-boys-girls-club5652-ridgefield-s-virtual-turkey-trot-kicks-off-tomorrow-register-now-and-support-the-boys-girls-club https://news.hamlethub.com/newcanaan/events/5652-ridgefield-s-virtual-turkey-trot-kicks-off-tomorrow-register-now-and-support-the-boys-girls-club5652-ridgefield-s-virtual-turkey-trot-kicks-off-tomorrow-register-now-and-support-the-boys-girls-club

Editor's note: Did you know? Your donation equivalent to a race entry fee ($35) will immediately provide a week of after-school childcare for a Club member whose family needs financial assistance. 
It wouldn't be Thanksgiving in Ridgefield without the Boys & Girls Club's Turkey Trot! Register now for the 39th Annual Turkey Trot - our first virtual race kicks-off tomorrow morning and you don't want to miss it! Plus, the first 300 people to register will receive this awesome neck gaiter - perfect for running and staying safe, and a great keepsake for 2020!
 
We know it won't be the same, but by moving the Turkey Trot to a Virtual Format you can run anywhere you choose, (literally anywhere in the world you are celebrating Thanksgiving!), within the time frame, as long as it equals 5k (3.1 miles)! All Turkey Trotters will be able to race and record their running time from Saturday, November 21st at 8am through Thanksgiving evening, Thursday, November 26th at Noon 12pm. Race results will then be posted on our website (www.bgcridgefield.org), our social media pages, and on Ridgefield's HamletHub, our Turkey Trot Media Sponsor.  
 
We can't wait to see where our favorite Turkey Trotters are running from this year! For those that like to run the traditional Turkey Trot route, we will have the race route marked for you and the Turkey Trot map on display in our parking lot. Of course, if we see you out there running we will cheer you on!!
 
 
The Turkey Trot and the financial support it creates for the Club has never been more important, in fact, the impact will be greater than ever. This year, all funds raised will immediately provide services for the most vulnerable children in our town. Children in crisis, without family guidance, with disrupted home lives, in foster care, and suffering economic hardship, all of which has been intensified due to COVID-19. With your annual support of the Turkey Trot, you help to ensure that their needs do not go unmet.
 
We understand that the virtual format is not for everyone, but we hope you will still consider supporting the Club by donating the amount of your entry fee, or perhaps even a little bit more given the necessity of the Club's services this year. Thank you in advance for your support, this has been an incredibly tough year financially for us at the Club, and we truly couldn't do it without our Club community.
 
If you have any questions regarding registration, please feel free to contact Gerry Hawaux at 203-438-8821 ext. 16, ghawaux@bgcridgefield.org during regular business hours, we are happy to assist you! 
 
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kerry@ducey.org (BGC Ridgefield) Events Fri, 20 Nov 2020 06:12:16 -0500
Exchange Club of New Canaan Annual Tree and Wreath Sale Kicks Off Saturday After Thanksgiving! https://news.hamlethub.com/newcanaan/events/5650-exchange-club-of-new-canaan-annual-tree-and-wreath-sale-kicks-off-saturday-after-thanksgiving5650-exchange-club-of-new-canaan-annual-tree-and-wreath-sale-kicks-off-saturday-after-thanksgiving https://news.hamlethub.com/newcanaan/events/5650-exchange-club-of-new-canaan-annual-tree-and-wreath-sale-kicks-off-saturday-after-thanksgiving5650-exchange-club-of-new-canaan-annual-tree-and-wreath-sale-kicks-off-saturday-after-thanksgiving

The Exchange Club of New Canaan will hold their annual Tree and Wreath Sale at Kiwanis Park from November 27 through December 11 

This is the flagship event for the Exchange Club of New Canaan. The volunteers from the Exchange Club sell trees and wreaths to raise money to support local charities.
 
We will be following a COVID-19 protocol approved by the Town of New Canaan and the state of Connecticut. We will observe social distancing and encourage masks to make the lot safe for everyone.
 
Unfortunately, Santa will not be able to participate this year.
 
We purchase approximately 1,300 trees – Fraser firs, Balsams and Douglas firs – along with a variety of wreaths, roping and various seasonal merchandise.
 
We transform Kiwanis Park in New Canaan into a Christmas village, including Santa’s workshop. We traditionally open on Saturday immediately following Thanksgiving Day. The sale continues through the weekend before Christmas.
 
Learn more about the sale and the mission of The Exchange Club of New Canaan here.
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kerry@ducey.org (Exchange Club of New Canaan) Events Thu, 19 Nov 2020 12:31:43 -0500
Junior Golf Hub FREE Webinar on Monday: 5 Things You Must Do to Get Signed Next Year! https://news.hamlethub.com/newcanaan/events/5647-junior-golf-hub-free-webinar-on-monday-5-things-you-must-do-to-get-signed-next-year5647-junior-golf-hub-free-webinar-on-monday-5-things-you-must-do-to-get-signed-next-year https://news.hamlethub.com/newcanaan/events/5647-junior-golf-hub-free-webinar-on-monday-5-things-you-must-do-to-get-signed-next-year5647-junior-golf-hub-free-webinar-on-monday-5-things-you-must-do-to-get-signed-next-year

The National Letter of Intent window is here and for those who are on their journey to college golf, Junior Golf Hub is hosting a FREE webinar on the "5 Things You Must Do to Get Signed Next Year!" on Monday, November 23 at 7pm EST

Register here

Learn from a panel of recruiting experts, college coaches and signees on everything you need to know and what you need to do to sign your letter of intent!

Featuring:

  • Roger Knick, Founder of Junior Golf Hub, The Golf Performance Center, Ethan Allen Preparatory
  • Rick Dowling, Junior Golf Hub, Customer Success Leader
  • Danny Randolph, Former College Golf Coach Texas Christian University, Lynn University, Johnson & Wales - Miami
  • Alex Kirk, Former College Golf Coach at Dartmouth College
  • Jackson Roman, Loyola University—Maryland, Class of 2025, Men's Golf Team
 Learn more and register for Monday's webinar HERE.
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kerry@ducey.org (GPC) Events Thu, 19 Nov 2020 04:05:50 -0500
New Canaan COVID Update: 14 Additional Cases, Testing on Friday at Lapham Center, Safety Protocols for College Students Returning Home https://news.hamlethub.com/newcanaan/neighbors/5649-new-canaan-covid-update-14-additional-cases-testing-on-friday-at-lapham-center-safety-protocols-for-college-students-returning-home5649-new-canaan-covid-update-14-additional-cases-testing-on-friday-at-lapham-center-safety-protocols-for-college-students-returning-home https://news.hamlethub.com/newcanaan/neighbors/5649-new-canaan-covid-update-14-additional-cases-testing-on-friday-at-lapham-center-safety-protocols-for-college-students-returning-home5649-new-canaan-covid-update-14-additional-cases-testing-on-friday-at-lapham-center-safety-protocols-for-college-students-returning-home

In this evening's COVID update, New Canaan First Selectman Kevin Moynihan reported 14 additional positive cases reported since Monday for a total of 39 new COVID-19 cases since last Friday’s outcall.  "Our Health Director reports that an additional 693 test results have been reported for this period, or a positivity rate of 5.63%," he says.

Please read Moynihan's message below regarding safety protocols, testing on Friday at Lapham Center, and the Travel Advisory. 

As we continue to see community transmission of COVID-19 in New Canaan we remind residents that actions taken today affect what happens 10-14 days from now. If we all limit our social contacts and gatherings we can help reduce the spread of COVID-19 in our community. We strongly encourage everyone to limit your social contacts and be more vigilant in regard to not attending or hosting gatherings of more than 10 people. These actions are paramount in slowly the spread of COVID-19.

As announced previously, we have arranged for Physician One Urgent Care to conduct voluntary community testing again this Friday, November 20th at Lapham Center but registrations have reached full capacity of 700. We are working on securing one or more testing dates for next week which we will announce on this Friday evening’s outcall.

As a reminder, if you are symptomatic please do not attend work, school, or any public or private gathering.  The symptoms for COVID-19 vary and some symptoms include: new loss of sense of smell or taste, sore throat, shortness of breath, dry cough, fever, body aches, chills, fatigue, and congestion. For a complete list of COVID 19 symptoms please visit www.cdc.gov.  We want to stress to all residents how important it is to recognize symptoms of COVID-19 and get tested.

If you have children in any of the schools or daycares please contact them immediately upon receiving a positive test result in order for them to begin their part of the contact tracing. You may also report any positive cases directly to the New Canaan Health Department at 203-594-3037.

With the return of college students to New Canaan for the holiday season we ask parents to advise their children that it is expected that the same rules they had to follow on their respective college campuses regarding COVID-19 apply while back home in New Canaan such as: wearing masks where required and especially in any local establishment, no large parties or gatherings of more than 10 people, get tested, and do not go to work or any social gathering if you have any kind of COVID symptom or illness.

Finally, this week the Governor updated the travel advisory to add Vermont to the list of states travel from which requires quarantine. If you travel to any of the states or countries on the list (except for less than 24 hours), you must quarantine for 14 days upon your return home or fulfill the testing requirements outlined in Executive Order 9B and also complete the travel form found on the state’s coronavirus website (https://portal.ct.gov/Coronavirus/travel).

We encourage all residents to get tested and help us stop the spread of COVID-19 in our community.  And please do your part in controlling the spread by wearing a mask, washing hands frequently and maintaining social distance.

 

 

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kerry@ducey.org (HH) Neighbors Wed, 18 Nov 2020 13:13:12 -0500
Residential Colleges Across the Northeast Encouraged to Provide COVID Testing for Students Before they Leave for Thanksgiving Break https://news.hamlethub.com/newcanaan/politics/5648-residential-colleges-across-the-northeast-encouraged-to-provide-covid-testing-for-students-before-they-leave-for-thanksgiving-break5648-residential-colleges-across-the-northeast-encouraged-to-provide-covid-testing-for-students-before-they-leave-for-thanksgiving-break https://news.hamlethub.com/newcanaan/politics/5648-residential-colleges-across-the-northeast-encouraged-to-provide-covid-testing-for-students-before-they-leave-for-thanksgiving-break5648-residential-colleges-across-the-northeast-encouraged-to-provide-covid-testing-for-students-before-they-leave-for-thanksgiving-break

Governor Ned Lamont of Connecticut, Governor Charlie Baker of Massachusetts, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo of New York, Governor Gina Raimondo of Rhode Island, Governor Phil Murphy of New Jersey, Governor Tom Wolf of Pennsylvania, and Governor John Carney of Delaware today announced they will encourage residential colleges and universities in their respective states to provide testing for all students traveling home for Thanksgiving break to the maximum extent possible before they leave campus.

Any student who tests positive will be encouraged to isolate on campus before they can travel or detail arrangements of their safe travel home with the local department of health. These efforts will help mitigate the threat of college students returning home for the holidays importing COVID-19 into their communities. In addition, colleges should inform students and their families of relevant quarantine policies in their home state.

“College students returning from highly infected states could accelerate the spread of COVID in Connecticut,” Governor Lamont said. “I appreciate the joint effort of all our regional governors to clearly state the testing/quarantine rules for returning home from college.”

“The region is experiencing a surge in COVID cases and a surge in the serious health impacts this disease brings with it,” Governor Baker said. “Working together on travel and higher education policies like these, states can have a bigger impact on COVID spread as students travel for the holidays. Gathering with friends and family significantly increases the risk of spreading the virus and while testing and isolation guidelines can help slow the spread, it is up to everyone to wear a mask and avoid gathering indoors with people outside of your household.”

“As everyone predicted, cases are rising as temperatures drop, and New York is not immune,” Governor Cuomo said. “With the holidays approaching, we are fighting ‘living room spread’ from small gatherings in private homes – and adding college students’ interstate travel will be like pouring gasoline on a fire. We know this virus does not respect borders, which is why governors from across the region are working together to stop the spread. Colleges and universities have to do their part by testing all students before they leave, informing them about quarantine rules, and keeping classes online between Thanksgiving and Winter Break. We beat back the COVID beast in the spring, and by working together we can do it once again this winter.”

“As our COVID cases and hospitalizations continue to rise, it’s critical that we come together as a region to slow the spread and keep our constituents safe,” Governor Raimondo said. “We all need to be more vigilant about keeping our circles small and our masks on, while at the same time we’re continuing to ramp up asymptomatic testing across-the-board. This collaborative approach among Northeastern states will help us flatten the curve and contain spread over the Thanksgiving holiday.”

“With Thanksgiving and the broader holiday season fast approaching, we have to recognize that any large family gathering – particularly among different age groups – runs the risk of turning the dinner table into a COVID hotspot,” Governor Murphy said. “To reduce the risk of transmission across our region, we are encouraging colleges and universities to ramp up testing for students returning home, and for anyone who tests positive to adhere to their state’s quarantine restrictions. If we collectively recommit ourselves to the commonsense mitigation practices that got us through the first wave of this pandemic, we can save lives before a vaccine becomes broadly available.”

“It is our collective responsibility to protect our communities and our most vulnerable from COVID-19 and to continue to work together to get through this pandemic,” Governor Wolf said. “These targeted mitigation efforts, combined with existing ones, are paramount to decreasing the spread of COVID-19. We need everyone to be united in wearing a mask, practicing social distancing, and washing our hands in order to save lives and help protect our economies.”

“There’s no sugarcoating it – this will be a difficult winter,” Governor Carney said. “We are seeing rising cases, hospitalizations, and deaths from COVID-19 in our region and across the country as we enter the colder months. The holidays present a significant challenge. I’m thankful for the cooperation in our region, and will continue to urge Delawareans to do what works. Wear a mask. Don’t gather with anyone outside your household. Stay vigilant.”

The combination of rising cases across the country – including in the northeast – due to increased transmission of COVID in small, residential settings and Thanksgiving travel has created the perfect storm for viral spread. If people proceed with celebrations in small gatherings outside of their immediate families, they risk generating a dramatic spike in cases after Thanksgiving. All governors are urging their residents to stay home and celebrate small this year in an effort to help eliminate the risk of unchecked COVID-19 spread in the coming weeks.

The governors and their public health experts developed this guidance over the weekend at an emergency summit of northeastern governors. The governors also emphasized the importance of in-person education. Medical research as well as the data from northeastern states, from across the country, and from around the world make clear that in-person learning is safe when the appropriate protections are in place, even in communities with high transmission rates. In-person learning is the best possible scenario for children, especially those with special needs and from low-income families. There is also growing evidence that the more time children spend outside of school increases the risk of mental health harm and affects their ability to truly learn.

In order to stop college-related travel spreading COVID, colleges and universities in Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York, Rhode Island, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Delaware will be encouraged to make testing available to all students before they leave for Thanksgiving break and inform students and their families of states’ quarantine requirements. Any student who tests positive before they leave should be permitted to isolate on campus, or may travel safely with the approval of the local departments of health. Students who are already isolating or quarantining on campus must remain in place until completing their prescribed seclusion.

In addition, the governors are strongly recommending that colleges and universities finish their fall semesters by expanding remote instruction, enabling more students to learn from home for the few weeks between Thanksgiving and winter break rather than require students to travel back to campus and then back home again in December. Half of colleges and universities across the northeast have already indicated they will be fully remote between Thanksgiving and the end of their fall semester. Colleges and universities should prioritize on-campus programs for students who did not travel or who need in-person exams or clinical and laboratory experiences.

If colleges and universities do reopen for in-person instruction during this period, all returning students should receive COVID-19 tests and comply with relevant isolation and quarantine protocols. These institutions should also double down on precautions including frequent health screenings and surveillance testing due the increased risk of COVID exposure from student travel.

 

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kerry@ducey.org (Gov. Ned Lamont) Politics Wed, 18 Nov 2020 11:42:04 -0500
Ethan Allen Prep Hosts Virtual Fireside Chat on December 10 https://news.hamlethub.com/newcanaan/events/5646-ethan-allen-prep-hosts-virtual-fireside-chat-on-december-105646-ethan-allen-prep-hosts-virtual-fireside-chat-on-december-10 https://news.hamlethub.com/newcanaan/events/5646-ethan-allen-prep-hosts-virtual-fireside-chat-on-december-105646-ethan-allen-prep-hosts-virtual-fireside-chat-on-december-10

Ethan Allen Prep at the Golf Performance Center is hosting a virtual "Fireside Chat" for prospective families on Thursday, December 10th.

Sit down (virtually) fireside with Founder, Roger Knick and Director, Charlie Wampfler to learn more about EAP's academic curriculum, golf training at The Golf Performance Center, and student life on campus. 
 
Prospective families can register at www.ethanallenprep.com/firesidechat to receive the YouTube Live link.
 
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kerry@ducey.org (GPC) Events Wed, 18 Nov 2020 08:24:43 -0500
New Canaan Community COVID Testing on Friday https://news.hamlethub.com/newcanaan/events/5645-new-canaan-community-covid-testing-on-friday5645-new-canaan-community-covid-testing-on-friday https://news.hamlethub.com/newcanaan/events/5645-new-canaan-community-covid-testing-on-friday5645-new-canaan-community-covid-testing-on-friday

We will again have community testing with PhysicianOne on Friday, November 20th, at Lapham Community from 8 am to 4 pm.

To get tested you must register on the PhysicianOne website - click here. From their website you will link over to the Town’s secure payment portal to pay the $90 testing fee. This testing site is not covered by health plans.

There is no prescription required but you must register, pre-pay the $90 fee, and receive an appointment time. This testing event is open to New Canaan residents, Town of New Canaan employees, teachers and staff of the New Canaan School District and students and staff of St. Luke’s School, New Canaan Country School, and St. Aloysius School.

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kerry@ducey.org (Town of New Canaan) Events Wed, 18 Nov 2020 07:32:40 -0500
New Canaan CARES: The COVID Holiday Guide https://news.hamlethub.com/newcanaan/events/5630-new-canaan-cares-the-covid-holiday-guide5630-new-canaan-cares-the-covid-holiday-guide https://news.hamlethub.com/newcanaan/events/5630-new-canaan-cares-the-covid-holiday-guide5630-new-canaan-cares-the-covid-holiday-guide

What is your family plan this holiday season?

New Canaan Cares presents: the COVID Holiday Guide on Nov. 11 from 9:30 to 10:30 am with Chelsea McGee, LCSW and Julianne Green, LMSW.

Chelsea and Julianne will provide ideas on what to include in your plan to stay connected and celebrate the gifts in the moment.

Register HERE.

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kerry@ducey.org (New Canaan Cares) Events Wed, 18 Nov 2020 06:10:00 -0500