Newtown's HamletHub https://news.hamlethub.com/newtown Thu, 09 Apr 2020 13:44:17 -0400 HamletHub.com In Response to COVID-19 ACE ENDICO Offers Home Delivery https://news.hamlethub.com/newtown/life/45561-in-response-to-covid-19-ace-endico-offers-home-delivery45561-in-response-to-covid-19-ace-endico-offers-home-delivery https://news.hamlethub.com/newtown/life/45561-in-response-to-covid-19-ace-endico-offers-home-delivery45561-in-response-to-covid-19-ace-endico-offers-home-delivery

During these challenging times, ACE ENDICO wants to help and is offering to deliver directly to your home!

"We want you to stay safe in the comfort of your home. During these uncertain times, let us bring you the service and premium quality food typically served in our restaurants," they say. 

Monday through Friday delivery. Order by 5pm and you will receive your order within 2 business days. There is $200 minimum per order.

ACE ENDICO wants to assure you that their drivers are wearing gloves, and using sanitizing wipes and disinfectant sprays between deliveries. 

To place your order, click HERE.

 

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kerry@ducey.org (HH) Life Thu, 09 Apr 2020 08:17:43 -0400
Ridgefield Playhouse Streams Tedeschi Trucks Live From Swamp Stream https://news.hamlethub.com/newtown/events/45560-ridgefield-playhouse-streams-tedeschi-trucks-live-from-swamp-stream45560-ridgefield-playhouse-streams-tedeschi-trucks-live-from-swamp-stream https://news.hamlethub.com/newtown/events/45560-ridgefield-playhouse-streams-tedeschi-trucks-live-from-swamp-stream45560-ridgefield-playhouse-streams-tedeschi-trucks-live-from-swamp-stream

At a time when live events all over the country have been canceled or postponed, The Ridgefield Playhouse remains dedicated to bringing the arts to our community. Now more than ever it is evident how important music and the performing arts are to our lives.  Through The Ridgefield Playhouse Facebook page we are live streaming some of our musician and performer friends who have been so incredible about keeping the arts alive during these uncertain times.

Each Thursday night at 8pm, fans can stream Tedeschi Trucks Band’s new weekly webcast series, dubbed Swamp Family TV, that highlights the band’s archived performances. “We’re digging into the archives and plan to share as much music from TTB (and some from our friends, family and extended musical network) as your eyes and ears can handle,” the band said in a press release.

In addition to streams from Tedeschi Trucks Band, music fans have also been able to tune into performances by Rob Thomas, Gavin Rossdale, Joshua Bell, Phish, Metallica, Melissa Etheridge, Garth Brooks, Jeremiah Lloyd Harmon, Kirsten Maxwell, Jewel, The Met Opera and an original live stream show with ACT of CT. Check out our website at ridgefieldplayhouse.org or follow our Facebook page for our ever-expanding list of musical events to stream from the comfort of your home. For tickets to upcoming summer shows call the box office, 203-438-5795 or go online at ridgefieldplayhouse.org.

The Ridgefield Playhouse is a non-profit performing arts center located at 80 East Ridge, parallel to Main Street, Ridgefield, CT.

https://ridgefieldplayhouse.org Twitter: @RPlayhouse Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ridgefieldplayhouse/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ridgefieldplayhouse/

 

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kerry@ducey.org (The Ridgefield Playhouse) Events Wed, 08 Apr 2020 14:03:59 -0400
Look Good During Zoom Calls! Whip Salon Delivers Product to Your Door! https://news.hamlethub.com/newtown/places/45559-look-good-during-zoom-calls-whip-salon-delivers-product-to-your-door45559-look-good-during-zoom-calls-whip-salon-delivers-product-to-your-door https://news.hamlethub.com/newtown/places/45559-look-good-during-zoom-calls-whip-salon-delivers-product-to-your-door45559-look-good-during-zoom-calls-whip-salon-delivers-product-to-your-door

Since we've been closed by government mandate for a few weeks we know that some of you may be experiencing root regrowth by now. Since we wouldn't dream of suggesting that you color your own roots (after all, that's our job) we have come up with a great solution to tie you over. We know you need to look good in quarantine for all those zoom calls!

Our solution is root spray or powder to help cover up those roots. It's inexpensive, easy to apply and most importantly won't harm your hair.

ORDER YOURS TODAY

We'll deliver your root touch up product right to your doorstep. We are servicing Ridgefield, Wilton, Norwalk, Newtown and Westport addresses at this time only. 

Here's how:

- Email us through our website form and tell us which product you're interested in: CLICK HERE or visit whipsalon.com

- If you need us to suggest a color match, please include a selfie and one of our colorists will recommend the best color for you 

- Our hospitality team will be in touch to take payment over the phone in advance of delivery. Please note there is a $5 delivery fee and it will be delivered within 48 hours of placing your order, provided your color is in stock

To chose your product and place an order visit: Here's the link to our website where clients can place an order: https://www.whipsalon.com/roots

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kerry@ducey.org (Whip Salon) Places Wed, 08 Apr 2020 13:24:44 -0400
ACT of Connecticut Announces 2020-2021 Season, Tickets to Broadway Performances Now On Sale https://news.hamlethub.com/newtown/events/45557-act-of-connecticut-announces-2020-2021-season-tickets-to-broadway-performances-now-on-sale45557-act-of-connecticut-announces-2020-2021-season-tickets-to-broadway-performances-now-on-sale https://news.hamlethub.com/newtown/events/45557-act-of-connecticut-announces-2020-2021-season-tickets-to-broadway-performances-now-on-sale45557-act-of-connecticut-announces-2020-2021-season-tickets-to-broadway-performances-now-on-sale

It is with great joy and excitement that ACT (A Contemporary Theatre) of Connecticut is able to announce the theater’s anticipated return with next season’s line-up of productions. After making the very difficult decision to cancel the remaining shows for this season, the ACT team has re-worked next season’s calendar to bring Ridgefield and the surrounding communities three unbelievable productions.

The 2020-2021 season will begin on October 1, 2020. ACT of CT’s Artistic Director, Daniel C. Levine says, “While it is quite possible that ACT would be able to open its doors before next season, we felt as though we wanted to make the most appropriate decision for both the theater and our community. Opening in the fall makes sense. Next season’s line-up is truly the perfect selection of shows after this period of isolation. I can’t wait to begin our work on these three incredible productions and to once again see our friends and neighbors. Our 2020-2021 line-up is entertaining, heartwarming, magical, and inspirational. Freaky Friday is the perfect show to re-open with. And if you are a Wicked fan, then Stephen Schwartz’s Snapshots will be non-stop smiles. Into the Woods remains my all-time favorite musical, and I am beyond excited for our audiences to see what we have in store with this production of Stephen Sondheim’s masterpiece.”

ACT of CT’s 2020-2021 Season Includes:

Freaky Friday

October 1 – 25, 2020
Book by Bridget Carpenter
Music by Tom Kitt
Lyrics by Brian Yorkey
Based on the novel Freaky Friday by Mary Rodgers and the Disney films
When an overworked mother and her teenage daughter magically swap bodies, they have just one day to make things right again. Freaky Friday, a new musical based on the hit Disney film, is a heartfelt, comedic, and unexpectedly emotional update on an American classic. By spending a day in each other's shoes, Katherine and Ellie come to appreciate one another's struggles, learn self-acceptance, and realize the immeasurable love and mutual respect that bond a mother and daughter. With music and lyrics by the TONY Award winning team of Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey, Freaky Friday has become one of the most popular new musicals of the year!

Snapshots: A Musical Scrapbook

The Presenting Stephen Schwartz Series
January 28 – February 21, 2021
Music and Lyrics by Stephen Schwartz

Book by David Stern

Conceived by Michael Scheman and David Stern

Additional Music and Lyrics by David Crane, Seth Friedman, Marta Kauffman, Alan Menken and Charles Strouse

Arrangements and Orchestrations by Steve Orich

Snapshots: A Musical Scrapbook is an original musical by Broadway legend Stephen Schwartz. Snapshots follows a suburban couple on the verge of divorce after 30 years of marriage. A hidden suitcase in their attic containing photographs of their life together reconnects them with their past as younger versions of themselves appear and play out “snapshots” from their relationship. Snapshots incorporates over two dozen of Schwartz's songs, including songs from Wicked, Pippin, Godspell, The Baker’s Wife, Rags, The Magic Show, Working, Children of Eden, and Enchanted. If you are a fan of Wicked (and other Schwartz musicals), this is the show for you!

Into the Woods
May 13 – June 6, 2021
Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim

Book by James Lapine

Originally Directed on Broadway by James Lapine

Orchestrations by Jonathan Tunick

A timeless and deeply relevant Tony Award-winning musical, Into The Woods is one of Stephen Sondheim's most inventive works. Directed by ACT’s Artistic Director Daniel C. Levine, this sophisticated fairy-tale mash-up tells the story of a Baker and his wife, who wish to have a child; Cinderella, who wishes to attend the King's Festival; and Jack, who wishes his cow would give milk. When the Baker and his wife learn that they cannot have a child because of a Witch's curse, the two embark on a journey into the woods to change their fate. Many wishes are granted, but as the characters discover, every wish can have far-reaching consequences and “anything can happen in the woods”.

Subscriptions for the 2020-2021 Season are available now through the ACT of CT website at actofct.org. Season packages include a 10% discount on tickets to the 2020-2021 mainstage productions, free ticket exchange per production and advance notification of additional events. Purchase tickets HERE.

For more information about ACT of CT, ticket and annual subscription sales, fall education programs, sponsor/donor opportunities, and other theatre-related news and announcements, visit www.actofct.org.

About ACT (A Contemporary Theatre) of Connecticut

ACT (A Contemporary Theatre) of Connecticut is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) Equity theatre located in Ridgefield, CT. Founded and led by Katie Diamond, Daniel C. Levine, and Bryan Perri, ACT of CT presents limited engagement runs of well-known Broadway musicals and plays, as well as world-premiere productions by the next generation of writers and composers. ACT of CT was honored with 11 BroadwayWorld Connecticut Awards in 2018-2019, its inaugural season. ACT of CT’s productions have garnered critical acclaim, too; they’ve been listed among the “top ten equity shows of 2019” by Hearst Connecticut Media Group, and have received similar “top ten” accolades from critics Nancy Sasso Janis and Jim Ruocco. The theatre company produces four shows per season, including one show in the “Presenting Stephen Schwartz!” Series (honoring ACT Artistic Advisor, Stephen Schwartz). All shows feature both Broadway stars and local Fairfield and Westchester County talent. In addition to fully produced main stage productions, ACT of CT hosts a New Works Series, The Broadway Unplugged Series, youth education classes, masterclasses, camps, workshops, and a conservatory program for high school students. ACT of CT is located at 36 Old Quarry Road, in the beautiful village of Ridgefield, CT.  Visit actofct.org for further information.

 

ACT of Connecticut's 2020/2021 Season Announcement

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kerry@ducey.org (ACT of CT) Events Wed, 08 Apr 2020 07:33:24 -0400
Tony Hwang: Online Gambling a Danger to CT https://news.hamlethub.com/newtown/politics/45558-tony-hwang-online-gambling-a-danger-to-ct45558-tony-hwang-online-gambling-a-danger-to-ct https://news.hamlethub.com/newtown/politics/45558-tony-hwang-online-gambling-a-danger-to-ct45558-tony-hwang-online-gambling-a-danger-to-ct

Connecticut - The following shares CT State Sen. Tony Hwang's position about online gambling in the state...

Governor Ned Lamont was absolutely right in rejecting last Friday’s request to use his emergency powers to allow the tribal owners of Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun to offer online gambling while they are closed because of the coronavirus pandemic. 

First, this was an attempted power play by the tribes to use the pandemic to bypass the legislature not only to gain approval for online gambling but to gain the exclusive right to offer it in Connecticut.

And second, this is exactly the wrong time to put a virtual casino in every sheltering home in the state.  According to gambling addiction professionals, the rate of problem gambling disorders, and the resulting social and personal financial problems, increases for online players, including especially those experiencing isolation, loneliness, and depression.  Already, we would point out, internet gambling addiction is the fastest growing addiction among American kids, high schoolers and college students because of real-time betting access on cell phones and computers.

We believe Governor Lamont spoke for a majority of Connecticut citizens in saying:  “Authorizing online gaming and enabling consumers to more easily access gambling is a significant policy decision that has not been embraced or acted upon by our legislature.  Doing so at a time when so many Connecticut residents are in financial distress would be a particularly significant policy decision to make without legislative approval.”

Even in the best and most stable of financial times, introducing a way for citizens to gamble from anywhere at any hour of the day poses significant addiction risks.  Online gambling is a big public policy change, deserving of a proper legislative process and careful consideration.

State Senator Tony Hwang, Fairfield  (Sen. Hwang is a Republican representing the 28th District)

Robert Steele, Essex  (Mr. Steele is a former Republican Congressman, 2nd District, CT)  

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kerry@ducey.org (Sarah Clark ) Politics Wed, 08 Apr 2020 05:59:52 -0400
COVID-19 Makes RVNAhealth Hospice Nurse Cry, Here's Why https://news.hamlethub.com/newtown/neighbors/45556-covid-19-makes-rvnahealth-hospice-nurse-cry-here-s-why45556-covid-19-makes-rvnahealth-hospice-nurse-cry-here-s-why https://news.hamlethub.com/newtown/neighbors/45556-covid-19-makes-rvnahealth-hospice-nurse-cry-here-s-why45556-covid-19-makes-rvnahealth-hospice-nurse-cry-here-s-why

This essay was written by Keri Linardi, RN, BSN, PHN, CHPCA, chief clinical officer at RVNAhealth. In her role, Linardi oversees all of RVNAhealth’s clinical service lines – home health, hospice, rehabilitation, and community health -- as well as the Quality Assurance and Performance Improvement teams. With more than two decades of healthcare experience, Linardi is an accomplished clinical executive and practitioner who has managed multifunctional teams at large home health and hospice organizations, while never losing her dedication and connection to individual patients and their families.

There’s No Crying in Hospice

‘There’s no crying in hospice.’ Everyone I have ever worked with has known that as my mantra. Adapted from Tom Hanks’ famous line, ‘There’s no crying in baseball,’ in the 1992 movie ‘A League of Their Own.”  

I have been a Registered Nurse for 26 years, over 20 of them dedicated to end-of-life care. That mantra has served me well. Until now.

COVID-19 doesn’t play by the rules. That boundary – There’s no crying in hospice -- which I established and have lived by for my two decades in hospice nursing, dissolved within days of witnessing the devastation of the coronavirus. From seeing the suffering it inflicts, as well as the sheer number of people it affects.

I cried in hospice last week when our social worker asked me how I was. Her question was simple, but I cried because she knew. Her kind eyes and gentle question allowed me to remember. To bring pictures in my head of the devastation and suffering, the desperation to breathe, the question that has been haunting me – how could I not have been able to do more? How could I not have made everyone comfortable?

I cried.

Pull yourself together, I told my head. You are the Chief Clinical Officer, and no one can see you like this. ‘There is no crying in hospice,’ I told myself, as I had for two decades, to keep myself together.

So why am I crying?

I am crying because as COVID-19 ravages the country, and the world, it is bringing to the forefront a profound issue. That although death is a known outcome for all of us; and a real and immediate risk right now for the elderly (especially those over 80) and those with underlying health conditions, we are not preparing for it.

Death is coming soon for many, but still, we are not talking about it. In our society, negative words and thoughts often surround the notion of death, so we avoid the conversation. But death comes anyway. And often not comfortably.

We can change our approach.

When speaking with people about advance directives – their wishes for their own end-of-life care -- I often ask them to close their eyes, take a moment and reflect on how they envision their deaths. Open your eyes, did you envision yourself at home, surrounded by the people you love? On a beach or fishing trip, listening to the sound of nature? On your couch with your pet? In an ICU with a feeding tube, ventilator and foley catheter with drips going?

Many people do not anticipate or desire death in an ICU, yet that is what occurs in this country at an alarming rate. We are societally programmed to ‘fight,’ even when the battle will cost us the war.

The truth about COVID-19.

Connecticut has been working hard together to ‘flatten the curve,’ – to reduce the intensity and reach of the inevitable. But it’s coming. Across the country, healthcare systems have algorithms in place already (to determine who is most appropriate for care and equipment if demand exceeds supply); EMS has instructions on who to code and who not to code; laws allow for two physicians to collectively identify a patient as a DNR (Do Not Resuscitate), without family involvement. As Connecticut heads toward its coronavirus peak in the next 2-3 weeks, systems will be over-burgeoned. We are prepared to care for the number of patients who will be infected with COVID-19, the problem is that we are not prepared to care for them all AT ONCE.

We need to be having the conversations.

Coronavirus needs to become personal to all Americans and we need to get serious about goals of care and advance care planning. Home health and hospice providers can, and should, be leading the way.

Our job is to keep the frail and sick out of the hospital system. We should be stepping in, not back. We should be nudging the conversations regarding wishes and what people want if they become infected with COVID-19.

We need to be realistic. For some populations, COVID-19 deaths are almost certain once infection occurs. This is terrible and unfair and deeply sad. But we need to not be afraid to address it, and we need to have direct conversations about the ‘What ifs’ to know wishes in advance of crises and to prepare plans that respect those wishes, whatever they may be.

We need to lead potentially hard conversations that address benefits verses burdens before arrival in an ER and in crisis mode. We need to know in advance if a loved one chooses aggressive treatment, or prefers a natural death at home, wherever they may call home. We need to help families understand the realities of COVID-19 and the realities of these choices. And we need to help families understand that, at times, the decision to allow a natural death, with dignity and supportive care for the whole family, can bring beauty and closure to a very sobering time and can be a very good choice.

RVNAhealth is now offering Advance Care Planning support to all community members – free of charge. The sessions are conducted via tele-health methods (phone, FaceTime, WhatsApp and other video-conferencing methods as needed) and will include the facilitation of discussion on such topics as wishes for care, COVID-19-specific conditions; benefits vs. burdens of particular decisions and more.

To learn more or make an appointment to meet with the RVNAhealth Advance Care Planning team, call 203-894-5014 or write to AdvanceCarePlanning@rvnahealth.org.

 

 

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kerry@ducey.org (HH) Neighbors Wed, 08 Apr 2020 05:53:18 -0400
VIrtual Open House For Immaculate High School -- Join Us! https://news.hamlethub.com/newtown/events/45553-virtual-open-house-for-immaculate-high-school-join-us45553-virtual-open-house-for-immaculate-high-school-join-us https://news.hamlethub.com/newtown/events/45553-virtual-open-house-for-immaculate-high-school-join-us45553-virtual-open-house-for-immaculate-high-school-join-us

A Virtual Open House for Immaculate High School will be held on Wednesday, April 15 at 9:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. Please visit www.immaculatehs.org/openhouse to register for this or additional open houses on April 23 and April 28. Participants will learn about Immaculate’s college-preparatory program and meet virtually with administrators, faculty and other staff to learn about Immaculate’s academic, faith-based, athletic, fine arts and STEM programs, student life and more. Choosing Immaculate for your student has never been more important!

Despite social distancing mandates, every IHS student is currently following a regular class schedule virtually. In addition to required class attendance and coursework, students engage with counselors, peer tutors, the school therapist and the school nurse. They also participate in weekly physical education challenges and meet with their extra-curricular club advisors. “Our ability for our teachers and staff to provide a continuous engaging educational experience for our students daily exemplifies our school mission and ability to provide exceptional learning opportunities, especially during this time of uncertainty,” said Tom Burns, Director of Admissions. “For over 50 years, Immaculate has provided students with a Catholic education that is innovative and prepares the whole student for college and beyond.” he added.

Immaculate High School encourages students to find success in academics, athletics, fine arts and clubs and is ranked in the top ten of all Catholic high schools in the State of Connecticut by NICHE. One of the more affordable private high schools, Immaculate High School is also among the highest ranked Catholic high schools in the Diocese of Bridgeport and continues to attain the highest SAT scores in the Diocese. Immaculate High School students, a representation of area public, private and Catholic schools, seek academic challenges, discover leadership and engage in progressive learning opportunities and have high success rates: 100% of the Class of 2019 were accepted to colleges and universities of their choice and were awarded college scholarships and grants totaling $27 million.

In addition to a college-preparatory academic program that offers over 33 Advanced Placement classes and a STEAM curriculum featuring advanced technology, a CISCO certification program, renovated science labs and engineering classes and a Certified Nursing Associate program, Immaculate High School has an award-winning Fine Arts program, a student career internship program, athletic teams that have won SWC and State Championships, 44 clubs and a Campus Ministry and community service program that instills faith, compassion and reverence for others. Immaculate High School, founded in 1962, is a private, non-profit Catholic college-preparatory institution serving students from 28 communities in Connecticut and New York.

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jazzi@immaculatehs.org (Immaculate High School) Events Tue, 07 Apr 2020 15:06:54 -0400
COVID-19 Update: additional 875 Connecticut residents test positive for COVID-19, Lamont signs 23rd executive order https://news.hamlethub.com/newtown/life/45555-covid-19-update-additional-875-connecticut-residents-test-positive-for-covid-19-lamont-signs-23rd-executive-order45555-covid-19-update-additional-875-connecticut-residents-test-positive-for-covid-19-lamont-signs-23rd-executive-order https://news.hamlethub.com/newtown/life/45555-covid-19-update-additional-875-connecticut-residents-test-positive-for-covid-19-lamont-signs-23rd-executive-order45555-covid-19-update-additional-875-connecticut-residents-test-positive-for-covid-19-lamont-signs-23rd-executive-order

As the State of Connecticut continues taking actions in response to the global spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19), Governor Ned Lamont provided the following updates as of 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 7, 2020:

County

Laboratory-Confirmed COVID-19 Cases

Laboratory-Confirmed COVID-19 Hospitalizations

Laboratory-Confirmed COVID-19-Associated Deaths

Fairfield County

4,136

613

132

Hartford County

1,045

243

48

Litchfield County

255

17

9

Middlesex County

150

26

7

New Haven County

1,664

390

60

New London County

85

12

4

Tolland County

111

4

13

Windham County

43

3

1

Pending address validation

292

0

3

Total

7,781

1,308

277

Since yesterday’s update, an additional 875 Connecticut residents have tested positive for COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 7,781. To date, more than 29,036 tests have been conducted in Connecticut among both state and private laboratories. Approximately 1,308 patients have been hospitalized. The total statewide total number of COVID-19 associated fatalities is 277.

For several additional graphs and tables containing more data, including a list of cases in every municipality and data broken down by age, gender, race, and other factors, visit ct.gov/coronavirus.

Governor Lamont signs 23rd executive order to mitigate the spread of COVID-19

Governor Lamont today signed another executive order – the 23rd since he enacted the emergency declarations – that builds upon his efforts to encourage mitigation strategies that slow down transmission of the virus.

Governor Lamont’s Executive Order No. 7V enacts the following provisions:

Safe workplaces in essential businesses: Requires the Department of Economic and Community Development to work in consultation with the Department of Public Health on the development of legally binding statewide rules prescribing additional protective measures that every workplace in Connecticut deemed essential – and any other business or nonprofit allowed to remain open – must follow. Such rules will be mandatory throughout the state.

Immediately upon Governor Lamont’s signing of this executive order, the Department of Economic and Community Development published the Safe Workplaces Rules for Essential Employers on its website, outlining guidance for these businesses. These rules go into effect immediately.

Temporary permits for certain health care providers extended and fees waived: Waives the application fees for temporary permits for each of the health care professions that are administered by the Department of Public Health. It also extends the duration of the temporary permits for the duration of the public health and civil preparedness emergency, unless otherwise modified.

Practice before licensure for certain health care profession applicants and graduates: Allows recent medical school and other medical profession graduates who are not yet licensed to participate in the state’s COVID-19 response for the duration of the public health and civil preparedness emergency. This is necessary during the emergency period because the ability to take the required exams or other steps to receive a license have been suspended.

Practice before licensure for marital and family therapy associates: Allows those who have recently completed an accredited graduate degree program in marital and family therapy offered by a postgraduate clinical training program to practice without a license for the duration of the public health and civil preparedness emergency.

Practice before licensure for professional counselor associates: Allows recent graduates with a degree in clinical mental health counseling who are not yet licensed to practice as a professional counselor associate without obtaining a license for the duration of the public health and civil preparedness emergency.

Protection from civil liability for actions or omissions in support of the state’s COVID-19 response: Replaces the section of Executive Order No. 7U concerning protection from civil liability for actions or omissions in support of the state’s COVID-19 response with new language, which adds protection from liability for common law claims – in addition to the previously enacted protection from liability for statutory claims – for healthcare workers and providers.

U.S. Army Reserve Urban Augmentation Medical Task Force joins the Connecticut National Guard to provide support at Stamford Hospital

Starting today and continuing to arrive over the next two days, approximately 85 soldiers from the U.S. Army Reserve's Urban Augmentation Medical Task Force will provide additional medical staff to Stamford Hospital. The Army Reserve group includes clinical and administrative staff, as well as those who are subject matter experts in operational medicine, infectious disease, preventive medicine, nursing, respiratory therapy, clinical psychology, occupational therapy, dietetics, pharmacy, and other areas.

The task force will be organized under the Dual-Status Commander Brigadier General Ralph Hedenberg, who is a Connecticut Guardsman that is expected to be approved by the U.S. Secretary of Defense to serve as Commander for both federal and Guard forces within the borders of Connecticut.

Over the last several days and continuing tomorrow, units of the Connecticut National Guard have been working alongside the staff at Stamford Hospital to build out more patient capacity.

Grants available to Connecticut manufacturers producing needed COVID-19 supplies

Governor Lamont today announced that Connecticut manufacturers can now apply for grants of up to $75,000 to assist in the production of critical equipment and supplies needed to respond to the COVID-19 emergency. The grants, offered through the state’s Manufacturing Innovation Fund Voucher Program, can be used for working capital, new equipment, and other purposes that help companies build capacity or repurpose their operations.

Applications for the funding will be reviewed and approved by the Department of Economic and Community Development, in partnership with the Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology, based on the state’s current needs for medical equipment and supplies related to the pandemic. Funding for this short-term program is limited to $1.3 million and requires a one-to-one match from participating businesses. Learn more about the program and the application process by visiting https://ctmvp.ccat.us.

Governor Lamont encourages residents to sign up for the state’s CTAlert notification system

Governor Lamont is encouraging Connecticut residents to sign up for CTAlert, the state’s emergency alert system, which provides text message notifications to users. To subscribe, text the keyword COVIDCT to 888-777.

Providing information to Connecticut residents

For the most up-to-date information from the State of Connecticut on COVID-19, including an FAQ and other guidance and resources, residents are encouraged to visit ct.gov/coronavirus.

Individuals who have general questions that are not answered on the website can also call 2-1-1 for assistance. The hotline is available 24 hours a day and has multilingual assistance and TDD/TTY access. It intended to be used by individuals who are not experiencing symptoms but may have general questions related to COVID-19. Anyone experiencing symptoms is strongly urged to contact their medical provider.

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Governor Lamont Provides Update on Connecticut’s Coronavirus Response Efforts

Posted on April 7, 2020

   
   

 

(HARTFORD, CT) – As the State of Connecticut continues taking actions in response to the global spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19), Governor Ned Lamont provided the following updates as of 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 7, 2020:

Data updates on testing in Connecticut

Since yesterday’s update, an additional 875 Connecticut residents have tested positive for COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 7,781. To date, more than 29,036 tests have been conducted in Connecticut among both state and private laboratories. Approximately 1,308 patients have been hospitalized. The total statewide total number of COVID-19 associated fatalities is 277.

A county-by-county breakdown includes:

County

Laboratory-Confirmed COVID-19 Cases

Laboratory-Confirmed COVID-19 Hospitalizations

Laboratory-Confirmed COVID-19-Associated Deaths

Fairfield County

4,136

613

132

Hartford County

1,045

243

48

Litchfield County

255

17

9

Middlesex County

150

26

7

New Haven County

1,664

390

60

New London County

85

12

4

Tolland County

111

4

13

Windham County

43

3

1

Pending address validation

292

0

3

Total

7,781

1,308

277

For several additional graphs and tables containing more data, including a list of cases in every municipality and data broken down by age, gender, race, and other factors, visit ct.gov/coronavirus.

Governor Lamont signs 23rd executive order to mitigate the spread of COVID-19

Governor Lamont today signed another executive order – the 23rd since he enacted the emergency declarations – that builds upon his efforts to encourage mitigation strategies that slow down transmission of the virus.

Governor Lamont’s Executive Order No. 7V enacts the following provisions:

  • Safe workplaces in essential businesses: Requires the Department of Economic and Community Development to work in consultation with the Department of Public Health on the development of legally binding statewide rules prescribing additional protective measures that every workplace in Connecticut deemed essential – and any other business or nonprofit allowed to remain open – must follow. Such rules will be mandatory throughout the state.
  • Temporary permits for certain health care providers extended and fees waived: Waives the application fees for temporary permits for each of the health care professions that are administered by the Department of Public Health. It also extends the duration of the temporary permits for the duration of the public health and civil preparedness emergency, unless otherwise modified.
  • Practice before licensure for certain health care profession applicants and graduates: Allows recent medical school and other medical profession graduates who are not yet licensed to participate in the state’s COVID-19 response for the duration of the public health and civil preparedness emergency. This is necessary during the emergency period because the ability to take the required exams or other steps to receive a license have been suspended.
  • Practice before licensure for marital and family therapy associates: Allows those who have recently completed an accredited graduate degree program in marital and family therapy offered by a postgraduate clinical training program to practice without a license for the duration of the public health and civil preparedness emergency.
  • Practice before licensure for professional counselor associates: Allows recent graduates with a degree in clinical mental health counseling who are not yet licensed to practice as a professional counselor associate without obtaining a license for the duration of the public health and civil preparedness emergency.
  • Protection from civil liability for actions or omissions in support of the state’s COVID-19 response: Replaces the section of Executive Order No. 7U concerning protection from civil liability for actions or omissions in support of the state’s COVID-19 response with new language, which adds protection from liability for common law claims – in addition to the previously enacted protection from liability for statutory claims – for healthcare workers and providers.

U.S. Army Reserve Urban Augmentation Medical Task Force joins the Connecticut National Guard to provide support at Stamford Hospital

Starting today and continuing to arrive over the next two days, approximately 85 soldiers from the U.S. Army Reserve's Urban Augmentation Medical Task Force will provide additional medical staff to Stamford Hospital. The Army Reserve group includes clinical and administrative staff, as well as those who are subject matter experts in operational medicine, infectious disease, preventive medicine, nursing, respiratory therapy, clinical psychology, occupational therapy, dietetics, pharmacy, and other areas.

The task force will be organized under the Dual-Status Commander Brigadier General Ralph Hedenberg, who is a Connecticut Guardsman that is expected to be approved by the U.S. Secretary of Defense to serve as Commander for both federal and Guard forces within the borders of Connecticut.

Over the last several days and continuing tomorrow, units of the Connecticut National Guard have been working alongside the staff at Stamford Hospital to build out more patient capacity.

Grants available to Connecticut manufacturers producing needed COVID-19 supplies

Governor Lamont today announced that Connecticut manufacturers can now apply for grants of up to $75,000 to assist in the production of critical equipment and supplies needed to respond to the COVID-19 emergency. The grants, offered through the state’s Manufacturing Innovation Fund Voucher Program, can be used for working capital, new equipment, and other purposes that help companies build capacity or repurpose their operations.

Applications for the funding will be reviewed and approved by the Department of Economic and Community Development, in partnership with the Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology, based on the state’s current needs for medical equipment and supplies related to the pandemic. Funding for this short-term program is limited to $1.3 million and requires a one-to-one match from participating businesses. Learn more about the program and the application process by visiting https://ctmvp.ccat.us.

Governor Lamont encourages residents to sign up for the state’s CTAlert notification system

Governor Lamont is encouraging Connecticut residents to sign up for CTAlert, the state’s emergency alert system, which provides text message notifications to users. To subscribe, text the keyword COVIDCT to 888-777.

Providing information to Connecticut residents

For the most up-to-date information from the State of Connecticut on COVID-19, including an FAQ and other guidance and resources, residents are encouraged to visit ct.gov/coronavirus.

Individuals who have general questions that are not answered on the website can also call 2-1-1 for assistance. The hotline is available 24 hours a day and has multilingual assistance and TDD/TTY access. It intended to be used by individuals who are not experiencing symptoms but may have general questions related to COVID-19. Anyone experiencing symptoms is strongly urged to contact their medical provider.

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kerry@ducey.org (Gov. Ned Lamont) Life Tue, 07 Apr 2020 14:54:57 -0400
Newtown Residents Can Support Connecticut Food Bank By Participating in Race Against Hunger https://news.hamlethub.com/newtown/events/45554-newtown-residents-can-support-connecticut-food-bank-by-participating-in-race-against-hunger-158629383845554-newtown-residents-can-support-connecticut-food-bank-by-participating-in-race-against-hunger-1586293838 https://news.hamlethub.com/newtown/events/45554-newtown-residents-can-support-connecticut-food-bank-by-participating-in-race-against-hunger-158629383845554-newtown-residents-can-support-connecticut-food-bank-by-participating-in-race-against-hunger-1586293838

Support for Connecticut Food Bank During COVID-19: Race Against Hunger

Connecticut Food Bank needs the town of Newtown to help to support their efforts during the COVID-19 Pandemic! Food Bank volunteers are working tirelessly during this unprecedented time to feed the hungry throughout Connecticut.
One way Newtown can support the Food Bank is by participating in The Race Against Hunger, a virtual 5K run and walk that takes place between April 13th - April 19th. Since it’s virtual, you can participate at the time and place of your choosing! Register at www.jbsports.com.
This virtual event is a way for Connecticut runners to stay connected and motivated while keeping our distance! Let’s come together to support those in need during these critical times. Register now to help the state's largest source of emergency food assistance!
The food bank is still open, but hours are modified. Below is a list of Food Banks within 20 miles of Newtown. Please call because there may be changes.

Date Time City Place
Wednesday, April 8 9:30 AM Danbury New Hope Baptist Church
Wednesday, April 8 4:00 PM Bridgeport Roosevelt School
Wednesday, April 8 4:30 PM Hamden Hamden Middle School
Wednesday, April 8 5:30 PM Bethel Walnut Hill Church
Thursday, April 9 5:30 PM Naugatuck Naugatuck Convention Center

Keep checking Connecticut Food Bank’s website and social media for updates for the Mobile Pantry schedule.
Should you have questions, the Mobile Pantry Hotline is updated daily. Call (203) 741-9751 for info.

 

 

 

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cronmpuser@hamlethub.com (CT Food Banks) Events Tue, 07 Apr 2020 11:43:32 -0400
Abandon All Viruses .. Ye Who Enter Here https://news.hamlethub.com/newtown/life/45552-abandon-all-viruses-ye-who-enter-here45552-abandon-all-viruses-ye-who-enter-here https://news.hamlethub.com/newtown/life/45552-abandon-all-viruses-ye-who-enter-here45552-abandon-all-viruses-ye-who-enter-here

We are all becoming well educated on proper hygiene and handwashing techniques to avoid the spread of the coronavirus.  But one area of uncertainty for many remains around the virus’ ability to live on and spread from various surfaces.  This creates concern for some around handling packages such as mail deliveries, food takeout, and bringing groceries into the home.

On March 17, the New England Journal of Medicine published a study conducted by scientists from the National Institutes of Health, CDC, UCLA and Princeton University. The study showed that coronavirus can live on cardboard for 24 hours and on stainless steel and plastic for up to three days. While this finding has not been made an official position from the CDC, this information has spurred many recommendations on sterilization techniques of packages and food items brought to the home.

The FDA and USDA currently say there is no evidence showing that COVID-19 can be passed on through handling of packages.  Specific to food handling, the FDA states, “Currently there is no evidence of food, food containers, or food packaging being associated with transmission of COVID-19.  [But] like other viruses, it is possible that the virus that causes COVID-19 can survive on surfaces or objects.”  The CDC concurs with this statement but adds that infection spread via air droplets remains the primary mode for spreading.

There will certainly be more information to come on this topic. For now, continued hygiene and handwashing remain as best defenses when handling of any packages entering the home.

For additional precautions, consider the following to minimize surface contact risk.   

  • Minimize trips to the grocery store by planning ahead
  • Consider your re-usable bags to be contaminated and be mindful where you place them in your home 
  • For items in packages, sanitizing wipes may be used if any concerns
  • Continue to wash fruits and vegetables as normal
  • Wash hands when returning home with any packages, and again after putting contents away
  • Continue to wash and disinfect household surfaces such as countertops; handles, knobs, and fronts of doors, cabinets and appliances; light switches and plates; staircase railing; cell phones; keys; computer keyboards and mice; remote controls

We will continue to update you as information becomes available or official.

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kerry@ducey.org (RVNAhealth) Life Mon, 06 Apr 2020 17:50:32 -0400
Governor Lamont Provides Update on Connecticut’s Coronavirus Response Efforts https://news.hamlethub.com/newtown/neighbors/45551-governor-lamont-provides-update-on-connecticut-s-coronavirus-response-efforts45551-governor-lamont-provides-update-on-connecticut-s-coronavirus-response-efforts https://news.hamlethub.com/newtown/neighbors/45551-governor-lamont-provides-update-on-connecticut-s-coronavirus-response-efforts45551-governor-lamont-provides-update-on-connecticut-s-coronavirus-response-efforts

As the State of Connecticut continues taking actions in response to the global spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19), Governor Ned Lamont provided the following updates as of 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 4, 2020:

Data updates on testing in Connecticut

Since yesterday’s update, an additional 362 Connecticut residents have tested positive for COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 5,276. To date, more than 22,029 tests have been conducted in Connecticut among both state and private laboratories. Approximately 1,033 patients have been hospitalized. The total statewide total number of fatalities is 165.

A county-by-county breakdown includes:

County

Laboratory Confirmed Cases

Hospitalized Cases

Deaths

Fairfield County

2,824

475

86

Hartford County

726

184

26

Litchfield County

182

15

5

Middlesex County

100

19

4

New Haven County

1,024

324

29

New London County

57

10

3

Tolland County

91

3

10

Windham County

31

3

1

Pending address validation

241

0

1

Total

5,276

1,033

165

For several additional graphs and tables containing more data, including a list of cases in every municipality and data broken down by age, gender, race, and other factors, visit ct.gov/coronavirus.

FEMA approves Lamont administration’s request to include domestic violence survivors in non-congregate housing guidelines

FEMA today notified the state that it has approved the Lamont administration’s request to add housing for survivors of domestic violence in the reimbursement guidelines it previously approved for Connecticut, which authorized the state and municipalities to receive a 75 percent reimbursement for the costs associated with providing non-congregate housing first responders and health care workers who temporarily need a place to live separate from family or roommates, and also for those who are homeless.

“Ensuring safe housing for survivors of domestic violence in locations that are less congested than what many of the locations that typically offer these services usually provide is critical at this time, and I thank FEMA for approving our request to cover these services,” Governor Lamont said.

Connecticut’s schools have served more than one million meals under emergency programs

As of Friday afternoon, Connecticut’s public schools have served more than one million meals under the emergency meals programs the State Department of Education launched last month in response to Governor Lamont’s order for classes at schools to be canceled statewide. A total of 128 school districts are serving meals at 407 locations.

In accordance with federal requirements, the state is operating two emergency meals programs to ensure children do not go hungry during this crisis:

  • Under one program, certain school districts are authorized to serve meals only to students who attend their schools or any other child 18 years of age and younger residing in the same household.
  • Under the other program, certain school districts are authorized to serve meals to any child 18 years of age and younger, regardless of which town or city the child lives or what school they attend.

Households should check with the individual school districts for information on the time and location the meals are being served, and further guidance regarding their distribution.

Connecticut’s Tourism Office promotes local restaurants offering take-out and delivery services, provides virtual at-home activities

The State of Connecticut’s Tourism Office has shifted its focus from its usual promotional activities to adjust to the public health emergency and Governor Lamont’s order for residents to “Stay Safe, Stay Home.”

The state’s official tourism website, CTVisit.com, has been adapted to reflect this new reality and is featuring a number activities residents can either do in secluded locations or safely at home through virtual experiences. This includes the creation of a list of restaurants, breweries, and vineyards that are now offering take-out and delivery services; and also a collection of online, virtual experiences about Connecticut landmarks, museums, and attractions that provide educational opportunities to engage children while staying safe at home.

Providing information to Connecticut residents

For the most up-to-date information from the State of Connecticut on COVID-19, including an FAQ and other guidance and resources, residents are encouraged to visit ct.gov/coronavirus.

Individuals who have general questions that are not answered on the website can also call 2-1-1 for assistance. The hotline is available 24 hours a day and has multilingual assistance and TDD/TTY access. It intended to be used by individuals who are not experiencing symptoms but may have general questions related to COVID-19. Anyone experiencing symptoms is strongly urged to contact their medical provider.

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kerry@ducey.org (Gov. Ned Lamont) Neighbors Sat, 04 Apr 2020 13:07:26 -0400
Newtown Police Pay Tribute to Former First Selectman Joseph Borst Sr. https://news.hamlethub.com/newtown/neighbors/45550-newtown-police-pay-tribute-to-former-first-selectman-joseph-borst-sr45550-newtown-police-pay-tribute-to-former-first-selectman-joseph-borst-sr https://news.hamlethub.com/newtown/neighbors/45550-newtown-police-pay-tribute-to-former-first-selectman-joseph-borst-sr45550-newtown-police-pay-tribute-to-former-first-selectman-joseph-borst-sr

While our town is dealing with a national crisis, it would be remiss of us not to share and remember with our community the recent passing of a truly great American hero and former Newtown First Selectman Joseph Borst Sr.

Joe was a life long resident of Newtown and never hesitated to serve his community any way he could, especially when it came to the service of our country. Joe served his country and community with honor, integrity, and selflessness.

Joe leaves behind a very loving and caring family that misses him deeply.

"They don't make men like Joe anymore and he will be truly and deeply missed by all of us. God bless Joe, may you rest in peace."  The men and women of the Newtown Police Department.

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kerry@ducey.org (Newtown Police Department) Neighbors Sat, 04 Apr 2020 12:20:28 -0400
Connecticut COVID-19 Update: 4,914 Cases https://news.hamlethub.com/newtown/neighbors/45549-connecticut-covid-19-update-4-914-cases45549-connecticut-covid-19-update-4-914-cases https://news.hamlethub.com/newtown/neighbors/45549-connecticut-covid-19-update-4-914-cases45549-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
Meet RVNAhealth Men and Women on the Front Line https://news.hamlethub.com/newtown/neighbors/45548-meet-the-rvnahealth-front-line45548-meet-the-rvnahealth-front-line https://news.hamlethub.com/newtown/neighbors/45548-meet-the-rvnahealth-front-line45548-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
Newtown Transfer Station payments online or by phone only https://news.hamlethub.com/newtown/places/45547-newtown-transfer-station-payments-online-or-by-phone-only45547-newtown-transfer-station-payments-online-or-by-phone-only https://news.hamlethub.com/newtown/places/45547-newtown-transfer-station-payments-online-or-by-phone-only45547-newtown-transfer-station-payments-online-or-by-phone-only

Transfer Station payments online or by phone only

Construction and Demolition will not be accepted

Beginning Tuesday, April 7, 2020, you will no longer be able to make payments at the Transfer Station. 

Payments will need to be made in advance either online, newtown-ct.gov, or over the phone, 203-270-4307.

UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE Construction & Demolition WILL NOT be accepted at the Newtown Transfer Station.  It can be brought to Oak Ridge’s Mom & Pop Drop off

307 White Street, Danbury, CT

203-744-8260

Tuesday 10am to 5pm

Wednesday 12pm to 8pm

Thursday 10am to 2pm

Friday 10am to 3:30pm

Saturday 7:30am to 3:30pm

Read more

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kerry@ducey.org (Town of Newtown) Places Fri, 03 Apr 2020 08:39:21 -0400