Redding's HamletHub https://news.hamlethub.com/redding Sat, 04 Apr 2020 11:46:41 -0400 HamletHub.com Connecticut COVID-19 Update: 4,914 Cases https://news.hamlethub.com/redding/neighbors/46720-connecticut-covid-19-update-4-914-cases46720-connecticut-covid-19-update-4-914-cases https://news.hamlethub.com/redding/neighbors/46720-connecticut-covid-19-update-4-914-cases46720-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/redding/neighbors/46719-meet-the-rvnahealth-front-line46719-meet-the-rvnahealth-front-line https://news.hamlethub.com/redding/neighbors/46719-meet-the-rvnahealth-front-line46719-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
Redding Home for Sale, Rent. or Rent to Own: 36 Chestnut Woods Road https://news.hamlethub.com/redding/places/46718-redding-home-for-sale-rent-or-rent-to-own-36-chestnut-woods-road46718-redding-home-for-sale-rent-or-rent-to-own-36-chestnut-woods-road https://news.hamlethub.com/redding/places/46718-redding-home-for-sale-rent-or-rent-to-own-36-chestnut-woods-road46718-redding-home-for-sale-rent-or-rent-to-own-36-chestnut-woods-road

For Sale, Rent or Rent to Own: 36 Chestnut Woods Road, Redding, CT
 
Available for sale, rent ($10,500/mth furnished or $9,000/mth unfurnished) or rent to own. Spectacular country estate on 11.58 acres with scenic pond in prestigious West Redding location. This breathtaking country compound includes the gracious main home with 5,562 sf including 1,003 sf in the dramatic lower level media/bar/billiard room; total 4 bedrooms, 5/2 fully remodeled baths; additional studio or guest quarters with private entry, bedroom, and full bath; legal rental cottage with living room, kitchen, and full bath (additional 741 sf); and state of the art pool house (additional 504 sf).
 
Highest attention to detail both inside and out with approximately $400K in recent improvements including stunning kitchen and baths; new a/c; new lighting; full studio renovation; full pool house renovation; updates in the cottage including hardwood installation; full interior painting; fit out of main garage as a catering kitchen; hardwood installation in lower level; sun porch with retractable screen; and so many other tasteful touches which have polished this home to exquisite perfection.
 
Casual elegance abounds with 6 fireplaces including the living room with exposed beams; dining room; paneled library; master bedroom suite; 2nd ensuite bedroom; and lower level billiards room. Picturesque grounds include heated gunite pool; private pond; outbuildings including detached garage and barn/shed; plus potential to subdivide and permits in place to build a new large barn if desired. Bucolic privacy adjoining the 54 acre Connecticut Audubon Society's Edward Steichen Memorial Wildlife Preserve.  

Take a virtual tour of the property here
 
To learn more about this property contact Laura Freed Ancona here.
 
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kerry@ducey.org (Laura Freed Ancona) Places Fri, 03 Apr 2020 06:35:26 -0400
OrthoConnecticut Offers Virtual Medical Visits https://news.hamlethub.com/redding/life/46717-orthoconnecticut-offers-virtual-medical-visits46717-orthoconnecticut-offers-virtual-medical-visits https://news.hamlethub.com/redding/life/46717-orthoconnecticut-offers-virtual-medical-visits46717-orthoconnecticut-offers-virtual-medical-visits

In response to the COVID-19 outbreak, OrthoConnecticut is now offering telemedicine - virtual visits that enable you to see an orthopedic surgeon from the privacy and safety of your own home or office.

Did you know that many orthopedic issues, including some urgent issues, can be diagnosed using telemedicine appointments? You can get the specialized orthopedic care you need during this period of physical distancing and staying close to home. Telemedicine is simple to use, and the secure video conferencing technology can be used with any device.

Telemedicine Benefits

•          Get a diagnosis on new musculoskeletal issues

•          Follow up on an existing issue

•          Get post-surgical advice from your own physician

•          Practice physical distancing without reducing your quality of care

•          Review diagnostic tests such as x-rays and MRIs during a telemedicine visit

•          Simple and easy scheduling

•          Insurance processing for telemedicine and in-office visits are the same

How it Works

To schedule your telemedicine appointment with a specialist, call the number for the office location of your choice. All Telemedicine appointments must be booked by phone:

Danbury                203-797-1500

Norwalk                 203-845-2200

New Milford           860-355-8000

Pain Center           203-792-7246 

Our staff will help schedule your virtual appointment. A consent form and step-by-step directions will then be sent to you, explaining exactly how to perform a virtual visit with our physicians.  

OrthoConnecticut will continue to provide quality care while keeping our patients and staff safe by limiting unnecessary risk and exposure.  The practice appreciates the community’s patience while we navigate this unprecedented environment.

ABOUT ORTHOCONNECTICUT

OrthoConnecticut is the region’s premier, multi-specialty orthopedic practice, helping patients regain mobility, lead active lives, and attain optimal well-being. The practice’s urgent care service, OrthoCare Express, is open 7 days a week for emergencies and is available in Danbury, Darien, New Milford, Norwalk and Westport. To make a telemedicine appointment with any of the practice’s specialists, or to learn more visit http://www.myorthoct.com/ or call 1.833.ORTHOCT (1.833.678.4628).

 
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kerry@ducey.org (Page Bowler) Life Fri, 03 Apr 2020 05:10:02 -0400
Redding Resident Michele Karpas Kennedy has Died https://news.hamlethub.com/redding/neighbors/46716-redding-resident-michele-karpas-kennedy-has-died46716-redding-resident-michele-karpas-kennedy-has-died https://news.hamlethub.com/redding/neighbors/46716-redding-resident-michele-karpas-kennedy-has-died46716-redding-resident-michele-karpas-kennedy-has-died

Michele Karpas Kennedy
 
Michele Karpas Kennedy of Redding, CT died peacefully on April 2, 2020 surrounded by her devoted husband of twenty-five years, Michael Kennedy, and her three children, Cory, Dylan and Isabel.
 
Michele was the loving daughter of Suzanne and the late Irving D. Karpas, Jr., the youngest sister of 7 siblings and the adoring aunt of her many nieces and nephews. She grew up in Scarsdale, NY and graduated from Scarsdale High School and then Pace University. She then began her career as a teacher.
 
Michele was always laughing and made others laugh. She enjoyed tending to the garden at her home, the “M&M Ranch,” and cooking for her family and friends. But her true passion was being a loving and caring mother to her three children. She also helped others by volunteering for children with special needs.
 
Michele leaves behind many other family members and countless number of friends whom she loved dearly.
 
A Celebration of Michele’s life will occur in the coming months. In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory are welcome to Pegasus Therapeutic Riding, 310 Peach Lake Road, Brewster, NY 10509 or call 845-669-8235
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kerry@ducey.org (Kane Funeral Home) Neighbors Thu, 02 Apr 2020 12:55:43 -0400
Lamont's 20th Executive Order Includes Safe Stores Beginning Tomorrow https://news.hamlethub.com/redding/politics/46715-lamont-s-20th-executive-order-includes-safe-stores-beginning-tomorrow46715-lamont-s-20th-executive-order-includes-safe-stores-beginning-tomorrow https://news.hamlethub.com/redding/politics/46715-lamont-s-20th-executive-order-includes-safe-stores-beginning-tomorrow46715-lamont-s-20th-executive-order-includes-safe-stores-beginning-tomorrow

Governor Lamont signs 20th executive order to mitigate the spread of COVID-19

Governor Lamont today signed another executive order – the 20th 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. 7S enacts the following provisions:

  • Safe stores mandatory statewide rules: Effective upon the opening of each retail establishment for the first time on April 3, 2020, every retail establishment in the state will be required to take additional protective measures to reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19 between and among customers, employees, and other persons such as delivery drivers and maintenance people. The order requires the commissioner of the Economic and Community Development to issue mandatory statewide rules prescribing such additional protective measures. Such rules will be mandatory throughout the state and supersede and preempt any current or contemplated municipal order.
  • Immediately following Governor Lamont’s signing of this executive order, the Department of Economic and Community Development published the Safe Stores Rules on its website, outlining guidance for retail establishments. All stores must follow these rules beginning April 3.
  • 60-day grace period for premium payments, policy cancellations, and non-renewals of insurance policies: Beginning on April 1, 2020 for a period of 60 days, no insurer in Connecticut – including life, health, auto property, casualty, and other types – may lapse or terminate a covered insurance policy because a policyholder does not pay a premium or interest during this time. This grace period is not automatic. To be eligible, affected policyholders must provide additional information acceptable to their insurance carriers.
  • Extension of 30-day period of credit for liquor permittees: Modifies state law to permit the maximum period of credit for liquor permittees from certain creditors, including wholesalers and manufacturers, to be 90 days after the date of delivery for all permittees prohibited from engaging in on-premise sales per Executive Order No. 7D.
  • Daily payment of certain taxes changed to weekly: Modifies the tax payment requirements for Sportech, the licensee authorized to operate off-track betting in Connecticut, from daily to weekly so that its employees aren’t required to appear in person daily.
  • Flexibility to amend Medicaid waivers and state plan: In order to allow continued access to critical services for Medicaid beneficiaries, the order waives public notice and legislative hearing requirements for the duration of the declared public health and civil preparedness emergencies to allow the Department of Social Services to seek expedited approval from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to submit Medicaid waivers; amend existing Medicaid waivers; submit Medicaid State Plan Amendments that would have required a waiver but for the Affordable Care Act; and obtain relief from various other federal requirements on an emergency basis.
  • Relief from certain municipal tax deadlines and collection efforts: Requires municipalities to enact one or both of two options for providing temporary tax forbearance of property tax collection and reduced interest on delinquent tax payments to property owners under certain conditions, including that landlords agree extend commensurate forbearance to commercial, residential, or institutional tenants for the duration of the deferment.
  • Allow suspension of in-person voting requirements for critical and time sensitive municipal fiscal deadlines: Allows suspension of certain in-person votes of residents or taxpayers on certain fiscal decisions, in addition to the provisions in Executive Order No. 7I, for fiscal decisions needed to prevent property damage, protect public health and safety, or prevent significant financial loss, provided they comply with all open meeting requirements of Executive Order No. 7B.
  • Suspension of reapplication filing requirement for the homeowners’ elderly/disabled circuit breaker tax relief program and for the homeowners’ elderly/disabled freeze tax relief program: Allows recipients of this benefit to receive the benefit for the coming year without recertifying their eligibility.
  • Substitution of full inspection requirements pertaining to October 1, 2020 grand list revaluations: Allows 34 municipalities to continue with their scheduled 2020 revaluations, which are started up to a year in advance.The statute allows for Data Mailer Questionnaire to be mailed to the property owner when access is unobtainable; this eliminates having to request access, and allows for the revaluation to be completed via questionnaire.
  • Extension of deadline to file income and expense statement to August 15: Allows taxpayers additional time to complete their income and expense statements.
  • Suspension of non-judicial tax sales: Suspends foreclosures through non-judicial tax sales until 30 days after the end of the COVID-19 emergency.

Governor Lamont announces medical surge plan in collaboration with Connecticut’s long-term care facilities

Governor Lamont today announced that his administration is collaborating with Connecticut’s long-term care facilities on a medical surge plan that will involve moving some residents and the creation of dedicated spaces for residents who are COVID-19 positive.

As the number of individuals who are diagnosed with COVID-19 rises, the health care system will be stretched to extremes. Compounding this challenge is the fact that the elderly population will be at greater risk when diagnosed as being positive for COVID-19.

Nursing homes are an essential component of the medical surge plan. It includes the following options:

  1. Separation of COVID-19 positive residents: Anyone diagnosed as COVID-19 positive in a hospital and later admitted to a nursing home will be monitored and assessed for 14 days in an area that only has other COVID-19 positive residents. Anyone admitted who is negative for COVID-19 will be housed with other residents who are negative, as a mitigation measure.
  2. Dedication of space: Existing nursing homes will dedicate specific units that will group together residents who have been diagnosed as being COVID-19 positive, where applicable.
  3. Conversion of existing nursing homes: Residents of some long-term care facilities who either test negative for COVID-19 or display no symptoms will be able to voluntarily transfer to facilities where there are no COVID-19 positive residents. At the same time, some facilities will be converted to only house individuals who are COVID-19 positive and dedicate their new admissions to individuals who have been diagnosed positive. This concept also includes a facility who has a dedicated entrance to a unit within the structure that can physically isolate all care and services from normal operations. For existing nursing home conversions, individuals who are not positive for COVID-19 and/or asymptomatic will all be voluntarily transferred to the receiving destination prior to that facility accepting any individuals who are COVID-19 positive.
  4. Development of new alternate care sites: New spaces are identified that are currently vacant and in several cases have been vacated through recent nursing home closures. These sites would be licensed as chronic and convalescent nursing homes and the request would be made to the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) for an 1135 waiver for rapid certification. These alternate care sites, too, would be dedicated to the care of individuals positive for COVID-19. Alternate care sites developed will be inspected and approved by the Department of Public Health (DPH). DPH can also provide support regarding access to and moving of equipment, staffing and logistics.

The Department of Social Services and the Office of Policy and Management have determined a specific payment rate for options 3 and 4. Options 3 and 4 would also require providers to submit a written proposal to DPH prior to approval that will need to address staffing patterns, equipment needs and detail system supports that will be provided such as environmental and food services, among others.

Options 3 and 4 will create additional bed space for 1,175 people. The following nursing homes have been identified as potential sites:

Option 3 (conversion of existing facilities)

  • Evergreen Health Care (Stafford Springs, 180 Beds)
  • Sharon Health Care (Sharon, 88 Beds)
  • Touchpoints of Farmington (Farmington, 120 Beds)
  • Touchpoints of Bloomfield (Bloomfield, 30 Beds)
  • Greenwich Woods (Greenwich, 217)
  • Total beds in option 3: 635

Option 4 (new alternate sites)

  • Old Greenwich Civic Center (Greenwich, 90 Beds)
  • Silver Hill Hospitals (New Caanan, 90 Beds)
  • Westfield (Meriden, 120 Beds)
  • Green Springs (East Hartford, 120 Beds)
  • Vacant Nursing Home in Region 5 (120 Beds)
  • Total beds in option 4: 540

The following is the list of nursing homes in Connecticut with residents who have tested positive for COVID-19 as of April 1, 2020 at 11:00 a.m.:

Town

Nursing Home

Bloomfield

Bloomfield Healthcare Center

Bloomfield

Caleb Hitchcock Health Center

Bloomfield

Touchpoints at Bloomfield

Bridgeport

Jewish Living Center

Canton

Cherry Brook Health Care Center

Danbury

Glen Hill Center

East Haven

Whispering Pines Rehabilitation and Nursing Center

Greenwich

Greenwich Woods Rehabilitation

Greenwich

Nathaniel Witherell

Guilford

Guilford House

Milford

Golden Hill Rehab Pavilion

Naugatuck

Glendale Center

New Haven

Grimes Center

New London

Harbor Village Health and Rehabilitation

Newington

Bel-Air Manor

Portland

Portland Care and Rehabilitation

Rocky Hill

Apple Rehab Rocky Hill

Seymour

Shady Knoll Health Center

Sharon

Sharon Health Care Center

Shelton

Apple Rehab Shelton Lakes

Shelton

Bishop Wicke Health and Rehabilitation

Shelton

Gardner Heights Health Care Center

Stafford Springs

Evergreen Health Care Center

Stamford

St. Camillus Center

Suffield

Suffield House

Torrington

RegalCare at Torrington

Torrington

Wolcott Hall

Trumbull

Maefair Health Care Center

Waterbury

Abbott Terrace Health Center

Waterbury

RegalCare at Waterbury

Waterbury

Waterbury Gardens Nursing and Rehabilitation

Waterford

Bayview Health Care

Wilton

Wilton Meadows

Windsor

Kimberly Hall North

Windsor

Windsor Health and Rehabilitation

Woodbridge

The Willows


Connecticut National Guard deploys additional medical capacity at Middlesex Hospital, SCSU, and WCSU

The Connecticut National Guard today continued efforts to deploy additional medical capacity at several sites throughout the state:

  • A Connecticut Department of Public Health mobile field hospital was set up at Middlesex Hospital in Middletown. This is the third of these units to be deployed at hospitals across the state. Last week, the Guard deployed two other of these units at Saint Francis Hospital in Hartford and Danbury Hospital.
  • The Guard today also deployed a 250-bed medical station provided by FEMA at the Moore Field House on the campus of Southern Connecticut State University in New Haven.
  • In addition, the Guard today began preparations to set-up 300 beds of additional medical capacity from the Connecticut Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security at the O’Neill Center on the campus of Western Connecticut State University in Danbury. Those beds will be assembled on Thursday.

Governor Lamont announces creation of 4-CT charitable organization to unite donors with Connecticut programs responding to COVID-19

Recognizing the considerable demand on resources the COVID-19 public health emergency is having on nearly every aspect of life across the state, a group of Connecticut-based philanthropists today announced that they have established a charitable organization to raise new support for the state’s nonprofit organizations that are serving those impacted by the pandemic.

The Connecticut COVID-19 Charity Connection – also known as 4-CT – is an independent, 501(c)3 organization with the mission of bolstering the resources available to support the state’s frontline providers who are serving all areas impacted by the crisis. 4-CT will provide financial support to ensure their services can meet increased demand and have a positive impact. In announcing its launch, the charity has already raised $10 million from generous donors and is seeking to significantly increase these efforts in the coming weeks and months to further support to the state’s nonprofit community.

Governor Ned Lamont, recognizing the urgency of addressing the impact of the crisis on communities across the state, said the creation of this charity is an example of Connecticut ingenuity and generosity, and applauded the efforts of those who sought to bring it to fruition.

“I’m grateful to our community foundations, United Way of Connecticut, and the individual donors who support the work of nonprofits that provide critical services across our state every day – and during this crisis,” Governor Lamont said. “4-CT will expand the ranks of these philanthropic partners supporting the nonprofits on the frontlines.”

For more information, read the press release issued today by Governor Lamont.

State Parks to reduce visitor capacity during COVID-19 pandemic

Pursuant to Executive Order No. 7R, which Governor Lamont signed Tuesday, the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) today announced that it will be enforcing stricter measures to support safe, solitary enjoyment of outdoor spaces at all state parks in an effort to maintain social distancing. This include plans to limit parking capacity at certain parks to manage visitor levels.

While state parks remain open for solitary recreation, the agency is closely monitoring park visitorship and is closing parking lots when lots become full and lowering parking thresholds where necessary. In some locations, additional visitors have been observed parking outside of park entrances that have been closed for capacity and walking in, which undermines DEEP’s ability to maintain manageable visitor levels. The executive order Governor Lamont signed gives DEEP the authority to impose penalties on individuals who enter parks after they have reached capacity.

Those considering visiting State Parks are encouraged to take these steps:

  • Check the Connecticut State Park’s Twitter account at @CTStateParks, where real-time information on park closures is announced;
  • Stay home if you’re not feeling well; and
  • Rather than traveling to the more popular spots, discover a new place that is less traveled. Check out DEEP’s website for a list of every State Park and use the hashtag #CTTrailsLessTraveled on social media.

For more information, read the press release issued today by DEEP.

Connecticut State Colleges and University system donates PPE to facilities across the state

Higher education institutions from within the Connecticut State Colleges and University (CSCU) system have been making donations of PPE from their facilities to local hospitals to assist with emergency response.

“There are so many ways each of us can help out in some way, and I applaud these higher education institutions for utilizing their resources and giving them to our local hospitals, which are in need of this equipment at this time,” Governor Lamont said.

PPE donations from each CSCU institution to date includes:

  • Central Connecticut State University: Total Gloves Combined, 26,000; Total Masks Combined, 430
  • Eastern Connecticut State University: Total Masks Combined, 1,200
  • Western Connecticut State University: Total Gloves Combined, 400; Total Masks Combined, 1,550; Total Gowns Combined, 174
  • Charter Oak State College: Total Gloves Combined, 1,800; Total Masks Combined, 21
  • Tunxis Community College: Total Gloves Combined, 15,600; Total Masks Combined, 838; Total Eye Protection Combined, 48; Total gowns, 60
  • Middlesex Community College: Total Gloves Combined, 25,300; Total Masks Combined, 560
  • Norwalk Community College: Total Gloves Combined, 15,000; Total Masks Combined, 919; Total Gowns Combined, 130; Total Alcohol Prep Pads Combined, 1,800; Total Ventilators Combined (on loan), 3
  • Three Rivers Community College: Total Gloves Combined, 5,700; Total Masks Combined, 2,000 Total Gowns Combined, 189
  • Northwestern Connecticut Community College: Total Gloves Combined, 15,100; Total Masks Combined, 1,890; Total Gowns Combined, 211
  • Manchester Community College: Total Ventilators Combined, 6
  • Housatonic Community College: Total Gloves Combined, 300; Total Masks Combined, 200; Total Gowns Combined, 120
  • Naugatuck Valley Community College: Total Gloves Combined, 28,400; Total Masks Combined, 200; Total Gowns Combined, 510
  • Quinebaug Valley Community College: Total Gloves Combined, 23,100; Total Masks Combined, 525; Total Gowns Combined, 85
  • Capital Community College: Total Gloves Combined, 27,700; Total Masks Combined, 1,012; Total Gowns Combined, 406
  • CSCU System Totals: Gloves: 184,400; Masks: 11,345; Gowns: 1,885; Ventilators: 9

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) Politics Thu, 02 Apr 2020 09:14:12 -0400
Ethan Allen Prep School Tees Up for Fall, Applications Now Accepted https://news.hamlethub.com/redding/places/46714-ethan-allen-prep-school-tees-up-for-fall-applications-now-accepted46714-ethan-allen-prep-school-tees-up-for-fall-applications-now-accepted https://news.hamlethub.com/redding/places/46714-ethan-allen-prep-school-tees-up-for-fall-applications-now-accepted46714-ethan-allen-prep-school-tees-up-for-fall-applications-now-accepted

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

Learn more about Ethan Allen Prep fall program HERE.

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

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kerry@ducey.org (HH) Places Thu, 02 Apr 2020 09:04:04 -0400
Ancona's New Online Shopping Experience, Easter Sunday Orders, and More! https://news.hamlethub.com/redding/places/46713-ancona-s-new-online-shopping-experience-easter-sunday-orders-and-more46713-ancona-s-new-online-shopping-experience-easter-sunday-orders-and-more https://news.hamlethub.com/redding/places/46713-ancona-s-new-online-shopping-experience-easter-sunday-orders-and-more46713-ancona-s-new-online-shopping-experience-easter-sunday-orders-and-more

New Easy Online Shopping

Ancona's Wines & Liquors has revamped its website homepage to make online shopping easier for you. In this week's Life in a Bottle, Mitch Ancona takes you through a "tour" of the new homepage. Watch it HERE or simply click the image in the post.

"THANK YOU for all the support, kindness and patience," says Mitch.


Easter Sunday

Easter Sunday is only 10 days away! PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE plan ahead and place your order early. This will ensure that Ancona's will be able to process your order in a timely manner which will allow you to have the wine, beer and spirits that you want for the holiday. "We will be closed Easter Sunday which means there will be no curbside pickup or delivery that day," says Mitch.

We're running an "Easter" special on certain wines and spirits that we'll be serving our families and loved ones this coming Easter.

"Mix n Match" any 12 bottles and save 20%

Check that SALE out HERE

 

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kerry@ducey.org (HH) Places Thu, 02 Apr 2020 08:08:48 -0400
Fairfield County Bank Commits $100,000 to Help Feed the Community https://news.hamlethub.com/redding/charities/46710-fairfield-county-bank-commits-100-000-to-help-feed-the-community46710-fairfield-county-bank-commits-100-000-to-help-feed-the-community https://news.hamlethub.com/redding/charities/46710-fairfield-county-bank-commits-100-000-to-help-feed-the-community46710-fairfield-county-bank-commits-100-000-to-help-feed-the-community

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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kerry@ducey.org (Ryan Arconti) Charities Wed, 01 Apr 2020 14:42:13 -0400
Connecticut COVID-19 Update: 3,557 Cases, First Pediatric Death https://news.hamlethub.com/redding/neighbors/46709-connecticut-covid-19-update-3-557-cases-first-pediatic-death-in-connecticut46709-connecticut-covid-19-update-3-557-cases-first-pediatic-death-in-connecticut https://news.hamlethub.com/redding/neighbors/46709-connecticut-covid-19-update-3-557-cases-first-pediatic-death-in-connecticut46709-connecticut-covid-19-update-3-557-cases-first-pediatic-death-in-connecticut

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

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

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

View cases by Town and County here.

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

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

Additional details can be found here.

 

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kerry@ducey.org (State of CT) Neighbors Wed, 01 Apr 2020 13:54:57 -0400
Community is not Canceled: Newtown Community Center Launches Mobile Art Studio https://news.hamlethub.com/redding/places/46708-community-is-not-canceled-newtown-community-center-launches-mobile-art-studio46708-community-is-not-canceled-newtown-community-center-launches-mobile-art-studio https://news.hamlethub.com/redding/places/46708-community-is-not-canceled-newtown-community-center-launches-mobile-art-studio46708-community-is-not-canceled-newtown-community-center-launches-mobile-art-studio

Community is not Canceled 

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

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

Newtown Community Center Launches Mobile Art Studio, Encourages Kids to CREATE!

Newtown Community Center has launched a Mobile Art Studio featuring creative projects that you can do at home. 

What do you need to make beautiful spring bouquets? The only absolutely necessary items are paper towel rolls (yup, that’s IT!) You might want to use: scissors, paint and paintbrushes, construction paper, tissue paper, markers, crayons, popsicle sticks, straws….whatever you have handy!

Check out Newtown Community Center on Facebook HERE to view a few finished products! 

When you’re finished creating, Newtown Community Center encourages you take a photo and share it on social media tagging #newtowncommunitycenter


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

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

 

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kerry@ducey.org (HH) Places Wed, 01 Apr 2020 13:22:34 -0400
Community is not Canceled: Maritime Aquarium Free Virtual Programs https://news.hamlethub.com/redding/places/46707-community-is-not-canceled-maritime-aquarium-free-virtual-programs46707-community-is-not-canceled-maritime-aquarium-free-virtual-programs https://news.hamlethub.com/redding/places/46707-community-is-not-canceled-maritime-aquarium-free-virtual-programs46707-community-is-not-canceled-maritime-aquarium-free-virtual-programs

 

Community is not Canceled 

 

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

 

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

Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk Offers 2 FREE Virtual Sessions Weekly

In response to the COVID-19 closures, The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk will be streaming two of its popular educational programs for free each week, while also making a selection of paid marine-science classes available to Norwalk schools.

Students, families and individuals can take part in a virtual “citizen science” class on Wednesdays at 4 p.m., while a story-time program for younger children will go online at 10 a.m. each Friday. Both of the 40-minute live-streaming programs are free but do require advance reservations to receive a needed link.

Additionally, The Maritime Aquarium has adapted its educational programming for schools into live streamable sessions available to any online Norwalk classroom beginning next week. There are options for students ranging from early childhood through high school.

Learn more about these virtual educational programs here.


 

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

 

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

 

 

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kerry@ducey.org (HH) Places Wed, 01 Apr 2020 13:09:50 -0400
Danbury Airport lot will house two refrigerated trailers as overflow for hospital morgue https://news.hamlethub.com/redding/neighbors/46711-danbury-airport-lot-will-house-two-refrigerated-trailers-as-overflow-for-hospital-morgue46711-danbury-airport-lot-will-house-two-refrigerated-trailers-as-overflow-for-hospital-morgue https://news.hamlethub.com/redding/neighbors/46711-danbury-airport-lot-will-house-two-refrigerated-trailers-as-overflow-for-hospital-morgue46711-danbury-airport-lot-will-house-two-refrigerated-trailers-as-overflow-for-hospital-morgue

After locals inquired about activity outside of Danbury Airport, Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton reported that the City of Danbury, in collaboration with Danbury Hospital, is using a lot on the airport to house two refrigerated trailers to serve as an overflow for the Danbury Hospital morgue. "Right now there are no deceased individuals at the airport," he said.

According to Boughton, the overflow demand is due to a slower than normal processing of all deceased in the City. "Because of the pandemic, there are new requirements for funeral homes to follow to protect their staff. So it takes longer for planning and conducting of memorials and funerals - regardless of the cause of death," he said.

Will the overflow morgue ever house people who have died of COVID-19? Boughton says, "Possibly. But right now the Hospital morgue just needs extra space."

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kerry@ducey.org (HH) Neighbors Wed, 01 Apr 2020 10:52:03 -0400
Redding Police Alert Residents to Phone Scam! https://news.hamlethub.com/redding/publicsafety/46706-redding-police-alert-residents-to-phone-scam46706-redding-police-alert-residents-to-phone-scam https://news.hamlethub.com/redding/publicsafety/46706-redding-police-alert-residents-to-phone-scam46706-redding-police-alert-residents-to-phone-scam

The Redding Police Department is alerting residents to a new scam. According to police, scammers are calling asking for bank account numbers to process your relief money coming soon.

"The government will not call you for that information. The money will be automatic depending on how you file your taxes. Direct deposit is automatic. Mailing your taxes results in a mailed check when the time comes," police say.

Redding Police advises you to HANG UP if that call comes in!

"Be safe and hang in there. We are out there!" police say.

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kerry@ducey.org (HH) Public safety Wed, 01 Apr 2020 09:53:21 -0400
Connecticut COVID Update: 3,128 Confirmed Cases, 69 Deaths https://news.hamlethub.com/redding/neighbors/46705-connecticut-covid-update-3-128-confirmed-cases-69-deaths-158569162546705-connecticut-covid-update-3-128-confirmed-cases-69-deaths-1585691625 https://news.hamlethub.com/redding/neighbors/46705-connecticut-covid-update-3-128-confirmed-cases-69-deaths-158569162546705-connecticut-covid-update-3-128-confirmed-cases-69-deaths-1585691625

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

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

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

Summary

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

COVID-19 Associated Deaths 69 (+33)

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

Patients tested for COVID-19 15600 (+1000)

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

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kerry@ducey.org (State of CT) Neighbors Tue, 31 Mar 2020 13:34:13 -0400