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Stamford's COVID-19 Situation Update

COVID-19 Situation Update - March 20th, 2020

This virus does not care if you are a CEO or a laid-off worker, it affects everyone in our community equally. We need equal access to testing to overcome this public health emergency.”

-Mayor David Martin

This newsletter is compiled into five sections.

  • Major: Developments impacting all sectors
  • Community: Developments impacting Stamford residents.
  • Business: Developments impacting Stamford businesses and business owners.
  • Services: Developments and closures impacting services provided to Stamford residents including: City services, utility services, nonprofit services, etc.
  • School: Developments impacting students, teachers, staff, or residents who rely on services provided by Stamford Public Schools.

Each section is divided in two:

“Recent updates” refers to new information released in the past 24 hours.

“Ongoing information” refers to information previously shared in this newsletter that continues to be relevant.

All of this information and more — including situation updates from previous days, contact information for health officials, etc. — can be found on the City of Stamford’s website at http://www.stamfordct.gov/covid19. Residents can also follow the City of Stamford’s FacebookTwitter, and Instagram for periodic updates. At the bottom of this newsletter is a comprehensive list of contact information for frequently asked questions.

Major Updates

Recent updates:

  • Mayor David Martin announced a drive-through testing location at Cummings Park in Stamford. This location is jointly operated by the City’s Department of Health and local practitioner Murphy Medical Associates.
  • The City recommends three testing sites in Stamford. All sites require an appointment before testing:
  • Cummings Park. Operated by Murphy Medical Associates. Open Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Schedule an appointment online or call 203.658.6051.
  • Bennett Medical Center Campus. Operated by Stamford Health. Open Monday through Friday, 8a.m. to 4 p.m. Schedule an appointment by calling 203.276.4111.
  • 2001 West Main Street. Operated by DOCS Urgent Care. Opening by the end of next week (March 27th). Schedule an appointment online or call 203.298.4600.
  • Mayor Martin said the City’s testing capacity demand could reach up to 10,000 tests per week. Currently, the three sites listed above result in a testing capacity of approximately 2,500 per week.
  • Mayor Martin announced the City was working with medical practitioners willing to open more testing sites to test all residents — including residents who still need health insurance.
  • Mayor Martin announced the City was pursuing streamlining the testing process so residents only had to call a single number to receive instructions on how to get tested and where.
  • Governor Ned Lamont ordered all non-essential workers must stay home. The order will go into effect Monday, March 23rd, at 8 a.m.
  • Stamford’s local government has been in the process of implementing a continued-operations plans for City departments. These plans identify essential personnel and outline what roles can be performed remotely.
  • Vital departments continue to operate (such as 911 Communications, Department of Highways, and Department of Sanitation & Recycling, etc.), while others will operate with reduced staff or have closed altogether. See this newsletter’s “Services” section for more details.
  • New York Governor Andrew Cuomo made a similar announcementordering New York State’s workforce must stay home beginning Sunday, March 22, at 8 p.m. New York’s order excludes grocery and food production, pharmacies, healthcare providers, utilities, banks, financial institutions, shipping, and warehousing.
  • Governor Lamont announced a fourth Connecticut resident died from complications of the coronavirus (COVID-19). Connecticut currently has 194 reported cases.
  • Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin announced the Internal Revenue Service will delay the tax filing deadline from April 15th to July 15th.
  • Previously, Secretary Mnuchin said the Internal Revenue Service would not extend the tax filing deadline but would waive interest and penalty charges for 90 days — effectively encouraging on-time filing without enforcement.

Ongoing information:

  • All information about the City of Stamford’s response to the COVID-19 public health emergency can be found at http://www.stamfordct.gov/covid19
  • President Donald Trump signed The Emergency Families First Coronavirus Response Act H.R. 6201 into law on Wednesday, March 18th. The bill will go into effect within 15 days.
  • The bill would — among many other things — provide reimbursements for small businesses (50 or fewer employees) who provide 14 days of additional paid sick leave to employees during a public health emergency. This benefit can be applied retroactively to sick leave taken before the bill was signed into law.
  • Following the bill’s passage, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin reiterated the department’s proposed $1 trillion relief plan, including $250 billion for cash payments to American citizens
  • Connecticut Secretary of State Denise Merrill announced Connecticut’s presidential primaries would be moved from April 28th to June 2nd.
  • A list of services, businesses, and organizations affected by the COVID-19 public health emergency is available under the “Services” section of this newsletter.

Community Updates

Recent updates:

  • Residents who already submitted absentee ballots for Connecticut’s presidential primary will still have their ballots counted, Stamford’s Town Clerk Lyda Ruijter confirmed today.
  • Connecticut’s presidential primary was moved from April 28th to June 2nd.
  • Stamford’s Town Clerk’s Office announced free internet access to land records data for the duration of the public health emergency. More information available on the Town Clerk’s website.
  • All Stamford parking citations will be “paused” for 30 days effective immediately. Stamford’s Department of Transportation, Traffic, & Parking coordinated Passport Parking (the City’s parking app partner) to pause ticket escalations for 30 days.
  • For example: if a parking ticket accrues a late fee in 1 day (or “escalates”), that parking ticket will remain 1-day-away from a late fee for another 30 days.
  • Stamford parking tickets typically require payment within 15 days.
  • The City of Stamford’s 120-hour violation has been suspended until further notice.
  • This violation penalizes motorists who leave their vehicle parked on a public street in the same place for more than 120 consecutive hours (5 days).
  • Stamford’s Tax Assessor’s Office announced new procedures for applying to the Elderly and Totally Disabled Homeowner Programs, due to the Assessor’s Office reduced staffing as a result of the public health emergency. Applications will no longer require an appointment. More details listed here.
  • Stamford food retail stores continue to report NO SUPPLY CHAIN SHORTAGES. Inventory at local stores may have been depleted due to higher demand, but at this time store owners anticipate restocks of their inventory in the coming days.
  • Residents using toilet paper alternatives: DO NOT FLUSH THESE ALTERNATIVES. Paper towels and wet wipes will clog plumbing. Widespread flushing of these products will create severe blockage of sewage infrastructure.

Ongoing information:

  • The City of Stamford maintains a dedicated webpage for updates on the COVID-19 public health emergency.
  • Please note some information previously listed in this section (Community Updates, Ongoing Information) has been moved to “Services Update, Ongoing information.”
  • Access Health Connecticut — the state’s official healthcare marketplace — is now enrolling residents for healthcare coverage. This special enrollment period ends April 2nd. Connecticut residents can call 855.365.2428 to sign up for healthcare coverage.
  • Available testing for COVID-19 (all sites require an appointment):
  • Cummings Park. Operated by Murphy Medical Associates. Open Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Schedule an appointment online or call 203.658.6051.
  • Bennett Medical Center Campus. Operated by Stamford Health. Open Monday through Friday, 8a.m. to 4 p.m. Schedule an appointment by calling 203.276.4111.
  • 2001 West Main Street. Operated by DOCS Urgent Care. Opening by the end of next week (March 27th). Schedule an appointment online or call 203.298.4600.
  • Residents concerned they may have symptoms of COVID-19 should immediately call their primary care physician.
  • Symptoms include: fever, coughing, and shortness of breath.
  • Primary care physicians will make an assessment and prescribe testing if appropriate.
  • Residents with symptoms of COVID-19 should notify medical professionals before visiting health care institutions. Medical staff need to prepare personal protection equipment prior to examining patients.
  • Residents who DO NOT have Primary Care Physicians, but DO have health insurance, can contact their health insurance provider to obtain names of approved Primary Care Physicians to contact.
  • Stamford Health recommends residents call 1.877.233.9355 to receive a list of all physicians who can provide prescriptions of testing.
  • Residents who DO NOT have Primary Care Physicians OR health insurance may contact one of the following organizations:
  • Optimus Health Care: 203.327.5111
  • Community Health Center of Stamford: 203.323.8160
  • Americares: 203.658.9500. Not accepting new patients.
  • Family Centers Health: 203.717.1760. Not accepting walk-ins.
  • Access Health CT: 855.365.2428. Only available through Thursday, April 2nd.
  • Stamford Health recommends residents call Stamford Health’s COVID-19 hotline: 203.276.4111.
  • The City is actively pursuing more testing options for Stamford residents:
  • Independent testing sites may be available throughout Stamford. Connecticut’s Department of Public Health provides licenses to medical practitioners to conduct testing. These practitioners are not required to notify — or “register” — with the City of Stamford to operate testing sites.
  • Stamford Health announced Stamford Hospital is no longer allowing visitors to “protect the health and wellbeing of patients, staff, and community.”
  • Pediatric and NICU patients will be allowed 2 parent/guardian visitors. Labor & Delivery patients will be allowed 1 designated support person.
  • Residents who are recently out-of-work as a result of the COVID-19 public health emergency can apply for unemployment benefits with the State of Connecticut.
  • The State has provided answers to frequently asked questions about unemployment benefits and how they relate to the COVID-19 public health emergency.
  • Residents can click here for more information on how to file for unemployment benefits if your employment was impacted by the COVID-19 public health emergency.
  • Legal actions enforcing evictions or foreclosures have effectively been put on hold as a result of Connecticut's Judicial Branch's Continuity of Operations plan announcing all state courts will only hear matters identified as "Priority 1 Business Functions."
  • Elected officials have advised residents to contact their local representative if they receive an eviction or ejection notice.
  • Attorney General William Tong reminded residents to submit complaints of price-gouging directly to his office.
  • Stamford’s Board of Finance has delayed all budget hearings for the next two weeks, including all Fiscal Committee budget hearings.
  • The City of Stamford has used web conferencing for internal meetings since last week and may utilize online web conferencing for board, commission, and public hearing meetings when appropriate.

Business Updates

Recent updates:

Ongoing information:

  • The City of Stamford maintains a dedicated page for resources assisting businesses affected by the COVID-19 public health emergency. Resources includes: financial assistance, disaster loans, unemployment benefits, etc.
  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have provided information specifically for businesses.
  • Guidelines for reducing risk of infection among the workforce.
  • Recommendations for environmental cleaning and disinfecting.
  • Recommendations for businesses hoping to take advantage of delivery and pickup options.
  • Deadlines extended as a result of COVID-19:
  • The State of Connecticut has extended tax filing deadlines by “at least 30 days.” Businesses with taxes due on June 1st 2020 have had the deadline extended to July 1st 2020.
  • Connecticut’s Department of Economic Community Development is deferring all Small Business Express payments for three months.
  • For small business assistance please call the Department of Economic Community Development’s business hotline at 860.500.2333.
  • The Federal Internal Revenue Service did not extend the April 15th tax filing deadline for individuals, however the IRS will waive interest and penalty charges for 90 days for Americans who owe up to $1 million in taxes.
  • The Department of Economic & Community Development is conducting a survey to better understand the economic impact on local businesses. Business owners are advised to fill out the “Economic Injury Worksheet” found on the City of Stamford’s website.
  • There is no limit frame to submitting the Economic Injury Worksheet.
  • Stamford business owners can submit their worksheet confidentially to Thomas Madden, Stamford’s Director of Economic Development, at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Services Updates

Recent Updates:

  • The Stamford Museum & Nature Center announced it would close to the public effective Friday, March 20th and remain closed until further notice.
  • Executive Director Melissa Mulrooney wrote a letter to the public including information on upcoming Facebook Live classes.
  • Stamford-based SilverSource provides resources to seniors. Stamford seniors — or individuals interested in volunteering — can contact 203.324.6584. Resources include:
  • Individual Assistance & Emergency Support: Serving seniors in need of housing stability or healthcare needs. Social work consultations are taken by phone.
  • Prescription Deliveries: Seniors currently on the prescription program will continue to receive medications with the support of pharmacy delivery services.
  • Grocery Deliveries: SilverSource has set up pop-up food pantry/distribution centers to support homebound seniors with grocery deliveries. Volunteers and staff make front door drop-offs and utilize delivery services.
  • Medical Transportation: SilverSource continues to provide free transportation to essential medical appointments. A rigorous wipe-down is done of the transport vehicle between each passenger trip.
  • Senior Wellness Check-ins: Staff and volunteers connect with older clients by phone to ensure they are well and reduce isolation.
  • List of closed organizations, institutions, and businesses (below) has been updated to reflect new dates and additional closures.

Ongoing information:

  • The City of Stamford maintains a dedicated page for closures and services affected by the COVID-19 public health emergency.
  • The following businesses are STILL OPEN:
  • Gas stations.
  • Grocery stores.
  • Pharmacies
  • The following businesses have been closed until further notice:
  • All restaurants and bars. Takeout and delivery options still available.
  • All gyms and movie theaters.
  • All amusement parks, bowling alleys, and indoor walkways for large shopping malls.
  • All body care facilities.
  • The following City services have be affected by COVID-19:
  • Stamford Government Center is closed to all visitors who do not have an appointment.
  • Vital departments will continue operations, including: Public Safety (Police, Fire), 911 Communications, Highways Department, and Recycling & Sanitation Department.
  • Engineering Department: All permit applications and payments must be submitted online.
  • Documents for plan review can be left in the drop-box located in the Government Center Lobby.
  • Building Department: Emergency protocol available on the department’s webpage.
  • Building permits: Submit online.
  • Inquiries: Contact David Nelson at 203.977.1194.
  • Land Use Department: General information available on the department’s webpage.
  • Inquiries: Contact 203.977.4711 or  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Zoning permits (building, sheds, fences, etc.):  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • EPB permits (inland wetlands, septic, etc.):  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • ZBA applications (variances, special exceptions, auto dealers, etc.):  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Planning Board (Master Plan amendments, subdivisions, etc.):  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Zoning Board (special exceptions, zoning text changes, zoning map changes, coastal site plans):  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Activities of 10 or more people at City parks and fields are prohibited. City staff will post clear signage at parks and fields.  
  • Residents must take steps to prevent the spread of COVID-19 by reducing contact with other individuals. This includes canceling sports, group activities, and avoiding any event or outing with 10 or more people.
  • The City of Stamford has suspended pay-to-park requirements for all City metered parking spaces until further notice.
  • Stamford Police Department’s Records Room is closed to the public until further notice.
  • The following State services have been affected by COVID-19:
  • Connecticut’s Department of Motor Vehicles has suspended in-person visits at all branches until further notice.
  • Connecticut’s Department of Energy & Environmental Protection has suspended enforcement of retailers accepting empty beverage containers for redemption until further notice.
  • The following utilities have been affected by COVID-19:
  • Eversource (electric):
  • Postponed disconnections for nonpayment for residential and business customers across electric, natural gas, and water operations.
  • Warned customers of an increase in scam activity.
  • Aquarion (water):
  • Suspended shutoffs for nonpayment.
  • Warned customers of an increase in scam activity.
  • Altice USA (internet):
  • Not terminating broadband services for residential or small businesses due to nonpayment.
  • Offering free 30 Mbps broadband to households with students (K-12 or college).
  • The following is an alphabetical list of organizations, institutions, and businesses impacted by COVID-19:
  • Bi-Cultural Hebrew Academy: Closed until Monday, March 30th.
  • Boys and Girls Club of Stamford: Closed until further notice.
  • Building One Community: The building will remain open.
  • Classes, group programs & events are canceled effective immediately for an indefinite amount of time.
  • Chelsea Piers: Closed Friday, March 13 through at least Tuesday, March 31.
  • Children's Learning Center:  Closed Monday, March 16 through at least Friday, March 27.
  • Ferguson Library: Closed Friday, March 13 to Monday March 30.
  • Islamic Center of Stamford: Closed until further notice.
  • Italian Center: All group fitness, youth programs and group swim lessons are postponed until further notice.
  • King School: Closed until March 29th.
  • New Covenant Center: Effective March 17th, Contingency meal service protocols in place. Café temporarily closed to the public.
  • Only staff and volunteers allowed into the facility. Lunch and dinner meals will be distributed on bagged or boxed meal-to-go basis.
  • Food pantry distribution will still go forth on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays, with a reduction on how many enlisted guests can shop at a time.
  • Individuals with day-of-shopping appointments will be checked-in and escorted to sit and wait in café area.
  • Schoke Jewish Family Services: Closed as of March 17th. Freedberg Kosher Food Pantry will remain open, providing pre-packaged bags available for pickup outside the building. Counseling services provided through telephone sessions.
  • Stamford Jewish Community Center: Closed through Friday, March 27th.
  • Stamford Police Department: All fingerprinting services provided will be temporarily suspended.
  • Stamford Public Schools: All schools will be closed through Tuesday, April 10th.
  • Stamford RecreationList of spring programs currently canceled.
  • Stamford Senior Center: All Senior Center programs and activities suspended as of March 12th.
  • Stamford YMCA: Closed until further notice
  • Town Clerk’s Office: Appointment only (essential business only)
  • UConn Stamford: Campus closed until further notice, classes will be held online for the remainder of the semester.
  • Several supermarkets announced morning hours will be reserved for elderly residents who are more at-risk for COVID-19 infections.
  • Cingari’s Grade A ShopRite Supermarkets in Stamford will reserve 6 a.m. to 7 a.m. for customers 65 and older.
  • Laroccas Supermarket will reserve 8 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. for customers 60 and older.
  • Acme Markets will reserve 7 a.m. to 9 a.m., Monday through Friday for customers 60 and older.
  • Stop and Shop Supermarkets will reserve 6 a.m. to 7:30 a.m. for customers aged 60 and older.
  • The following is a list of services available for low-income residents:
  • Person-to-Person Food assistance. Groceries and fresh produce, protein, and dairy are available to residents with income below 235% Federal Poverty Guidelines, or employees furloughed due to COVID-19.
  • Please call 203.655.0048 to make an appointment.
  • Visit https://p2phelps.org/ for more information.
  • Stamford’s location is 425 Fairfield Avenue, Building 1, Suite 111, Stamford, CT 06902.
  • Person-to-Person on Wheels mobile pantry serves Stamford neighborhoods with fresh produce, protein, dairy, tuna, beans, cereal, peanut butter, jelly, soups, fruits & vegetables, pasta, and rice. The mobile pantry is available at the following times and neighborhoods:
  • Mondays, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Yerwood Boys & Girls Club, 90 Fairfield Avenue.
  • Mondays, 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. Stamford Manor, 26 Main Street.
  • Tuesdays, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Ferguson Library South End, 34 Woodland Avenue.
  • Tuesdays, 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. Shippan Place, 521 Shippan Avenue.
  • Wednesdays, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Domus, 83 Lockwood Avenue.
  • Thursdays, 3 p.m. – 7 p.m. Building One Community, 75 Selleck Street.
  • Person-to-Person Emergency Financial Assistance: Caseworkers meet with clients to determine eligibility for emergency financial assistance for rent, security deposits, utilities, and small emergency expenses. Residents can call 203.655.0048.

Help Stamford’s Community:

  • Connecticut’s American Red Cross has requested residents consider donating blood. A map of American Red Cross chapters in Connecticut is available here.
  • Building 1 Community compiled an Amazon wish list for essential items needed for the community, including detergent, soap, and more.
  • Food bank donations are requested for The Food Bank of Lower Fairfield County. The economic impact of this public health emergency will disproportionately affected residents who are most in need.
  • Information on food donations.
  • Information on monetary donations.

School Updates

Recent updates:

  • No recent updates

Ongoing information:

  • The City of Stamford maintains a dedicated webpage for updates about Stamford Public Schools.
  • All Stamford Public Schools are closed until Friday, April 10th.
  • Stamford Public Schools’ “Distance Learning Plan” was approved by Connecticut’s State Department of Education. As a result, out-of-school teaching sessions will contribute to the state’s requirement for a minimum of 180 school days per school year.
  • Superintendent Dr. Tamu Lucero is monitoring the extent of the COVID-19 public health emergency and will announce if there is an extended closure of Stamford Public Schools.
  • Stamford Public Schools will continue to provide free grab-and-go meals from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. to anyone under the age of 18. Residents can pick up their meal from any of the following locations:
  • Elementary Schools:
  • Davenport Ridge, 1300 Newfield Avenue.
  • Hart Magnet, 61 Adams Avenue.
  • Julia A. Stark, 398 Glenbrook Road.
  • K.T. Murphy, 19 Horton Street.
  • Newfield, 345 Pepper Ridge Road.
  • Northeast, 82 Scofieldtown Road.
  • Rogers International School, 202 Blachley Road.
  • Roxbury, 751 West Hill Road.
  • Springdale, 1127 Hope Street.
  • Stillmeadow, 800 Stillwater Road.
  • Strawberry Hill, 200 Strawberry Hill Avenue.
  • Toquam Magnet, 123 Ridgewood Avenue.
  • Westover Magnet, 1 Elmcroft Road.
  • Middle Schools:
  • Cloonan, 11 West North Street.
  • Dolan, 51 Toms Road.
  • Rippowam, 381High Ridge Road.
  • Scofield Magnet, 641 Scofieldtown Road.
  • Turn of River, 117 Vine Road.
  • High Schools:
  • AITE, 411 High Ridge Road.
  • Stamford, 55 Strawberry Hill Avenue.
  • Westhill, 125 Roxbury Road.
  • Community-based Organizations and Programs:
  • Star Center, 1170 Shippan Avenue.
  • Stamford Public Schools Anchor at Harbor Landing, 68 Southfield Avenue.
  • Yerwood Center, 90 Fairfield Avenue.
  • Chester Addison Center, 245 Selleck Street.
  • Trailblazer (Domus), 83 Lockwood Avenue.
  • Building 1 Community, 75 Selleck Street.
  • Faith Tabernacle Church, 29 Grove Street.

City of Stamford Contact Information / Frequently Asked Questions

  • Questions relating to COVID-19 testing, infections, and quarantine: City of Stamford’s Department of Health at 203.977.4398 (after work hours call 211) or  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .
  • Questions relating to Stamford Health/Stamford Hospital: City of Stamford Medical Advisor Dr. Henry Yoon at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .
  • Questions relating to environmental cleaning or personal protective equipment: Director of Lab James Federici at 203.977.4378 or  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .
  • Questions relating to schools and daycares: Nursing Supervisor Pat Caldwell at 203.977.4370 or  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .
  • Questions relating to restaurants, hotels, motels, rooming houses, or pools: Assistant Director of Health Sonia Marino at 203.977.4363 or  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .
  • Questions from the press: City spokesperson Arthur Augustyn at 203.977.5115 or  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .
  • Questions from business owners: Director of Economic Development Thomas Madden or  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .
  • Questions about food distribution or food insecurity: Director of Social Services Ellen Bromley at 203.977.4112 or  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .
  • City of Stamford’s pre-recorded COVID-19 hotline: 203.977.8840.
  • All other questions: Department of Health at 203.977.4398 or  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .
  • Other contact information:
  • State of Connecticut’s COVID-19 information hotline: dial 211.
  • Stamford Health’s COVID-19 hotline: 203.276.4111.

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