Stamford COVID-19 Update: Extension of Plastic Bag Use, Updated Guidelines for Hair Salons, Barbershops

Stamford Recent COVID Updates

According to the most recent report — last updated at 2:00 p.m. on May 14th — Stamford has 2,983 confirmed cases of COVID-19, compared to 2,958 confirmed cases on May 13th.

Connecticut’s DPH provides an interactive dashboard tracking cases and deaths across the entire state. According to this resource, Stamford has 170 reported deaths attributed to COVID-19 cases.

Connecticut’s DPH provides information on reported cases in nursing homes and assisted living facilities. This data is updated weekly and is hosted on the City of Stamford’s website. Last updated: May 10th, data from May 6th.


  • Governor Ned Lamont signed an executive order on May 13thgranting an extension and sunset of suspension of tax on single-use plastic checkout bags through June 30th, 2020. However:
  • Retail employees are not be required to bag items in reusable bags.
  • Customers must be allowed to use their reusable bags if they bag their own items.
  • Full executive order available here.
  • The State of Connecticut updated guidelines for hair salons and barbershops to follow when reopening.
  • The state now allows, “Blow drying only when necessary.”
  • The guidelines are available in Spanish here.
  • Governor Ned Lamont announced on May 14ththe State of Connecticut is receiving $111 million in federal coronavirus relief aid for the state’s school districts that will be used to support continued learning and address educational disruptions due to the global pandemic.

Connecticut’s Department of Public Health (DPH) provides a daily update on the state’s COVID-19 situation. Residents can visit this link for new updates daily.


  • A new COVID-19 testing site is available to residents who are patients with Optimus Health Care.
  • 805 Atlantic Street.
    Operated by Optimus Health Care.
    Open Monday and Wednesday, 8 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
    Open Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Open Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Schedule an appointment online or call 203.327.2991.

  • Support our health workers and first responders by completing the CENSUS today. The distribution of federal funds for COVID-19 supplies and PPE to states and cities is based on Census data.
  • CVS Health opened 12 new Drive-Thru COVID-19 Test Sites throughout Connecticut.
  • Full list of sites available here.
  • Stamford’s Board of Finance host a regular monthly meeting tonight, Thursday, May 14 at 7:00 p.m. Residents can attend by
  • Registering at: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/8268960066924437264. Webinar ID: 442-547-051.
  • Dialing 415.655.0060 access code: 341-695-841.


  • No recent updates.


  • Residents are reminded Stamford Public Schools has not reached a final decision regarding 2020 Graduation. SPS will announce a decision within the coming week.

Help Stamford

All information about how to help Stamford during the COVID-19 public health emergency can be found at https://www.stamfordct.gov/office-of-the-mayor/pages/give-help.


  • The City of Stamford maintains a volunteer signup sheet for future volunteer opportunities.
  • Stamford Togethera citywide volunteer program to help support emergency response efforts related to the COVID-19 public health emergency. Volunteers can contribute to five major initiatives (click each title to sign up):
  • Testing Site Volunteer Program: As the City launches more testing sites, volunteers are needed to keep these sites functional.
  • Resident Delivery Program: Volunteer drivers are needed to provide delivery services to quarantined members of our community.
  • Stamford Citizen Services Corp: A combination of the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) and the Medical Reserve Corps (MRC).
  • The Community Emergency Response Team is a program that provides a consistent nationwide approach to volunteer training and organization that professional responders can rely on during disaster situations, allowing them to focus on more complex tasks.
  • The Medical Reserve Corps is a national network of medical and public health professionals who assist emergency response during public health emergencies.
  • Homemade Mask Production: Masks produced by volunteers will be picked up by a delivery driver through a partnership with local dry-cleaning service providers. Masks will be cleaned and disinfected then distributed to the community.
  • Volunteer spots for Grab and Go Meals and Senior Outreach have been completely filled.
  • Students and retired health care workers are encouraged to register for Connecticut’s CT Responds, a statewide volunteer management system.



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