GMW Coronavirus Resource Page–Wilton Updates

UPDATE, MARCH 7:

Governor Lamont: Connecticut Launches Coronavirus Infoline for General Questions From the Public:  Governor Ned Lamont today announced that the State of Connecticut is partnering with United Way of Connecticut to launch an information hotline for questions from the public regarding issues related to the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). People who have questions can call 2-1-1 or text “CTCOVID” to 898211.

Doctor who made rounds at Bridgeport Hospital has tested positive for COVID-19 (CT Mirror, March 7)

Coronavirus brings logistical challenges for CT hospitals (CT Mirror, March 6)

UPDATE, MARCH 6:

Gov. Lamont says Connecticut’s first coronavirus case is in Danbury (Breaking News, Hartford Courant, March 6)

DPH Updates Legislators On Potential Impact of Coronavirus (CT News Junkie, March 6)

BREAKING: Wilton Schools Step Up Coronavirus Response: Cancelling After-School Activities, Increasing Hand-washing, and Reassessing

Coronavirus expected to hit Connecticut for at least 3-4 months, feel ‘like a really bad flu season’ (Hartford Courant, March 6, 2020)

Governor Lamont Requests CDC Provide Connecticut Additional COVID-19 Test Kits to Comply With New Federal Guidance (March 5, 2020)

As news continues to change (sometimes hourly) about coronavirus in the US, we’ve decided to create a GOOD Morning Wilton Coronavirus Resource page for any Wilton-related information and links.

Keep this page bookmarked for future reference (and links to factual information). We’ll update accordingly.

If you have any suggestions, info, etc. related to the topic, please feel free to email editor@goodmorningwilton.com.

U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC)

What You Need to Know About Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

Stop the Spread of Germs Flyer

Tips for Caregivers, Parents, and Teachers During Infectious Disease Outbreaks from Samhsa.gov (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

National Institutes of Health

CT State Resources

CT Department of Health

Governor Lamont Requests CDC Provide Connecticut Additional COVID-19 Test Kits to Comply With New Federal Guidance (March 5, 2020)

Governor Lamont Urges Connecticut Residents to Follow Ongoing Travel Guidance From CDC About Coronavirus (March 4, 2020)

Governor Lamont Announces Connecticut’s Public Health Lab Approved to Run Diagnostic Testing for Coronavirus (Feb. 28, 2020)

Friday, March 6, 9 a.m.:  CT General Assembly’s Informational Forum Regarding Coronavirus Preparedness–The Appropriations, Public Health, and Higher Education and Employment Committees will hold a joint informational forum, with testimony from CT officials and experts on the virus and Connecticut response ability. The online agenda lists presenters from the CT Hospital Association, the CT Dept. of Health, UCONN and CT State Colleges and universities. (Legislative Office Building, Room 2E, 300 Capitol Avenue, Hartford) Watch live or on-demand on CT Network.

Town of Wilton Resources

Wilton Health Department:  Barry Bogle, Director

Wilton Officials “Taking Appropriate Actions” to Prepare, If Needed, for Coronavirus (GMW, March 3, 2020)

Wilton Public Schools

Letter to Wilton Public School Community from Superintendent Kevin Smith

Wilton Schools on COVID-19: Preparing, Sharing Info and Not Overreacting (GMW, Feb. 28, 2020)

How to Protect Yourself?

(source:  CT Dept. of Health)

“There is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19 infection. Person-to-person spread of the virus is thought to occur mainly via respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. Much is still unknown about how the virus spreads. Take these everyday preventative actions to help stop the spread of germs:

  • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then through the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

Wilton Library

Wilton Library emailed patrons with an update on Wednesday, March 4, explaining that library officials are “…monitoring the status and possible risks of the Coronavirus and is working diligently to protect the health and safety of our patrons and staff.”

Among the steps the library is taking:

  • The custodial crew is sanitizing public surfaces including doors, handles, railings, and service desks each evening after patrons leave the building.
  • Affixed hand sanitizers are stationed throughout the building for patron and staff use.
  • Encouraging staff and patrons to stay home if they are not well.
  • Making flyers from the CDC on Covid 19 (Coronavirus) available at all service desks in the library for patrons to take home.

Wilton Library has also created a Coronavirus resource page on its website that will be continually updated.

Wilton Family YMCA

The Wilton Family YMCA sent an email with information about its approach to cleaning YMCA areas and equipment and keeping its community safe.

• The Y’s daily cleaning routine includes disinfecting all areas of the Y facility.
• Hand sanitizer dispensers are located at the entrance and throughout the Y.
• The fitness center’s standard protocol is to wipe down all equipment and machines after use. As an extra precaution, you may want to also wipe down equipment and machines before use.

The email also encouraged everyone to remember the three Cs:  Cover (coughing into elbows or tissues to be discarded); Clean (washing hands); and Contain (staying home when sick until 24 hours after being fever-free).