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4/20/2020 - COVID-19 Southbury Update

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Pomperaug Health District COVID-19 Case Summary for April 20, 2020

The Pomperaug District Department of Health continues to monitor cases of COVID-19 in our community. The case count in the Pomperaug Health District has increased to 170. The Southbury cases include 19 residents at the Southbury Training School and approximately 29 cases at long term care and assisted living facilities. We are sad to report that 13 people in the Pomperaug Health District have succumbed to COVID-19.

There is widespread community transmission of COVID-19 in our area. Please continue to stay home except for work and essentials, like food, and wear face coverings or masks in public settings where social distancing measures are difficult to maintain. Practice excellent hand hygiene and disinfect high-touch surfaces frequently, including in your car.  

Stay home except to get medical care if you have symptoms of COVID-19: fever, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat or new loss of taste or smell. Some people may have gastrointestinal symptoms.

If you have had close contact with a person with symptomatic COVID-19 during the period from 48 hours before symptoms onset until they have fully recovered, you should stay home until 14 days after the last exposure and monitor for symptoms. Close contact is defined as being less than 6 feet away for more than 10 – 30 minutes, depending on the situation.

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Bulk waste to be accepted starting Wednesday, April 22nd

The transfer station now has new traffic pattern in place to accommodate social distancing. When you enter the transfer station, residents will proceed to the top to dispose of garbage. Then they will proceed to the recycling disposal area. Beginning Wednesday, April 22nd bulk waste will be accepted again. Bulk waste with be accepted on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday only.

Effective 8pm tonight: All persons required to wear a mask in public when unable to maintain social distancing

Governor Lamont signed another executive order – the 29th since he enacted the emergency declarations – that builds upon his efforts to encourage mitigation strategies that slow down transmission of the virus. Executive Order No. 7BB enacts the following provisions:

Cloth face coverings or higher level of protection required in public wherever close contact is unavoidable: Effective at 8:00 p.m. on April 20, 2020, any person in a public place in Connecticut who is unable to or does not maintain a safe social distance of approximately six feet from every other person shall cover their mouth and nose with a mask or cloth face-covering. In addition, individuals shall use a mask or cloth face covering when using the services of any taxi, car, livery, ride-sharing or similar service or means of mass public transit, or while within any semi-enclosed transit stop or waiting area. The commissioner of the Department of Economic and Community Development will be required to update the previously issued Safe Workplace rules and Safe Store rules. Nothing in this order shall require the use of a mask or cloth face covering by anyone for whom doing so would be contrary to his or her health or safety because of a medical condition, anyone under the age of 2 years, or by an older child if the parent, guardian or person responsible for the child is unable to place the mask safely on the child’s face. If a person declines to wear a mask or face covering because of a medical condition as described above, such person shall not be required to produce medical documentation verifying the stated condition.