Coronavirus Updates
Thursday April 09, 2020

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50 Church Street, Windsor Locks, CT 06096

Today, our Health Director reported four additional positive tests results for Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) involving Windsor Locks residents. The report is based on data collected by the Connecticut Department of Public Health. No further information about the cases was made available. These additional cases bring the total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases involving Windsor Locks residents to sixteen.

Windsor Locks citizens are asked to do all they can to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. According to the health department, we have entered a period of widespread community transmission, which means that we should not assume that the reported cases are the only infected people within our community.

Residents should follow the guidance provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Connecticut Department of Public Health. The symptoms of COVID-19 are a dry cough, fever and shortness of breath.

  • All residents should be practicing social distancing.
  • Adults and children should remain home as much as possible.
  • Stay home if you are sick except to seek emergency medical care or if advised by your physician.
  • Avoid contact with people who are sick.
  • Frequently wash hands with soap and water for a minimum of twenty seconds.
  • Cover your cough and avoid touching your face.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces such as doorknobs, light switches, table and countertops.

Responsible citizenship requires that we take all needed steps to limit the spread of COVID-19.

Chris Kervick

First Selectman

Two additional positive tests results for Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) involving Windsor Locks residents were reported to us today by our Health Director. Her data comes directly from the Connecticut Department of Public Health. One individual is between the ages of 50 and 59, and the second individual is between the ages of 70 and 79. These additional cases bring the total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases involving Windsor Locks residents to twelve.

Windsor Locks citizens are asked to do all they can to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. According to the health department, we have entered a period of widespread community transmission, which means that we should not assume that the reported cases are the only infected people within our community.

Residents should follow the guidance provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Connecticut Department of Public Health. The symptoms of COVID-19 are a dry cough, fever and shortness of breath.

  • All residents should be practicing social distancing.
  • Adults and children should remain home as much as possible.
  • Stay home if you are sick except to seek emergency medical care or if advised by your physician.
  • Avoid contact with people who are sick.
  • Frequently wash hands with soap and water for a minimum of twenty seconds.
  • Cover your cough and avoid touching your face.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces such as doorknobs, light switches, table and countertops.

Responsible citizenship requires that we take the needed steps to limit the spread of COVID-19. Even if in an age group that has not experienced a high percentage of illness or death, reckless behavior can lead to further transmission of the virus and the illness or death of others. We are all in this together.

Chris Kervick

First Selectman

EXECUTIVE ORDER

April 4, 2020

We have done a great job adapting the way we conduct our public meetings. However, some bad actors have taken advantage of the switch to remote meeting technology and have made uninvited visits to some of our meetings, spewing vile racist and pornographic content. I am therefore making the following order, to be effective immediately:

All Windsor Locks boards, commissions and agencies, when conducting a public meeting via remote means, shall adhere to the following three security measures.

1.         Do not make meetings or classrooms public. In Zoom, there are two options to make a meeting private: require a meeting password or use the waiting room feature and control the admittance of guests.

2.         Do not share Zoom conference links on public web pages or social media. Provide the link only directly to specific people in response to a request to attend the meeting. Where we have been placing the Zoom links directly on our agenda, we will now place the email address or telephone number of the Zoom meeting host with instructions for members of the public to notify the host via phone or email of their desire to attend. The Zoom link should be provided to meeting participants in the email that attaches the agenda, but not on the agenda itself.   The meeting host will then email the link to any member of the public desiring attendance.

3.         Manage screen-sharing options. In Zoom, change screen sharing to “Host Only.”

Please note, I have been advised by our Town Attorney and our Board of Education attorney that this practice may be contrary to the Governor’s Executive Order 7B modifying the Connecticut open meeting statutes. Nevertheless, I am issuing this order pursuant to the emergency powers assigned to me under Connecticut General Statutes 28-8a. I feel this is a reasonable safety measure and that it complies with the spirit and intent of the executive order. It also complies with the latest security advisories issued by the FBI and Zoom.

J. Christopher Kervick

First Selectman

Town of Windsor Locks

Please note that there was an error in the age of the person with a positive test result for Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) involving a Windsor Locks resident reported to us by our Health Director on Sunday April 5, 2020. The person involved was between the ages of 70 and 79. The person was not a newborn infant as originally reported. The original report was the result of an error in the Connecticut Department of Public Health database.

Chris Kervick

First Selectman

Two additional positive tests results for Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) involving Windsor Locks residents were reported to us today by our Health Director Patrice Sulik. Her data comes from the Connecticut Department of Public Health. One individual is between the ages of 20 and 29, and the second individual is between the ages of 40 and 49. These additional bring the total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases involving Windsor Locks residents to ten.

Windsor Locks citizens are asked to do all they can to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. According to the health department, we have entered a period of widespread community transmission, which means that we should assume that the virus has infected many people within our community.

Residents should follow the guidance provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Connecticut Department of Public Health. The symptoms of COVID-19 are a dry cough, fever and shortness of breath.

  • All residents should be practicing social distancing.
  • Adults and children should remain home as much as possible.
  • Stay home if you are sick except to seek emergency medical care or if advised by your physician.
  • Avoid contact with people who are sick.
  • Frequently wash hands with soap and water for a minimum of twenty seconds.
  • Cover your cough and avoid touching your face.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces such as doorknobs, light switches, table and countertops.

Responsible citizenship requires that we take the needed steps to limit the spread of COVID-19. Even if in an age group that has not experienced a high percentage of illness or death, reckless behavior can lead to further transmission of the virus and the illness or death of others. We are all in this together.

Chris Kervick

First Selectman

Please click on the link below for an important message from Governor Lamont.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NxpXcA6_wlA&feature=youtu.be

We received notice from our Health Director this morning that the Connecticut Department of Public Health has confirmed an additional positive test results for Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) involving a Windsor Locks resident. The case involves a newborn child. Although, the Department of Public Health will not be releasing any other information regarding this particular case, the Health Director indicates that she will be monitoring this case closely. This additional case brings the total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases involving Windsor Locks residents to eight.

We have entered a period of sustained community transmission of COVID-19. It would be unreasonable to assume that these eight people are the only persons afflicted with COVID-19 in town. With regard to precautions to slow the spread of COVID-19, residents should already be following the guidance provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Connecticut Department of Public Health.

Chris Kervick

First Selectman

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Update  -  04/2/2020

We received notice from our Health Director this morning that the Connecticut Department of Public Health has confirmed two additional positive test results for Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) involving Windsor Locks residents.  These additional cases bring the total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases involving Windsor Locks residents to seven.  One individual is between the ages of 80 and 89 and the second person is between the ages of 10 and 19.  That second case underscores the reality that no age group is immune from contracting the disease and everyone is capable of transmitting the disease.  The Department of Public Health will not be releasing any other information regarding these particular cases.

We have entered a period of sustained community transmission of COVID-19.  It would be unreasonable to assume that these seven people are the only persons afflicted with COVID-19 in tow

With regard to precautions to slow the spread of COVID-19, residents should already be following the guidance provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Connecticut Department of Public Health.  All residents should be practicing social distancing.  Adults and children should remain home as much as possible.   The symptoms of COVID-19 are a dry cough, fever and shortness of breath.  Stay home if you are sick except to seek emergency medical care or if advised by your physician.  Avoid contact with people who are sick, frequently wash hands with soap and water for a minimum of twenty seconds.  Cover your cough and avoid touching your face.  Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces such as doorknobs, light switches, table and countertops.

Should additional precautionary steps be recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or the Connecticut Department of Public Health, we will issue an update at that time.  In the meantime, continue to do what you are already doing until further notice.  The more diligent we are in following the recommended precautions, the sooner we will reverse the upward trend of transmission.

Chris Kervick
First Selectman

Today, we received notice from the Connecticut Department of Public Health of three additional cases of positive test results for Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) involving Windsor Locks residents.  These additional cases bring the total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases involving Windsor Locks residents to five.  One individual is between the ages of 60 and 69, the second person is between the ages of 50 and 59 and the age of the third person was not immediately available.  No other information regarding these particular cases has been released. 

We have entered a period of sustained community transmission of COVID-19  It would be unreasonable to assume that these five cases are the only persons to be afflicted with COVID-19 in town

With regard to precautions to slow the spread of COVID-19, residents should already be following the guidance provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Connecticut Department of Public Health.  All residents should be practicing social distancing.  Adults and children should remain home as much as possible.   The symptoms of COVID-19 are a dry cough, fever and shortness of breath.  Stay home if you are sick except to seek emergency medical care or if advised by your physician.  Avoid contact with people who are sick, frequently wash hands with soap and water for a minimum of twenty seconds.  Cover your cough and avoid touching your face.  Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces such as doorknobs, light switches, table and countertops.

Should additional precautionary steps be recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or the Connecticut Department of Public Health, we will issue an update at that time.  In the meantime, continue to do what you are already doing until further notice.  The more diligent we are in following the recommended precautions, the sooner we will reverse the upward trend of transmission.

Chris Kervick

First Selectman

Windsor Locks Parks Remain Open with Restrictions

The Town of Windsor Locks is doing all that it can to keep our Windsor Locks parks open during the Coronavirus 2019 epidemic.  We believe that providing public spaces for citizens to get outside in the fresh air is an important municipal service.

However, we can only keep the parks open if our citizens utilize them in a safe and socially responsible manner.  That means using them individually or in very small groups and observing a minimum of 6 feet of social distance from other users.  That also means staying home if you have any flu symptoms whatsoever.

Please do not engage in competitive sports or group games.  Do not congregate in picnic areas and parking lots.  Over the last few days, I have received several reports and personally observed unsafe use of basketball facilities.  As of this morning, the Park Director and I have instructed the Department of Public Works to remove or otherwise disable the basketball hoops at our town parks.  It is unfortunate that this temporary step is necessary, but irresponsible use of these facilities forced us to make this decision.

The current public health crisis forces us to rethink the way we act and interact in public spaces.  Please remember that these temporary measures are necessary to protect all of our citizens, including the most vulnerable among us.

Click on the link for an important message:  Windsor Locks Kids

The latest figures released today are available at the link below.

https://portal.ct.gov/-/media/Coronavirus/CTDPHCOVID19summary3302020.pdf?la=en

As of 11:30 this morning, Windsor Locks remained level with two residents who have tested positive for Coronavirus 2019. It should be assumed that there are more residents carrying COVID-19 than indicated by the reported positive tests, and we should all adjust our activity accordingly.

With regard to precautions to slow the spread of COVID-19, residents should follow the guidance provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Connecticut Department of Public Health. All residents should be practicing social distancing. Adults and children should remain home as much as possible.   The symptoms of COVID-19 are a dry cough, fever and shortness of breath. Stay home if you are sick except to seek emergency medical care or if advised by your physician. Avoid contact with people who are sick, frequently wash hands with soap and water for a minimum of twenty seconds. Cover your cough and avoid touching your face. Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces such as doorknobs, light switches, table and countertops.

For a list of area Grocery Stores that will deliver please click on the link: Grocery Delivery

Updated 4/3/20

 

General Resources

COVID-19 Business Resources from CT.gov includes information on loans, tax filing, unemployment assistance, insurance and medical leave reimbursement. Business owners can call 860-500-2333 with questions for DECD's COVID-19 Business Emergency Response Unit. 

The Connecticut Small Business Development Center's COVID19 Business Resource Center contains updated information for businesses on local, state and federal issues. 

Prepared Hartford, from the MetroHartford Alliance, supports webinars and virtual events on the CARES Act, Disaster Loans, and more. 

 

Loan Programs

Bridge Recovery Loan Program: The State of CT is offering ZERO INTEREST loans on a first come, first served basis. A qualifying business or nonprofit organization can apply for a loan of up to $75,000 or three months of operating expenses (whichever is lesser). The term on the loans is 12 months. 

SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans: Connecticut businesses are eligible for Economic Injury Disaster Loans from the Small Business Administration. Small businesses and private nonprofits unable to meet obligations or pay for operating expenses may borrow up to $2 million at a maximum interest rate of 4%. Small businesses with a relationship with a current SBA Express Lender may also be eligible for an SBA Express Bridge Loan while waiting for their Disaster Loan. The CTSBDC maintains an updated resource guide on how to apply for Disaster Loans. 

SBA Coronavirus Relief Programs: Established under the CARES Act, The Small Business Administration has various loan and debt relief programs available, including the Paycheck Protection Program, SBA Express Bridge Loans, EIDL Loan Advances, and debt relief options. The state DECD maintains a helpful guide to the CARES Act and its various provisions. 

 

Business Advising

Free advising on disaster loans and other issues is available from: 

CT Small Business Development Center

Greater Hartford SCORE

University of Hartford's Entreprenurial Center

 

Other Resources

CDC Guidance for Businesses and Employers

Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development

Connecticut Small Business Development Center COVID19 Resource Center

U.S. Chamber of Commerce Coronavirus Small Business Guide

Minority Business Development Agency

Main Street America COVID-19 Resources

Prepared Hartford  

Entrepreneurial Center & Women's Business Center (University of Hartford)

 

Governor Lamont, Lt. Governor Bysiewica and Congresswoman Delauro will hold a Tele-Town Hall Call on Supports for Small Businesses impacted by COVID-19 at 5:00 p.m. today, Thursday, March 26th.  For more information on contecting to the Zoom tele-town hall call click on the link COVID-19

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act requires certain employers to provide their employees with paid sick leave and expanded family and medical leave for specified reasons related to COVID-19.  These provisions will apply from April 1, 2020 through December 31, 2020. 

For more information click on: Employee Rights

Governor Lamont launched an Emergency No-Interest Loan Program for Connecticut Small Businesses and Nonprofits Impacted by COVID-19.  For more information click on: Emergency No-Interest Loan Program

Overview

Requests by businesses to be designated an essential function as described below, should ONLY be made if they are NOT covered by the following guidance.


On March 20, 2020, The Governor issued Executive Order 7H, directing all businesses and nonprofit entities in the State of Connecticut to utilize, to the maximum extent possible, any telecommuting or work from home procedures that they can safely employ.  That order also directed that, no later than March 23, 2020 at 8 p.m., each non-essential business or nonprofit entity (and therefore not including or applicable to any state or local government agencies, quasi-public agencies, political subdivisions or other entities that do not constitute businesses or nonprofits) shall reduce the in-person workforce at each business location by 100% from pre-state of emergency declaration employment levels.  Executive Order 7H authorized the Commissioner of the Department of Economic and Community Development (“DECD”) to provide legally binding guidance about which businesses are essential.  Pursuant to that directive, DECD hereby issues the following guidance concerning which businesses and nonprofit entities are “essential” for purposes of Executive Order 7H.  

Nothing in this guidance shall be deemed to modify or supersede any current or future Executive Order that separately and specifically addresses a particular business or activity.  Specific businesses or activities separately addressed by other current or future Executive Orders issued pursuant to the current declared public health and civil preparedness emergency must comply with any such orders unless and until those orders are modified or terminated separately.    

THE ESSENTIAL BUSINESSES OR NONPROFITS DESIGNATED IN THIS GUIDANCE are not subject to the in-person restriction set forth in Executive Order 7H.  With respect to non-essential businesses and nonprofits, this guidance applies to each business location individually and is intended to assist businesses in determining whether they are an essential business and the steps they may take to request that designation.  

The guidelines set forth here apply to places of business. Non-essential businesses may continue activities that are conducted off-site (e.g. a customer’s home) and/or by telecommuting or working from home. 

Pursuant to the Governor’s Executive Order 7J, issued on March 22, 2020, 1) non-essential retailers may be staffed on-site, provided that they may only offer remote ordering (e.g. phone, internet, mail, dropbox) and curb-side pick-up or delivery and 2) non-essential businesses and nonprofits to allow staff or third parties on site to the minimum extent necessary to provide security, maintenance and receipt of mail and packages. This includes, but is not limited to, auto, boat, bicycle, recreational vehicle, and all other vehicle sales, if conducted remotely. 

To the extent possible, employees of Essential Businesses whose duties are not critical to an Essential Business function described below should telecommute or utilize any work from home procedures available to them.  

For purposes of Executive Order 7H, “essential business,” means:


1. Essential workers in the 16 Critical Infrastructure Sectors, as defined by the federal Department of Homeland Security unless otherwise addressed in a prior or future executive order pertaining to the existing declared public health and civil preparedness emergency.

2. Healthcare and related operations including:
• biotechnology therapies
• consumer health products and services
• doctor and dentist offices
• elder care, including adult day care
• health care plans and health care data
• home health care workers or aides
• hospitals
• manufacturing, distributing, warehousing, and supplying of pharmaceuticals, including research and development
• medical marijuana dispensaries and producers
• medical supplies and equipment providers, including devices, diagnostics, services, and any other healthcare related supplies or services
• medical wholesale and distribution
• nursing homes, or residential health care facilities or congregate care facilities
• pharmacies
• physical therapy and chiropractic offices
• research and laboratory services, including testing and treatment of COVID-19
• veterinary and animal health services
• walk-in-care health facilities

3. Infrastructure including:
• airports/airlines
• commercial trucking
• dam maintenance and support
• education-related functions at the primary, secondary, or higher education level to provide support for students, including distribution of meals or faculty conducting e-learning
• hotels and other places of accommodation
• water and wastewater operations, systems, and businesses
• telecommunications and data centers
• transportation infrastructure including bus, rail, for-hire vehicles and vehicle rentals, and garages
• utilities including power generation, fuel supply, and transmission

4. All manufacturing and corresponding supply chains, including aerospace, agriculture, and related support businesses

5. Retail including:
• appliances, electronics, computers, and telecom equipment
• big-box stores or wholesale clubs, provided they also sell groceries, consumer health products, or operate a pharmacy
• convenience stores
• gas stations
• grocery stores including all food and beverage retailers
• guns and ammunition
• hardware, paint, and building material stores, including home appliance sales/repair
• liquor/package stores and manufacturer permittees
• pharmacies
• pet and pet supply stores

6. Food and agriculture, including:
• farms and farmer’s markets
• food manufacturing, processing, storage, and distribution facilities 
• nurseries, garden centers, and agriculture supply stores
• restaurants/bars (provided compliance with all applicable executive orders is maintained)

7. Services including:
• accounting and payroll services
• animal shelters or animal care or management, including boarding, grooming, pet walking and pet sitting 
• auto supply, repair, towing, and service, including roadside assistance
• bicycle repair and service
• building cleaning and maintenance
• child care services
• critical operations support for financial institutions
• financial advisors
• financial institutions, including banks, credit unions, and check cashing services
• funeral homes, crematoriums, and cemeteries
• insurance companies
• laundromats/dry cleaning
• legal and accounting services
• mail and shipping services
• marinas and marine repair and service
• news and media
• real estate transactions and related services, including residential leasing and renting
• religious services (subject to Executive Order 7D limiting gatherings to 50 people)
• storage for Essential Businesses
• trash and recycling collection, hauling, and processing
• warehouse/distribution, shipping, and fulfillment

8. Providers of basic necessities to economically disadvantaged populations including:
• food banks
• homeless shelters and congregate care facilities
• human services providers whose function includes the direct care of patients in state-licensed or funded voluntary programs; the care, protection, custody and oversight of individuals both in the community and in state-licensed residential facilities; those operating community shelters and other critical human services agencies providing direct care or support social service agencies

9. Construction including:
• all skilled trades such as electricians, HVAC, and plumbers 
• general construction, both commercial and residential
• other related construction firms and professionals for essential infrastructure or for emergency repair and safety purposes
• planning, engineering, design, bridge inspection, and other construction support activities

10. Services necessary to maintain the safety, sanitation and essential operations of all residences and other buildings (including services necessary to secure and maintain non-essential workplaces):
• building cleaners or janitors
• building code enforcement
• disinfection
• doormen
• emergency management and response
• fire prevention and response
• general maintenance whether employed by the entity directly or a vendor
• home-related services, including real estate transactions, closings, appraisals, and moving services
• landscaping services
• law enforcement
• outdoor maintenance, including pool service
• pest control services
• security and maintenance, including steps reasonably necessary to secure and maintain non-essential businesses
• state marshals

11. Vendors that provide essential services or products, including logistics and technology support, child care, and services needed to ensure the continuing operation of government agencies and provide for the health, safety and welfare of the public including: 
• billboard leasing and maintenance
• child care services
• essential government services
• government owned or leased buildings
• information technology and information security
• logistics
• technology support

12. Defense 
• defense and national security-related business and operations supporting the U.S. Government or a contractor to the US government

If the function of your business is not listed above, but you believe that it is essential or it is an entity providing essential services or functions, you may request designation as an Essential Business.

Requests by businesses to be designated an essential function as described above, should ONLY be made if they are NOT covered by the guidance.

To request designation as an Essential Business, please click here.

Restrictions on requesting designation as an Essential Business:
• Any business that only has a single occupant/employee (e.g. attendant) is deemed exempt and need not submit a request to be designated as an Essential Business.

If you have further questions not answered above, please submit them to DECD at decd.covid19@ct.gov.

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