COVID-19

COVID-19

City Shelter

The City of Danbury is looking to immediately hire shelter staff. Please visit www.danbury-ct.gov/employment for more information.

Want to volunteer? Email [email protected]

Visit Facebook – Mayor Boughton for regular video updates regarding COVID-19.

COVID-19 Community Hotline

Danbury Hospital has set up a COVID-19 Community Hotline to address questions and concerns for community members. Please be aware that this dedicated hotline is for community members who are concerned about symptoms they may have. Other inquiries can be answered on the hospital’s website.

Individuals experiencing symptoms are encouraged to call this line to mitigate the high-volume call-intake of our emergency departments and medical practices.

* Phone number: 888-667-9262
* Hours of operation: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.; seven days a week

 

Additionally, Governor Lamont set up a 211 Infoline for Coronavirus
Call 2-1-1 or text “CTCOVID” to 898211

Announcements & Updates from the City of Danbury

3/22/2020

In order to continue to serve the public while maintaining the health and safety of our staff, City Hall has closed to all outside visitors.

Staff will be working from home and assist you remotely whenever possible. If you have to contact a department, please call them at their regular department phone number.

City of Danbury wants to remind you of the online services we offer.

Tax Payments: Residents and property owners can pay taxes right from home. The City offers a service for property and sewer & water taxes to be paid online.

Permits: Have you tried the new online permit portal? This system allows you to submit your permit applications and interact with City staff from your computer.

Danbury Library: The library offers several digital services including eBooks, audiobooks, music, movies & TV streaming.

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Governor Lamont has issued executive action ordering the closings of all malls, restaurants, bars, movie theaters, barbershops, salons, body care, tattoo/piercing facilities, gyms, sport facilities and other services/venues.

Executive Order 7-H: A further action was taken on non-essential workplaces. Businesses have been asked to employ all telecommuting and work from home procedures, reducing their workforce by 100%. Essential businesses are listed in the Executive Order. Please read the order to see if your business falls within the restriction.

The City of Danbury is enforcing these orders within our city limits. These are emergency orders for the protection of public health and safety and must be followed until further notice.

Emergency Orders

Please use our Incognito Form to report any concerns you have about how businesses are operating during the COVID-19 crisis, so the health department can follow up appropriately and ensure proper protocols are followed.

Report Concerns Here

With guidance from the City of Danbury and the Danbury Health Department, the Danbury Police Department will not be issuing Parade or Public Assembly Permits until further notice.

Additionally, Governor Lamont has ordered no events with 50 or more people take place within the State of CT. Mayor Boughton urges all Danbury residents, businesses and organizations to follow this order. Mayor Boughton and the City of Danbury Department of Health and Human Services, also strongly recommend postponing or canceling an event of any size that will have people in tightly packed (shoulder to shoulder) settings.

During this time, we have suspended all sports teams or sports club usage of City fields or parks, including all school playgrounds, basketball courts, and soccer fields. We have also closed our dog parks due to people congregating. While at this current time, we encourage you to get fresh air and utilize our hiking trails, you should not visit these recreation sites in groups. Please practice social distancing on all city-property and wherever possible.

Richter Park will remain open and has taken several precautions for the safety of all players and guests. All carts are sanitized before and after each round and spaced 6 feet apart, no cash is accepted for tee times/pro shop, cups at each hole are raised 1" to add height in order to reduce touching/germs.

Notice from the Department of Recreation 3/18/2020 

In accordance with Governor Lamont's recent Executive Order, we are postponing spring outdoor activities until April 30th unless otherwise specified. Additionally, Mayor Boughton and the City of Danbury Department of Health and Human Services, have strongly recommended postponing or canceling any event that encourages close proximity of participants or has groups of any size in tightly-packed spaces.

The City will not allow the use of public parks or fields for sports or group gatherings. This is a difficult time for everyone and we appreciate your cooperation by making sure all of your association members are aware of the current situation as we try to slow the spread of this disease.

We will keep you updated as more information becomes available.

- Nick Kaplanis, Director of Recreation

We would like to extend our deepest thanks and gratitude to the Greater Danbury Community for their extraordinary response and support while we navigate this COVID-19 pandemic.

Until further notice, the following modifications to service delivery are in effect:

Non-Emergency Police Complaints:
o Please meet officers outside if possible
o Officers will maintain social distancing whenever possible
o Officers may handle certain types of calls by telephone when possible

Police Records Requests:
The Records Division is closed to the public until further notice. Please call for inquiries, if possible.
Medical Assistance Calls:
o EMS Personnel in proper gear will be primary responders
o Unless there are exigent circumstances, police personnel will remain outside until cleared to enter by EMS

The following service suspensions are in effect until further notice:
o Public Fingerprinting
o Child Car Seat Installations
o Tours of Police Headquarters
o Police Explorers
o Citizens Police Academy
o Use of the community room

Even with these temporary modifications, please rest assured that the Danbury Police Department will continue to provide dedicated and professional police services in an effort to ensure the safety and well-being of everyone within our jurisdiction.

Again, thank you all for your support. Working together, we will successfully get through these difficult times.

The Danbury Fire Department is continually monitoring the developing COVID-19 crisis and is taking the precautions necessary to mitigate the spread of the virus in our community.

We have made subtle changes in the 911 call center relating to our computer-aided dispatch and dispatch protocols, with an enhanced screening of EMS calls.

When residents call 911 and say they are ill, the caller will need to answer the following questions:
Have you traveled recently and if so, where?
Do you have flu-like symptoms or a fever?
Have you had a recent operation that would result in feeling ill?

No matter what your answers are, first responders will come and assist you. Please do your best to give the call taker/dispatcher all the answers truthfully so we can triage the call and send the appropriate resources.

If you report any potential COVID-19 symptoms, first responders will enter your home with protective equipment, including gloves and masks. We would prefer (if able) someone meet first responders at the front door to explain the nature of the emergency. We also ask that if there is no threat to life or safety, patients and bystanders should try to maintain the recommended six feet of space from first responders.

As an additional precaution for the health and safety of our first-responders, we are closing our Fire Station offices to the outside public.

These precautions enable us to safely continue to serve and protect our community.

Thank you.

Name: Connecticut Institute for Communities (CIFC)/Greater Danbury Community Health Center (GDCHC)
Phone Numbers:
Adult care: (203) 743-0100
Pediatric care: (203) 456-1411
Adult behavioral health: (203) 791-5005
Pediatric behavioral health: (203) 456-1412
Address: 70 Main St, Danbury, CT 06810

Name: Stacey Lombardo, APRN
Danbury Primary Care
Phone Number: (203)749-5700
Address: 79 Sand Pit, Rd. Suite 102 Danbury, CT

Name: Matthew Kessler, MD
Brewster Medical-Brewster Primary Care
Phone Number: (845)279-7200
Address: 3423 Danbury Rd. Brewster, NY

Name: Kathleen McCoy-Goldstein, APRN
Brookfield Primary Care and Pediatrics
Phone Number: (203)775-6365
Address: 60 Old New Milford Rd, Brookfield, CT

Name: Patrice Thornton, MD
New Fairfield Primary Care and Pediatrics
Phone Number: (203)746-6000
Address: 96 CT-37, New Fairfield, CT

Name: Lindsay Laughinghouse, APRN
Primary Care at New Milford Hospital
Phone Number: (860)210-5550
Address: 21 Elm Street, New Milford, CT

Name: Cindy Wassmuth, PA-C
Ridgefield Primary Care
Phone Number: (203)438-6541
Address: 21 S Street, Ridgefield, CT

Name: Amanda Costella, APRN
Southbury Primary Care
Phone Number: (203) 262-4200
Address: 22 Old Waterbury Rd. Ste 108, Southbury, CT

Name: Jamie Ruczkowsi, MD
Internal Medicine Associates of Westport
Phone Number: (203)226-0731
Address: 333 Post Road West, Westport, CT

Name: Joseph Wakim, MD
Darien Primary Care
Phone Number:(203)662-8900
Address: 36 Old Kings Hwy S. Ste 200, Darien, CT

Name: Nya Rossi, PA-C
Eurica Chang, MD
Newtown Primary Care and Specialty Care
Phone Number: (203)426-1818
Address: 170 Mount Pleasant Rd, Newtown, CT

Name: Erica Seeback, APRN
Wilton Primary and Specialty Care
Phone Number:(203)762-3353
Address: 249 Danbury Road, Wilton, CT

Danbury Public Schools are closed until further notice. The decision to close the schools was made out of an abundance of caution. More information is posted on the Danbury Public Schools website.

DPS will provide and update information on COVID-19 as it becomes available. Please click on the link below for all communications from Dr. Sal. This information is meant to keep you apprised on the latest developments and any actions that may impact the schools and students. The City and Danbury Public Schools are working diligently to ensure the safety and health of all students and the entire school community.

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The Danbury Probate Court is closed, however you may leave a message on the Court voicemail at 203-797-4521 Monday through Thursdays and a clerk will get back to you as soon as possible. E-filing is continuing as usual. Nonessential hearings will happen by phone or be postponed. The Court is conducting emergency hearings as needed.

Thank you,

Judge Dianne

Elmwood Hall - Senior Center

Elmwood Hall - Danbury Senior Center has begun delivering meals to those seniors who, before COVID-19, came to the Center for lunch. It is our hope to expand meal delivery to more seniors. We continue to work with the congregate meal provider and the State agency to move this forward.

Due to current guidance from public health officials and in the interest of protecting the high-risk populations we serve, the Elmwood Hall - Senior Center is closed until further notice.

Elmwood Hall - Danbury Senior Center has expanded our Sunshine Smiles "Friendly Visitor Over the Phone Program." This program provides a weekly phone call to seniors isolated due to COVID19. Staff members from the Senior Center have been making these calls to check in on the well-being of Danbury seniors. If you, a family member, or someone you know, would like to be added to our list to receive a call, please let us know at 203-797-4686.

Thank you for your patience as we work through this developing situation.

Senior Housing Facilities 3/18/2020

This guidance has been extended through April 30, 2020 as of 3/31

Mayor Boughton and the City of Danbury Department of Health and Human Services strongly recommend that all Senior/Elderly Housing and Communities close their doors to the public until April 30th unless otherwise specified by Mayor Boughton. This restriction does not include food/medication or other essential deliveries, nor does it include caretakers or home health care aides.

During this time, we also recommend all community rooms and gathering spaces within these facilities close to residents. If you choose to keep these shared spaces open, we ask that you follow the CDC guidelines for “Environmental Cleaning and Disinfection.” Please visit, www.cdc.gov to learn more.

We appreciate your patience and understanding during this time. Our focus is to protect the health and safety of our community and we will continue to send updates via the City of Danbury website (www.danbury-ct.gov/covid19) as necessary throughout this developing situation.

The Danbury Public Library is closed to the public and staff are no longer on site. Questions can still be sent via call, email or social media. The Book Drop is closed and all due dates have been extended until April 15th.

As a reminder, the Library has many digital services available to you for free, such as e-books and e-audiobooks; streaming TV, movies, and music services.

Thank you for your patience and cooperation during this difficult time.

Danbury Library

As you may be aware, the State of CT has declared a public health emergency in response to COVID-19.

Due to current guidance from the Danbury Health Department and in the interest of protecting the high-risk populations we serve and the high-risk populations who volunteer for us, the Danbury Museum is canceling all programs, events, rentals, historic house tours, exhibition viewings, and outreach activities during the month of March. The Danbury Museum will not be accommodating onsite research.

If your community group has booked rental space at the Danbury Museum to meet, we will be in contact to reschedule. Our interest is to continue serving our community while maintaining the safety and health of our staff, volunteers, and public.

We will continue to communicate any further impacts to the Danbury Museum as a result of COVID-19. In the meantime, as a reminder, the Danbury Museum has several social media platforms and will endeavor to supply a higher volume of content over the next few weeks.

Please follow us at:

Facebook: Danbury Museum & Historical Society
Instagram: @DanburyMuseum
Twitter: @DanburyMuseum
Website: www.danburymuseum.org
Thank you for your patience as we work through this developing situation together.

Danbury Museum

In accordance with the directives from the State of CT and the City of Danbury, the Ives Authority and Ives Concert Park have postponed all events through June 30 or until further notice. As we navigate these uncharted waters together and recognize that public safety is our #1 priority, we are working to prioritize and reschedule events and will post updates when they become available.

Ives Concert Park

Danbury Businesses, we want you to know that there are resources available to you. The City of Danbury understands the difficult circumstances that you are going through due to COVID-19. We want to make sure you understand the resources available to you during this difficult time. We are stronger together and will get through this as a community.

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Assistance/Resources

Hillside Food Outreach is prepared to make home deliveries to quarantined people and homebound seniors in the Danbury area. You may contact them at 203-702-4881 or visit their website for ways to help: HERE

Danbury Public Schools Food Distribution Plan

Elmwood Hall - Danbury Senior Center has begun delivering meals to those seniors who, before COVID19, came to the Center for lunch. It is our hope to expand meal delivery to more seniors. We continue to work with the congregate meal provider and the State agency to move this forward.

Attached below is a collective resource to accessing food in the City of Danbury during the COVID-19 pandemic created by the United Way of Western CT.

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Danbury Public Schools
Food Distribution Plan
Effective Monday April 6, 2020

To protect our food staff workers and families, Danbury Public Schools is moving to a 2-day distribution on Monday and Wednesday from 10:00-11:30 am at the following sites:

Mill Ridge Primary School, 49A High Ridge Road, Danbury, CT 06811
Rogers Park Middle School, 21 Memorial Drive, Danbury, CT 06810
Stadley Rough School, 25 Karen Road, Danbury, CT 06811
Shelter Rock School, 2 Crows Nest Lane, Danbury, CT 06810
Morris Street Elementary School, 28 Morris Street, Danbury, CT 06810
Ellsworth Avenue School, 53 Ellsworth Avenue, Danbury, CT 06810
Park Ave School 82 Park Ave. Danbury, CT 06810

On Monday you’ll be able to pick up two days’ worth of breakfast and lunch and on Wednesday, three days. Your child does not need to accompany you. You can drive up and a meal will be delivered to your car or stations will be available for a walk up pick up. Please remain in your vehicle and do not congregate in a single area. Any changes will be communicated via a robocall. If you have any questions or have challenges getting to one of these locations, you can email us at: [email protected]
We will not be operating school lunch distribution during Spring break (the week of April 13th).

This link includes a list of local food banks and mobile pantries for additional food assistance. https://www.uwwesternct.org/blog/uwwc-danbury-area-food-response-covid19

Community Action Agency of Western CT

Energy Assistance is a program run by the Community Action Agency of Western CT (CAAWC) that assists eligible participants with their primary source of heat, so they are able to stay warm in the winter. This includes assistance with the costs of obtaining fuel, utilities, and ways to combat the rising cost of energy. Assistance is provided to participants through the CEAP program, Operation Fuel and the Elderly Emergency Fuel program.

Applicants are required to provide the following information: HERE

For more information or to make an appointment, call the Energy line 203-748-5422.

Do not visit the CAAWC without calling ahead.

CAAWC

Danbury Hospital COVID-19 Collection Site

The COVID-19 collection site at Danbury Hospital is an alternative location for people suspected of COVID-19 to give a specimen sample for a test; this is instead of going to the emergency department or another medical facility.

The collection site is ONLY for people who meet ALL of following criteria:

You called your doctor’s office and had a consultation
Based on your symptoms and other information you provided, your doctor determined that you meet criteria for COVID-19 testing, and ordered a test for you
You have a scheduled appointment at the collection site

A trained healthcare provider will use a swab to collect a sample from inside your nose. This is not a blood test.

Drive home and limit your interactions with others during this time. Plan to self-quarantine for up to 14 days. You will receive self-quarantine guidelines at the collection site, and they can also be found here.

If you have worsening symptoms such as shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, go to the nearest emergency department. Call the emergency department to tell them you are on your way, and that you have been tested for COVID-19 and are waiting for the results. 

It may take up to six days to get your test results back. Your doctor will notify you of the results. Only call your doctor if you have not heard back in seven days.

Call the Nuvance Health COVID-19 Community Hotline. Medical staff will answer your questions. They can also provide guidance if you think you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, which include cough, fever, difficulty breathing/shortness of breath. 

Phone number: 888-667-9262
Hours of operation: 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM, seven days a week

In addition to the Nuvance Health COVID-19 Community Hotline, for more information go to:

Connecticut: CT.gov/coronavirus or call 211
New York: health.ny.gov/diseases/communicable/coronavirus or call 1-888-364-3065
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): cdc.gov/coronavirus
Nuvance Health is keeping the communities informed on our website at nuvancehealth.org/coronavirus, and on social media @NuvanceHealth, or search for your hospital’s name. 

Nuvance Health