COVID-19

COVID-19

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Visit Facebook – Mayor Boughton for video updates regarding COVID-19 every Monday and Thursday at 5pm.

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

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

Announcements & Updates

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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The City of Danbury Department of Health & Human Services has created an 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.

The State of CT has also created a Business Complaint Form that you can fill out for any business that you believe is not in compliance with the May 20th Reopening Sector Rules:
Reopen CT Business Complaint Form

Report Concerns to Danbury Health Here

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 May 20, unless otherwise modified by Governor Lamont.

DPS has provided updated information on COVID-19 on their website. 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 not open to the public, however, the Court is continuing its usual schedule of operations through e-filing, mail and conference call hearings. Leave a message Monday through Thursday on the Court’s main phone line, 203 797-4521, and a clerk will get back to you as soon as possible. For emergencies, if there is no answer at the Court, please call 203 744-7090.

Thank you,

Judge Dianne

Elmwood Hall - Senior Center

Update 5/1/2020

Resource and Referral/Case Management Over the Phone – While the Elmwood Hall – Danbury Senior Center building is closed, staff are working in shifts at the center and from home. Staff is here to answer questions and provide information on resources in the community, such as how to acquire food, how to get Meals on Wheels, transportation, home care, SNAP benefits, etc.

Congregate meal site turned into a meals on wheels delivery program - Elmwood Hall – Danbury Senior Center was a congregate meal site for seniors. Now 4 of the 5 meals are delivered to Danbury seniors twice a week.

Friendly Visitor Over the Phone Program – Seniors who are now isolated at home can receive a weekly phone call from senior center staff to check in on their well-being.

CHOICES Over the Phone. (Connecticut’s program for Health Insurance Assistance, Outreach, Information and Referral, Counseling, Eligibility Screening, i.e. Medicare A, B, D, Advantage, Medigap, Medicare Savings) – A CHOICES certified counselor and center staff member assists seniors with Medicare A, B, D, Medicare Advantage plans, Medigap plans and the Medicare Savings program. Resources for some DSS benefits are discussed.

Rent Rebate Over the Phone – The State of CT Rent Rebate program for 2019 began on April 1 of this year. Applications will be processed over the phone and through the mail for the remainder of the program year.

Virtual Activities / Wellness Classes – Wellness classes are posted online. Click the link below to check them out!

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.

Click Here for Virtual Classes at Elmwood Hall

The Danbury Public Library is closed to the public until May 20th unless otherwise modified by Governor Lamont. Staff are no longer on site until further notice. Questions can still be sent via call, email or social media. The Book Drop is open for returns. If you cannot return your items, please call the library for an extension. 203-797-4505

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.
Curbside pickup will begin on Monday, June 8th. Holds can be placed through the online catalog and picked up Monday through Friday from 10am-6pm in designated parking spots in the library parking lot.

Please continue to return holds through the external book drop and do not hand them to staff delivering your hold materials. Bear in mind that children’s and YA materials are currently unavailable for our Junior Floor renovation.

If you are unable to get to the library to return materials, pick up hold items, or are having trouble placing hold requests through our catalog please give us a call at 203.797.4505 or email [email protected]

Danbury Library Updates

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

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

Homebound Seniors can call Connecticut Community Care to connect with resources on food and grocery deliveries. Call 203-591-5485.

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.

See the Danbury Public Schools Food Distribution Plan

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

Choose Love to Thrive by texting SEL to 484848 to receive daily steps that will help you Choose Love each day.

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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