Town Manager Weekly COVID-19 Update - October 7, 2020
Features Halloween Best Practices during Pandemic
Recent COVID-19 updates for the Town of Glastonbury are summarized herein.
Glastonbury COVID-19 Figures as of 10/4/2020
Note: Numbers in (parentheses) indicate a change from the previous week.
As per CT Department of Public Health (DPH) lab testing data available 10/4/20, 8,226 (+366) COVID 19 tests have been conducted on residents. Of those 8,226 tests, 378 (+13) are laboratory-confirmed positive and probable cases of COVID-19. This week’s results include data corrections for previous weeks. Positive cases were added for May (+1), June (+1), and September (+7), and 4 new cases for this past week. Data correction occurs if test results are not timely provided to DPH, are received in paper form (requiring manual data entry), or need “cleaning” such as clarification of name or demographic data prior to entry into the disease surveillance database. No additional resident deaths were recorded this week. By gender, 214 (+6) female and 164 (+7) male, positive test results have been received.
* Data from DPH is considered preliminary and data changes as new reports are received and data errors are corrected. In an ongoing process of data assessment, DPH continues to modify how certain disease-positive lab results are considered, changing some previous counts. Probable cases of COVID-19 involve persons who have not had confirmatory laboratory testing (RT-PCR) performed for COVID-19, but whose symptoms indicate they are likely to have a COVID-19 infection. In Connecticut, most of the probable COVID-19 cases involve persons whose death certificates list COVID-19 disease or SARS-CoV-2 as a cause of death or a significant condition contributing to death. Prior to June 1, probable and confirmed cases were reported together.
Phase 3 of ‘Reopen Connecticut’ Begins October 8
Effective Thursday, October 8, the State will enter Phase 3 of ‘Reopen Connecticut’ after shutdowns due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Governor Ned Lamont said 99% of the economy will be able to open with Phase 3, excluding bars and nightclubs. Many of the changes of Phase 3 encompass expansions to permissible public and private gatherings group sizes. For example:
- Restaurants, libraries, personal services, hair salons, and barbershops may increase to 75% capacity (previously 50%)
- Indoor commercial venues - capped at 100 people or 50% capacity
- Outdoor commercial venues - capped at 150 people
- Indoor private gatherings - capped at 25 people
Despite this transition to Phase 3, the Glastonbury Health Department reminds residents that it’s extremely important to continue to social distance, wear masks when within 6 feet of non-household members, and to wash your hands frequently with soap and water, particularly after touching common surfaces. The cases of COVID-19 continue to rise across the state and it’s imperative that residents remain diligent in observing the pandemic best practices outlined by the CDC and CT DPH to help prevent further spread of the virus. Click here for more information about this next phase.
Halloween Best Practices from CDC and Governor’s Office
“The CT DPH recommends that everyone planning to participate in Halloween activities this year review the guidance recently issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which describes “lower”, “moderate”, and “higher” risk activities. DPH recommends Connecticut residents avoid “higher risk” Halloween traditions and focus celebrations on the lower and moderate risk activities.” Click here to review this guidance in preparation for Halloween 2020.
Appointment-Based Flu Clinics Offered this October
The Glastonbury Health Department will offer 2 more of 3 flu clinics this October at the Riverfront Community Center on the dates below. Due to the pandemic, appointments will be required and face masks/coverings are mandatory for entry (no exceptions). To schedule your flu shot, contact the Customer Service Center at (860) 652-7710. Appointments must be made at least 1 business day in advance. For more information, including insurance accepted, consent forms, and more, please visit www.glastonbury-ct.gov/flushot.
- Saturday, October 10; 10:00 am - 2:00 pm (Family Event - Ages 6 months and older)
- Thursday, October 22; 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm (Ages 19+ only)
- Records/Title Searching Workstations - Now in Meeting Room C in Academy Building
- Legal Notices – Posted online until further notice at www.glastonbury-ct.gov/legalnotice
- Absentee ballot resources – www.glastonbury-ct.gov/absentee
- Real-Time COVID Data & Charts - https://data.ct.gov/stories/s/COVID-19-data/wa3g-tfvc/
- State of Connecticut COVID-19 updates - www.ct.gov/coronavirus
- Glastonbury COVID-19 updates - www.glastonbury-ct.gov/covid19
- Town Facebook Pages for Real-Time Updates - Click here to view all Town Facebook pages.
Richard J. Johnson