This is First Selectman Vicki Tesoro with an important COVID-19 update:
Free Covid-19 Drive-Thru Testing is being offered by Griffin Hospital every Tuesday from 9:30 AM to 3 PM at Unity Park, Unity Park Road. You will enter through Unity Park Road. This testing site is open to Trumbull and non-Trumbull residents. No appointment is necessary, and results are available in 24-48 hours. Please bring a valid I.D. Please see flyer for more information. https://www.trumbull-ct.gov/DocumentCenter/View/4690/Griffin-community-flyer-trumbull2?bidId=
As of last Thursday, Trumbull's test positivity rate was 7.4%. Our total cases are now at 1,011 and sadly 3 of our residents have passed away since this surge began.
Our Health Department is meeting with State and local health partners to prepare for the distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine. The first phase, Phase 1A of the vaccinations will begin shortly. This phase includes heath care personnel and then Long Term Care Facility residents. These individuals are being vaccinated by the hospitals.
Our Health Department is ready to receive the vaccine. All of our protocols and procedures are in place and we are in standby mode.
We hope to receive the Moderna vaccine for distribution to our critical workforce, other congregate settings, adults 65 and over, and people who are at high risk under 65, which is Phase 1B within the next 2 weeks.
In order to provide the community with more information I will be holding a virtual COVID-19 Vaccine Town Hall meeting with our Heath Director and our Chief of EMS on Tuesday, December 22nd at 6 PM. More information about this meeting will be available soon. You can watch this meeting live or it can be replayed at your convenience.
Please see information about "Who is Vaccinated First" from the CDC. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/recommendations
To protect the public and Town Employees the Tax Collector's office at Town Hall is closed to the public. Tax payments can be made online, by mail, or in a drop-box at Town Hall.
Go to https://www.trumbull-ct.gov/285/Online-Tax-InquiryPayment-System or make your check payable to "Trumbull Tax Collector" and mail to Trumbull Town Hall, Tax Collector, 5866 Main Street, Trumbull, CT 06611. The drop-box is located inside the front entrance of Town Hall, (at the door near the parking lot and brick walk), but is only accessible Monday through Thursday, 9 AM to 5 PM. No cash will be accepted in this box. Please call 203 452-5024 with any questions.
All other town departments are open to the public by appointment only. Please visit the Town website at https://www.trumbull-ct.gov and click the icon "Schedule an Appointment," or call the individual department you need at 203 452-5000. If you are unable to locate the department you need, please call 203 452-5005 for assistance.
I am encouraging all residents to shop local this season and throughout the coming year. Please consider buying gift cards to our local restaurants, salons, gift shops, and other wonderful businesses throughout town. If we buy local, we can all help save our businesses and local jobs.
The Trumbull Department of Human Services is accepting gift cards that will ensure Trumbull families receive the help they need during the holidays. Monetary donations and gift cards can be mailed to the Department of Human Services, 23 Priscilla Place Trumbull, CT 06611. Please make checks payable to "Trumbull Human Services" 100% of your donation goes directly to helping meet the needs of Trumbull residents.
Please remain vigilant in dealing with this virus by continuing to practice social distancing and following the Governor's executive orders that require all residents to wear a mask or a cloth face covering when in public and a six-foot distance is unavoidable, whether indoors or outdoors. This does not apply to anyone for whom doing so would be contrary to their health because of a medical condition. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tPx1yqvJgf4
During these difficult times please check on your elderly neighbors.
If you or anyone you know is struggling to purchase food or can't get to the store, please contact Social Services 203-452-5198 for this and other services.
We are watching the potential for a major snow storm later in the week. Please keep an eye on local weather forecasts.
As we all know today is the anniversary of the Sandy Hook tragedy. Let’s keep in our thoughts and prayers the families and all those who suffered and continue to suffer in the aftermath of that horrible tragedy.
Thank you for your continued patience and cooperation during these challenging times.
Stay well and stay safe.
Thanks for listening!
COVID-19 Information and State of Connecticut Guidance
According to the CDC and health professionals the safest way to celebrate the holidays this year is at home with the people you live with.
If you are considering traveling and/or gathering for the holidays please review the guidance from the CDC, which is posted on the Town website. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/holidays/thanksgiving.html
New COVID-10 App
Governor Ned Lamont announced that the State of Connecticut has launched its official COVID-19 exposure notification app, COVID Alert CT. The app, available for Apple and Android mobile devices, informs users if they may have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 – all without sharing any personal information. See here for more information. https://portal.ct.gov/Office-of-the-Governor/News/Press-Releases/2020/11-2020/Governor-Lamont-Announces-Launch-of-COVID-Alert-CT
COVID-19 Testing Information
See the following links for COVID-19 testing information:
Please review the information here for 3 key steps to take while waiting for a COVID test results. https://www.trumbull-ct.gov/DocumentCenter/View/4617/3-Key-Steps-To-Take-When-Waiting-For-Your-COVID-19-Test-Results-PDF?bidId=
For updated information about COVID-19 and important State and Town updates, please continue to use this link: https://www.trumbull-ct.gov/725/Novel-Coronavirus
Flu Vaccination Information
The Trumbull Health Department is open to the public by appointment only. Flu vaccines are available. Please call 203-452-1030 in advance to schedule an appointment.
Travel Advisory Information
The travel advisory for anyone entering Connecticut from states with high community spread of COVID-19 is still in effect. Please see the Town website for more information. https://portal.ct.gov/Coronavirus/Travel
Connecticut COVID-19 Data Tracker
The State of Connecticut's COVID-19 metric report is issued once per day, every Monday through Friday, usually around 4:00 p.m. The report that is issued each Monday contains combined data that was collected on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. https://portal.ct.gov/Coronavirus/COVID-19-Data-Tracker
Trumbull COVID-19 Dashboard
A series of live case data, graphs, and information can be viewed on our Trumbull COVID-19 Dashboard. Data presented is live and will be continuously updated to provide residents with the most up-to-date information. https://veoci.com/veoci/p/dashboard/pxa54xvx6s
In response to the surge of positive cases across the State, Governor Lamont rolled back the entire state to phase 2.1. on Friday, November 13, 2020. https://portal.ct.gov/DECD/Content/Coronavirus-Business-Recovery/Sector-Rules-and-Certification-for-Reopen
The changes in this phase include limiting private gatherings to 10 people, reducing capacity at restaurants to 50% and establishing a closing time of 10 PM for restaurants, entertainment, and recreation venues. Attendance at sporting events and religious gatherings are also reduced.
More specific details are as follows:
The major changes that will occur under Phase 2.1 include:
- Restaurants will reduce to 50 percent capacity with a maximum of 8 people limited to a table;
- Restaurants and entertainment venues (i.e. bowling allies, movie theaters, arcades, etc.) will be required to close by 10 p.m., with the exception of food takeout and delivery services, which will be allowed to continue after 9:30 p.m.;
- Personal services, such as hair salons and barber shops, will remain at 75 percent capacity;
- Event venues will be limited to 25 people indoor, 50 people outdoor;
- Performing arts venues and movie theaters will have a capacity of 100 people; and
- Religious gatherings will be limited to 50 percent capacity or 100 people maximum.
Employers are reminded to maximize telework to the extent possible, and those over 60 and with chronic conditions are urged to remain home as much as possible.
New State Guidance Regarding Team Sports, as well as Gyms and Fitness Centers
The Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development published updated sector rules regarding team sports, as well as gyms and fitness centers. These rules took effect Monday, November 23, 2020.
Some of the new rules include:
- All team sporting activities, except collegiate and professional, are prohibited until January 19, 2021.
- All team scrimmages, competitions, camps, clinics, and tournaments including all interscholastic, "pick-up" games, and other informal athletic activities prohibited.
- "Team" is defined as a group of more than four people jointly engaged in an organized or recreational athletic activity on a court, field, etc.
- Masks are now required in all gyms and fitness centers with no exceptions.
- Fitness classes have been reduced to 25 percent capacity.
Please see the Town website for additional information. https://portal.ct.gov/DECD/Content/Coronavirus-Business-Recovery/Team-Sports-on-Pause