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Posted on: January 31, 2021

[ARCHIVED] 2021-01-31 Winter Storm & COVID-19 Update

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Good Evening, 

This is First Selectman Vicki Tesoro with an important update. 

The weather forecast for tomorrow is calling for a serious snow storm with significant accumulation and high winds. In the interest of safety, Town Hall and all Town of Trumbull buildings (including the Library) will be closed tomorrow (Monday). Town Hall employees will be working remotely and are available through the contact information on the Town website. Please call (203) 452-5000 for a directory of departments. If you are unable to locate a department, please call (203) 452-5005 for assistance.
 
Public Works, EMS and Police buildings will remain open for critical services. Please call (203) 452-5000 for a directory of departments. 

There will be no on street parking beginning at 7 AM tomorrow morning. Please stay off the roads unless necessary to allow them to be cleared. 

As a reminder the deadline for paying local property taxes that became due and payable on January 1, 2021 has been extended from tomorrow, Monday, February 1, 2021 to Thursday, April 1, 2021 in accordance with the Governor’s Executive Orders. 

This postponement will apply to the following municipal taxes and fees that became due on January 1, 2021: 
  • Real Estate Tax -- 3rd installment of 2019 Grand List
  • Motor Vehicle Tax -- 2nd installment of 2019 Grand List 
  • Supplemental Motor Vehicle Tax -- 2019 Grand List
  • Personal Property Tax -- 2nd installment of 2019 Grand List
  • 2020 Sewer Assessment  -- 3rd installment
This postponement does not apply to real estate accounts in escrow and paid by a bank. Please understand that January payments made after April 1, 2021 will bear interest at the rate of 1-1/2% per month, so that a payment made on April 2, for example, will require payment of 6% interest. 

The tax drop box at Town Hall will not be available tomorrow since Town Hall will be closed due to the impending storm.

If you have any questions call the Tax Collector's Office at 203-452-5024.

As reported previously, all Phase 1a individuals, including Healthcare Personnel, Long Term Care Facility Residents, Medical First Responders, and those Phase 1b individuals who are 75 years of age and older are eligible for the COVID-19 vaccination at this time.

In addition to other ways to register for the vaccine included below, Griffin Health in Shelton at 10 Progress Drive is offering the COVID-19 vaccine. Those individuals who are 75 and over can call 203-433-3394 to request an appointment. 

Vaccination center hours are:
  • 6 AM to 6 PM on weekdays
  • Saturdays and Sundays 6 AM to Noon
Other ways to register for the vaccine:
  • You can also schedule an appointment for the vaccine on the phone by calling the CT COVID Vaccine Appointment Assist Line at 877-918-2224. The line will take calls on Mondays through Fridays from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and will offer a call-back option when all contact specialists are busy serving other callers. This phone line is also experiencing a high volume of calls.
Frequently asked questions about the vaccine: https://portal.ct.gov/Coronavirus/COVID-19-Vaccinations---FAQs 

If you do not have access to the internet, or you are not familiar with how to use it, or you continue to have problems using the VAMS system, or you have questions about the vaccination process, please call the Trumbull Senior Center at 203-452-5199. Calls will be returned in the order they are received. Due to the high volume of calls, please allow 2 business days for your call to be returned.

According to guidance from the State of Connecticut, individuals between the ages of 65 and 74 will be the next group eligible to receive the vaccine. These vaccinations are scheduled to begin sometime in February. We will provide scheduling information as soon as it is available. 

Beginning in March, vaccination scheduling information for the following individuals will be issued: 
  1. Frontline essential workers (this final definition is forthcoming, but is likely to include healthcare personnel not included in Phase 1a, first responders, agricultural workers, including farmworkers, food service and restaurants, U.S. Postal Service workers, manufacturing workers, grocery store & pharmacy workers, public transit workers, food banks and meal delivery services for the elderly, education and child-care workers, solid waste and wastewater workers, inspectors working on site in the above locations, and frontline public and social services.)
  2. Individuals with an underlying medical condition with increased risk for severe illness.
When you are eligible for a vaccination, you will work through your physician, or the employer coordinator at your workplace.  Vaccines will be administered in a wide range of places: physician’s offices, hospitals, pharmacies, and health departments. More information will be issued soon.


Information for employers can be found here: https://portal.ct.gov/Coronavirus/COVID-19-Vaccinations---Employers

I, again, want to thank many of our town residents including nurses and other medical personnel who have volunteered to help administer the vaccinations and provide assistance at our vaccination clinics. As we move into these next phases their assistance will be invaluable.
Please use this link on the Town website to view the Connecticut Vaccine Locator Map:

Free Covid-19 Drive-Thru Testing is still being offered by Griffin Hospital every Tuesday from 9:30 AM to 3 PM at Unity Park on Unity Road. 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. 

Please continue to 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. 

Please stay well and stay safe.

Thanks for listening!


COVID-19 Information and State of Connecticut Guidance 

COVID-19 Vaccine Information



Information from the Tax Collector's Office
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.

In accordance with Governor Lamont’s Executive Order 9R issued on December 16th, I have decided that the municipal tax deferment (postponement) program approved by the Trumbull Town Council on 4/21/2020 giving taxpayers the ability to postpone payment of their local property taxes will be applied to the tax bills that will become due and payable on January 1, 2021. 

The last day for payment of these taxes without interest is extended from Monday, February 1, 2021 to Thursday, April 1, 2021.

This postponement will apply to the following municipal taxes and fees that will become due on January 1, 2021: 
  • Real Estate Tax -- 3rd installment of 2019 Grand List
  • Motor Vehicle Tax -- 2nd installment of 2019 Grand List 
  • Supplemental Motor Vehicle Tax -- 2019 Grand List
  • Personal Property Tax -- 2nd installment of 2019 Grand List
  • 2020 Sewer Assessment  -- 3rd installment
This postponement does not apply to real estate accounts in escrow and paid by a bank. Please understand that January payments made after April 1, 2021 will bear interest at the rate of 1-1/2% per month, so that a payment made on April 2, for example, will require payment of 6% interest. 

Landlords must qualify to be considered eligible by filing an application with the Tax Assessor's Office. The application deadline is January 15, 2021. Questions: call the Tax Assessor’s Office at 203-452-5016.

For more information visit the Town website: https://www.trumbull-ct.gov/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=1501

Attorney General Tong and Consumer Protection Commissioner Seagull warn Conecticut residents of potential stimulus check scams

Attorney General William Tong and Connecticut Consumer Protection Commissioner Michelle H. Seagull are warning Connecticut residents to be on the lookout for potential scams involving the second round of stimulus checks from the federal government.

Stimulus checks from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) began arriving this week for many people after the federal government enacted a $900 billion economic stimulus package, the second in response to the COVID-19 outbreak.

The Connecticut Office of the Attorney General and Department of Consumer Protection warn that bad actors looking to steal Americans’ personal information and money might not be far behind.

Attorney General Tong and Commissioner Seagull offer these tips to prevent falling victim to a scam artist:

  • The federal government will not ask you to pay money upfront to receive a stimulus check. No fees. No charges.
  • The federal government will never call to ask for your Social Security number, bank account number, or credit card number. Anyone who asks for this personal identifying information is a scammer.
  • No matter how the payment is disbursed, only a scammer will ask you to pay to receive it.
  • Some people will receive the payment in the form of an Economic Impact Payments (EIP) prepaid card. The card is not a scam, and there are ways to cash or use the card without fees.
Anyone who receives a suspicious phone call, email, or text message, can report it to the Office of the Attorney General at 860-808-5000 or attorney.general@ct.gov, or with the Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection at dcp.complaints@ct.gov.

Key Provisions of the COVID Federal Relief Package


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. 



COVID-19 Testing Information
See the following links for COVID-19 testing information:






COVID-19 Information
Please review the information here for 3 key steps to take while waiting for a COVID test results.  


For updated information about COVID-19 and important State and Town updates, please continue to use this link: 


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. This advisory was updated on December 18, 2020. Please see the Town website for more information.   


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.


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

Phase 2.1
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.


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.

Updated-Sports-Guidance-Summary
** Effective January 19, 2021, the Team Sports on Pause is no longer in effect. Team sporting activities must adhere to the latest DPH Guidance and Sector Rules for Reopening. Click https://portal.ct.gov/DECD/Content/Coronavirus-Business-Recovery/Updated-Sports-Guidance-Summary for a summary of the updated guidance. **

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