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Posted on: March 14, 2021

[ARCHIVED] 2021-03-14 COVID-19 Update

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Good Evening,

This is First Selectman Vicki Tesoro with an important update.

As you may know as of March 19th some of the State of Connecticut COVID restrictions will be further relaxed. Details of this guidance can be found on the Town website.  The daily positivity rate in the State and in Trumbull continues to decrease as have hospitalizations and deaths throughout the State. Over 1 million people have been vaccinated in CT. In Trumbull, 21% of our residents have received their first dose of the vaccine.

https://www.trumbull-ct.gov/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=1574

Based on these improving numbers we will be reducing some of our restrictions in Town Hall as well. Beginning on Friday, March 19th Town Hall will reopen to the public on Fridays and starting this Tuesday, March 16th the Tax Collector’s office will reopen to the public. Both the Tax Collector and Town Clerk’s offices will be open for walk-ins. However, appointments for all other Town Hall Departments are still required and all visitors to Town Hall must continue to check-in with the greeter at the front door. 

To schedule an appointment at Town Hall, visit https://veoci.com/veoci/p/form/4cakv8xncy7b#tab=entryForm and follow the directions for the department you wish to visit. Residents can always call by phone and make appointments. 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.

If you deferred your local tax payments that were due on January 1, 2021, the last day for payment without interest is Thursday April 1, 2021. Also the third installment of real estate taxes and the third installment of the 2020 Sewer assessment will become due on April 1, 2021.

Tax payments can be made online or by mail.  Please note that if you use the mail, the U.S. postmark will be honored as the date of payment, regardless of when the payment is processed. If you choose to pay online, your payment will be reflected and updated in 48 hours on the online system.  If mailing your tax payment, please make your check payable to "Trumbull Tax Collector" and mail to Trumbull Town Hall, Tax Collector, 5866 Main Street, Trumbull, CT 06611.   Please use our online system to look up information regarding your tax bills. All amounts showing due on the website are accurate as of the date of viewing.    https://www.trumbull-ct.gov/285/Online-Tax-InquiryPayment-System 

The Trumbull Library on Quality Street is now open Monday through Friday from 3 PM to 6 PM and Saturdays from 1 PM to 5 PM

Curbside delivery will also available at the main library, Monday through Friday from 8:30 AM until 5:30 PM.

Please call 203-452-5197 with any questions about the library or visit the Trumbull Library website for more information: https://www.trumbull-ct.gov/662/Library 

The Trumbull Senior Center will remain closed at this time.  

Educators, Child Care Providers, Health Professionals, Medical First Responders, and Residents of Connecticut who are 55 and over are presently eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Please visit the town website for information on how to schedule an appointment. 

It is expected that individuals over 45 will begin scheduling appointments on March 22, individuals over 35 will begin on April 12 and individuals 16-64 will begin scheduling their appointments on May 3rd.  This schedule may be accelerated by the Governor. 

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. 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. 

As you know Congress passed the American Rescue Plan Act last week. Besides relief to individuals and businesses, this relief package includes funding for states, cities, other local governments, and also emergency relief funding for schools. The Town of Trumbull and the Trumbull schools will receive emergency funding under this plan. The exact amount of these allocations is not yet known and there still remains questions as to how the Treasury Department will allow these funds to be used. Once we know the information we will share it with you. 

Please continue to remain vigilant in dealing with this virus whether you are vaccinated or not 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, whether indoors or outdoors, and social distancing is not possible. 

Stay well and stay safe.

Thanks for listening.


INFORMATION FOR TRUMBULL RESIDENTS ELIGIBLE TO REGISTER FOR THE COVID-19 VACCINE EFFECTIVE MARCH 1, 2021 (Includes 55 and Older, Teachers & Healthcare Providers)

COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic Locators:

COVID-19 Testing Sites Locator:

In an effort to ensure Connecticut continues taking the most equitable and efficient approach to quickly administering the COVID-19 vaccine to as many people as possible, Governor Ned Lamont has announced that the state will continue expanding access going forward on an age-based schedule.

The State of CT is currently vaccinating healthcare personnel, medical responders and staff and individuals 55 and older. Effective March 1st, pre-k through 12 school staff and teachers and professional childcare providers are eligible to get vaccinated as well.

To schedule an appointment, we recommend:

  • Registering on-line at www.portal.ct.gov  and make an appointment through VAMS.  VAMS is the Vaccine Administration Management System and can be used to schedule appointments at multiple clinics across the state
  • If you are currently eligible for a vaccination and have not already made an appointment, please call Griffin Health at 203-433-3394 to speak to an appointment scheduling specialist.

Please understand that vaccine supply remains limited and that it is expected to take at least a month statewide for those eligible to schedule their first dose.   Appointments continue to be scheduled as vaccine arrives weekly.

Over the coming weeks, eligibility will expand based on age according to the following schedule:

  • March 1, 2021: Expands to ages 55 to 64
  • March 22, 2021: Expands to ages 45 to 54
  • April 12, 2021: Expands to ages 35 to 44
  • May 3, 2021: Expands to ages 16 to 34

A full list of vaccination options is available at https://portal.ct.gov/Coronavirus/COVID-19-Vaccination-Scheduling-Options 

Vaccination Phases: https://portal.ct.gov/vaccine-portal/COVID-19-Vaccination-Phases 

HOW TO REGISTER:

If you are currently eligible for a vaccination and have not already made an appointment, please call Griffin Health at 203-433-3394 to speak to an appointment scheduling specialist.

 ADDITIONAL RESOURCES:

COVID-19 Information, State of Connecticut Guidance, and Town 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 became 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 

Key Provisions of the American Rescue Plan Act

https://himes.house.gov/coronavirus 

COVID-19 Testing Information

See the following links for COVID-19 testing information: 

https://www.trumbull-ct.gov/DocumentCenter/View/4690/Griffin-community-flyer-trumbull2?bidId= 

https://www.trumbull-ct.gov/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=1468 

https://progressive-diagnostics.com 

https://www.211ct.org/search?page=1&location=Connecticut&taxonomy_code=11048&service_area=connecticut 

https://portal.ct.gov/Coronavirus/Priority-Populations 

Travel Advisory 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 

Phase 2.1

The following rules apply to all Connecticut businesses and organizations and are effective March 19, 2021. Please keep in mind that it is the cumulative effects gained from social distancing, hand washing, and mask-wearing that will continue to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Businesses should take these rules as the minimum baseline of precautions needed to protect public health in Connecticut and refer to the recommended guidance by sector listed at the bottom of this page for best practices. Individual establishments should also take additional measures as recommended by industry experts or by common sense applied to their particular situation.

https://portal.ct.gov/DECD/Content/Coronavirus-Business-Recovery/Sector-Rules-for-Reopen 

Updated-Sports-Guidance-Summary

Updated Guidance for the Operation of Interscholastic, Youth and other Amateur Sport Activities during the COVID-19 Pandemic:

Click https://portal.ct.gov/-/media/DPH/Communications/Covid19/DPH-Youth-and-Amateur-Sports-COVID19_UPDATED_Mar_2021_v52.pdf for a summary of the updated guidance. **

Trumbull Citizen Alert - Emergency and Community Notification Program

The Town of Trumbull has implemented a state-of-the-art emergency notification system to alert citizens about emergencies and other important community news. The emergency and community notification system, operated in partnership with Everbridge, enables the Town of Trumbull to provide important community notifications and essential information quickly in a variety of situations, such as severe weather, fires, floods, unexpected road closures, or evacuation of buildings or neighborhoods.

Sign up here: 

https://www.trumbull-ct.gov/408/Trumbull-Citizen-Alert 

https://www.trumbull-ct.gov/list.aspx

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