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From the Office of the First Selectman re Coronavirus

March 11, 2020 – Text of Town-wide phone message

Dear Residents,

I am calling this evening to provide you with information on the activities that have been taking place to prepare for corona virus, COVID-19, in order to reduce the spread of the virus within our community and beyond.

At present there are no known cases of the corona virus in Redding.

The Governor has declared a public health state of emergency, under his advisement we are strongly recommending the suspension of all gatherings of 100 people or more and that everyone practice social distancing by staying at least an arms-length apart and preferably six feet.

Out of an abundance of caution, and for the health of our community, in consultation with our Public Health official, all Park and Recreation and Heritage Center programs at the Redding Community Center are cancelled until further notice. The extended day childcare progrm will remain open until the end of day tomorrow, Thursday March 12th, and then close until further notice.

I realize these decisions will impact Redding residents but they are being made in the best interests of our community as a whole.

The Superintendent and administrators of Easton, Redding, Region 9 schools are working closely with local and state departments of public health, as well as the state department of education, and are engaged in contingency planning in the event of a school closing.

We would like to remind you if you are concerned that you may have COVID-19 illness, stay home and call your doctor for advice before leaving the house and going anywhere.

The best means of protection is via behavior modifications:

• Wash hands frequently (best with very warm water and soap with vigorous scrubbing of the fingers for at least 20 seconds, or hand sanitizers when soap and water are not available.
• Avoid coughing or sneezing into your hands
• Avoid touching your face with unwashed hands
• Stay home when ill
• Minimize exposure to others who are ill
• Clean surfaces with disinfectant wipes whenever possible

For the most up to date information on the COVID 19 virus, visit ct.gov/coronavirus.

For general questions related to the virus, you can call the info line at 2-1-1.

I want to assure you that we are working every day on your behalf, to keep our community safe.

Thank you and Good night.

Julia Pemberton
First Selectwoman

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