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May 1, 2020 Update from Redding Health Department

Town of Redding
Health Department
P.O. Box 1028
Redding Center, CT 06875
Tel: 203-938-2559 Fax: 203-938-8816

May 1, 2020

Redding COVID-19 Update

Redding has eight fatalities that tested positive for COVID-19. The need to social distance from one another continues. It’s best to assume that anyone could be infected and to continue with necessary precautions.


The rapid COVID-19 testing site in New Haven that is operated by CVS Health in coordination with the State of Connecticut is continuing to take appointments seven days a week. Test results are provided within 30 minutes and at no charge to anyone. Anyone who wants to be tested does not need to be referred in advance by a medical professional; however appointments are required prior to arrival at the site. The tests will not take place at CVS Pharmacy but will be held at the former Gateway Community College parking lot (60 Sargent Drive, New Haven). To register, visit It is hoped other similar sites in the state will be set up.

Cloth Face Coverings

When in a public place do your best to stay six feet from others and cover your mouth and nose with a mask or cloth face-covering. Here’s a video showing you how to make your own: Such masks may help slow the spread of the virus by keeping people from coughing or sneezing on others.

Masks for Essential Small Businesses

The State of Connecticut has partnered with CBIA-CONNSTEP to assist in the distribution of donated surgical masks to eligible, essential small business with 50 employees or less. The list of essential small businesses is here: Requests can be made on the CBIA-CONNSTEP Portal at the following link: Due to lack of supply it is recommended that small businesses and employees that have limited contact with the public are strongly urged to create their own masks following CDC guidelines.

Coming Out of Isolation

Persons with COVID-19 or flu-like symptoms may discontinue isolation only if they have been symptom free for at least 3 days (72hrs). Symptom free is defined as resolution of fever without fever reducing medications and improvement with cough and shortness of breath, and at least 7 days have passed since symptoms first appeared.

“Talk It Out” Hotline for Parents

Parents and caretakers in need of help with the stress from caring for their children during this crisis are invited to call the state’s new “Talk It Out” hotline. The hotline provides support from trained professionals who will listen and speak with those in need. Governor Lamont stated “Seeking help and support at times like these is a sign of strength and hope. It is normal, and we all need help at times – especially now”. The hotline is available M-F 8am-8pm and on weekends from 1pm-8pm. The number is 1-833-258-5011 or visit

How We Feel App

The State has partnered with the developers of the “How We Feel” app. It’s a tool for health officials and doctors to get a better understanding of how the whole population is feeling, both healthy and sick. It takes about 30 seconds each day. The anonymous information shared has the potential to reveal outbreak hotspots and provide scientists with critical health information needed to understand the spread of COVID-19. It’s downloadable for free.

Information Sources

Governor Lamont has put out a thorough FAQ document that will most likely address questions that you might have. It can be found at:

Redding information can be found at:

The CDC website is at:

Connecticut Department of Public Health site is at:

Once again, we must “Stay Safe, Stay Home”.