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Update from Redding Health Department

Redding Update
9.18.20

The Connecticut Numbers
Starting in September the trend for positive COVID cases in the state has gone up. The reasons why could be many, but the bottom line is we must continue to be cautious. The wearing of masks continues to be as important as ever (see below for mask guidance). The governor mentioned that in comparison with the rest of the country Connecticut is “still in a pretty good place.”

Governor Institutes Fines
In response to requests from local municipalities, law enforcement, and local health directors, by executive order Governor Lamont is instituting fines enforceable by local officials. The fine for not wearing a face covering is $100, for throwing an indoor event exceeding 25 people or an outdoor event of over 100 people will cost $500, and for those attending such an event the fine is $250. The fines are similar to those adopted in neighboring states.

New Travel Requirements Announced
For those entering the state from affected states or countries (those with unacceptably high infection rates of 10% or more) can avoid 14-day quarantine if they show proof of a negative COVID test within three days prior to arriving here. It is however safest if you get tested upon entering Connecticut where you must self-quarantine until favorable results are received. Those choosing to not get tested must quarantine for 14 days.

For a list of the current states listed see link: https://portal.ct.gov/Coronavirus/travel. In addition, anyone entering from one of the identified states must fill out a travel health form upon arrival. Travelers can fill out the form at https://appengine.egov.com/apps/ct/DPH/Connecticut-Travel-Health-Form.   Failure to self-quarantine or fill out the form may result in a $1,000 penalty for each violation. The required self-quarantine does not include individuals remaining in Connecticut for less than 24 hours.

Redding Town Hall Opens for Those with Appointments
Redding Town Hall has resumed welcoming walk-in visitors by appointment. Visitors are asked to call the department they would like to visit and set up a date and time. All must wear face coverings and visitors will be asked answer questions on their health and any recent travel. Many have found that Departments have been able to provide service for most needs through email, telephone, and sending scanned documents, so a visit may not be necessary.

Mask Guidance
The wearing of face coverings (masks) that completely cover the nose and mouth at all times by everyone when in public or any time a person is within 6 feet of someone not living in their household, has been the most important mitigation strategy implemented during the current COVID-19 pandemic. The wearing of face coverings by all students and staff at all times while inside school is perhaps the most important strategy employed to reopen schools to in-person learning while also limiting the opportunity for virus spread.

Mask Ratings
Surgical mask – good at capturing respiratory droplets, are widely available, and are recommended for use in schools = recommended

Cloth Masks – good at capturing respiratory droplets, widely available and can be made and customized, can be cleaned, and recommended for use in schools = recommended

Neck Gaiters – very breathable but may not provide adequate droplet control unless folded over the mouth and nose multiple times – possibly adequate with modification

Bandanas – light weight and breathable however may not provide adequate droplet control unless layered multiple times – possibly adequate with modification

N95 Respirators – excellent filtration of droplets however difficult to wear, fit testing and medical clearance required, only for health care workers.

 COVID-19 Testing
The following is a list of locations in the Redding area where we can be tested:  https://www.211ct.org/search?terms=COVID-19%20Diagnostic%20Tests&page=1&location=06896&taxonomy_code=11048&service_area=redding

The nearest locations are:
Community Health Center, 8 Delay Street, Danbury CT 203-797-8330
CVS Pharmacy 7 Durant Ave, Bethel, CT 203-794-9500
DOCS Medical Group 6 stony Hill Rd Bethel, CT 860-717-0335

The Redding Health Department

 

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