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STATEWIDE UPDATES can be found here

 

Local Updates for The Town of Branford - From The Office of The First Selectman      

April 6, 2020

The CDC now recommends that everyone should wear a cloth face cover over your mouth and nose when they have to go out in public.  This should be in addition to (NOT INSTEAD OF) social distancing, frequent hand cleaning and other everyday preventive actions.

A properly made cloth face covering will help prevent the spread of virus from the wearer to others. It will stop the release of infectious particles into the air when someone speaks, coughs, or sneezes. This is especially important in the event that someone is infected, but does not have symptoms.

Everyone should wear a cloth face cover when they have to go out in public, for example, to the grocery store for essential food purchases or to pick-up other necessities.

Children younger than 2 years should not wear a cloth face covering because of concerns that they might suffocate.

Do NOT use a facemask meant for a healthcare worker as they are in limited supply.

Continue to keep about a 6 feet distance between yourself and others. The cloth face cover is not a substitute for social distancing.

Please continue to wash your hands regularly and often for 20 seconds, avoid touching your face, mouth, eyes, nose and wash commonly touched items and consider every surface as possibly contaminated.

Below is link to the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for making a home-made face covering:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/diy-cloth-face-coverings.html

  • Wash your cloth face covering frequently, ideally after each use, or at least daily. Masks should be washed with detergent and hot water and dried on a hot cycle.
  • If you must re-wear your cloth face covering before washing, wash your hands immediately after putting it back on and avoid touching your face.
  • Discard cloth face coverings that:
    • No longer cover the nose and mouth
    • Have stretched-out or damaged ties or straps
    • Cannot stay on your face
    • Have holes or tears in the fabric

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March 30, 2020

Official Statement from The Office of The First Selectman and East Shore District Health Department regarding Branford's first COVID-19 related Fatality

Branford Loses First Resident to COVID-19

Today, the Connecticut Department of Public Health has confirmed the first fatality from COVID-19 in Branford. The deceased was a female between the ages of 80-90 years old.

Selectman Cosgrove made the announcement just 7 days after learning of the first case, “we are deeply saddened to announce that a Branford resident has died as a result of her contracting COVID-19. This terrible virus has taken a life in our community and that loss of life gives each of us pause and fills us with sorrow. Our prayers go out to the family” Cosgrove said.

“As we see more positive cases of COVID-19 reported in our community daily, we are saddened to hear of any fatalities from this virus” said Michael Pascucilla, Director of Health for the East Shore District Health Department. “My thoughts and prayers are with the family of the individual in our district who died from complications due to the coronavirus,” he said in a release.” Our local public health department also wants to inform our communities we are in regular communication with all of our senior living environment and facilities and we are working closely with state health officials in our investigations.  We have also implemented the strictest public health interventions/residence protections in cooperation with every senior living environment within our health district communities.    

Selectman Cosgrove wants to express that the Town of Branford’s main objective is to continue to keep residents safe and slow the spread of the virus. He also wants to assure our residents that his leadership staff and all town departments are working daily with the local public health department, along with state and federal officials. “The single best way to slow the spread is to practice social distancing, and the Town of Branford is recommending that all individuals both adults and children, stay home and not interact with individuals outside of the household” said Pascucilla. Social distancing is crucial in helping to reduce the spread of the virus and limit the number of people who are infected.

Selectman Cosgrove said, “We must remain diligent in exercising the prudent recommendations   to slow the spread of the virus. These measures will help protect our community against a widespread outbreak. Our strength as a community is galvanized when tragedy occurs.  The loss of a fellow resident underscores the fact that we must be united in taking preventative measures to protect our community.”

Everyone should be taking the everyday preventative actions to help protect themselves. Branford has closed all of our public buildings for in person appointments and has closed its outdoor recreational playgrounds and park/recreation facilities. School buildings also remained closed, however remote learning is occurring for our school-aged children. In order to prevent the spread of COVID-19, please maintain social distancing of at least 6 feet, avoid crowds, wash hands frequently with soap and water for 20 seconds, stay home if you’re sick. For the most current updates and recommendations, visit ct.gov/coronavirus. For general questions, please call 2-1-1.

COVID-19 is a Novel Coronavirus which first emerged in China in December 2019, and is now considered a global pandemic outbreak. Symptoms of the virus include fever, cough, and shortness of breath. Other symptoms may include vomiting, diarrhea and abdominal pain. For more information, resources, hotlines, testing, and how you can support local businesses while practicing social distancing, please visit: http://www.esdhd.org/coronavirus.

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March 29, 2020

Please read this important message regarding the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency from First Selectman Cosgrove:

The Town of Branford has more than 13 confirmed cases of COVID-19 at this time. It is essential that we continue to practice Social Distancing and take all the following personal preventative measures seriously.
• Stay Safe, by Staying Home.
• If you must go out into public places, please maintain a 6-foot distance.
• Social Gatherings are not advisable, and are restricted to 5 (five) persons.
• Please dispose of used gloves and masks properly in a sealed bag in a trash bin. Never throw them on the ground!
• Wash your hands properly and frequently.
• If you do become ill, contact your doctor immediately.
• If you are an out of state resident, please self-quarantine for 14 days.

Following these Public Health Recommendations will keep you, your family and our community safe and help shorten the duration of the pandemic.

Together, I assure you, we will get through this situation.

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March 27, 2020

Positive Thoughts

As we continue to navigate through the uncharted waters and concerns with COVID-19 we continue to take the necessary steps to protect our employees, our residents and our entire community. During this time we also think it is important to help keep us all connected and maintain a positive outlook.

We believe that positive messaging is an important way to help each other get through this turbulent time.

  • Did you write a message at the end of your driveway in chalk?
  • Did your child color a picture that has a positive or encouraging message?
  • Did you take a picture of a beautiful sunset?
  • Do you have a positive quote you would like to share?

Send those thoughts or images to the following email address: positivethoughts@branford-ct.gov.

Each day we will select some of those thoughts or images to share with the entire community by posting them on the town departments Facebook pages.  All thoughts or images will also include your first name and last initial.  So if you send us something check out our Facebook pages to see if we shared it.

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March 25, 2020

Building Department – Increased availability of services electronically

In an effort to continue to serve the Town of Branford’s residents and businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic, access to Town Hall offices have been suspended to the public. All Building permit applications will temporarily only be accepted by e-mail. All required documents are made available either from the Town of Branford website at www.branford-ct.gov or accessed by visiting the Town Hall lobby for all Building applications, forms and supporting documentation to be submitted. We encourage you to contact us by e-mail: building@branford-ct.gov  with any questions you may have regarding your submittal.

As of now all received applications will continue to be processed and you will be contacted by staffing utilizing e-mail or phone to discuss your application.  You will also be provided with a fee payment amount associated with your application to be processed by staffing. Fee payments will only be accepted utilizing our new on-line payment portal located on the Building Department website at www.branford-ct.gov or mailed checks made payable to the Town of Branford.

We will continue to issue those permits which are easily processed but some permits may not be issued if we cannot access records needed for review. Applications which require review by multiple departments are expected to take longer in order to process but will continue to be conducted within the 30 day review period per CGS 29-263. Please remember those applications which require multiple department reviews may require additional applications/forms from those departments to be submitted along with your building permit application. Completed applications, forms and supporting documentation can be e-mailed to building@branford-ct.gov

In order for this process to be successful, we ask you to carefully and legibly provide all of the information required of that particular permit application including a phone number and e-mail (if available) so we may properly contact you. Incomplete applications may be delayed or rejected. Inspections will be conducted and limited to non-occupied buildings and those deemed essential or determined a safe environment to complete.

If you have any questions about the applications or what is required, please send an e-mail to building@branford-ct.gov or contact us directly at 203-315-0674.

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March 25, 2020

Parks and Recreation – partial closures

We are continuing to encourage residents to remain active and exercise regularly.  However, all Branford playgrounds, outdoor sports courts, basketball, tennis, and pickle ball courts are closed effective immediately and should be avoided.  Unfortunately, these activities cannot be conducted while maintaining a safe distance or avoiding repeatedly touching objects touched by others.

All parks and natural areas and trails remain open at this time for walking, hiking, biking, running - activities which do not involve close contact and where 6 feet of social distancing can be achieved.

  • People who are exhibiting symptoms of any illness should stay home. 
  • Follow CDC guidelines and wash your hands before and after you visit a park, trail, or natural area, or any other public space.
  • Follow CDC social distancing recommendations and keep 6 feet from others at all times, including interacting with other visitors. If you can’t maintain that distance, find another location or come back another time. 

While on trails, announce your presence to others and step aside to let others pass.

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March 24, 2020

Wastewater Treatment Plant – Grease Trap Shutdown

Due to the unfortunate SHUTDOWN of many food preparation establishments across the State of Connecticut due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Branford WPCA is reaching out to inform facilities of the proper shut down procedures for indoor Active Grease Recovery Units (AGRUs). If your establishment has already SHUTDOWN or is going to SHUTDOWN, please UNPLUG or DE-ENERGIVE the AGRU (grease trap) to prevent equipment damage caused by long periods with no drain water inflows. FAILURE TO UNPLUG OR DENERGIZE AGRUS DURING FACILITY CLOSURES CAN CREATE A POTENTIAL FIRE HAZARD! These units are often known by names including, but not limited to Big Dipper, Grease Guardian or Grease Stopper.  The units are frequently located under 3 bay pot washing sinks, pre-rinse sinks, work-stations, or other fixtures that are likely to discharge Fats, Oils, and Grease (FOG). The AGRUs may even be in the basement of your facility. If your establishment shuts down, you must UNPLUG or DE-ENGERGIZE all electric grease traps. The manufacturers have reached out to the Branford WPCA to relay this information to facilities that have AGRUs installed that may shut down.

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March 23, 2020

From the desk of The East Shore District Health Department

Today, the Connecticut Department of Public Health has confirmed the first positive cases of COVID-19 among two Branford residents. These individuals are male and between the ages of 63 and 70 years old.

“Positive cases of COVID-19 in Branford have been expected as community transmission of the virus has been occurring in the area” said Michael Pascucilla, Director of Health for the East Shore District Health Department.  The East Shore District Health Department will work with the individual to ensure all appropriate CDC guidance is followed to limit any potential for exposure. 

Selectman Cosgrove wants to express that the Town of Branford’s main objective is to continue to keep residents safe and slow the spread of the virus. He also wants to assure our residents that his leadership staff and all town departments are working with the local public health department, along with state and federal officials.  “The single best way to slow the spread is to practice social distancing, and the Town of Branford is recommending that all individuals both adults and children, stay home and not interact with individuals outside of the household” said Pascucilla. Social distancing is crucial in helping to reduce the spread of the virus and limit the number of people who are infected. 

Selectman Cosgrove said, “We must remain diligent in exercising the prudent recommendations to slow the spread of the virus. These measures will help protect our community against a widespread outbreak.”

Everyone should be taking the everyday preventative actions to help protect themselves, these include:

  • Staying home if you are sick except to get medical care.
  • Avoiding close contact with people who are sick.
  • Washing your hands with soap and water frequently and for at least 20 seconds.
  • Covering your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash and wash your hands after.
  • Avoiding touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • If you do become ill, call your doctor immediate.

COVID-19 is a Novel Coronavirus which first emerged in China in December 2019, and is now considered a global pandemic outbreak. Symptoms of the virus include fever, cough, and shortness of breath. Other symptoms may include vomiting, diarrhea and abdominal pain. For more information, resources, hotlines, testing, and how you can support local businesses while practicing social distancing, please visit: http://www.esdhd.org/coronavirus.

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March 20, 2020  

Effective Friday, March 20, 2020, Town Hall will be closed to the public.  All offices will still be staffed during normal business hours.

Protocols have been put into place to continue to provide services to the public.

Please use the following link to contact the respective department directly for assistance:  https://www.branford-ct.gov/departments

If you require additional service please call 203-488-8394

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March 19, 2020  

Presidential Preference Primary has been postponed to June 2, 2020

After consultation with local election officials, the leadership of the Town Clerk’s associations and the bi-partisan legislative leadership of the General Assembly, Secretary Merrill and Governor Lamont have decided to postpone the April 28, 2020 Presidential Preference Primary to June 2, 2020.  Additional information will be provided at a later date.

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March 19, 2020

We are continuing to encourage residents to remain active and exercise regularly.    We are fortunate to have many parks, several beaches, and a vast amount open space with many trails.  Now is a great time to take advantage of all the outdoors spaces we have in our community.  Practicing social distancing is paramount, please continue to maintain a minimum of 6 feet between you and others.

At this time, we are also encouraging residents to refrain from letting children use the playground equipment at the public parks.  So much is still unknown about the sustainability of this virus on objects.  Out of an abundance of caution we are asking the public to avoid using the playground equipment.

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March 17, 2020

The U.S. Small Business Administration is offering low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to Connecticut small businesses suffering substantial economic injury, since January 31, 2020 and continuing, as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19).  SBA issued Disaster Declaration  CT-00046, for the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) Program, following a request from Governor Ned Lamont on March 15, 2020.

This disaster declaration makes the SBA EIDL Program available throughout the entire state of Connecticut. These loans may be used to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable and other bills that can’t be paid due to the impact of the Coronavirus.

Eligibility for Economic Injury Disaster Loans is based on the financial impact of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). The interest rate is 3.75 percent for small businesses. The interest rate for private non-profit organizations is 2.75 percent. SBA offers loans with long-term repayments in order to keep payments affordable, up to a maximum of 30 years and are available to entities without the financial ability to offset the adverse impact without hardship.

Applicants may apply online, receive additional disaster assistance information and download applications at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela.

Applicants may also call SBA’s Customer Service Center at (800) 659-2955 or email disastercustomerservice@sba.gov for more information on SBA disaster assistance.

Individuals who are deaf or hard-of-hearing may call (800) 877-8339. Completed applications should be mailed to U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, TX  76155.

The deadline to apply for an Economic Injury Disaster Loan is Dec. 16, 2020. 

For more information about available SBA resources and services, please visit: SBA.gov/coronavirus and https://ctsbdc.com/covid19-businessresourcecenter/

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March 16, 2020

The town is initiating the following measures to limit the exposure of our residents and staff to the virus:

Resident Stickers – The expiration date for the current resident sticker (transfer station/beach pass) will be extended from March 31, 2020 to May 31, 2020.

Board of Finance – The Public Hearings for the FY ’21 Budget are postponed until further notice.

We are strongly encouraging residents to utilize online resources as much as possible.  At this time, all town departments will be staffed during normal business hours.  Contact information for all departments can be accessed through the following link: https://www.branford-ct.gov/departments.

The town remains committed to providing essential services during this public health emergency while also ensuring the health and safety of our employees.

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March 14, 2020

As you know, The Town of Branford is working closely with the East Shore District Health Department, federal, state and healthcare providers to monitor the 2019 Coronavirus (COVID-19).

The town is initiating the following measures to limit the exposure of our residents to the virus:

Schools - All schools will be closed effective Monday, March 16, 2020 including all after school activities until March 27, 2020.

Parks and Recreation - Beginning Monday, March 16, 2020, the Parks and Recreation Department will suspend all programs for two weeks. For more information, please click the following link http://branfordct.myrec.com/info/default.aspx or call 203-488-8304.

Senior Center – Beginning Monday, programs and activities held at the Canoe Brook Senior Center will be suspended for two weeks. Other services such as social service assistance applications will still be available. For more information, please click the following link: https://www.branford-ct.gov/departments/senior-center or call 203-315-0684.

Libraries - Beginning March 13, the James Blackstone Memorial Library and Willoughby Wallace Library are closed to the public. Please contact the libraries via phone or email for additional information. For more information, please click the following link: https://www.branford-ct.gov/facilities/… or call JBML 203-488-1441 or WWML at 203-488-8702.

Animal Shelter - Effective today, the Daniel Cosgrove Animal Shelter will suspend all volunteer activity for two weeks and the building will be closed to walk in visitors. Please contact the shelter directly to schedule an appointment. For more information, please click the following link: https://www.branford-ct.gov/departments/animal-shelter or call 203-315-4125.

We are strongly encouraging residents to utilize online resources as much as possible. At this time, all town departments will be staffed during normal business hours. Contact information for all departments can be accessed through the following link: https://www.branford-ct.gov/departments.

The town remains committed to providing essential services during this public health emergency while also ensuring the health and safety of our employees.

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March 12, 2020

At this time, Town Hall remains open. However, we are encouraging residents to access municipal services through our website at https://www.branford-ct.gov/ 

Before coming to Town Hall please consider contacting the office directly via phone or email, click on this link https://www.branford-ct.gov/departments for a list of departments and contact information.

You can also download our mobile app (myBranford-CT.gov) or use the online portal to report any non-emergency issues you find in your community. If you want to stay connected throughout the resolution process, you’ll ================================================================== 

March 11, 2020

The Town of Branford is working closely with the East Shore District Health Department, federal, state and healthcare providers to monitor the 2019 Coronavirus (COVID-19). We are holding meetings with our local departments and participating on conference calls with other towns and state officials to monitor this very fluid situation.

As testing becomes more readily available, we anticipate the number of cases to increase statewide. As those cases increase, we do expect there will be some impacts to our community.

Currently there is no significant risk to Branford residents. While the immediate risk of this new virus to our community is low at this time, everyone should use these practices to keep themselves healthy:

• Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
• Avoid touching your face - eyes, nose, and mouth.
• Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
• Stay home when you are sick. Children should stay home from school or daycare if they are sick.
• Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash and wash your hands.
• Thoroughly clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
• Call ahead before visiting your doctor, if you have a fever and symptoms of respiratory illness, such as cough or difficulty breathing.

Please visit the following websites for more information:
CDC Website at https://www.cdc.gov/
ESDHD website: http://www.esdhd.org/
Connecticut DPH website: https://portal.ct.gov/Coronavirus
World Health Organization website: https://www.who.int/

As the nation's health protection agency, CDC saves lives and protects people from health, safety, and security threats.

Last Updated: Mon, 04/06/2020 - 4:05pm