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COVID19 Community Updates

STATEWIDE UPDATES can be found here

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

Community Message - COVID-19                            

August 10, 2021

COVID TESTING SITES 8.5.2021

  • Cornell Scott Hill Health Center - 226 Dixwell Ave. New Haven - 203-503-3000 - https://www.cornellscott.org/
  • Mon-Thurs: 8:30am-4:30pm, Fridays: 8:30am - 6:00pm Appt.  or walk-in, Children, FQHC*, PCR
  • Cornell Scott Hill Health Center - 428 Columbus Ave. New Haven - 203-503-3000 - https://www.cornellscott.org/
  • Saturdays: 9:000am - 12:00pm Appt.  or walk-in, Children, FQHC*, PCR
  • Quest - 144 N. Main St. Branford - website only-  patient.questdiagnostics.com/no-cost-covid-test
  • Mon-Fri: 7:00am-4:00pm, By appt or Walk in Without Symptoms, Children 2yrs and older, Insurance or Gov, program, PCR
  • Quest - 190 east Main St. East Haven - website only-  patient.questdiagnostics.com/no-cost-covid-test
  • Mon-Fri: 7:00am-3:30pm, Saturday: 7:30am-11:30am - By appt or Walk in Without Symptoms, Children 2yrs and older, Insurance or Gov, program, PCR
  • Quest - 12 Village Street, Ste:103, North Haven - website only-  patient.questdiagnostics.com/no-cost-covid-test
  • Mon-Fri: 8:00am-5:00pm, Saturday: 8:00am-12:00pm - By appt or Walk in Without Symptoms, Children 2yrs and older, Insurance or Gov, program, PCR
  • Quest - 2 Broadway, Ste:7, North Haven, CT - website only-  patient.questdiagnostics.com/no-cost-covid-test
  • Mon-Fri: 7:00am-4:00pm, By appt or Walk in Without Symptoms, Children 2yrs and older, Insurance or Gov, program, PCR
  • Stony Creek Medical - 6 Business Park Drive, Branford - 203-483-4580 - http://stonycreekurgentcare.com - By Appt., No Children, PCR
  • CVS Branford - 2-6 Short Beach Rd, Branford - website only. - https://www.cvs.com/minuteclinic/covid-19-testing , By Appt., Drive-up. Children 12yrs and older, insurance or Gov, program. PCR and Rapid
  • CVS Branford - 1057 Boston Post Rd, Guilford - 1-866-389-2727. - https://www.cvs.com/minuteclinic/covid-19-testing , By Appt., Drive-up. Children 12yrs and older, insurance or Gov, program. PCR and Rapid
  • Docs Urgent Care Rapid Testing - 317 Foxon Rd, East Haven - 203-302-8490 - https://docsmedicalgroup.com/ Mon-Fri: 8:00am-6:30pm , By Appt or Walk In, Children, Insurance or Gov, program $195 w/o insurance. PCR & Rapid
  • Yale New Haven Health - 111 Goose lane, Guilford - https://www.ynhhs.org/locations/guilford-111-goose-lane-covid-testing.aspx , By Appt. or Drive Up, Children, Insurance or Gov, program, PCR
  • Yale New Haven Health - 130 Orchard Street, New Haven - https://www.ynhhs.org/locations/new-haven-130-orchard-street-covid-testi... , By Appt., Children, Insurance or Gov, program, PCR

*Federally Qualified Health Center offering reduced rates to people without insurance as long as they qualify based on income and family size.

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Community Message - COVID-19                            

August 9, 2021

Town Buildings – Mask Policy effective August 6, 2021.

Per Executive Order 13 A

All persons that are not fully vaccinated shall cover their nose and mouth with a mask or cloth face covering.  Except for individuals exempt as defined by the Executive Order.

A person shall be considered fully vaccinated 14 days after receiving the final recommended dose of a vaccine approved for use against COVID-19 by U.S. Food and Drug Administration, or as otherwise defined by the Centers for Disease Control.

All fully vaccinated persons are strongly urged to wear a mask or face covering.

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Community Message - COVID-19                            

July 27, 2021

ESDHD and Griffin Health COVID-19 Vaccine Locations:

  • Guilford Green - Tuesday, July 27, 2021 - 4:30 - 7:30 pm (Rain Location: Guilford Parks and Recreation. Center - 32 Church Street)
  • Stony Creek Brewery - Saturday, July 31, Sunday, August 1 - 1:00 - 7:00 pm - Free beer pints for new vaccine recipients age 21+ with proof of ID. (Vaccine Card will be required to verify date of administration)
  • Soundview YMCA - 628 East Main St. Branford - Daily - August 2 - August 8 - 11:00 - 7:00 pm
  • East Haven Town Green - 100 River Street - Daily - August 2 - August 21 - 1:00 -7:00 pm
  • Branford Green - 1019 Main Street - Thursday, August 5 - 5:30 - 8:00 pm - (Rain Location: Branford Community House 46 Church Street)
  • Madison Senior Center - 29 Bradley Road - Wednesday, August 11 - 2:00 - 6:00 pm
  • North Branford Parks & Recreation Center -1332 Middletown Ave Saturday -  August 14 - 9:00 - 11:30 am
  • Guilford Parks and Recreation Center - 32 Church Street - Tuesday, August 17 - 4:30 - 7:30 pm
  • Call ESDHD at (203) 481.4233 Ext 580 with any questions.
  • WALK-INS WELCOME! If you wish to schedule an appointment with ESDHD call (203) 481- 4233 Ext. 580

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Community Message - COVID-19                            

June 17, 2021

COVID Vaccine update 

The Town of Branford is pleased to announce that over 69% of our residents have received their first dose of the COVID vaccine and over 63% have been fully vaccinated. 

Getting a COVID-19 vaccine is an important step to prevent getting sick with COVID-19 disease.  Getting vaccinated now will help protect you and those around you who maybe at risk for severe illness from COVID-19.

Persons that are fully vaccinated you can start doing many things that you had stopped doing because of the pandemic.  It is important to remember that it takes time for your body to build immunity.  A person is considered fully vaccinated 14 days after their second dose of Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or 14 days after a single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine.

If you need a vaccine please see the chart below for availability options in our community.  We encourage you to schedule an appointment today.

MODERNA

(Individuals 18+)

JOHNSON & JOHNSON (Individuals 18+)

PFIZER

(Individuals 12+)

Walmart -120 Commercial Parkway

Walgreens -1036 West Main Street

CVS -6 Short Beach Road

Walgreens - 329 East Main Street

Branford Community Center - 46 Church Street - Wednesdays (10:00 a.m. to noon) -203-481-4233 ext. 580  - There is NO cost for the vaccine.  

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Community Message - COVID-19                         

May 14, 2021

COVID Vaccine update

The Town of Branford is pleased to announce that over 64% of our residents have received their first dose of the COVID vaccine and nearly 55% have been fully vaccinated.  Let’s keep the momentum going.  Schedule an appointment today.

LOCAL COVID VACCINE AVAILABILITY

MODERNA (Individuals 18+)JOHNSON & JOHNSON (Individuals 18+)

PFIZER (Individuals 12+)

Walmart -120 Commercial Pkwy- Appointment only. Limited walk-in availability. www.walmart.com

Walmart -120 Commercial Pkwy- Appointment only. Limited walk-in availability. www.walmart.comWalgreens - 1036 West Main St.- Appointments only. Same Day Appointments. www.walgreens.com

CVS - 6 Short Beach Rd.- Appointment only. www.cvs.com
Walgreens - 329 East Main St.  Appointments only. Same Day Appointments. www.walgreens.com

Branford Community Center* - Wednesdays 10am-1pm - 46 Church St. Walk-ins welcome. Appointments preferred. (203)315-0685Branford Community Center* - Wednesdays 10am-1pm - 46 Church St. Walk-ins welcome. Appointments preferred. (203)315-0685

Branford Community Center Clinics: *Walk-ins welcome, appointments preferred.  No insurance and no ID required.  There is NO cost for the vaccine.  Call 203-315-0685 or 203-315-0620 for more information.  A special evening clinic will be held on Tuesday, May 25, 2021 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

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Community Message - COVID-19 

Updated: 4/1/2021

COVID VACCINE APPOINTMENT OPTIONS

Beginning April 1st all individuals over the age of 16 will be eligible to receive a COVID vaccine.  Due to high demand for the vaccine it may take a while to get an appointment.

Individuals 16 and 17 years:  Appointment scheduling processes vary across different vaccine providers.  While some scheduling platforms, such as VAMS, allow minors to create personal accounts and schedule appointments, others may require a parent or guardian’s electronic permission to schedule. Currently, 16 and 17 year olds can only receive the Pfizer vaccine.  When signing up for a vaccine appointment, make sure that the location you are choosing is administering the Pfizer vaccine.  16 and 17 year olds should have a parent/guardian present with them at their vaccination appointment.  Minors under the age of 18 cannot be vaccinated by a healthcare provider without parental consent.

There are several ways to schedule an appointment for a COVID Vaccine.  A number of providers in the state, like local health clinics, and health districts schedule through VAMS.  Other providers such as Yale New Haven Health, CVS Pharmacy, Walmart Pharmacy, etc. have their own scheduling systems.

Vaccine Administration Management System (VAMS).  **Please note each individual must have his or her own email address.  Accounts cannot be registered using the same email address as someone else**  https://dphsubmissions.ct.gov/OnlineVaccine

Please visit the CT Vaccine Portal for current information and links to the various websites:  https://portal.ct.gov/Vaccine-Portal

For individuals without computer access please call one of the following:

COVID Vaccine Appointment Assistance Line:  877-918-2224. The line will take calls seven days a week from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. and will offer a call-back option when all contact specialists are busy serving other callers.

Walgreen Pharmacy:  1-800-925-4733

1036 West Main Street, Branford

154 Main Street, East Haven

1116 Boston Post Road, Guilford

 

CVS Pharmacy:  800-746-7287

1057 Boston Post Road, Guilford

 

Fair Haven Community Healthcare:  203-871-4179

374 Grand Avenue, New Haven

181 Mitchell Drive, New Haven

YNHH:  833-275-9644 – Various locations including:

Floyd Little Fieldhouse, 476 Sherman Avenue, New Haven

West Haven Campus, 100 West Campus Drive, Orange

Cornell Scott Hill Health Center:  203-503-3000

428 Columbus Avenue, New Haven

226 Dixwell Avenue, New Haven

MidState Medical Center:  860-827-7690

435 Lewis Avenue, Meriden 

Hartford Healthcare: 860-827-7690

95 South Turnpike Road, Wallingford (Oakdale Theatre)

6 Research Drive, Shelton

 

Middlesex Health Westbrook Clinic:  860-358-7050

250 Flat Rock Place, Westbrook

Community Health Center:  877-918-2224

75 Vine Street (Wesleyan – Tennis Court Lot – Drive thru)

Branford Clinics at the Community House:  Vaccine clinics, offering the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, are held every Wednesday at the Community House Gymnasium by appointment only.  Call the COVID Vaccine Hotline at 203-315-0685 for appointment assistance.  All calls are returned as soon as possible.

Due to high demand for the vaccine it may take a while to get an appointment.  It is suggested that you visit the websites and links frequently for appointment availability.

Please assist your eligible family member(s) in scheduling an appointment to get a vaccine.  If you need assistance, please contact the Canoe Brook Senior Center at 203-315-0687 or the First Selectman’s Office at 203-315-0620.

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Community Message - COVID-19 

COVID VACCINE APPOINTMENT OPTIONS

Eligible Individuals include:

Individuals over the age of 45 - Healthcare Personnel - Long-term Care Facility Residents and Staff - Medical First Responders – Educators & Childcare Professionals

 There are several ways to schedule an appointment for a COVID Vaccine.  A number of providers in the state, like local health clinics, and health districts schedule through VAMS.  Other providers such as Yale, CVS Pharmacy, Walmart Pharmacy, etc. have their own scheduling systems.  

Educators & Childcare Professionals should contact their Employer Coordinator, who have been designated to ensure access to the vaccine.

Appointment Options:

Online:  Vaccine Administration Management System (VAMS).  **Please note each individual must have his or her own email address.  Accounts cannot be registered using the same email address as someone else**  https://dphsubmissions.ct.gov/OnlineVaccine

Online directly with Yale New Haven Hospital:  Appointments can be made using the YNHH MyChart system (you do not need to have an existing MyChart account to schedule and an appointment).  Click on the following link: https://www.ynhhs.org/patient-care/covid-19/vaccine.aspx

CVS Pharmacy:  The CVS Pharmacy located at 1057 Boston Post Road, Guilford is scheduling vaccine appointments.  Patients must register in advance at CVS.com or through the CVS Pharmacy app, and those individuals without online access can contact CVS customer service at 800-746-7287.

Walgreens Pharmacy: Walgreens Pharmacy located at the following local locations:  

1036 West Main Street, Branford          

1116 Boston Post Road, Guilford           49 Washington Avenue, North Haven

218 East Main Street, Clinton

https://www.walgreens.com/findcare/vaccination/covid-19

Walmart Pharmacy: Patients can schedule appointments at Walmart Pharmacy located at 515 Saw Mill Road, West Haven or 315 Foxon Road, New Haven.  https://www.walmart.com/cp/1228302

Fair Haven Community Healthcare:  Appointments are available Monday to Friday at the 374 Grand Avenue location in New Haven. To make an appointment, please send an email to info@fhchc.org with your name, date of birth, and phone number or call 203-871-4179.

Telephone:  COVID Vaccine Appointment Assistance Line at 877-918-2224. The line will take calls seven days a week from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. and will offer a call-back option when all contact specialists are busy serving other callers. The team will aim to return calls as soon as possible, with the goal of same-day response.

MidState Medical Center, 435 Lewis Avenue, Meriden  860-827-7690

Hartford Healthcare, 6 Research Drive, Shelton 860-827-7690

Cornell Scott Hill Health Center, 428 Columbus Avenue, New Haven 203-503-3000

YNHH, Floyd Little Fieldhouse, 476 Sherman Avenue, New Haven 833-275-9644

YNHH, West Haven Campus, 100 West Campus Drive, Orange 833-275-9644

Branford Clinics at the Community House:  Clinics are held every Wednesday at the Community House Gymnasium by appointment only.  Eligible individuals must be registered in VAMS https://dphsubmissions.ct.gov/OnlineVaccine to schedule an appointment.  Appointments are not scheduled over the phone.  Individuals that do not have computer access can call the Canoe Brook Senior Center COVID Vaccine Hotline at 203-315-0685 for assistance.  All calls are returned as soon as possible.

Due to high demand for the vaccine it may take a while to get an appointment.  It is suggested that you visit the websites and links frequently for appointment availability.

Please assist your eligible family member(s) in scheduling an appointment to get a vaccine.  If you need assistance, please contact the Canoe Brook Senior Center at 203-315-0687 or the First Selectman’s Office at 203-315-0620.

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Community Message - COVID-19                         

January 14, 2021

COVID VACCINE AVAILABILITY - PHASE 1B

75 or older

Beginning today, eligible residents over the age of 75 will be contacted by their healthcare provider to schedule an appointment to receive a COVID vaccine.  Residents are urged not to contact their physician or healthcare provider directly for COVID vaccine appointments.

Appointments can be scheduled using one of the options below:

Online: https://dphsubmissions.ct.gov/OnlineVaccine

Telephone: Those without internet access can call Connecticut’s COVID Vaccine Appointment Assistance Line at 877-918-2224. The phone system was created in partnership with the Department of Public Health and United Way of Connecticut and is specifically targeted to provide support for eligible vaccine recipients who have limited technology access, or who have language, disability, or other barriers that could prevent them from using existing self-scheduling options successfully. The line will take calls on Mondays through Fridays from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and will offer a call-back option when all contact specialists are busy serving other callers. The team will aim to return calls as soon as possible, with the goal of same-day response.

Email:  Send an email requesting a COVID vaccination to the East Shore District Health Department at info@esdhd.org include your name, age, phone number, address and email address.

Please share this information with your elderly relatives, friends and neighbors that may not have computer access.

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Community Message - COVID-19                         

November 13, 2020 

Town Hall Operations

Due to the rise in the increasing number of Branford residents who are testing positive for COVID-19, effective Monday, November 16, 2020 through Friday, December 4, 2020 public access to Town Hall will be limited.  In person services will be by appointment only.  All offices will continue to be staffed during normal business hours.  We have instituted many changes in an effort to expand the availability of services to our residents and businesses. Many services are available without having to make a trip to Town Hall or other offices.  We strongly encouraging residents to take advantage of the availability of these services via online or by phone.  Please visit our website at www.branford-ct.gov or contact the department directly for assistance:  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 and our residents.  We will evaluate the COVID-19 data as provided by the state and the ESDHD during the week of December 4 to determine if this process will need to be extended.

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

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Community Message - COVID-19                         

November 13, 2020 

Willoughby Wallace Memorial Library

Due to the rise in the increasing number of Branford residents who are testing positive for COVID-19, effective Monday, November 16, 2020 through Friday, December 4, 2020 public access to Town Hall will be limited.  In person services will be by appointment only.  All offices will continue to be staffed during normal business hours.  We have instituted many changes in an effort to expand the availability of services to our residents and businesses. Many services are available without having to make a trip to Town Hall or other offices.  We strongly encouraging residents to take advantage of the availability of these services via online or by phone.  Please visit our website at www.branford-ct.gov or contact the department directly for assistance:  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 and our residents.  We will evaluate the COVID-19 data as provided by the state and the ESDHD during the week of December 4 to determine if this process will need to be extended.

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

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Community Message - COVID-19                         

November 13, 2020 

Yesterday, the US and many States documented their largest number of COVID-19 cases in a single day, and unfortunately, the Town of Branford also experienced its highest number of positive COVID-19 cases in a single day since the pandemic began.  The cases affect individuals ranging in age from 13 to 76, solidifying that this virus has no bounds.  In addition, the Connecticut Department of Public Health has confirmed a fatality from COVID-19 in Branford. The deceased was a male between the ages of 70-80 years old.  As a community, we are deeply saddened to announce that another Branford resident has died as a result of contracting COVID-19. “This terrible virus has taken another life in our community, and that loss of life gives each of us pause and fills us with sorrow. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family” Cosgrove said.

As we navigate through these unprecedented times and it is imperative that we work together to reduce the spread of this virus.  First Selectman Cosgrove stated “I am particularly concerned with the upcoming holidays and indoor gatherings.  I can’t stress enough how important it is to follow guidance and personal protection precautions provided by the CDC, State of CT Department of Public Health and the East Shore District Health Department”.

Wearing a face covering and social distancing are crucial in helping to reduce the spread of the virus.  We are also recommending that all individuals both adults and children, stay home as much as possible and not interact with individuals outside of your own household.

The spread of COVID-19 happens most frequently due to close contact.   Hosting or attending a gathering puts you and others at higher risk of contracting the virus.

Your elderly family members such as grandparents and those that have underlying health conditions are at higher risk of contracting COVID-19 and suffering severe effects. 

People who look healthy can still be infected and can spread the virus to you and your household.

Gatherings should be limited to only those that live in your house.

If you decide to go to or host a small gathering (max.10 people per Governor’s EO) please consider the following:

Wear your face covering at all times especially inside.

Do not shake hands or hug anyone. 

Social distance and stay 6 feet away from others at all times.

Set-up tables and chairs so that households can sit 6 feet apart.

Wash your hands or use hand sanitizer frequently.  Don’t share any items with anyone.

If possible, bring your own food and beverages—use disposable plates and utensils.

Use paper towels in the bathrooms instead of shared hand towels.

Leave windows open to provide additional ventilation.

Place hand sanitizer and anti-bacterial wipes near the entry way and in bathrooms.

Please see the attached links for guidance and protocols.

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html?CDC_AA_refVal=https...

https://portal.ct.gov/Coronavirus

http://www.esdhd.org/

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Community Message - COVID-19 

OCTOBER 30, 2020

GATHERINGS DURING COVID-19

WHILE YOU MAY THINK IT’S HARMLESS TO HAVE GATHERINGS DURING THIS TIME, HERE’S WHY YOU SHOULD THINK TWICE:

GATHERINGS = PERSON TO PERSON CONTACT: SPREAD OF COVID-19 HAPPENS MOST FREQUENTLY DUE TO CLOSE CONTACT.   HOSTING OR ATTENDING A GATHERING PUTS YOU AND OTHERS AT HIGHER RISK OF CONTRACTING THE VIRUS.

YOU COULD BE PUTTING LOVED ONES AT RISK: YOUR ELDERLY FAMILY MEMBERS SUCH AS GRANDPARENTS AND THOSE THAT HAVE UNDERLYING HEALTH CONDITIONS ARE AT HIGHER RISK OF CONTRACTING COVID-19 AND SUFFERING SEVERE EFFECTS.  IT’S YOUR RESPONSIBILITY TO PROTECT THOSE AT HIGHER RISK.

BETTER SAFE THAN SORRY: PEOPLE WHO LOOK HEALTHY CAN STILL BE INFECTED AND CAN SPREAD THE VIRUS TO YOU AND YOUR HOUSEHOLD.  THAT’S WHY IT’S IMPORTANT TO STAY AWAY FROM THOSE OUTSIDE YOUR HOUSEHOLD, EVEN IF THEY DON’T SEEM SICK.

HOUSEHOLD = THOSE THAT LIVE IN YOUR HOUSE: GATHERINGS SHOULD BE LIMITED TO ONLY THOSE THAT LIVE IN YOUR HOUSE.  EXTENDED FAMILY AND GUESTS SHOULD NOT BE ALLOWED OVER FOR ANY OCCASION.

THE SAFEST GATHERINGS DURING THE PANDEMIC ARE THOSE THAT ARE VIRTUAL—CONSIDER CALLING OR SETTING UP VIRTUAL CALLS TO CHAT WITH FAMILY AND FRIENDS.

GATHERING SAFETY TIPS

IF YOU DECIDE TO GO TO OR HOST A SMALL GATHERING PLEASE CONSIDER THE FOLLOWING:

WEAR YOUR FACE COVERING AT ALL TIMES ESPECIALLY INSIDE.

DO NOT SHAKE HANDS OR HUG ANYYONE. 

STAY 6 FEET AWAY FROM OTHERS.

SET UP TABLES AND CHAIRS SO THAT HOUSEHOLDS CAN SIT 6 FEET APART.

WASH YOUR HANDS OR USE HAND SANITIZER FREQUENTLY.  DON’T SHARE ANY ITEMS WITH ANYONE.

IF POSSIBLE, BRING YOUR OWN FOOD AND BEVERAGES—USE DISPOSABLE PLATES AND UTENSILS.

USE PAPER TOWELS IN THE BATHROOMS INSTEAD OF SHARED HAND TOWELS.

LEAVE WINDOWS OPEN TO PROVIDE ADDITIONAL VENTILATION.

PLACE HAND SANITIZER AND ANTI BACTERIAL WIPES NEAR THE ENTRY WAY AND IN BATHROOMS.

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Community Message - COVID-19

Public Libraries

June 29, 2020

As Connecticut's libraries reopen, the most important consideration will be the health and safety of employees and patrons. Libraries must exercise caution throughout the reopening, ensuring strict adherence to the protocols established by the state.  Our libraries are evaluating the protocols and working to reopen in the safest manner possible.  Below please see the services available that are currently being offered to provide public access.

James Blackstone Memorial Library:

While the Blackstone Library building is still closed, we have launched a new contactless pickup service for physical items, expanded access to digital resources and are offering a variety of programs online at no cost to residents through the Zoom platform. Our library staff is also available during regular hours by phone to help with your questions. We are making plans to provide computer access by appointment beginning in early to mid-July and will post an update as these plans are finalized.

For more information call the library:  203-488-1441 or visit:  www.blackstonelibrary.org

Willoughby Wallace Memorial Library:

The Willoughby Wallace Memorial Library will reopen on Monday, July 6, by appointment and with limited hours.

Appointments will be available during the following times:

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 10:00 - 12:00 and 2:00 – 5:00

Wednesday 10:00 – 12:00, 2:00 – 4:00 and 5:30 – 6:30

Saturday 10:30 – 12:30

Sidewalk Pick will continue.  For more information call the library:  203-488-8702, visit: https://www.wwml.org/ or email: librarystaff@branford-ct.gov

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Town Hall Reopens to the public

June 26, 2020

The Branford Town Hall is now open to the public during normal business hours (Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.). 

We are reminding visitors that social distancing and face coverings are mandatory.  Due to necessary personal safety precautions for employees and visitors, capacity will be limited throughout the building.  For the short term, with limited hours, there will be a greeter in the lobby area to assist and monitor the number of individuals within the building.  Once capacity is reached, in a given department, the greeter will ask visitors to wait outside until someone leaves that department and you are called in by the greeter.

We are continuing to remind and encourage residents to continue to take advantage of the availability of many town services via online, by phone or using the drop boxes located in the Town Hall lobby.  Cash payments for permits, taxes, etc. should not be made using the drop boxes.  Please visit our website at www.branford-ct.gov for additional information and a list of department phone numbers.

If you are sick, do not enter Town Hall and please contact your health provider.

It is paramount that everyone continue to follow safety precautions in an effort to reduce the spread of this virus within our community. 

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Income and Expense forms

May 29, 2020 

Pursuant to Governor Lamont's Executive Order 7S Item #10 the taxpayer filing deadline set forth under Section 12-63c of the Connecticut General Statues has been extended.  The deadline for filing Income and Expense Statement forms has been extended from June 1, 2020 to August 15, 2020. 

If you have any questions please contact the Assessor’s Office at 203-488-2039

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Infrared Thermometers for Small Businesses and Nonprofits

May 28, 2020 

The State of Connecticut will be distributing 50,000 infrared thermometers it has secured for small businesses, nonprofits, and places of worship to support safe reopening activities amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Entities that would like to request a thermometer can fill out the forms located at ct.gov/coronavirus in the “Access to Personal Protective Equipment” section, or through the links provided below:

Small businesses: Any small business in the state that has between 2 and 100 employees are eligible to receive one thermometer per physical address. Eligible businesses seeking to request thermometers should click here.

Nonprofits: Nonprofits located within Connecticut are eligible to receive one thermometer per physical address. To request thermometers for nonprofits, click here. Social services and direct care nonprofits may request a thermometer through the process outlined in this memo.

Places of worship: Places of worship are eligible to receive one thermometer per physical address. To request thermometers for places of worship, click here.

This ordering portal is for Connecticut small businesses and nonprofits with 100 employees or less and is for infrared thermometers only.
Please limit your request to 1 thermometer per company. Companies with more than one physical location, however, may place an order for one thermometer per location provided their total employee count is 100 or less; please enter each location's order separately with the physical location included in the company name.

Delivery occurs through the municipality in which the entity is located. It may take up to a week (at most two weeks) for distribution to occur. Requesting entities will be contacted by their municipality with a date, time, and location for distribution. If you do not hear from your municipality within two weeks from your request please contact your municipality's local emergency management director.

For specific questions please contact: Covid19.jic@ct.gov

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TEMPORARY OUTDOOR DINING

May 19, 2020

In response to Governor Lamont's Executive Order 7MM, the Town of Branford has created a process to allow for the expedited review of Outdoor Dining in support of our restaurants and food service establishments.  

The Town of Branford has created a Temporary Outdoor Dining Certificate Application for outdoor dining not previously approved and a Temporary Encroachment Application for outdoor activities on public throughways. Also available is an Existing Outdoor Dining Reopening Application and Checklist from East Shore Health Department.

Applications and additional information to assist with reopening can be accessed on the Town's website:

https://www.branford-ct.gov/community/covid-19-temporary-outdoor-dining-...

Please don’t hesitate to reach out to Town Staff with any questions. Contact information can be found using the link above.

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From the Office of the First Selectman and the East Shore District Health Department

May 4, 2020:

As the First Selectman for the Town of Branford, I want to provide our community an update on the local Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic situation.  Like other Connecticut towns and cities, and throughout the US, we have had a number of COVID-19 positive cases among our residents. As of today, we have had a total 270 cases of COVID-19, and, it saddens me to inform you we have suffered 32 fatalities.  It is important to note that these cases are spread throughout our entire community and affect various age groups.  It is paramount that everyone continues to follow safety precautions as recommended by the CDC in an effort to reduce the spread of this virus within our community.   For the most current updates and statistics issued by the state please visit ct.gov/coronavirus.

Please be assured, Branford town officials are closely monitoring the impact of the COVID-19, and we are actively planning on a phased and measured reopening of our businesses and other services as allowed by the Governor’s office.  The Branford Town Hall Building, the Public Libraries, the Senior/Parks & Recreation Center, both Fire & Police Stations, Branford DPW Highway, and all other town related programs remain open to serve our community, however public access continues to be limited to the public until further notice.  Again, we have made this determination in an effort to ensure the health and well-being of citizens and staff alike, and appreciate your patience during this critical time. 

Branford Parks, Playgrounds and Open Space:

All Town playgrounds, basketball courts, and tennis courts remain closed until further notice.  Branford parks, conservation trails and beaches remain open to the public at this time.  Please protect your mothers, fathers, grandmothers, grandfathers and neighbors’ loved ones by adhering to all social distancing guidelines. We are all one community. There are many wonderful trails and beaches in Branford, and I am asking everyone to please do your part and enjoy them responsibility.

 

While it was difficult decision, the Branford Town Festival is cancelled this year, and I sincerely thank everyone who worked on this event.  My staff and I whole-heartened share your disappointment in this long-standing traditional event.  In addition, all town-sponsor events are cancelled through at least May 20 to conform to the Governor’s social-distancing guidelines.  We will continue to evaluate and assess the COVID-19 Pandemic situation, and we be making our decisions based on the Centers for Diseases and Control (CDC)/State guidance, local data and public health best practices.

Schools:

Branford Public Schools (BPS), along with all State public schools, remain closed by Executive Order of the Governor, through May 20, 2020.  We anticipate receiving further guidance from the Governor’s Office and State Commissioner of Education in the near future. 

BPS continues to implement BPS Flex Learning.  The District is providing meals from Branford High School between the hours of 10:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., to individuals 18 years old or younger.  Access to District buildings is directed by the administration.  

To our Branford Community:

The Town is working closely with the East Shore District Health Department and the State of Connecticut, Department of Public Health to ensure the safety and health of our residents. Guidance for businesses and services continue to be released by the State and by the CDC for changes in the COVID-19 Pandemic, and to plan for an eventual re-emergence from our isolation. 

As we look ahead and review the epidemiological predictive models, Michael Pascucilla, our Local Director of Public Health expects COVID-19 cases to continue and fluctuate within our community, although a slow decline through the first half of the summer is predicted. Furthermore, based on both State and Federal projections, there is a strong probability that the US may experience a second wave of COVID-19 infections in the fall season.  Please be assure we are enhancing and preparing our local pandemic response plans across all town services to safeguard our community, while carefully balancing the public health response measures with our everyday quality of life services and local economy.  

With that in mind, I am asking that our residents to please adhere to the State social distancing and wearing cloth face coverings directives.  As the weather gets warmer everyone will want to be outside and we are asking everyone to respect each other’s space and not wander into situations where they find themselves within 6 feet of other people. 

Our schools are working diligently to keep students engaged with online lessons and long-distance learning. While we may not be physically together in schools, at our libraries and other town-sponsor social events, we can still connect and socialize, and celebrate accomplishments through our technologies. Over the last month, I have witnessed the many acts of kindness from our residents, businesses and children, it reminds me of our communities’ resilience and why we all call Branford home – thank you.

Again, please DO NOT plan any gatherings they may put our community and/or your health at risk. We are in this together

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

Business Guidance Document:                                

May 1, 2020

During his daily news briefing yesterday, Governor Lamont presented an approach his administration is considering to reopen Connecticut’s economy in phases beginning May 20, 2020. 

In an effort to provide guidance to businesses the State of Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development has forwarded a COVID 19 RE-Opening Best Practices guidance document as prepared by the International Council of Shopping Centers. The ICSC is closely tracking COVID-19 developments on behalf of the retail real estate industry. 

Please click on link below to access the document:

https://www.icsc.com/uploads/t07-subpage/Coronavirus_Reopening_Guidance_...

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May 1, 2020

The weather is expected to be great over the weekend and we expect many people will be outside taking advantage of our community’s many recreational parks and areas.

REMINDERS TO ALL:

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.

However, all Branford playgrounds, outdoor sports courts, basketball, tennis, and pickle ball courts are closed and should be avoided.  Unfortunately, these activities cannot be conducted while maintaining a safe distance or avoiding repeatedly touching objects touched by others.

DO:

Visit parks that are close to your home

Prepare before you visit

Wear a face mask or cloth face cover

Stay at least 6 feet away from others (“social distancing”) and take other steps to prevent COVID-19

Avoid touching your face - eyes, nose, and mouth.

Wash your hands. If soap and water are not available, use alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

DO NOT:

Visit parks if you are sick or were recently exposed to COVID-19

Visit areas or parks that are crowded

Use playgrounds

Participate in organized activities or sports.

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Small Businesses surgical masks availability

April 27, 2020  

The State of Connecticut has partnered with CBIA-CONNSTEP to assist in a one-time distribution of donated surgical masks to eligible, essential small businesses with 50 employees or less.  These eligible, essential small businesses and their employees located within our community are the backbone of our economies and these masks will help to ensure their continuity.

The Town of Branford will participate in this program and set up a distribution site for participating local businesses once the masks are available.

The list of essential businesses as designated by the state is available here:

https://portal.ct.gov/DECD/Content/Coronavirus-Business-Recovery/Busines...

To make a request, business must visit the CBIA-CONNSTEP Portal at the following link: https://www.ctcovidresponse.org/ct-smb-surgical-mask-requests.
Eligible, essential small businesses and employees that have limited contact with the public are strongly urged to create their own facemasks following CDC guidelines. We must ensure the limited supply of surgical masks is available to eligible, essential businesses that need them the most.   

Requests are limited to eligible, essential small businesses with a maximum request of 2 surgical masks per employee. The maximum request should not exceed 100 masks.  

Supplies are limited at this time; therefore, it is possible that not all requestors will receive the masks they request.

Once, the masks are received businesses will be contacted directly concerning distribution.

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April 21, 2020

On behalf of Branford Counseling & Community Services:

Branford Home Delivery Service

The Town of Branford, realizing the importance of keeping our residents safe during this COVID-19 pandemic, has initiated a program designed to help senior citizens and/or immunosuppressed individuals with their shopping needs. In cooperation with local vendors Caron’s Corner and Big Y, the Town has developed a food delivery program to help those residents who are considered high risk is contacting this virus. These include senior citizens and immunosuppressed individuals. This program is free to Branford residents.

Branford Counseling & Community Services (BCCS) staff will be responsible for processing the food order via telephone or email, Monday through Friday 9am to 12pm.

To place an order, complete a Grocery Order Form (as well as a prepared meals list from Caron’s Corner, if needed) and call (203) 481-4248 or email to Hollye Lane at hlane@branford-ct.gov.

Food Gift Cards

If you lost your job or cannot work as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, you may be eligible to receive a food gift card. Please complete the application. This fillable form can be e-mailed or scanned to Hollye Lane at hlane@branford-ct.gov or printed and mailed to Branford Counseling & Community Services at 342 Harbor Street, Branford, CT 06405. You will be contacted once your application is processed.

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April 20, 2020

On behalf of the East Shore District Health Department

East Shore Health Recommends Strategies for Grocery Shopping

The East Shore District Health Department wants to share some tips and tools with the public on how to grocery shop safely.  The biggest risk to the public when shopping is being in the store with other people. 

Options to consider for low-risk shopping:

Ask a family member or friend to do the shopping for you.

Contact your local Senior Center to see if there is a program or volunteers available to do the shopping for you. 

Many larger retailers offer online ordering.  Consider ordering online for delivery or store curbside pick-up.

Big Y/CVS - Instacart.com

Stop and Shop - peapod.com

Shoprite - shoprite.com

Bishop Orchards – bishoporchards.com

Other stores such as pharmacies/smaller retailers/miscellaneous retailers also offer online or phone orders - Contact the store directly for ordering and pick up options.

If you must shop, please plan ahead, limit shopping to once a week or less.

If possible, go to the store alone, it is recommended that only one person from a household do the shopping.

CDC recommends everyone wear a cloth face covering in public settings, unless you have a medical condition that prohibits it.

Wipe down your cart handle with a sanitizing wipe.

Bring a list. Be as efficient as possible. Go in with a list,  get your items, check-out, and go directly home. The less time spent at the store, the better - this allows others to safely shop.

Remember this is not a time to socialize, it is important to remember to maintain social distancing in and out of the store.

Keep Moving through the store.

Be respectful of other people.  

Maintain social distancing while you're in the store.

Thoroughly wash your hands when you get home.

After putting your groceries away, wash your hands again

For questions or more information go to www.esdhd.org, call 203-481-4233 or go to www.CDC.gov

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Last Updated: Wed, 08/25/2021 - 9:34am