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A Coronavirus Update from First Selectman Rudy Marconi

In response to concerns around the coronavirus (COVID-19), Ridgefield’s First Selectman, Rudy Marconi, is providing frequent town updates. See latest additions below. We will be updating this page as new information becomes available from the First Selectman’s office.

Click to view Covid-19 video updates from Town Official:  https://www.ridgefieldct.org/board-selectmen/pages/meeting-videos

March 26th Updates:

RIDGEFIELD, March 26, 2020:  12:00pm

  • Earlier today Health Director Ed Briggs confirmed 46 Covid-19 active cases in Ridgefield with ages ranging from 19-89.  In the last 24 hours we have had four new positive cases.  Ridgefield Crossings remains stable at 17 with the remaining 29 spread throughout the community.  Ridgefield Crossings reports that they are taking optimal health and safety measures and the facility still remains on lockdown to all visitors at this time.
  • We cannot release information for those who test positive, due to HIPAA laws. First responders receive limited information about positive tests due to future responses to those specific addresses.
  • Thank you to those who responded yesterday by staying off the fields, which are now completely closed.  Signs are now being posted at all public fields and you must adhere to this directive.    
  • We are asking all neighborhoods with recreation areas to also make sure those courts and fields are closed. 
  • To sign up to receive messages pertaining to Ridgefield, sign up for CTAlert.gov.  For those without an email use: noemail@ridgefield.org. Be sure to put the town in the relevant field and check off how you would like to receive the message.  Prioritize how to receive your messages or check phone only.   
  • Ridgefield’s Emergency Operations Team is providing COVID-19 live updates on Monday, Wednesday and Friday of each week at 4 pm on ridgefieldct.org and Cable Channel 24 (Comcast). The Website also has archives of all previous updates as well. Please share this information with those who do not have access to the Internet.

Stay Home, Stay Safe and Stay Healthy

FOR ACCURATE INFORMATION:

Center For Disease Control:  (CDC): www.cdc.gov
Connecticut’s Official State Site:  www.ct.gov
Town of Ridgefield Official Site: www.ridgefieldct.org
Town of Ridgefield Office of Emergency Management Social Media:  Facebook: ridgefieldoem
Ridgefield Public Schools:  www.ridgefield.org
Call: 2-1-1 for COVID-19 update
For people experiencing symptoms call: Danbury Hospital: 888-667-9262 

March 25th Updates:

RIDGEFIELD, March 25, 2020:  12:00pm

  • Earlier today Health Director Ed Briggs confirmed 42 Covid-19 active cases in Ridgefield with ages ranging from 19-89.  In the last 24 hours we have had 8 new positive cases. We currently have an additional death (not from the Route 7 care facility, which still has 17 active cases), bringing us to three losses. The facility on Route 7 has assured me that they are taking optimal health and safety measures.  The facility also remains on lockdown to all visitors at this time. 
  • We cannot release information for those who test positive, due to HIPAA laws. First responders receive limited information about positive tests due to future responses to those specific addresses.
  • Because Ridgefielders are not doing their part, we are now forced to use precious personnel resources to tape, chain and post signs at all town fields and courts.  Even today, with all our messaging about the seriousness of this situation, a group of kids were seen playing Lacrosse at Tiger Hollow.  Please stop and think about the lives you are endangering before you leave your house.  
  • We are asking all neighborhoods with recreation areas to also make sure those courts and fields are closed.
  • Ridgefield’s Emergency Operations Team is providing COVID-19 live updates on Monday, Wednesday and Friday of each week at 4 pm on ridgefieldct.org and Cable Channel 24 (Comcast). The Website also has archives of all previous updates as well. Please share this information with those who do not have access to the Internet.                                                      

Stay Home, Stay Safe and Stay Healthy

FOR ACCURATE INFORMATION:

Center For Disease Control:  (CDC): www.cdc.gov
Connecticut’s Official State Site:  www.ct.gov
Town of Ridgefield Official Site: www.ridgefieldct.org
Town of Ridgefield Office of Emergency Management Social Media:  Facebook: ridgefieldoem
Ridgefield Public Schools:  www.ridgefield.org
Call: 2-1-1 for COVID-19 update
For people experiencing symptoms call: Danbury Hospital: 888-667-9262 

The following symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure:  fever, cough, shortness of breath. If you develop emergency warning signs for COVID-19 consult your medical provider.

March 24th Updates:

RIDGEFIELD, March 24, 2020:  12:00pm

  • Earlier today health Director Ed Briggs confirmed 34 Covid-19 active cases in Ridgefield (17 are associated with a facility on Route 7), 17 cases are spread throughout our community and 2 previous deaths of Senior citizens who resided at the facility on Route 7. The facility on Route 7 has assured me that they are taking optimal health and safety measures.  The facility also remains on lockdown to all visitors at this time. 
  • We cannot release information for those who test positive, due to HIPPA laws. First responders receive limited information about positive tests due to future responses to those specific addresses.
  • Per Governor Lamont’s executive orders, non-essential businesses closed as of 8pm last night. Here is a complete list of essential businesses.
  • If you are not receiving emergency calls from Selectman Marconi please go to CTAlert.gov to register your information.  If you don’t have email you can provide this generic email: noemail@ridgefield.com in the required field.  
  • Please continue to adhere to social distancing request. Maintain a 6 foot separation from anyone you are speaking to outside of your family. Please use common sense, if you want to take a hike on our open trails, practice social distancing.  
  • Ridgefield’s Emergency Operations Team are providing COVID-19 live updates on Monday, Wednesday and Friday of each week at 4 pm on ridgefieldct.org and Cable Channel 24 (Comcast). The Website also has archives of all previous updates as well. Please share this information with those who do not have access to the Internet. 

Stay Home, Stay Safe and Stay Healthy

FOR ACCURATE INFORMATION:

Center For Disease Control:  (CDC): www.cdc.gov
Connecticut’s Official State Site:  www.ct.gov
Town of Ridgefield Official Site: www.ridgefieldct.org
Town of Ridgefield Office of Emergency Management Social Media:  Facebook: ridgefieldoem
Ridgefield Public Schools:  www.ridgefield.org
Call: 2-1-1 for COVID-19 update
For people experiencing symptoms call: Danbury Hospital: 888-667-9262 

The following symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure:  fever, cough, shortness of breath. If you develop emergency warning signs for COVID-19 consult your medical provider.

March 23rd Updates:

RIDGEFIELD, March 23, 2020:  9AM:

  • A live stream will run today at 4PM as well as Monday, Wednesday and Friday of each week at 4 pm on ridgefieldct.org and Cable Channel 24.  Please share this information with those who do not have access to Internet.
  • Please suspend all activities that encourage gathering.   Use your common sense.  If you want to take a hike on our open trails, practice social distancing.  
  • All recreation areas such as basketball, tennis, pickle ball and paddle courts are closed.   All playgrounds are closed.  
  • The high school track is available for walking/jogging with common sense and social distancing, however, no group jogging is allowed.  
  • The Dog Park is now closed. 
  • The golf course is closed to play but open to walking/hiking with common sense social distancing.   Do not participate in groups.
  • Please be alert for CTAlert messages.   Frontier users note: the caller ID says Potential Spam. Call your carrier or save the number into your phone book. 

            Stay Home, Stay Safe and Stay Healthy

FOR ACCURATE INFORMATION:

Center For Disease Control:  (CDC): www.cdc.gov
Connecticut’s Official State Site:  www.ct.gov
Town of Ridgefield Official Site: www.ridgefieldct.org
Town of Ridgefield Office of Emergency Management Social Media:  Facebook:  ridgefieldoem
Ridgefield Public Schools:  www.ridgefield.org

The following symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure:  fever, cough, shortness of breath. If you develop emergency warning signs for COVID-19 consult your medical provider. 

March 22nd Updates:

RIDGEFIELD, March 22, 2020:  6PM

GOOD EVENING, THIS IS FIRST SELECTMAN RUDY MARCONI WITH YOUR LATEST UPDATES: 

  • Ridgefield is up to nine people who have tested positive for coronavirus and we do expect this number to continue to grow. Those who have tested positive range in age from 21-over 80. 
  • We are given the number of cases and the age range, but we are not given names or addresses due to HIPPA law. 
  • The CDC describes social distancing as staying away from mass gatherings and keeping a distance of 6 feet—about one body length from other people. 
  • Use common sense.  Can you throw the ball around with your kids?  Yes but don’t invite the neighborhood over.
  • When you use our beautiful town trails, do not run or walk in groups. 
  • It has been recommended by Governor Lamont that anyone over 70 years old shelter in place.
  • We will provide a more a definitive list of essential businesses that will remain open by tomorrow afternoon.  Before you leave the house ask yourself this question—do I really need this but if you have a question about this think before you leave the house:  Do I really need this?  If not, stay at home.  I cannot stress this enough.
  • A live stream with updates will run tomorrow at 4 PM on the town website: ridgefieldct.org and also air on Comcast Chanel 24 at 4PM.

Your town officials and essential personnel continue to work on your behalf.

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Stay Home, Stay Safe and Stay Healthy

March 21st Updates:

RIDGEFIELD, March 21: 2:00 PM:  
Good Afternoon.  This is an emergency message from First Selectman Rudy Marconi.

  • We have just been notified by the Department of Public Health that we have six confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ridgefield.  When we are informed, we do not receive names of individuals or locations, other than that they are from Ridgefield.  
  • Please stay at home.  Do not socialize.  Do not gather.  Do not allow the kids to play with neighborhood children.  There should be no play dates, socializing or gathering, period.  
  • The spread will be exponential and we need to be prepared to do all we can to control it.
  • Everyone must protect themselves.
  • For people experiencing symptoms call: Danbury Hospital: 888-667-9262 
  • FOR ALL EMERGENCIES DIAL 911
  • Stay home, stay safe.  Will update you again when we receive additional information.

STAY HOME, STAY SAFE – FOR ALL EMERGENCIES DIAL 911

FOR ACCURATE INFORMATION:
Town of Ridgefield Official Site:  ridgefieldct.org 
Center For Disease Control:  (CDC): www.cdc.gov
Connecticut’s Official State Site: www.ct.gov
Town of Ridgefield Office of Emergency Management Social Media:  Facebook:  Ridgefield oem
Ridgefield Public Schools: www.ridgefield.org
Call: 2-1-1 for COVID-19 update
For people experiencing symptoms call: Danbury Hospital: 888-667-9262 

The following symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure:  fever, cough, shortness of breath. If you develop emergency warning signs for COVID-19 consult your medical provider. 

RIDGEFIELD, March 21: PM:  

  • The dog park will be closed beginning Monday, March 23, 2020.
  • Live Streaming with town updates will take place on Monday, Wednesdays and Fridays at 4 PM on the town website www.ridgefieldct.org and on Comcast Channel 24.
  • Walking and hiking trails remain open.  Walkers and Hikers:  Maintain all protocols:  (Do not touch any hard surfaces, leave your car and return directly to your car.  Maintain a ten-foot separation. Check CDC guidelines) Remember, even then you are at risk.  Do not congregate in groups.
  • TICK season is particularly bad this year due to the warm winter.  Practice best methods regularly.
  • Danbury Hospital has published the following number for individuals who are experiencing symptoms (Line open between 8AM and 6PM, seven days a week):  Danbury Hospital: 888-667-9262.
  • A video stream with town updates is available at www.ridgefieldct.org and click on the red banner.   Or watch on Chanel 24 Comcast.

STAY HOME, STAY SAFE – FOR ALL EMERGENCIES DIAL 911

March 20th Update:

March 20: 11 AM:  Ridgefield continues to be proactive as we fight the spread of COVID-19.  We ask that all residents adhere to the federal, state and local requirements as we fight the spread of this disease together.  It is imperative that everyone be respectful of the requirements that have been put in place to protect our community.  Social distancing is the most important tool we have right now.  We cannot stress enough the importance of this. 

Here are our updates:

  • All playgrounds are closed.  
  • Sign up for CTAlert.gov to receive Ridgefield messages.  If you have no email address, use: noemail@ridgefield.com  
  • A live stream with town updates will take place Friday, March 20, at 4PM.  Go to www.ridgefieldct.org and click on the red banner.   Or watch on Chanel 24 Comcast.

STATE NEWS:

  • Governor Lamont issued two executive orders yesterday: 
    • Closure of large shopping malls: Effective at 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 19, 2020 and through April 30, unless earlier modified,extended,terminated, any stores, pharmacies, restaurants, or other establishments located within or connected to large shopping malls must be closed to the public. 
    • Closure of places of public amusement: Effective at 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 19, 2020 and through April 30, unless earlier modified, extended, or terminated, all places of public amusement, whether indoors or outdoors, such as locations with amusement rides, carnivals, amusement parks, water parks, aquariums, zoos, arcades, fairs, children’s play centers, funplexes, theme parks, bowling alleys, and other family and children’s attractions shall be closed to the public. This directive does not apply to public parks and open recreation areas.
  • After consultation with local election officials, the leadership of your state 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. 

FOR ACCURATE INFORMATION:

Center For Disease Control:  (CDC): www.cdc.gov

Connecticut’s Official State Site:  www.ct.gov

Town of Ridgefield Official Site: www.ridgefieldct.org

Town of Ridgefield Office of Emergency Management Social Media:  Facebook:  ridgefieldoem

Ridgefield Public Schools: www.ridgefield.org

March 19th Update:

Updates:

  • Governor Lamont issued two executive orders : 
  • Closure of large shopping malls: Effective at 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 19, 2020 and through April 30, unless earlier modified,extended,terminated, any stores, pharmacies, restaurants, or other establishments located within or connected to large shopping malls must be closed to the public. 
  • Closure of places of public amusement: Effective at 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 19, 2020 and through April 30, unless earlier modified, extended, or terminated, all places of public amusement, whether indoors or outdoors, such as locations with amusement rides, carnivals, amusement parks, water parks, aquariums, zoos, arcades, fairs, children’s play centers, funplexes, theme parks, bowling alleys, and other family and children’s attractions shall be closed to the public. This directive does not apply to public parks and open recreation areas.
  • After consultation with local election officials, the leadership of your state 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. 

March 18th Update:

March 18: 9:30 AM:  All hair salons and nail salons are to close by the end of the day today, March 18.   This decision has been made by the Director of Health, Ed Briggs and First Selectman Rudy Marconi under the Local Declaration of Emergency.

FOR ACCURATE INFORMATION:

Center For Disease Control:  (CDC): www.cdc.gov

Connecticut’s Official State Site:  www.ct.gov

Town of Ridgefield Official Site: www.ridgefieldct.org

Town of Ridgefield Office of Emergency Management Social Media:  Facebook:  ridgefieldoem

Ridgefield Public Schools: www.ridgefield.org

Danbury Hospital Coronavirus hotline:  888-667-9262.

The following symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure:  fever, cough, shortness of breath. If you develop emergency warning signs for COVID-19 consult your medical provider.

March 17th Update:

March 17: 10AM:  Ridgefield continues to be proactive as we fight the spread of coronavirus.  We ask that all residents adhere to the federal, state and local requirements as we fight the spread of this disease together.  I ask that you all take care of each other by being respectful of the requirements that have been put in place to protect our community.  One thing I’d like to really stress is that practicing of social distancing.  It is the only way we are going to keep “ahead of the wave” as Governor Lamont said in our briefing last night. 

Here are our updates:

  1. A COVID-19 update with First Selectman Rudy Marconi, Health Director Ed Briggs, and Emergency Management director Dick Aarons held a meeting yesterday at 4 PM to update the community and to take questions.   The meeting can be streamed at your leisure on ridgefieldct.org. (Click on red banner, meeting name and word link to access the stream.)  Many of the questions you might ask are answered there. 
  2. Day care centers will currently remain open.
  3. Curfews: No curfews are in place at this point in time. 
  4. All Town buildings are closed to the public.  Town personnel will continue to try to meet your needs so call your department of interest with questions.  For further info
  5. Danbury Hospital has opened a mobile testing site with specific protocol for testing.  Please call the Danbury Hospital: 888-667-9262.
  6. Ridgefield has already had one positive test and we expect that number to grow.
  7. Original protocol for testing remains in place.  The first step is to contact your primary care provider and follow recommendations.  Any test being conducted must have a prescription from your doctor.
  8. Governor Lamont has ordered all restaurants, and bars closed for all table service.  You can still support your local businesses by taking advantage of restaurant take out programs and other initiatives created by your favorite town shops.  Most have put alternative shopping opportunities in place so call them.    Call your retailers to set up a private appointment.
  9. Stop and Shop reports that they have a steady stream of deliveries.  The chain of supply will only be stressed if hoarding continues to take place.
  10. Please avoid play dates, any gatherings and large crowds especially today, St. Patrick’s Day.  
  11. For information on the food pantry, please call Social Services 203-431-2777.
  12. Feeling better does not necessarily mean you are free of the virus.  In order to be 100% sure you are clear, you need to test negative twice.
  13. The Office of Emergency Management on Facebook continues to relay information and to answer questions.  Go to www.ridgefieldct.org and ridgefieldoem on Facebook.
  14. Please check on your neighbors with a phone call, especially those most vulnerable.  Compassionate Ridgefield, The Neighbors Helping Neighbors project will help those Ridgefielders who may need a friendly ear or someone to pick up groceries.  Email: compassionproject06877@gmail.com with Senior Ridgefielder in the subject line OR call 203-431-7000 and leave your information.  Volunteers for the project-please email.
  15.  Please go to the Town of Ridgefield website www.ridgefieldct.org for a list of important local phone numbers.
  16. Our Town Emergency Operations Center is now on full virtual activation.

FOR ACCURATE INFORMATION:

Center For Disease Control:  (CDC): www.cdc.gov

Connecticut’s Official State Site:  www.ctgov

Town of Ridgefield Official Site: www.ridgefieldct.org

Town of Ridgefield Office of Emergency Management Social Media:  Facebook:  ridgefieldoem

Ridgefield Public Schools: www.ridgefield.org

Danbury Hospital Coronavirus hotline:  888-667-9262.

The following symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure:  fever, cough, shortness of breath. If you develop emergency warning signs for COVID-19 consult your medical provider

March 16th Update:

THERE WILL BE A BOARD OF SELECTMEN STREAMED MEETING ON MONDAY, MARCH 16TH, FROM 4 – 6 PM. CLICK HERE>

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

RIDGEFIELD, CT; March 16: 10AM:  Ridgefield’s First Selectman will hold a meeting with local response officials to update residents on COVID-19, today, Monday, March 16 at 4 PM.  This meeting will be closed to attendance, but open to all residents via streaming.   Please go to ridgefieldct.org, click on coronavirus red banner and clock on read more.   Click on meeting link and it will take you directly to the stream.

We ask that all residents continue to partner with us in fighting the spread of COVID-19.  We remind you to seek accurate information from the sites listed below.   Please remember we are all in this together and we must work together to follow the CDC guidelines and to adhere to town, state and federal requirements so we can halt the spread of this virus.

Here are our updates:

A COVID-19 update with First Selectman Rudy Marconi, Health Director Ed Briggs, and Emergency Management director Dick Aarons will be streamed today live at 4 pm. ridgefieldct.org. (Click on red banner, meeting name and word link to access the stream.)
Original protocol for testing remains in place.  The first step is to contact your primary care provider and follow recommendations.  Any test being conducted must have a prescription from your doctor.
Danbury Hospital has opened a mobile testing site with specific protocol for testing.  Please call the Danbury Hospital: 888-667-9262.
Effective tonight at 8pm, Governor Lamont has ordered all restaurants, and bars closed for all table service.  Support your local businesses by taking advantage of restaurant take out programs and other initiatives created by your favorite town shops.
Stop and Shop reports that they have recurring deliveries and if people refrain from hording, we will all have plenty of provisions. 
Town administrative services are open and running today.  We hope you will seek online alternatives before coming into public town buildings, but if you do come in please note:Please practice repeatedly advertised hygiene for both your safety as well as that of our town employees. 
Visitors to any town buildings will be asked to sign in with address phone and email.
Please avoid play dates, any gatherings and large crowds especially on St. Patrick’s Day.  
For information on the food pantry, please call Social Services 203-431-2777.
You should have two negative tests before resuming activities.  Feeling better does not necessarily mean you are free of the virus.  In order to be 100% sure you are clear, you need to test negative twice.

March 15th Update:

I want to assure you that Ridgefield is doing OK. We are trying to share new information, but understand, unlike social media, we feel the responsibility to make sure that information is accurate. Please remember that we are all in this together, no matter how long the run. It is important that you receive your information from town, state and federal reliable sources. That is how we can all ensure that we are sharing only accurate information. Please note the websites at the bottom of this release.

And now it’s time for all of us to step up. I want to thank those of you in town who have taken it upon yourselves to self-quarantine even when only a remote possibility of contamination has been suggested. If we can help in any way, do not hesitate to call.

Please note: The schools are closed in order to reduce the spreading COVID-19. This virus has a long incubation period and you can be shedding the virus without any symptoms. Your child, your child’s friends, your close friends and relatives can all look FINE, but still be contagious so please make smart choices. As an ER Doctor from Wilton posted on social media says, “No playdates, no sleepovers, no pandemic parties. Cancel the party, postpone the trip. LET YOUR KIDS BE BORED.” The only way to mitigate the danger of this disease is to stop its spread.

Here are our latest updates and suggested best practices:

Danbury Hospital has published the following number for individuals who are experiencing symptoms (Line open between 8AM and 6PM, seven days a week): Danbury Hospital: 888-667-9262.

Parks and Recreation buildings at 195 Danbury Road and Yanity Gym are closed until further notice.  All indoor programs are postponed.  Outdoor facilities are all open including the town’s parks, trails, walks and the dog park.  Team sports and other large gatherings on the sports fields are prohibited.  The outdoor tennis courts remain open. First Selectman Rudy Marconi and Health Director Ed Briggs ordered a halt to indoor activities to help slow the community spread of the COVID-19 virus.  The offices are still operational.

Town Hall Offices are open and all services are available as usual. Visitors to Town Hall and the Town Hall Annex are asked to follow the posted sanitation procedures and to use provided sanitizer stations.  Although town staff will wipe counters and public computer keyboards regularly throughout the workday,  it’s recommended that visitors bring wipes and clean up after use of keyboards and other work areas. In other words, clean your space before and after use.

Several Ridgefield Nursery Schools have closed.  Health Director Ed Briggs believes he will have to order the remaining nursery schools closed by Wednesday. While children rarely get seriously ill with COVID-19 virus, they can carry it home to parents, siblings, grandparents and other caregivers.  Parents should begin to make alternate arrangements.

Ridgefield’s First Selectman, as well as the town Health Director and Emergency manager remain in daily contact with other towns, the state health department and the state Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security.  As of Saturday at 6pm, there had been no reports of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Ridgefield; however, many residents are choosing to work from home and follow the common sense recommendations posted here and at CDC.gov. 

The fear-driven purchasing and hoarding that has hit local stores lately is entirely unnecessary and inventories will return as merchants’ warehouses work through backorders.

Get outside, says Health Director Ed Briggs.  Fresh air is good for us physically and emotionally.  “We are certainly going through a stressful time.  Be kind to yourself. Follow the often-repeated suggestions to wash hands and avoid groups.  Clean up surfaces in your home and workplace, and then take time to enjoy the outside world — especially now that we are heading for an early spring.”

FOR ACCURATE INFORMATION:

Center For Disease Control: (CDC): www.cdc.gov

Connecticut’s Official State Site: www.ct.gov

Town of Ridgefield Official Site: www.ridgefieldct.org

Town of Ridgefield Office of Emergency Management Social Media: Facebook: ridgefieldoem

Ridgefield Public Schools: www.ridgefield.org

Danbury Hospital Hotline: 888-667-9262

The following symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure: fever, cough, shortness of breath. If you develop emergency warning signs for COVID-19 consult your medical provider.

THERE WILL BE A BOARD OF SELECTMEN STREAMED MEETING ON MONDAY, MARCH 16TH, FROM 4 – 6 PM. CLICK HERE>

March 13th Update:

First Selectman Rudy Marconi declared a local State of Emergency for the Town of Ridgefield.  This action gives the greatest possible operational flexibility to our departments involved in COVID-19 response, recovery and mitigation.  The declaration does not indicate a major change in the local situation, but rather parallels the declaration made by Governor Lamont and facilitates dealings with state and federal authorities as necessary.  

Earlier this week, Mr. Marconi ordered the partial activation of the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) policy group comprising health and public safety department heads.  This group meets daily to assure a coordinated response by schools, government and local businesses.  Watch for situation reports and updates on these social media resources:

Center For Disease Control: (CDC): www.cdc.gov

Connecticut’s Official State Site: www.ct.gov

Town of Ridgefield Official Site: www.ridgefieldct.org

Town of Ridgefield Office of Emergency Management Social Media: Facebook: ridgefieldoem

Ridgefield Public Schools: www.ridgefield.org

The following symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure: fever, cough, shortness of breath. If you develop emergency warning signs for COVID-19 consult your medical provider.

March 12th Update:
 Rudy Marconi Coronavirus Message 3-12-20

Rudy Marconi COVID-19 Ridgefield CT 3-12-20 page 2

For all emergencies, dial 911. If you need more information call my office at (203) 431-2774. You will be kept informed whenever new information reaches my office. First Selectman, Rudy Marconi

State of Connecticut Notice: For the latest information, resources, and guidance related to coronavirus (COVID-19), visit ct.gov/coronavirus

Previous Updates:

Coronavirus- COVID-19 update
From: First Selectman Rudy Marconi
6 Mar 20
Further information contact: 203-431-2774

Ridgefield public safety agencies, the Ridgefield School system, and the State of Connecticut’s Governor’s office continue to coordinate efforts to prevent the potential local spread of the COVID-19 virus in the State.

As explained in my previous update, the best way to prevent the spread of the COIV-19 virus and all other respiratory diseases include:

  • Avoiding close contact with people who are sick
  • Avoid touching yours eyes, nose and mouth
  • Stay home when you are sick
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue and then throw the tissue in the trash
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using regular household cleaning products or sprays including cellphones, keyboards, and computer mice
  • Wash your hands frequently for at least 20 seconds and if soap and water are not available, use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.

The Town is installing hand sanitizer stations at the entrances of our public buildings for the public to use on the way in to our facilities to help reduce the spread of germs. We have also put sanitizers near all computers that the public have access to, and instruct them to sanitize prior to and after using our computers. We have increased the cleaning and sanitizing of all public building hand rails, public counters and all frequently used public areas and Town offices. Our Public Safety personnel are following CDC guidelines for how to protect themselves and you during this time as well.

We ask residents who have traveled to any CDC Level 3 or Level 4 countries to follow the CDC recommendations for quarantines. In addition, we ask that all residents traveling to keep a watchful eye on the travel advisories and information provided from the CDC before traveling and when returning to our area. You may find travel information at http://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/index.html

In addition, the Town’s health department has added several links for those seeking guidance on this issue on the Town’s site at http://www.ridgefieldct.org/health.

You can find Governor Lamont’s most recent press release in regards to the COVID-19 virus at http://portal.ct.gov/Office-of-the-Governor/News/Press-Releases/2020/03-2020/Governor-Lamont-Urges-Connecticut-Residents-to-Follow-Ongoing-Travel-Guidance-From-CDC

Both the CDC and WHO (world health organization) have extensive information about this virus and their recommendations. As the information is rapidly developing and changing, we always suggest you review their guidelines and public information for the most up-to-date info. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html – CDC Link

https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019 – The WHO link

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