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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 the 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

 

Reopening Guidelines for Ridgefield Businesses:

Click here for the Guidelines from the Office of the Selectman. Updated on May 11, 2020.

 

June 1, 2020 Updates:

Town-wide testing for current evidence of COVID-19 that took place on both May 16 and May 30 resulted in approximately 545 tests being administered. Of those tests, a total of six positives were reported, three from each test date. First Selectman Rudy Marconi says that Ridgefield has had the largest turn out for any of the Statewide drive through testing sites and encourages residents to continue their efforts by taking advantage of upcoming testing that will be offered again in two weeks. More information will follow as soon as it is available and preregistration is recommended the week of the test by going to: https://docsmedicalgroup.com/get-tested
People who test positive are reminded to contact their primary care physicians and to immediately self-quarantine. Follow specific CDC (www.cdc.gov) guidelines for quarantining in order to avoid infecting others in the household.
While supplies last, the State of Connecticut has secured infrared thermometers for small businesses, nonprofits, and places of worship to support safe reopening activities. 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. Follow the appropriate links for your business type.
The State is continuing the mask distribution program to businesses with less than 50 employees (two masks per employee.). Apply at: https://www.ctcovidresponse.org/request-masks-for-ct-small-business. Once you apply, check your email frequently for further instructions on pick up. If you do not receive an email, look in your junk/spam or trash folders.
As the three-month Ridgefield Responds Rental Assistance program winds down at the end of June, First Selectman Rudy Marconi wants to thank the generous donors who provided funding and hopes this program has helped many residents affected by COVID-19 get through this difficult time Applications will be accepted to the end of June provided funds are still available and there is a three-grant limit per applicant. Residents requiring additional help should contact the COVID-19 hotline at 203-431-2718.
Those who ordered PPE last week should bring a PRINTED EMAIL confirmation to the Boys & Girls Club on Tuesday, June 2 between 9:30 AM and 12:00 PM for distribution.

Reopen Ridgefield Hotline: 12:30AM-4:30PM Monday-Friday 203-431-2718
24,900 people working together, to restore our vibrant economy, slowly and safely.
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May 28, 2020 Updates:

As the three-month Ridgefield Responds Rental Assistance program winds down at the end of June, First Selectman Rudy Marconi wants to thank the generous donors who provided funding and hopes this program has helped many residents affected by COVID-19 get through this difficult time Applications will be accepted to the end of June provided funds are still available and there is a three-grant limit per applicant. Residents requiring additional help should contact the COVID-19 hotline at 203-431-2718.
Town wide testing for current evidence of COVID-19 for all residents will take place Saturday, May 30 at Parks and Recreation Center, located at 195 Danbury Road from 11 am to 3 pm (last appointment time 2:30pm.) No prescription is required.

Preregistration is recommended by going to : https://docsmedicalgroup.com/get-tested
Be sure to bring Drivers License (or other proof of CT residency-bill with your name, School ID, etc. Note: the time may be different from the time indicated during registration.
When registering, under Visit Info, go to the Reason for the Visit drop-down menu by clicking the arrow to the right, you must select “COVID19 Ridgefield Resident.” Enter your personal and insurance information there. If uninsured, additional steps will be required at the time of the testing. Follow the instructions in the pale blue box to verify the phone number you provided. Once complete, an onscreen confirmation will appear and an email will arrive later. Ignore the Danbury address listed and plan to proceed to the Parks and Recreation Center, located at 195 Danbury Road. It is not necessary to register for the portal.
The tests are first come/registered, first served. There will be very limited tests for non-registered Ridgefield residents, so please register in advance. On the day of the test, you must bring your license and insurance card! (a copy of both will help speed up the check-in process).

While supplies last, the State of Connecticut has secured infrared thermometers for small businesses, nonprofits, and places of worship to support safe reopening activities. 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. Follow the appropriate links for your business type.
The State is continuing the mask distribution program to businesses with less than 50 employees (two masks per employee.). Apply at: https://www.ctcovidresponse.org/request-masks-for-ct-small-business. Once you apply, check your email frequently for further instructions on pick up. If you do not receive an email, look in your junk/spam or trash folders.
Those who ordered PPE last week should bring a PRINTED EMAIL confirmation to the Boys & Girls Club on Tuesday, June 2 between 9:30 AM and 12:30 PM for distribution.

May 21, 2020 Updates:

First Selectman Rudy Marconi reminds residents that reopening information is dynamic and can often be contradictory and confusing. “We follow state mandates and from there build our own program on how to safely reopen,” he says. “Each municipality decides each sector safely. The same is true of businesses—some may not yet be ready. We are all anxious to get back to normal, but I ask for your patience during these unprecedented times.”

RIDGEFIELD CV-19 CORRECTED NUMBERS were released today by Health Director Ed Briggs. Cumulative positive tests total 172. Deaths total 41, all but four originated in nursing homes and assisted living facilities. State and local health staffers are working to get the new Microsoft CV-19 tracking system up and working. Still no actionable information is coming from the system, according to Director Briggs.
Ridgefield will continue to offer drive through testing for Ridgefield Residents on Saturday, May 30, 2020. Sign-ups will begin on Tuesday May 26 and sign-up information will follow as soon as the site is activated.

All social distancing and face covering requirements are mandated by the State of Connecticut. For problems or questions or complaints call the 2-1-1 State hotline or locally: 203-431-2718.

Signage indicating that ‘Face Coverings are required for entry’ are available for pick up by local businesses (one sign per door PLEASE). Pick up in the front door vestibule at Town Hall between 8:30-4:30 PM.

Parks and Recreation has announced that the dog park and tennis courts will not open until June 1. No more than 50% of normal occupancy will be allowed, social distancing and face coverings will be required (for the people, not the pets!) Out door Pickleball courts and the Skate Park will also open at that time.

The State of Connecticut will be distributing 50,000 infrared thermometers for small businesses, nonprofits, and places of worship to support safe reopening activities. 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. Follow the appropriate links for your business type.

The State is continuing the mask distribution program to businesses with less than 50 employees (two masks per employee.). Apply here. Once you apply, check your email frequently for further instructions on pick up.

Residents are reminded to avoid policing others. If uncomfortable in a situation, leave the scene. Please remember to be kind and keep your cool. All restaurants that reopen do so under the guidance of the Health Department. Residents should be aware that very strict state and local mandates are being followed.

May 19, 2020 Updates:

First Selectman Rudy Marconi reached out to State Senator Will Haskell yesterday requesting that those hair salons and barber shops that are ready to safely open be allowed to do so. The Governor changed the reopening date until June for barber shops and hair salons. For a complete list of guidelines of what businesses can open on May 20, go to: https://portal.ct.gov/Sector-Rules-for-May-20-Reopen.

Drive Thru Testing on May 16th:

The Town of Ridgefield has partnered with DocsMedical Group to bring Town-wide COVID19 Nasal Swab- Drive-Thru Testing.

On Saturday, May 16th, at the Parks and Recreation Center, located at 195 Danbury Road, DocsMedical will be testing from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm (last appointment time 2:30) to do testing. No doctor’s script required, but pre-registration is desired as there is a limited number of tests available.

The registration link for residents is: https://docsmedicalgroup.com/get-tested

When registering, you must select “COVID19 Ridgefield Resident” from the drop-down as your reason for visit. You will enter your personal and insurance information there. If you are not insured, they will require additional steps at the time of the testing.

The tests are first come/registered, first served. There will be very limited tests for non-registered Ridgefield residents, so please register in advance.

On the day of the test, you must bring your license and insurance card! (a copy of both will help speed up the check-in process).

May 12, 2020 Updates:

Reopen Ridgefield Guidelines are posted on the town website – see the link above.
A special Board of Selectman budget meeting will be held tonight, May 12, 2020 at 6:30 PM. An agenda can be found on the Board of Selectman web page and people can register in advance for this webinar: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_xytsXC22S52s1jJt51uXrw. This is in accordance with the Governor’s Executive Order 7B, which says the in-person open meeting requirements for a public agency have been suspended. As a result, the Board of Selectmen will conduct a public meetings remotely using video/audio conference technology in real time.
Re-opening details for the State are outlined HERE and also on the ECDC website.
The Governor continues to make it clear that wearing masks/face coverings in public places and especially where it is not possible to maintain social distancing is mandatory. Places of business are asked to enforce this rule. This does not apply to anyone for whom doing so would be contrary to his or her health or safety because of a medical condition.
The State of Connecticut and the Connecticut Business & Industry Association (CBIA) is continuing their mask distribution program to businesses with less than 50 employees. Businesses are eligible to receive up to two surgical masks per employee. To apply please go to: https://www.ctcovidresponse.org/request-masks-for-ct-small-business
With the anticipation of upcoming re-opening rules, residents are asked to continue to follow all executive orders which include social distancing, wearing face coverings and washing hands. It is recommended that those who are at high risk, including those over the age of 65, stay at home.
The Governor recommends that people travelling by any means who return to the state to self-quarantine for fourteen days.
Earlier today, First Selectman Rudy Marconi clarified that in compliance with Governor Ned Lamont’s orders there will be no large crowd gatherings allowed at this time, which includes CHIRP concerts. He confirmed that while groups may be planning their schedules in hopes of being able to have a summer season, there will be no concerts or any other group gatherings held until further notice. “In spite of re-opening plans for many of our businesses and organizations, we do not know when the Governor will relax the rules for large outdoor events, but there is no expectation that it will be any time soon,” he said. “It is critical that we move towards reopening in a slow and thoughtful way in order to protect our community.”

STAY HOME, STAY SAFE, STAY HEALTHY.

May 5, 2020 Updates:

• Health Director Ed Briggs reports that the number of cumulative positive COVID-19 tests is at 166. Sadly, the number of deaths is now at 36, with all but three associated with two care facilities. Mr. Briggs also reports that with the focus now transitioning to contact tracing and follow up, the health department will move away from the focus on daily numbers.

• Governor Ned Lamont today announced that due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, he is ordering in-person classes at all K-12 public school facilities in Connecticut to remain canceled for the rest of the 2019-2020 academic year and schools will continue providing distance learning during this period. Schools will also be required to continue providing meals to children under the school lunch and breakfast programs for consumption at home, as they have been throughout this emergency. The governor is consulting with state and local education officials regarding whether summer school programming should commence as scheduled. He anticipates having guidance on that matter toward the end of this month. He is currently recommending virtual graduations, however, plans to make a final determination will be at a later date.

• The Governor has announced that camps can open as of June 29 with specific guidelines that will be announced on May 15.

• First Selectman Rudy Marconi announced today that he and Selectman Bob Hebert will lead a short-term recovery team that will include a representation of the community. The purpose of this team is to provide precise, considerate and safe best practices for re-opening our town. More details will be provided shortly. This differs from long-term recovery programs in that it is an immediate response to the Governor’s re-opening plan and will provide time-sensitive guidelines that take into consideration the best interest of the community.

• Re-opening guidelines will be published as soon as they are completed. Please do not call town officials or the health department as complete re-opening information is not yet available.

• Those who have inquired about additional masks through the State of Connecticut and the Connecticut Business & Industry Association (CBIA) program should check to see if they qualify as an essential business with 50 employees or less. If your business is eligible and in need please follow the link and fill out the form to cue up for any excess masks that might be distributed. Should your Ridgefield business qualify, you will be notified via email of pick up. Please check your email daily. The link to the form is: https://www.ctcovidresponse.org/request-masks-for-ct-small-business. For more details to determine eligibility visit: https://portal.ct.gov/DECD/Content/Coronavirus-Business-Recovery/Busines….

• Please note, usage criteria for CTAlert has changed and updates via phone that residents are accustomed to receiving are being reserved at this time for urgent or time sensitive messages. Please go to the town website (www.ridgefieldct.org) for the latest daily updates. You can also visit the Ridgefield Office of Emergency Management Facebook page.

STAY HOME, STAY SAFE, STAY HEALTHY

 

May 4, 2020 Updates:

  • Health Director Ed Briggs reports that the number of cumulative positive COVID-19 tests has not changed in the last few days.  The number of deaths, sadly, is now at 35.  Mr. Briggs also reports that with the focus now transitioning to contact tracing and follow up, the health department will move away from the focus on daily numbers.
  • The Office of Emergency Management thanks the Boys and Girls Club for their help in packaging and distributing nearly 3500 masks to local businesses today.  The state program allocated two masks per employee for essential businesses in need, but the town was required to pick them up and to set up a distribution program.
  • Governor Lamont reported that Coronavirus-related hospitalizations in Connecticut declined for the twelfth straight day.  He said he is looking for two straight weeks of a decline in hospitalizations before the state will be reopened which is consistent with federal guidelines. 
  • Safe store rules require that customers and employees wear masks inside retail establishments.  Emergency Management Director Dick Aarons reminds people that there are medical reasons that allow some people to be exempt, but that everyone should practice social distancing regardless of where they are. 
  • Governor Lamont issued his four-level plan of reopening businesses by May 20th which includes restaurants for outdoor dining only, retail, offices with recommendation that those who can work at home continue to do so, personal services, museums, zoos for outdoor only, additional recreation and University research programs.  The plan is based on certain criteria being met including: a 14-day decline in hospitalizations, increased testing availability, sufficient contact tracing capacity, protection of high-risk populations, adequate healthcare capacity, adequate supply of PPE and appropriate physical distancing regulations. 
  • According to Health Director Ed Briggs, there are no shortages of tests.  People experiencing symptoms should still follow the same procedures of contacting their primary care physician for a prescription. 
  • School reopening information is expected to be announced tomorrow.
  • Residents are asked to continue social distancing, wearing masks and sanitizing and not to relax their efforts.   

STAY HOME, STAY SAFE, STAY HEALTHY..

May 1, 2020 Updates:

  • Health Director Ed Briggs reports that the number of cumulative positive COVID-19 tests to date is now at 166.  The total number of deaths is 34, all but two from nursing homes and assisted care facilities.  These increased numbers may be a reflection of the state reporting software finally catching up.
  • Those businesses that have applied for masks should check their email for details. Pick up will be on Monday from 10AM to 2PM at the Boys and Girls Club.
  • Governor Lamont issued his four-level plan of reopening businesses by May 20th which includes restaurants for outdoor dining only, retail, offices with recommendation that those who can work at home continue to do so, personal services, museums, zoos for outdoor only, additional recreation and University research programs.  The plan is based on certain criteria being met including: a 14-day decline in hospitalizations, increasing testing available, sufficient contact tracing capacity, protection of high-risk populations, adequate healthcare capacity, adequate supply of PPE and appropriate physical distancing regulations. 
  • The Town of Ridgefield will provide a Tax Deferral Program to Ridgefield taxpayers under Governor Lamont’s Executive Order 7S issued on April 1, 2020, and Executive Order 7W issued on April 9, 2020, and approved by the Board of Selectman (BOS) on April 22, 2020.
    • The Tax Deferral Program is available by application, with documentation of proof of residency and loss of income, submitted to the Tax Collector by email no later than May 15, 2020 for the April tax quarter and no later than July 1, 2020 for the July tax quarter.  The program is an extended grace period on tax payments for April 2020 and July 2020 tax bills so that any payments made anytime within three months from each bill’s due dates will not incur interest charges or penalties.  If accepted into the program, the new last day to pay without penalty is July for the April installment and October 1 for the July installment.  .
    • The Low Interest Program is available to everyone.  For April payments made during the quarter after May 1, the interest rate will be .25% per month or part thereof down from the statutory 1.5% per month for the months of April, May and June.  For July installment, the same logic applies.
    • For more information call (203) 431-2779 or taxoffice@ridgefieldct.org and to the town website at ridgefieldct.org.  Click on the red banner for emergency updates and go to Town of Ridgefield COVID-19 Relief Program. 
  • The Annual Town Budget Meeting (May 4, 2020) and the Budget Referendum are cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  Governor Lamont’s Executive Order 7I gives the Board of Selectmen the authority to permit the “budget making authority” of the Town—the Board of Finance (BOF)—to adopt a budget for the July 1, 2020 – June 30, 2021 fiscal year and set a mill rate.
  • Webinars of interest:
    • Taking Action on Behalf of CT’s Residents: Public Utility Companies’ Response to COVID-19, will take place on May 5 at 10:00 a.m. Interested parties are encouraged to pre-register for the residential customers’ webinar using the following link.  . Taking Action on Behalf of CT’s Businesses: Public Utility Companies’ Response to COVID-19, will take place on May 5 at 1:00 p.m. Interested parties are encouraged to pre-register for the commercial and industrial customers’ webinar using the following link. Or visit:  https://portal.ct.gov/PURA
  • Residents are asked to continue social distancing, wearing masks and sanitizing. 

STAY HOME, STAY SAFE, STAY HEALTHY.

April 28th Updates:

Over the weekend, the State of Connecticut and the Connecticut Business & Industry Association (CBIA) announced a program where businesses listed by the state as essential and with less than 50 employees are eligible to receive surgical masks to help ensure the safety and continuity of their operations. You do not need to be a member of CBIA to place an order. If your business is eligible and in need please follow the link and fill out the form. Any masks that are ordered will be distributed to your local municipality/EMD office this Thursday afternoon. Delivery or pickup will then be determined by the municipality.

We suggest you place your order immediately to ensure you are included in the program.
The link to the form is: https://www.ctcovidresponse.org/request-masks-for-ct-small-business
For more details to determine eligibility visit: https://portal.ct.gov/DECD/Content/Coronavirus-Business-Recovery/Business-Exemptions-for-Coronavirus

 

April 27th Updates:

Here are today’s updates:

Health Director Ed Briggs reports that the number of cumulative positive COVID-19 tests to date are 155 and sadly, the number of deaths is 30. All but three deaths are associated with nursing and assisted living facilities.
The Ridgefield Golf course opened today, Monday, April 27th. Please go to: www.ridgefieldgc.com for details and to make online reservations. Plan to pay with a credit card. Play will be in twosomes, there will be no carts or sharing of equipment and players are required to wear face coverings.
The Annual Town Budget Meeting (May 4, 2020) and the upcoming Budget Referendum are cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Governor Lamont’s Executive Order 7I gives the Board of Selectmen the authority to permit the “budget making authority” of the Town—the Board of Finance—to adopt a budget for the July 1, 2020 – June 30, 2021 fiscal year and set a mill rate.
The Board of Selectmen (BOS) will be holding budget meetings on April 29 and April 30 at 6:30 pm (see posted notices for agenda and participation information on ridgefieldct.org). The first order of business will be to rescind the previous budget votes and withdraw previous recommendations made to the Board of Finance (BOF). The Board of Selectmen will then review, discuss and vote on Operating, Capital, and Road budgets, as well as a non-binding recommendation on the Board of Education operating budget. The date for final BOS budget approval is now set for May 6.
The BOF will set their meeting schedule for final budget adoption, including a public hearing (via zoom or other platform) accordingly.
The Office of Emergency Management expects to receive surgical masks from the State to be distributed to workers in essential town businesses (two per employee) in the next week. There will be additional notification on distribution to be announced in the next few days.
Ridgefield Responds is accepting applications for the Residential Rental Assistance program for anyone suffering a loss of income due to COVID-19. For more information go to the town website, ridgefieldct.org or call Social Services: 203-431-2777.

STAY HOME, STAY SAFE, STAY HEALTHY.

 

April 21st Updates:

First Selectman Rudy Marconi stresses the importance of wearing face coverings in public in compliance with the Governor’s executive order currently in effect. This requires everyone, including workplace employees, to wear face coverings in public wherever it isn’t possible to maintain six-foot social distancing such as in grocery stores and pharmacies. (This does not apply to anyone for whom doing so would be contrary to his or her health or safety because of a medical condition).

Here are today’s updates:

Health Director Ed Briggs reports that the number of active COVID-19 cases is 143 and the current death toll remains at 20. According to Emergency Management Director Dick Aarons, this is a cumulative number and not a list of active infections. It sometimes disagrees with the state numbers because the town health director does a “deep dive” making sure there are no redundancies or other inaccuracies in reporting.
Emergency Management Director Dick Aarons says that because people have been practicing social distancing, wearing face coverings when social distancing be maintained and cooperating in every way possible to stop the spread of the virus, he as well as state and regional officials believe we are approaching the plateau, if not already on it. He stresses that we should continue to do what we are doing.
The upcoming Board of Selectmen’s meeting will be held Wednesday, April 22 at 6:30 PM via a zoom webinar. You must pre-register to join by going to: to www.ridgefieldct.org and click on the town calendar or the BOS meeting notification. Go to the agenda link and you will see registration link at the bottom, or go to: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_7mbBUdMVQ1eqLnqJ258HcA
Ridgefielders are asked to learn the proper way to remove and discard gloves (www.cdc.gov How to Remove Gloves). Properly removed gloves are safe to be discarded in trash bins or taken home to throw away.
Emergency Management Director Dick Aarons wants people to know that the CTAlert system is used as a public warning system for information that the public needs to know immediately. This is different from daily updates from the Office of Emergency Management and the First Selectman which are timely, but not necessarily urgent.
There is a link on the town website for those who would like to contribute to Ridgefield based organizations.
The State of Connecticut is partnering with the developers of the How We Feel app in an effort to anonymously provide scientists with critical health information needed to understand the spread of COVID-19. Available to download for free in the Apple App Store and the Google Play store, it is supported by a nonprofit organization and does not require logging in or the sharing of any personal details, such as name or email address. In addition to being available to download to mobile devices, users can also complete the survey through a web version available at howwefeel.org

April 20th Updates:

Health Director Ed Briggs reports that the number of active COVID-19 cases is 140 and the current death toll for Ridgefield is sadly 20.
The upcoming Board of Selectmen’s meeting will be held Wednesday, April 22 at 6:30 PM via a zoom webinar. To register go to: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_7mbBUdMVQ1eqLnqJ258HcA or go to www.ridgefieldct.org and click on the town calendar and then the agenda link.
The Governor signed an “executive order directing face coverings to be worn by anyone in public wherever a six-foot distance is unavoidable, including by employees while in the workplace. This does not apply to anyone for whom doing so would be contrary to his or her health or safety because of a medical condition.” A video on how to make a face covering can be found on the CDC web site.
Residents who have concerns about others in the community following the mask/face covering directive should use their best judgement on whether or not to enter an area where this is occurring. Ridgefielders are being asked to take protective measures and when possible, share those measures with friends and family. Please also keep in mind that some people may not be wearing masks due to health reasons.
Director of Emergency Management, Dick Aarons requests that people learn the proper way to remove and discard of the gloves. Gloves should not be tossed in parking lots or on sidewalks but should be discarded in trash bins or taken home to discard. Go to www.cdc.gov How to Remove Gloves for a safe simple guide that will make it easy and safe to transport used gloves to the trash.
Ridgefield Responds is now accepting applications for rental assistance from Ridgefield residents who are experiencing immediate financial difficulties as a result of COVID-19. For applications and criteria, please go to the town website, www.ridgefieldct.org . Ridgefield Responds is a public 501C-3 under the Friends of Ridgefield and is comprised of donated funds for the rental assistance program. All tax-deductible donations can be sent to: Friends of Ridgefield-Ridgefield Responds at 400 Main Street, Ridgefield, CT 06877
Emergency Management Director Dick Aarons wants people to know that the CTAlert system is used as a public warning system for information that the public needs to know immediately. This is different from daily updates from the Office of Emergency Management which are timely, but not necessarily urgent.
There is a link on the town website for those who would like to contribute to Ridgefield based organizations.

STAY HOME, STAY SAFE, STAY HEALTHY.

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