Coronavirus Health Dept UPDATE

  • May 26, 2020 Update

  • Confirmed COVID-19 cases among Westbrook residents: 25
    Confirmed COVID-19 associated deaths among Westbrook residents: 1
    Confirmed new COVID-19 cases in the past 7 days among Westbrook residents: 3

    COVID-19 related hospitalizations continue to decline in the State of Connecticut and Middlesex County specifically. The latest Department of Public Health updates can be found at State of CT DPH Update

  • Phased Reopening
    On May 20th, 2020, the State of Connecticut implemented Phase 1 Reopening. The first set of businesses have reopened with restrictions:
    • Restaurants (outdoor dining only, no bar areas, continue take out and curbside pick-up services)
    • Offices (Work from home where possible)
    • Retail stores and malls
    • Outdoor recreation
    • Outdoor museums and zoos

    For Phase 1 Reopening, the State of Connecticut has issued Sector Rules that businesses must comply with in order to reopen. All businesses subject to the Sector Rules are required to self-certify that they are following strict safety guidelines to keep employees and customers safe. The rules in English and Spanish can be found at State of CT Sector Rules May 20

  • The Westbrook Health Department, Building Department, Planning, Zoning and Development Department, and Fire Marshall’s Office have been and will continue to work with Westbrook businesses to safely reopen according to the Sector Rules.

    Phase 2 Reopening is expected on June 20th, 2020. The reopened sectors may include indoor restaurant dining, fitness centers, all personal services, outdoor events (up to 50 people), outdoor amusement parks, movie theaters, bowling alleys, social clubs, pools, all museums, zoos, and aquariums.

    5 criteria that must be met to progress to Phase 2:
    1. Declining Transmission – Less than 100 bed net increase in hospitalizations in last week of phase 1
    2. Healthcare Capacity – <20% of beds occupied by COVID-19 patients amongst total peak COVID-19 bed capacity
    3. Testing and Contact Tracing – 100,000 tests a week; 50% completed contact tracing within 48 hours
    4. Protection for the Vulnerable – Testing plan for key workers and priority high-risk communities implemented
    5. Business and Social Safeguards – Rules and regulations disseminated two weeks prior to Phase 2 Reopening

  • Executive Orders
    Governor Lamont issued Executive Order No. 7PP, extended the prohibition on large gatherings of more than 5 people to June 20, 2020. For the removal of all doubt, the prohibition on gatherings of more than 5 people shall apply to any group seated together at any of the reopened business establishments, such as food establishments or offices. Governor Lamont’s Executive Orders can be found at State of Connecticut Governor Executive Orders

  • COVID-19 Testing
    Symptoms of COVID-19 can include the following: fever, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, or new loss of taste or smell. At this time, it is not recommended to be tested if you do not have symptoms consistent with COVID-19. In addition to the testing sites at hospitals throughout the State of Connecticut, CVS Health has opened 25 new drive-thru COVID-19 testing sites. These new sites will utilize self-swab tests and will be available to individuals meeting Centers for Disease Control and Prevention criteria, in addition to age guidelines. Patients must register in advance at CVS COVID19 Testing beginning Friday, May 15 to schedule an appointment. Patients will be required to stay in their cars and directed to the pharmacy drive-thru window where they will be provided with a test kit and given instructions; a CVS Pharmacy team member will observe the self-swab process to ensure it is done properly. Tests will be sent to an independent, third-party lab for processing and the results will be available in approximately three days.

    Testing will not take place inside any retail locations. CVS Pharmacy, HealthHUB and MinuteClinic will continue to serve customers and patients.

  • The new testing sites in Connecticut include:
    CVS Pharmacy, 15 Chesterfield Road, East Lyme, CT
    CVS Pharmacy, 1057 Boston Post Road, Guilford, CT
    CVS Pharmacy, 2005 Norwich-New London Turnpike, Uncasville, CT
    CVS Pharmacy, 54 East High Street, East Hampton, CT
    CVS Pharmacy, 2639 Main Street, Glastonbury, CT
    CVS Pharmacy, 1657 Route 12, Gales Ferry, CT

  • There is no cost to be tested for COVID-19. The Families First Coronavirus Response Act guarantees all Americans can receive free coronavirus testing. This includes those with private insurance, government insurance (Medicare, Medicare Advantage, Medicaid, CHIP, VA, FEHBP, and TRICARE), and those with no insurance. Connecticut residents on Medicaid can also receive free treatment for COVID-19. For the most up to date information regarding Connecticut testing sites, including locations and hours of operation, please visit the United Way 211 website

    To view Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on the State of Connecticut’s actions related to COVID-19, visit State of Connecticut FAQ