Important Announcement: QVHD is closely monitoring the community spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19). Please direct all general questions to the state's hotline by dialing 2-1-1 or call 833-ASK-YNHH (833-275-9644). Anyone experiencing symptoms (fever, cough, shortness of breath) is strongly urged to contact their medical provider to seek treatment. For additional information, visit our information page at www.qvhd.org/coronavirus-preparedness or ct.gov/coronavirus.

COVID-19 STATE & LOCAL UPDATES

This page will be updated as closures and announcements related to COVID-19 are shared at both the state and local level.

3/31/2020: QVHD Director of Health, Rick Matheny, urges residents to recognize that asymptomatic individuals can transmit COVID-19 to others.  Matheny stated "Everyone should be considered as a potential COVID-19 positive person capable of spreading the virus".

Please stay safe, stay home and follow social distancing guidelines when venturing into the community is necessary. 

For educational materials on COVID-19 visit: www.qvhd.org/coronavirus-preparedness 

Test Data in CT as of April 2, 2020 

Frequently Asked Questions from Governor Ned Lamont (updated April 1, 2020) 

Latest Guidance (4/1/2020) 

  • Stay Safe, Stay Home: The Governor signed an executive order directing Connecticut residents to "Stay Safe, Stay Home." It orders all nonessential businesses statewide to prohibit in-person functions. This remains in effect until April 22, unless modified. Guidance has been issued to the state's businesses.
  • Travelers: Any person coming into Connecticut by any mode of transportation for any reason is strongly urged to self-quarantine for 14 days.
  • Gatherings: All social and recreational gatherings of more than 5 people are prohibited. This includes things such as sports, parades, concerts, festivals, live performances, and conventions. Religious, spiritual, and worship gatherings of more than 50 are prohibited. This remains in effect through April 30, unless modified.
  • Food establishments: Restaurants and bars that serve food are required to provide take-out and delivery services for off-premise consumption only. These establishments must limit entrance of customers to the minimum extent necessary to pick up and/or pay for orders, and use touchless payment if available. This order remains in effect through April 30, unless modified.
  • Retail establishments: Stores that are permitted to stay open under the "Stay Safe, Stay Home" executive order must limit occupancy to allow for six-foot distancing between all people, including in payment lines. They must also use touchless payment if available.
  • Gyms, movie theaters, hair and nail salons: All gyms, fitness centers, and similar sports venues; theaters and cinemas; and hair salons, barbershops, nail salons, spas, and tattoo parlors are closed until April 30, unless modified.
  • Schools: Classes at all public schools are canceled through April 20, unless modified

Daily Updates from the Governor: 

Restaurants, Bars, Gyms, Movie Theaters: Governor Lamont Press Release

Grocery Stores 

Hamden

See Click Fix: COVID-19 Portal

"The Portal is designed to answer questions, and allow residents to submit reports regarding the COVID-19 Pandemic and potential violations of social distancing orders and business restrictions as imposted by Governor Lamont & Mayor Leng. The Town's constituent issue resolution platform, SeeClickFix, is available through the town's website www.hamden.com, or by downloading the SeeClickFix application from the Apple Store or Google Play store. Residents are also able to submit issues about all types of constituent needs directly to the Town and receive a follow-up response from town employees, in real time. " If you don't have access to the portal you can email seeclickfix@hamden.com

Child Care Centers: Press Release Town of Hamden 

"HAMDEN, CT – Mayor Curt Balzano Leng, following the positive example taken today by the City of New Haven, and which is supported by the Quinnipiack Valley Health District Director, has issued an emergency order to close any childcare center in Hamden providing child care services for more than 12 children. 
 
The order allows certain exemptions, mainly pertaining to Child Care Facilities providing services to the children of medical professionals, which are needed so they can continue providing the extensive and increasingly arduous tasks of providing medical treatment to all whom need and will need it." 
 

Barbers, Hairdressers, Cosmetologists, Nail Technicians, Estheticians, Eyelash Technicians, and Massage Therapists: DPH Advisory to Beauty Industry 

"The Department of Public Health (DPH) urges all salons and other businesses that provide similar services that require direct contact to cease operations indefinitely."

QVHD ORDER TO COSMETOLOGY AND TATTOO ESTABLISHMENTS TO CLOSE:

As of March 18, 2020, 8:00 PM, all cosmetology and tattoo establishments operating within the towns of Hamden, North Haven, Woodbridge and Bethany Connecticut are hereby ordered to close until further notice. 

Funeral Homes: DPH Advisory to Funeral Homes  

"On March 16, Governor Lamont signed an executive order that prohibits large gatherings to a capacity of 50 people. As you are likely aware, this prohibition applies to funerals and wakes. Some funeral homes are livestreaming services and/or staggering visitors in order to adhere to the prohibition. All of these actions are ways to reduce the chance of spreading COVID 19." 

State Executive Orders 

Governor Lamont Executive Order March 17, 2020 

Governor Lamont Executive Order March 18, 2020 

Governor Lamont Executive Order March 26, 2020 

DPH Guidance for Long Term Care Facilities 

Health Insurance 

Access Health CT Announces A New Special Enrollment Period For Uninsured Connecticut Residents

Volunteers Needed 

The United Way has created a webpage for local community groups in urgent need of volunteers. If you are interested in assisting your community visit the following site: https://uwgnh.org/volunteer-needs/

QVHD is asking all available medical and non medical individuals to register as a Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) Volunteer to help with COVID-19 Response. Fill out our MRC Application by visiting: www.surveymonkey.com/r/COVID19QVHD

Announcement Date: 
Monday, March 16, 2020