Public Health DEPARTMENT

Updated Friday April 3, 2020

Five Positive COVID-19 Cases Confirmed Among Westbrook Residents

The Town of Westbrook Health Department has confirmed five positive COVID-19 cases among Westbrook residents. Contact and investigation of these cases have been conducted. To limit any potential exposure in the community, the Town of Westbrook Health Department will continue to work with the residents to ensure all appropriate Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines are followed. No further information about these cases can be released at this time.

We wish our residents a comfortable recovery. 

*Please note, at this point in the pandemic, the Westbrook Health Department and other local CT health departments may hear about a positive COVID-19 case directly from a hospital or private laboratory before the State of CT Department of Public Health (DPH) receives the laboratory report. For this reason, a local health department’s COVID-19 case data may be more up to date than the State of CT DPH town-level data on a given day.

COVID-19 spreads mainly from person to person through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. These droplets can land in the mouth or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs. It may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.

Follow these guidelines to protect yourself and others:

  • Implement social distancing by avoiding close contact with others and maintaining 6 feet of physical separation
  • Stay home, except to retrieve essential items, such as medical care or food, or to conduct essential work
  • Wash hands frequently with soap and warm water
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
  • Stay home if you’re sick, except to get medical care
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily, such as doorknobs, countertops, light switches, keyboards, toilets, and telephones
  • Adhere to Governor Lamont’s Executive Orders
  • Contact a health care provider if symptoms develop, such as a fever, cough, or shortness of breath

The Town of Westbrook Health Department would like to emphasize the importance of social distancing and physical separation. Since COVID-19 is spread mainly from person to person, social distancing and physical separation are the number one non-pharmaceutical interventions we can all practice at this time.

This will require a community effort.

Health Information Resources
If you are displaying symptoms consistent with those of COVID-19, and are unable to get into contact with your primary care physician, please reach out to one of the following hotlines:
• Hartford Healthcare Hotline: (860) 972-8100
• Yale New Haven Health: (833) 484-1200
• Bristol Hospital Coronavirus Info Line: (860) 261-6855
• Stamford Health: (203) 276-4111

For more information on COVID-19, please visit the following websites:

Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) website, Click Here 

State of Connecticut Coronavirus website, Click Here

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on the State of CT’s Actions Related to COVID-19, Click Here

Cases of COVID-19 in Connecticut by Town, Click Here

Latest Connecticut Department of Public Health Update, Click Here

Food Programs & Services, Click Here and/or Here

Stress & Coping, Click Here

Pregnancy & Breastfeeding FAQs, Click Here

Blood Donations Needed!

Giving Blood is Essential! The Coronavirus has affected a number of CT residents and services. Donated blood is still a necessity, even while combating an epidemic. As part of our nation’s critical infrastructure, healthy individuals can still donate in areas that have issued shelter in place declarations. The Red Cross follows the highest standards of safety and infection control, and volunteer donors are the only source of blood for those in need. 

To make a blood donation appointment, please Click Here

Is your child or teen feeling stressed about COVID-19? 

There are many things you can do to support your child during this time:
• Take time to talk with them about COVID-19.
• Reassure your child and that it‘s normal to be upset.
• Reassure your child that they are safe.
• Try to keep up with a regular routine, including sleep and structured learning.
• Connect with friends and family through phone, text, or email.
See more tips to support your child or teen: https://bit.ly/39UVoE

Do you know of a Senior that requires help getting food and/or other basic necessities?

Please contact the Westbrook Senior Center

Phone: 860-399-2029
Email: CBurks@WestbrookCT.us

Westbrook Senior Center Website

Message Regarding Health Department Services

During this current COVID-19 Pandemic, the Westbrook Health Department is continuing essential services, such as reviewing applications for septic system installations and inspections, soil testing, B100a, private wells, food service inspections, complaint investigations, and more.  

Additionally, the Health Department can answer COVID-19 related questions.

Please contact the Health Department to discuss submitting an application, a pending application, inspections, or any concerns related to COVID-19.  

Our contact information on the right of this page will put you in contact via email or phone.  All inquiries will be answered as soon as possible.

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aBOUT US

The Town of Westbrook Health Department is a full time, local public health department, providing essential services to Westbrook residents, visitors, businesses, and the environment.  

The Town of Westbrook Health Department works closely with the CT Department of Public Health to enforce the CT Public Health Code.

What we do: Enforce the CT Public Health Code, Public health education, Community outreach, Food establishment inspections, Septic system reviews and inspections, Daycare inspections, Salon and barbershop inspections, Private well review and approvals, Environmental investigations, Complaints, and more!

For more information, or to say hello, visit us at the Teresa Mulvey Municipal Building, located at 866 Boston Post Road, Westbrook, CT 06498.

Prevent, Promote, Protect.