Public Health DEPARTMENT
Westbrook Town Beach Water Testing
The Westbrook Town Beach bathing water test results from 7/9/2020 are satisfactory and well below the limits set by the Connecticut Department of Public Health.
This mid-week testing was conducted due to the sewage release in New Haven earlier this week.
The weekly, routine sampling and testing of the Westbrook Town Beach bathing water will continue on Monday 7/13/2020.
COVID-19 in the Town of Westbrook
Total # of COVID-19 Cases Among Westbrook Residents
(Since the Beginning of the Pandemic)
COVID-19 Associated Deaths Among Westbrook Residents
- For information on the Regional Travel Advisory, Click Here
- For the latest TESTING information, Click Here
- For the latest State of Connecticut COVID-19 Guidance, Click Here
- For the daily COVID-19 data report from the Connecticut Department of Public Health, Click Here
- For the Phase 2 Reopening Sector Rules, Click Here
- For the CT Reopening Roadmap from Governor Lamont, Click Here
- For the Small Business Recovery Guide, Click Here
- For Governor Lamont’s Executive Orders, Click Here
- For the latest CDC Guidance, Click Here
For the latest TESTING information, Click Here
CVS Health Opens 25 Drive-Thru COVID-19 Test Sites in Connecticut
These test 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 beginning Friday, May 15 to schedule an appointment. Click Here to schedule a testing 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, 81 North Street, Bristol, CT
- CVS Pharmacy, 292 Spielman Highway, Burlington, CT
- CVS Pharmacy, 47 Lake Avenue Extension, Danbury, CT
- CVS Pharmacy, 16 Main Street, East Hartford, CT
- CVS Pharmacy, 15 Chesterfield Road, East Lyme, CT
- CVS Pharmacy, 1770 Kings Highway, Fairfield, CT
- CVS Pharmacy, 1657 Route 12, Gales Ferry, CT
- CVS Pharmacy, 690 Wethersfield Avenue, Hartford, CT
- CVS Pharmacy, 57 Providence Pike, Putnam, CT
- CVS Pharmacy, 229 Hope Street, Stamford, CT
- CVS Pharmacy, 1938 West Main Street, Stamford, CT
- CVS Pharmacy, 2005 Norwich-New London Turnpike, Uncasville, CT
- CVS Pharmacy, 355 Campbell Avenue, West Haven, CT
- CVS Pharmacy, 7 Durant Avenue, Bethel, CT
- CVS Pharmacy, 905 South Main Street, Cheshire, CT
- CVS Pharmacy, 3514 Main Street, Coventry, CT
- CVS Pharmacy, 54 East High Street, East Hampton, CT
- CVS Pharmacy, 875 Enfield Street, Enfield, CT
- CVS Pharmacy, 2639 Main Street, Glastonbury, CT
- CVS Pharmacy, 1057 Boston Post Road, Guilford, CT
- CVS Pharmacy, 479 Blue Hills Avenue, Hartford, CT
- CVS Pharmacy, 150 Washington Street, Hartford, CT
- CVS Pharmacy, 323 Cromwell Avenue, Rocky Hill, CT
- CVS Pharmacy, 525 Buckland Street, South Windsor, CT
- CVS Pharmacy, 1 Hawley Lane, Stratford, CT
Face Coverings in Connecticut
Following recommendation from the CDC for everyone to wear cloth face coverings in public settings to reduce the spread of COVID-19, Governor Ned Lamont signed Executive Order 7BB directing face coverings to be worn by anyone in public wherever a six-foot distance is unavoidable, including by employees while in the workplace.
A CDC video explains how to make a face covering. 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.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Recommendation
See Below or Click Here
Wear cloth face coverings in public settings where social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (grocery stores, pharmacies, etc.) especially in areas of significant community-based transmission.
Making Your Own Cloth Face Coverings
For an instructional video by the United States Surgeon General, Click Here
For a guided tutorial, Click Here
CDC continues to study the spread and effects of the novel coronavirus across the United States. We now know from recent studies that a significant portion of individuals with coronavirus lack symptoms (“asymptomatic”) and that even those who eventually develop symptoms (“pre-symptomatic”) can transmit the virus to others before showing symptoms. This means that the virus can spread between people interacting in close proximity—for example, speaking, coughing, or sneezing—even if those people are not exhibiting symptoms. In light of this new evidence, CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies) especially in areas of significant community-based transmission, which Connecticut is experiencing.
It is critical to emphasize that maintaining 6-feet social distancing remains important to slowing the spread of the virus. CDC is additionally advising the use of simple cloth face coverings to slow the spread of the virus and help people who may have the virus and do not know it from transmitting it to others. Cloth face coverings fashioned from household items or made at home from common materials at low cost can be used as an additional, voluntary public health measure.
Cloth face coverings should not be placed on young children under age 2, anyone who has trouble breathing, or is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance.
The cloth face coverings recommended are not surgical masks or N-95 respirators. Those are critical supplies that must continue to be reserved for healthcare workers and other medical first responders, as recommended by current CDC guidance.
Cloth face coverings should:
- fit snugly but comfortably against the side of the face
- be secured with ties or ear loops
- include multiple layers of fabric
- allow for breathing without restriction
- be able to be laundered and machine dried without damage or change to shape
Should cloth face coverings be washed or otherwise cleaned regularly? How regularly?
Yes. They should be routinely washed depending on the frequency of use.
How does one safely sterilize/clean a cloth face covering?
A washing machine should suffice in properly washing a face covering. Wash in hot water and dry at high heat.
How does one safely remove a used cloth face covering?
Individuals should be careful not to touch their eyes, nose, and mouth when removing their face covering and wash hands immediately after removing.
For additional Questions and Answers related to cloth face coverings, Click Here
To view the CDC’s full recommendations, recent studies, videos, and more, Click Here
Town of Westbrook Update
Confirmed Positive COVID-19 Cases: 30
COVID-19 Associated Deaths: 1
The Westbrook Health Department will be inspecting Food Establishments, Hair Salons, and Barbershops, who plan to reopen for the State Reopening Phases.
For the June 17th Phase 2 Reopening Sector Rules, Click Here
The simplest way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to the virus.
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
We continue to ask our residents to follow these guidelines:
- Implement social distancing by avoiding close contact with others and maintaining 6 feet of physical separation
- If you must go out into public settings, such as grocery stores or pharmacies, wear a cloth face covering, as it may be difficult to achieve social distancing in these environments.
- Wash your hands frequently with soap and warm water
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
- 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, which can be viewed on the Governor’s website: Click Here
- If you’re experiencing COVID-19 related symptoms, such as fever, cough, or shortness of breath, contact your health care provider first before going to their place of work
- Maintain healthy practices, such as consuming nutritional food and doing in-home exercises
- Monitor the Westbrook Health Department website for COVID-19 updates
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.
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.
To view more tips on how to support your child or teen, Click Here
Do you know of a Senior that requires help getting food and/or other basic necessities?
Please contact the Westbrook Senior Center:
Do you have friends or family who need COVID-19 information in a different language?
CDC’s COVID-19 website has options in Spanish, simplified Chinese, Vietnamese, and Korean. Be sure to click the other language tabs near the top of the page here: www.cdc.gov/coronavirus
Do you or someone you know communicate using American Sign Language (ASL) ?
Visit CDC’s YouTube channel to watch ASL videos on Social Distancing, Doing Your Part to Slow the Spread, Managing Stress and Anxiety, and more.
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
- Travel Advisories from the US Department of State, Click Here
- Food Programs & Services, Click Here and/or Here
- Stress & Coping, Click Here
- Pregnancy & Breastfeeding FAQs, Click Here
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. All applications with the applicable fee must be submitted via postal mail. If needed, please contact the Health Department to discuss submitting an application, a pending application, inspections, or any concerns related to COVID-19.
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Browse a collection of information about a variety of health topics, including, lead, radon, and private drinking water wells.
Vectors are living organisms that can transmit infectious diseases between humans or from animals to humans. Many of these vectors are bloodsucking insects, which ingest disease-producing microorganisms during a blood meal from an infected host (human or animal) and later inject it into a new host during their subsequent blood meal.
Information about septic systems
PUBLIC HEALTH NEWS RELEASE
- 6.29.2020 CT DPH COVID-19 Update.pdf
- 6.25.20 Guidelines for Private Well Users in times of Drought or Low Precipitation.pdf
- 6.18.20 CT DPH COVID-19 Update.pdf
- 6.18.20 CT COVID-19 Testing FAQ.pdf
- 6.11.2020 CT DPH COVID-19 Update.pdf
- 6.1.2020 CTDPH COVID-19 Update.pdf
- 5.25.2020 CT DPH COVID-19 Update.pdf
- 4.24.20 Letter to Parents-Legal Guardians.pdf
- 4.17.2020 Governor Lamont's Executive Order 7BB - Masks-Face Coverings Required.pdf
- 4.9.2020 Press Release - COVID-19 Update.pdf
- 4.3.2020 Press Release - Five Positive COVID-19 Cases Among Westbrook Residents.pdf
- 3.28.2020 Press Release - Second Positive COVID-19 Case in Westbrook.pdf
- 3.27.2020 Press Release - First Positive COVID-19 Case in Westbrook.pdf
- 3.23.2020 Governor Lamont's Executive Order 7K.pdf
- 9.11.19 DPH Advises CT Residents to Take Precautions to Avoid EEE 003.doc
- 9.5.19 DPH Reports Three Additional Cases of Severe Lung Disease
- 09.05.2019 DPH Press Release Risk of Mosquito-Borne Diseases Continues
- 8.27.19 DPH CAUTIONS STATE RESIDENTS TO TAKE EXTRA PRECAUTION
- 8.21.19 DPH Investigating Cases of Severe Respiratory Symptoms
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.