COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus, 2019)
To view the latest CDC information on Coronavirus (COVID-19), please click here.
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
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 critical 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.
The Connecticut Department of Public Health State Laboratory and private laboratories across the State have confirmed over 1,000 positive cases of COVID-19 among Connecticut residents.
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/39UVoEj
Town of Westbrook Services Update
In order to protect the health and safety of the public and employees, First Selectman Noel Bishop has announced changes to the services and hours of operation of the town hall until further notice. Town Hall will be temporarily closed to the public until further notice, except for appointments.
Town business should mainly be conducted via email, telephone, or fax. Contact the appropriate Town Department.
To protect yourself and others, please see Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance on the bottom of this page, or visit CDC Coronavirus Guidance.
If you have any general questions related to COVID-19 after reviewing the information and links on this page, you can call 2-1-1, text "CTCOVID" to 898211, or contact the Westbrook Health Department by phone at 860-399-9869 or by email at ZFaiella@WestbrookCT.us
Some words from your Westbrook, CT. Public Health Director:
What If I Feel Sick?
If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 (fever, cough, shortness of breath) and feel you may have been exposed to the coronavirus, don’t panic. Please stay home and call your doctor. Please do not go to a doctor’s office or emergency department in person without calling ahead and speaking to a health care provider.
Call Centers/Collection Sites
Several call centers and specimen collection sites are in operation around the state. At most call centers, medical staff can answer your questions, provide remote screenings if you think you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, and help you with next steps if you meet the clinical criteria for possible infection with COVID-19.
In order to have a specimen collected, the patient must have an order for the test from his/her physician. After the order is placed, the patient will receive a call to schedule an appointment for collection.
What Can We All Do Right Now?
1. Practice Social Distancing
The Health Department and Town officials encourage our community partners and residents to help minimize the spread of COVID-19 by practicing social distancing and physical separation.
Examples of social distancing include:
- closing schools
- cancelling large gatherings/meetings
- working remotely when possible
- limiting the number of people with whom you come into close contact, by avoiding activity where even small groups of people are together, such as parties, family visits and events, play-dates, and time in public spaces
- limiting the frequency of errands, or trying to go at times when fewer people will be there
These steps are disruptive and difficult, and they may seem extreme, however, they are the strongest public health steps we can take as a community to slow the spread of this virus, prevent the health care system from becoming overwhelmed, protect the most at-risk members of our community from serious illness.
The goal of social distancing is to prevent a lot of people from getting sick all at once and overwhelming the health care system (also referred to as “flattening the curve”).
2. Stop the Spread of Germs, Reduce Your Risk of Infection
Wash your hands well and frequently. Wash for at least 20 seconds, rubbing the front and back of your hands and in between fingers. Wash more frequently than you do now. Use soap and water or an alcohol-based hand rub, and air dry. Learn more about proper handwashing here.
Avoid touching your face. Viruses like COVID-19 can enter our bodies if we get germs on our hands or fingers and then touch our mouths, nose, or eyes. It can be a tough habit to break, so start practicing now.
Avoid close contact with people who are sick. Viruses like COVID-19 spread through droplets when people cough, sneeze, and talk. By keeping your distance from people who are coughing, sneezing, or are otherwise ill, you can try to avoid those droplets.
If you feel sick, stay home from work or school, and call your doctor to determine if you need medical attention. (Scroll down to "What Should You Do if You Feel Sick" for information on COVID-19 call centers and testing sites.)
Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe. Officials have provided this list of commercially available cleaning products that fight novel coronavirus.
Practice other “infection protection” habits. For example, replace handshakes with elbow-bumps or use no-touch greetings, push elevator buttons with your knuckle instead of your fingertip, don’t share cups or utensils.
*A note about masks: The CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19. Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others. The use of facemasks is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a health care facility).
3. Take Care of Yourself and Your Loved Ones
It’s normal to feel worried and anxious during this time of uncertainty. As we take steps to protect ourselves and our community members from the novel coronavirus, let’s also pay attention to our physical, mental, and emotional wellness.
- Get plenty of rest.
- Spend time outside when you can.
- Try to eat healthy foods.
- Stay informed, but don’t let yourself become overwhelmed by news online and on TV. Disconnect for at least part of your day.
- Reach out to family, friends, and neighbors by phone call and video chat.
Still, the COVID-19 outbreak and our need to practice social distancing can cause stress and anxiety for ourselves and our families. If you need additional support, resources are available to you. Please see the information below about strategies for coping during this outbreak and the flyers for mental health and recovery resources.