CDC Protocols for Coronavirus and More Helpful Resources
Governor Lamont's May 29, 2020 12:30PM Coronavirus Update
Governor Ned Lamont's May 29th news briefing with updates on Connecticut's coronavirus response efforts. For more resources and guidance on coronavirus in Connecticut, visit http://ct.gov/coronavirus.
Governor Lamont's Up-to-date Coronavirus Press Releases
Stay Safe, Stay Home
Please use these additional resources for more information:
Governor Lamont is encouraging Connecticut residents to sign up for CTAlert, the state’s emergency alert system, which provides text message notifications to users. To subscribe, text the keyword COVIDCT to 888-777.
Providing information to Connecticut residents
For the most up-to-date information from the State of Connecticut on COVID-19, including an FAQ and other guidance and resources, residents are encouraged to visit ct.gov/coronavirus.
Individuals who have general questions that are not answered on the website can also call 2-1-1 for assistance. The hotline is available 24 hours a day and has multilingual assistance and TDD/TTY access. It intended to be used by individuals who are not experiencing symptoms but may have general questions related to COVID-19. Anyone experiencing symptoms is strongly urged to contact their medical provider.
Drive-through Testing Sites
No one should arrive at any of these locations and ask to be tested. Anyone experiencing symptoms must consult with their medical provider first, and then they will be referred for testing and can make an appointment at one of these facilities.
Drive-Through COVID-19 Test Sites (a doctor’s order is required):(According to cbia website)
- Bridgeport Hospital
- Bristol Health: coronavirus hotline 860.261.6855
- Charlotte Hungerford Hospital in Torrington
- Danbury Hospital
- Greenwich Hospital
- Griffin Hospital in Derby: testing hotline 203.437.6815
- Hartford Hospital
- Johnson Memorial Hospital in Stafford Springs
- Lawrence Memorial Hospital in New London
- Manchester Memorial Hospital
- Mid-State Medical Center in Meriden
- Norwalk Hospital
- Rockville General Hospital in Vernon
- Saint Francis Hospital in Hartford
- Saint Mary’s Hospital in Waterbury
- St. Vincent's Medical Center in Bridgeport
- Stamford Hospital: call 203.276.4111, seven days a week, between 7 am-7 pm
- UConn John Dempsey Hospital in Farmington: COVID-19 call center 860.679.3199, open 8 am-5 pm, Monday-Friday
- Waterbury Hospital
- William H. Backus Hospital in Norwich
- Yale-New Haven Hospital
Yale New Haven Health
Yale New Haven Health urges patients who think they have been exposed to coronavirus and develop a fever and symptoms of respiratory illness, such as cough or difficulty breathing, to call their doctor immediately and they will determine whether diagnostic testing is necessary.
Call the Yale New Haven Health COVID-19 call center at 833.275.9644 (833 ASK YNHH).
Hartford HealthCare is offering testing at Hartford Hospital, Charlotte Hungerford Hospital, MidState Medical Center, William H. Backus Hospital, and St. Vincent's Medical Center.
To be tested, patients must have a referral through the Hartford HealthCare Clinical Command Center at 860.972.8100 or toll-free 833.621.0600.
Callers will have a virtual health visit with a physician who will then order the test if necessary. Patients without a referral will not receive testing at a Hartford HealthCare drive-through testing site.
Greenwich Free Press article
March 5, 2020
Greenwich First Selectman Fred Camillo issued a statement urging Town residents follow established protocols as prescribed by the Centers for Disease Control in the effort to help stem the spread of the coronavirus, also known as the Covid-19 virus.
Among the protocols we are urging residents to follow are:
NO handshaking – Use a fist pump or an elbow bump.
Use ONLY your knuckle to touch light switches, elevator buttons, etc.
Lift the gasoline dispenser with a paper towel or use a disposable glove.
Open doors with your closed fist or hip. Do NOT grasp the handle with your hand, unless there is no other way to open the door, especially on bathroom and commercial doors.
Use disinfectant wipes at stores when they are available, including wiping the handle and child seat in grocery stores.
Wash your hands with soap for 20 seconds and/or use a greater than 60% alcohol-based hand sanitizer whenever you return home from ANY activity that involves locations where other people have been.
If possible, cough or sneeze into a disposable tissue and discard. Use the crook of your elbow only if you have to.
Remember that a virus can remain on clothing for as long as one week.
The virus is spread in large droplets by coughing and sneezing. This means that the air will not infect you. However, all surfaces where these droplets land are infectious for about one week.
The virus only has receptors for lung cells meaning it only infects the lungs.
The only way the virus can infect you is through your nose and mouth. Generally, this means that people introduce the virus into their airways themselves.
The point of the masks is to prevent people not to touch their faces. However, the standard masks do not prevent the inhalation of sub-microscopic viral particles.
It is generally advised to stay away from large gatherings.
It is generally advised to wear latex gloves while riding public transportation.
You should be washing your hands 8-10 times daily, on average, and every time you return home and before you eat.
For more information including up-to-the-minute CDC reports, please check the Health Department’s webpage.
Greenwich Time Article:
First Selectman Fred Camillo issues protocols for health, safety against coronavirus
March 5, 2020