Update on COVID-19 (7/29/20)

Update as of 7/29/20

Dear Stonington Residents,

While this is an extremely difficult time; it is also a time for us to show just how kind and strong we are, together as a community. Remember, even small actions, can make a big difference. If you are well and able, please think of friends, family and neighbors who might benefit from your help at this time, as well as our local non-profits and business.

During this time, we want to do everything we can to stay connected. Please check our new First Selectman's blog for regular updates on specific topics, such as state and local reopening information,  local community initatives, mental health and wellness, business resources, and food resources. Members of the community are also encouraged to sign up for email updates from the Town. You can do this by sending your name, along with preferred email to UpdateSignup@stonington-ct.gov. Both Town Hall and Human Services are working to share information on social media as well as through our local newspapers. 

Regarding reopening information from the State of CT, detailed guides can be found here for each sector allowed to open in both Phase 1 and 2. All businesses are required to self-certify prior to opening. Click here for form. Please know, if you already self-certified your business during Phase 1, your business will NOT need to certify again during Phase 2. Information on Town of Stonington municipal reopening to the public, along with requested guidelines can be found here

Please note, as the new Executive Orders come out increasing social gathering size both indoors and outdoors, please keep in mind that contract tracing remains a key way our local health officials are able to help curb the spread of this virus. Consider watching this video from LLHD to learn more, or simply remember limiting your interactions with those outside those in your ‘inner circle’ remains critical, as does wearing a protective mask and practicing social distancing. Remember, it is not for you, but for the more vulnerable around you.

As we work to reopen our local economy, it remains imparative that we all please use a face cover when in public and keep the recommended six feet of distance. We now know that a significant portion of individuals with coronavirus lack symptoms, but can transmit the virus to others. In light of this evidence, CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public, including your place of work. Please continue to take steps to protect yourself and those around you, these include: wash your hands often and thoroughly; avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth; disinfect surfaces routinely; cough into your elbow. Remember this is not just for your safety, but the most vulnerable in our community.

If you would like assistance with grocery delivery or need help obtaining a mask, please visit www.stoningtonhelps.com or call us at Town Hall or Human Services. If you have any other needs, or know of others in need of asstiance, please do not hesitate to reach out. We have many different options to assist residents in need. 

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. For RI information, please see here. 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. For general questions regarding COVID-19, please contact the Yale New Haven Hotline at 1-203-688-1700.  If you are not feeling well, contact your physician by phone for instructions. In the event of an emergency, dial 9-1-1.

For anyone traveling into Connecticut from a state that has a new daily positive test rate higher than 10 per 100,000 residents or a state with a 10% or higher positivity rate over a 7-day rolling average, please take note that you are asked to self-quarantine for a 14-day period from the time of last contact within the identified state. As of July 29, there are locationsstates that meet the criteria. You can read more here. Please know it is strongly advised not to travel to/from one of these states if at all possible. If you are traveling you are required to fill out a travel health form, which can be found here.

If you have ideas on further ways the community can connect in this time of need, or wish to ask questions, share ideas or concerns please call Town Hall. 

We will get through this together.

Danielle Chesebrough                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

Stonington First Selectman

Department Phone Numbers

Administrative Services 860-535-5000
Assessment Department 860-535-5098
Building Official 860-535-5075
Finance Department 860-535-5070
First Selectman 860-535-5050
Human Services Department 860-535-5015
Planning & Land Use 860-535-5095
Public Works 860-535-5055
Solid Waste 860-535-5099
Sanitarian (Ledge Light Health) 860-535-5010
Tax Collector 860-535-5080
Town Clerk 860-535-5060
Voter Registration 860-535-5047 or 5054
WPCA 860-535-5065
Police 860-599-4411
Police Emergency 911