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EAST HAVEN COVID-19 UPDATES & STATEMENTS BY DATE BELOW:
Offical COVID 19 Update - Mayor Joseph Carfora
April 9, 2020 @ 6pm
Click here to see the latest COVID 19 East Haven Data that Chief Marcarelli stated on tonight's video update.
Official COVID 19 Update – Mayor Joseph Carfora
April 6, 2020 @ 7:00
Official COVID 19 Update – Mayor Joseph Carfora
April 6, 2020 @ 11:30 am
EAST HAVEN, CT - Important Message regarding the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency. As of yesterday, the Town of East Haven currently has 53 identified cases and has 2 confirmed fatalities. Those numbers have increased about 27 from the middle of last week using East Haven, East Shore Health and State data.
As of yesterday, there were 5675 laboratory confirmed cases in Connecticut and 189 deaths so far. Ages 50-59 are the largest group of those testing positive right now, but our seniors are overwhelmingly the most at risk. There is no one area of our town that has any more positives than any other. Our commitment to social distancing must be consistent and practiced everywhere.
Make no mistake, this will be a challenging couple of weeks, as we expect to see the number of cases continue to rise. Remain home if at all possible, unless shopping for food, need medicine, or going to and from work- if that is required. As difficult as it is- please keep children from congregating.
On Saturday evening I held a ZOOM meeting with our Police and Fire Chiefs, our town attorney, and the Director of East Shore Health. During that meeting we discussed, among other things:
1. Nursing homes and Assisted living facilities;
2. Grocery store practices; and
3. The use of Masks
Residents of Nursing homes and assisted living facilities are at risk. One facility in East Haven has been heavily impacted; AND we are aware of that situation. Jurisdiction over these facilities lies solely with the Department of Public Health. The DPH and East Shore Health are heavily involved with the impacted facility. Our job is to provide support to those entities when requested to do so; AND we are. To date, we have provided limited amounts of PPE to senior facilities. Reports about those facilities are heavily controlled by the state and there are strict guidelines that our town must adhere to.
The Town and the East Shore Health district have received complaints regarding the practices of some grocery stores. During our Saturday meeting we decided to team together an East Shore health inspector, with the Fire Marshal and a police officer to visit stores to make sure that they are adhering to the required food service orders and protocols. That will start this week.
Regarding Masks—the CDC is now advising the use of simple cloth face coverings to slow the spread of the virus. This will help people who may have the virus and do not know it, from transmitting it to others. Cloth face coverings made from household items or made at home from common materials can be used as an additional, voluntary public health measure. The cloth face coverings recommended are NOT surgical masks or N-95 respirators. Those are critical supplies that MUST be reserved for healthcare workers and other medical first responders, as recommended by current CDC guidance.
We know that this virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person.
• Between people who are in close contact with one another.
• Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes or talks.
• These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.
Social distance is imperative in preventing the spread of COVID-19--- it means keeping space between yourself and other people outside of your home. To practice social or physical distancing:
• Stay at least 6 feet from other people
• Do not gather in groups- do not allow kids to congregate in our parks
• Stay out of crowded places and avoid mass gatherings
If you are visiting from out of town quarantine for 14 days.
Continue to wash your hands and practice routine cleaning of frequently touched surfaces like tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, sinks.
If you think you have been exposed to COVID-19 and develop a fever and symptoms, such as cough or difficulty breathing, call your healthcare provider for medical advice; they will direct you.
Again, please don’t fall prey to telephone or internet scams and never give anyone personal information. I urge you to be careful of social media locations that provide conflicting and divisive information. Some are passing information that IS NOT accurate. Please refer to official sites for information – incorrect information impacts our community; AND it has the potential to place our first responders in harm’s way.
Late Friday evening we finalized a housing agreement with the University of New Haven for the protection of our first responders – approximately 20 beds have been reserved for our East Haven personnel should that become necessary to protect them and their families.
My office is working with social service groups, locally and regionally and continuing to evaluate the best way to serve our community and its most vulnerable.
We expect additional direction from the CDC, the Department of Public Health, and the Governor this week. I, along with our emergency management team, will keep you updated. Check our website frequently for information at
https://www.townofeasthavenct.org . We will continue to use this reverse 911 system. Please pass the word to sign up for these alerts at ctalert.gov .
Thank you- please keep our first responders and their families in your prayers.
Statement – Office of the Mayor of East Haven regarding Emergency Alerts at CT-Alert ⚠️
March 30, 2020 @8:00 PM
Today we sent out an emergency alert message that many of you received. Please help us be sure that everyone is signed up to receive them. Subscribe for emergency alerts at CT-Alert. By subscribing you can receive notifications via phone, email or text. https://www.ctalert.gov/ctalert/site/default.asp.
As always - thank you to our first responders and their families. Their sacrifices are immeasurable.
Mayor Joe Carfora
Official Statement- Mayor Joseph Carfora
March 27, 2020 @8:00 pm
Mayor concerned about influx into East Haven
Our emergency personnel are reporting that there are New York and Fairfield County residents coming to our East Haven shoreline. Some are returning to their seasonal homes while others are seeking rents in available properties. There is no doubt, and it is understandable that they are leaving identified “hotspots” to avoid high risk exposure to the coronavirus.
We are concerned that these relocations have the potential to impact the spread of the virus in our community. The Connecticut border is not closed and our Governor, like others, is not ready to take that step, so travel is permissible. But that does not mean that we should not take every single precaution given the circumstances.
Furthermore, it must also be noted that the President and the White House has already said that anyone from New York City should self-quarantine for two weeks if they travel anywhere.
So, I am requesting that everyone who comes into this community from Fairfield County or New York City, self-quarantine for 14 days.
Finally, this might sound harsh, but given the situation, we are almost forced to say do not enter. We are required to do anything we can to limit the spread of this virus and we cannot accept anyone. We are obligated to keep our town safe. Our public safety personnel are exposed anyway. Exposing them to outside influences is not fair to them, their families and the taxpayers of East Haven who I am sworn to protect.
I am reaching out to the Governor’s staff tomorrow to express my concerns.
Official Statement from the Office of the Mayor regarding the East Haven Landfill
March 26, 2020 @7:30 PM
Effective immediately, and until further notice, the East Haven Landfill located on Commerce Drive in the Arthur DeSorbo East Haven Industrial Park is closed to the public.
Official Statement from Office of the Mayor regarding East Haven’s first COVID 19 related fatality
March 26 @ 6:00 PM
East Haven Loses First Resident to COVID-19
Today, the Connecticut Department of Public Health has confirmed the fatality from COVID-19 in East Haven. The deceased was an 80-year-old female who lived in her own home.
Mayor Carfora made the announcement just 6 days after learning of the first case, “we are deeply saddened to announce that an East Haven resident has died as a result of his contracting COVID-19. This terrible virus has taken a life in our community, and that loss of life gives each of us pause and fills us with sorrow. Our prayers go out to the family” Carfora said.
“As see more positive cases of COVID-19 reported in our community daily, we are saddened to hear of any fatalities from this virus” said Michael Pascucilla, Director of Health for the East Shore District Health Department. “My thoughts and prayers are with the family of the individual in our district who died from complications due to the coronavirus,” he said in a release.”
Mayor Joe Carfora wants to express that the Town of East Haven’s main objective is to continue to keep residents safe and slow the spread of the virus. He also wants to assure our residents that his leadership staff and all town departments are working with the local public health department, along with state and federal officials. “The single best way to slow the spread is to practice social distancing, and the Town of East Haven is recommending that all individuals both adults and children, stay home and not interact with individuals outside of the household” said Pascucilla. Social distancing is crucial in helping to reduce the spread of the virus and limit the number of people who are infected.
Mayor Carfora said, “We must remain diligent in exercising the prudent recommendations to slow the spread of the virus. These measures will help protect our community against a widespread outbreak.”
Everyone should be taking the everyday preventative actions to help protect themselves. East Have has closed all of our public buildings and made strong recommendations against the use of, and congregation, at its outdoor park and recreation facilities. Schools also remained closed. In order to prevent the spread of COVID-19, please maintain social distancing of at least 6 feet, avoid crowds, wash hands frequently with soap and water for 20 seconds, stay home if you’re sick. For the most current updates and recommendations, visit ct.gov/coronavirus. For general questions, call 2-1-1.
COVID-19 is a Novel Coronavirus which first emerged in China in December 2019, and is now considered a global pandemic outbreak. Symptoms of the virus include fever, cough, and shortness of breath. Other symptoms may include vomiting, diarrhea and abdominal pain. For more information, resources, hotlines, testing, and how you can support local businesses while practicing social distancing, please visit: http://www.esdhd.org/coronavirus.
Service of Process on the Town of East Haven pursuant to Executive Order 7I, Section 19h
Official Statement Stacy Gravino, Town Clerk, Town of East Haven
March 24, 2020@ 6 pm
Re: Service of Legal Process on the Town of East Haven in accordance with Governor Lamont’s Executive Order 7I
The Town Clerk’s Office is officially closed to the public until further notice.
However, for those matters of service of process to be effectuated in accordance with paragraph 19.h. of Executive Order 7I issued by Governor Ned Lamont on March 21, 2020, for as long as said portion of such Order remains in effect, please use the following email address: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you for your patience and understanding.
** Please note as of March 24, 2020 Re: East Haven Landfill**
The landfill will be open on Fridays only until further notice. The hours of operations will be, 8:30am to 3pm.
The landfill is limited to items or vehicles which do not require the purchase of a landfill pass. East Haven residents can bring items in either a private passenger automobile, SUV, or passenger van, these vehicles do not require a pass.
If using a single real wheel axle pickup truck weighing less than 12,000 pounds and without modified beds or trailers, you are limited to items such as brush, leaves, shrubbery, small tree limbs, tires, electronics, mattresses/box springs, all other materials which would need the purchase of a pass when using a pickup truck are not allowed.
Mayor Joseph A. Carfora - Statement regarding Governor Lamont’s Executive Order 7 H
March 21, 2020@6:00 PM
We have received a number of emails and phone calls requesting clarification of Governor Lamont’s Executive Order 7 H, which outlines that non-essential workers, public and private, should stay home to promote social distancing.
Executive Order 7 H, specifically indicates that… “Not later than 8 pm on March 22, 2020, the Department of Economic and Community Development (“DECD”) shall issue lawfully binding guidance about which business are essential.”
While 7 H does provide a list of such essential businesses, we have been seeking specific clarification to be sure that the 8 pm update will address some of our specific questions. We just received notification that some additional guidance is coming, as outlined, and that our questions will be addressed. Senator Len Fasano is scheduled to speak with our town attorney later this evening. As soon as we are able to, we will provide an update. I want to personally thank Len for his efforts. He continues to keep our interests at the forefront.
Thank you and please stay safe.
Official Statement Regarding Town Hall Closing
March 20, 2020 @ 2:00 P.M.
Mayor Joseph A. Carfora has officially closed Town Hall to the public until further notice. Mayor Carfora stated that “Under the circumstances, we have no choice but to protect those inside our Town Hall as well as the general public. We urge you to continue to use our town website for updates.”
Please see Town Clerk Stacy Gravino’s official statement regarding continuing services in our Town Clerk’s office.
For additional information on this this release, please contact Tina Hedley (203) 468-3205.
Landfill- The East Haven Landfill will be closed until further notice.
Social Services- No in-person energy assistance applications will be taken at this time. Please call 203-468-3277 for more information
We will be providing specific direction regarding town meetings and our budget process later this evening. Our governor has provided some direction regarding public meetings; his executive order allows public agencies to hold meetings remotely without the public being present.
This evenings Public hearing is cancelled and will be rescheduled consistent with the Governor’s Order 7c.
Mayor Joseph Carfora
COVID-19 UPDATE 3/16/20:
COVID-19 Update 3/14/20:
Animal Shelter - Effective tomorrow, Sunday, March 15, 2020 at noon the East Haven Animal Shelter will indefinitely suspend all volunteer activity; and, the building will be closed to walk in visitors. Please contact the shelter directly @ 203-468-3249 to schedule an appointment. For more information please use the following link: https://easthavenanimalshelter.com/
COVID-19 UPDATE 3/13/20 1:00PM
COVID-19 Update 3/13/20:
RE: Recreation Department
All East Haven Recreation programs are cancelled until further notice. At this time the recreation department office will remain open and staff should report as scheduled. During this time we will be undertaking a deep-clean of the ice rink and department offices.
COVID-19 UPDATE 3/12/2020:
Our community, like so many others, is working to stay on top of the latest information regarding Coronavirus 19 (COVID- 19). This is a fluid situation, and one that communities do not often face. With that being said, we are in concert with, and receiving guidance from the East Shore District Health Department (“ESDH”), the Center for Disease Control & Prevention ("CDC"), and the Connecticut Department of Public Health ("DPH"). Locally we are conducting regular meetings that include Emergency Management, the health department, our Chiefs, and the Superintendent of Schools. We are following the guidelines set forth by these groups, which plans and prepares for this type of emergency.
As always, we must weigh the need for swift and decisive action to promote public safety, against the impact these measures will have on our community. In one such preventive measure, the Town of East Haven is closing its Senior Center located at 91 Taylor Avenue until further notice starting Friday, March 13, 2020. During this period, we intend to deep-clean this facility. The Senior Shuttle Bus service will also be suspended. The Hagaman Memorial Library, located on 227 Main Street, will be closed Friday, March 13, 2020. Library will be closed until further notice.
The Governor has declared both a civil preparedness and public health emergency in the State. The primary purpose for this declaration is to grant emergency authority in the event that further actions may become necessary. It is clear that senior citizen populations are among those currently most vulnerable to the virus. By taking this action now, we hope to prevent much greater inconvenience or risk to our senior citizens in the near future. We understand that our seniors depend on this facility and its services, so we are committed to reopen as soon as it is safe to do so.
The State has recommended limiting certain mass gatherings with large numbers of people in close proximity. This guidance is intended to slow down additional disease transmission. Based upon this guidance, and the current situation throughout the State:
- We are recommending that those most at risk for serious illness (again, those over the age of 65 and people of all ages with severe underlying health conditions), consider avoiding large gatherings with large numbers of people in close proximity.
- We will evaluate any Town-sponsored large events and non-essential meetings and consider postponement or cancellation based upon the anticipated attendance, venue, and nature of the event.
- Currently, all Town offices remain open on normal schedules.
- The Superintendent of Schools is communicating directly with the school community regarding the cancellation or postponement of certain school events; however, at this time East Haven schools remain open.
- Residents are reminded that focusing on common sense precautions are important to limit the spread of disease. Regular hand washing, covering your cough or sneeze, and staying home when sick will help to limit the spread of disease. If you are sick and need medical advice, please call your medical provider.
· If you suspect you have been exposed to the COVID-19 virus, please contact your health provider.
Finally, the Governor’s declaration enables state laws that protect against unfair or deceptive profiteering, or price gouging in emergency situations like this. Please be aware and should you have specific concerns about this, please contact the East Haven Police Department at 203-468-3820.
We will provide updates as we receive them from the East Shore District Health Department and the CDC.
For any specific questions or concerns, please contact East Shore District Health at 203-481-4233 or call the State of Connecticut's COVID-19 Hotline by calling Infoline at 211 or texting "CTCOVID" to 898211.
Mayor Joseph A. Carfora
FROM EAST HAVEN PUBLIC SCHOOLS 3/12/2020:
Breakfast & Lunch can be picked up at the following schools between 9:30am and 10:30am at the following schools. Momauguin School, Tuttle School and East Haven High School. Stop by and grab bagged meals to go.
As you may already know, East Haven Public Schools will be closed tomorrow, March 13th through Friday, March 27th to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus, COVID-19.
During this time, East Haven Public schools in partnership with Sodexo will continue to offer breakfast and lunch to children 18 or younger starting on Monday, March 16.
Thank you for your patience and understanding during this unprecedented time.
General Manager, Sodexo Food Service
COVID-19 UPDATE February 27, 2020:
Many of you have heard and been following press reports of health concerns related to the spread of the coronavirus and preventive measures that are being taken at all levels of government. We want to take this opportunity to respond to the health concerns that are being reported globally and, to a lesser extent, within our region. I assure you that the Town of East Haven and the East Haven School System are taking all appropriate precautions. The East Shore Health District prepares for these types of serious events. They are in contact with the State of Connecticut and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and have latest guidelines and protocols in place. Mayor Joseph Carfora and Superintendent of Schools Erica Forti, and all relevant staff, are in continuous contact with representatives of the East Shore Health Department to be sure that Town of East Haven and the East Haven Education System are following the proper protocols. Our Fire Department/ Emergency Medical Department and our Police Department continue to be engaged with all relevant state agencies and their directives. Whenever any local concern is brought to our respective attention, we intend to communicate it. Moreover, we will continue to follow East Shore, State and Federal protocols in order to ensure the best health and safety of our community. This portion is taken directly from a release provided by the East Shore Health Department: “The East Shore District Health Department is working closely with federal, state and healthcare providers to monitor the 2019 Corona Virus (COVID-19). Currently there is no significant risk to Connecticut residents. While the immediate risk of this new virus to our communities is low at this time, everyone should use these practices to keep themselves safe: • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use alcoholbased hand sanitizer. • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth. • Avoid close contact with people who are sick. • Stay home when you are sick. • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then through the tissue in the trash. • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.”
Below are links to information provided by the East Shore Health District Department of Public Health:
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:
Rest assured that we will provide further updates as required. Mayor, Joseph A Carfora and Erica Forti, Superintendent of Schools.