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Posted on: December 21, 2020

2020-12-21 COVID-19 Update

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Good Afternoon,

This is First Selectman Vicki Tesoro with an important COVID-19 update:

As of last Thursday, Trumbull's test positivity rate was 7.6%. Our total cases are now at 1,042 and as reported previously 3 of our residents have passed away since this surge began.

Free Covid-19 Drive-Thru Testing is being offered by Griffin Hospital every Tuesday from 9:30 AM to 3 PM at Unity Park on Unity Road. You will enter through Unity Park Road. This testing site is open to Trumbull and non-Trumbull residents.  No appointment is necessary, and results are available in 24-48 hours. Please bring a valid I.D.   Please see flyer for more information. https://www.trumbull-ct.gov/DocumentCenter/View/4690/Griffin-community-flyer-trumbull2?bidId=

I will be hosting an online Town Hall Meeting tomorrow Tuesday, December, 22nd at 6:00 PM to provide and discuss information about the COVID-19 Vaccine. Residents may email questions to firstselectman@trumbull-ct.gov before 12:00 PM tomorrow.

Joining me at this meeting will be:

  • Luci Bango - Trumbull Health Director
  • Leigh Goodman - Chief of Trumbull Emergency Medical Services
  • Dr. Gregory Buller - Clinical Professor of Medicine, Chairman of the Department of Medicine at Yale New Haven Health—Bridgeport Hospital and Associate Chief Medical Officer
  • Dr. Rockman Ferrigno - Chairman for the Department of Emergency Medicine and Associate Chief Medical Officer at Bridgeport Hospital

Please visit the Town website for more information and directions on how to join this meeting.

Join the meeting online:

https://zoom.us/j/91315914606?pwd=d0Z6dUE5a1gwNXVmSngzLzNzSkNYQT09
Webinar ID: 913 1591 4606 Password: 550440
Join by telephone: (301) 715-8592 or (877) 853-5257 (Toll Free) / Webinar ID: 913 1591 460

The Town Hall Meeting will also be live streamed by Trumbull Community Television at https://www.facebook.com/TrumbullCommunityTelevision.

You can view the meeting live or watch it later at your convenience on TCTV at https://www.trumbullps.tv.

In accordance with Governor Lamont's Executive Order 9R issued on December 16th, I have decided the municipal tax deferment (postponement) program approved by the Trumbull Town Council on 4/21/2020 giving taxpayers the ability to postpone payment of their local property taxes will be applied to the tax bills that will become due and payable on January 1, 2021. 

The last day for payment of these taxes without interest is extended from Monday, February 1, 2021 to Thursday, April 1, 2021.

This postponement will apply to the following municipal taxes and fees that will become due on January 1, 2021: 

  • Real Estate Tax -- 3rd installment of 2019 Grand List
  • Motor Vehicle Tax -- 2nd installment of 2019 Grand List 
  • Supplemental Motor Vehicle Tax -- 2019 Grand List
  • Personal Property Tax -- 2nd installment of 2019 Grand List
  • 2020 Sewer Assessment  -- 3rd installment

This postponement does not apply to real estate accounts in escrow and paid by a bank. Please understand that January payments made after April 1, 2021 will bear interest at the rate of 1-1/2% per month, so that a payment made on April 2, for example, will require payment of 6% interest. 

Landlords must qualify to be considered eligible for this deferment by filing an application with the Tax Assessor's Office. The application deadline is January 15, 2021. Questions: call the Tax Assessor's Office at 203-452-5016.

If you have any other questions call the Tax Collector's Office at 203-452-5024.

Congressman Jim Himes is holding a telephone Town Hall tonight, December 21st at 6pm to discuss the COVID relief package. You can call (855) 962-0953 or visit Himes.House.Gov/Live to listen in. The audience can ask questions during the call.   

I am encouraging all residents to shop local this season and throughout the coming year. A list of some of our locally owned businesses can be found on the Town website. For more information contact Rina Bakalar our Economic and Community Development Director at 203-452-5043 or rbakalar@trumbull-ct.gov.

The Trumbull Department of Human Services is accepting gift cards that will ensure Trumbull families receive the help they need during the holidays. Monetary donations and gift cards can be mailed to the Department of Human Services, 23 Priscilla Place Trumbull, CT  06611.  Please make checks payable to "Trumbull Human Services" 100% of your donation goes directly to helping meet the needs of Trumbull residents. 

Please remain vigilant in dealing with this virus by continuing to practice social distancing and following the Governor's executive orders that require all residents to wear a mask or a cloth face covering when in public and a six-foot distance is unavoidable, whether indoors or outdoors. This does not apply to anyone for whom doing so would be contrary to their health because of a medical condition. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tPx1yqvJgf4

During these difficult times please check on your elderly neighbors. 

If you or anyone you know is struggling to purchase food or can't get to the store, please contact Social Services 203-452-5198 for this and other services. 

Stay well and stay safe.

Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and a Happy and Healthy New Year to everyone. 

Thanks for listening!


COVID-19 Information and State of Connecticut Guidance 

COVID-19 Vaccine Information

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/index.html 

Information from the Tax Collector's Office

To protect the public and Town Employees the Tax Collector's office at Town Hall is closed to the public. Tax payments can be made online, by mail, or in a drop-box at Town Hall. 

Go to https://www.trumbull-ct.gov/285/Online-Tax-InquiryPayment-System or make your check payable to "Trumbull Tax Collector" and mail to Trumbull Town Hall, Tax Collector, 5866 Main Street, Trumbull, CT 06611. The drop-box is located inside the front entrance of Town Hall, (at the door near the parking lot and brick walk), but is only accessible Monday through Thursday, 9 AM to 5 PM. No cash will be accepted in this box. Please call 203 452-5024 with any questions.

In accordance with Governor Lamont's Executive Order 9R issued on December 16th, First Selectman Tesoro has decided that the municipal tax deferment (postponement) program approved by the Trumbull Town Council on 4/21/2020 giving taxpayers the ability to postpone payment of their local property taxes will be applied to the tax bills that will become due and payable on January 1, 2021. 

The last day for payment of these taxes without interest is extended from Monday, February 1, 2021 to Thursday, April 1, 2021.

This postponement will apply to the following municipal taxes and fees that will become due on January 1, 2021: 

  • Real Estate Tax -- 3rd installment of 2019 Grand List
  • Motor Vehicle Tax -- 2nd installment of 2019 Grand List 
  • Supplemental Motor Vehicle Tax -- 2019 Grand List
  • Personal Property Tax -- 2nd installment of 2019 Grand List
  • 2020 Sewer Assessment  -- 3rd installment

This postponement does not apply to real estate accounts in escrow and paid by a bank. Please understand that January payments made after April 1, 2021 will bear interest at the rate of 1-1/2% per month, so that a payment made on April 2, for example, will require payment of 6% interest. 

Landlords must qualify to be considered eligible by filing an application with the Tax Assessor’s Office. The application deadline is January 15, 2021.   Questions: call the Tax Assessor’s Office at 203-452-5016.

For more information visit the Town website: https://www.trumbull-ct.gov/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=1501

Key Provisions of the COVID Federal Relief Package: https://www.trumbull-ct.gov/civicalerts.aspx?AID=1503

Holidays 2020

According to the CDC and health professionals the safest way to celebrate the holidays this year is at home with the people you live with. 

If you are considering traveling and/or gathering for the holidays please review the guidance from the CDC, which is posted on the Town website. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/holidays/thanksgiving.html 

New COVID-10 App

Governor Ned Lamont announced that the State of Connecticut has launched its official COVID-19 exposure notification app, COVID Alert CT. The app, available for Apple and Android mobile devices, informs users if they may have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 – all without sharing any personal information. See here for more information. https://portal.ct.gov/Office-of-the-Governor/News/Press-Releases/2020/11-2020/Governor-Lamont-Announces-Launch-of-COVID-Alert-CT 

COVID-19 Testing Information

See the following links for COVID-19 testing information: 

https://www.trumbull-ct.gov/DocumentCenter/View/4690/Griffin-community-flyer-trumbull2?bidId= 

https://www.trumbull-ct.gov/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=1468 

https://progressive-diagnostics.com 

https://www.211ct.org/search?page=1&location=Connecticut&taxonomy_code=11048&service_area=connecticut 

https://portal.ct.gov/Coronavirus/Priority-Populations 

COVID-19 Information

Please review the information here for 3 key steps to take while waiting for a COVID test results.  https://www.trumbull-ct.gov/DocumentCenter/View/4617/3-Key-Steps-To-Take-When-Waiting-For-Your-COVID-19-Test-Results-PDF?bidId= 

For updated information about COVID-19 and important State and Town updates, please continue to use this link: https://www.trumbull-ct.gov/725/Novel-Coronavirus 

Flu Vaccination Information

The Trumbull Health Department is open to the public by appointment only. Flu vaccines are available. Please call 203-452-1030 in advance to schedule an appointment. 

Travel Advisory Information 

The travel advisory for anyone entering Connecticut from states with high community spread of COVID-19 is still in effect. This advisory was updated on December 18, 2020. Please see the Town website for more information.  https://portal.ct.gov/Coronavirus/Travel 

Connecticut COVID-19 Data Tracker

The State of Connecticut's COVID-19 metric report is issued once per day, every Monday through Friday, usually around 4:00 p.m. The report that is issued each Monday contains combined data that was collected on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. https://portal.ct.gov/Coronavirus/COVID-19-Data-Tracker 

Trumbull COVID-19 Dashboard

A series of live case data, graphs, and information can be viewed on our Trumbull COVID-19 Dashboard. Data presented is live and will be continuously updated to provide residents with the most up-to-date information. https://veoci.com/veoci/p/dashboard/pxa54xvx6s 

Phase 2.1

In response to the surge of positive cases across the State, Governor Lamont rolled back the entire state to phase 2.1. on Friday, November 13, 2020.

https://portal.ct.gov/DECD/Content/Coronavirus-Business-Recovery/Sector-Rules-and-Certification-for-Reopen 

The changes in this phase include limiting private gatherings to 10 people, reducing capacity at restaurants to 50% and establishing a closing time of 10 PM for restaurants, entertainment, and recreation venues. Attendance at sporting events and religious gatherings are also reduced.

More specific details are as follows:

The major changes that will occur under Phase 2.1 include:

  • Restaurants will reduce to 50 percent capacity with a maximum of 8 people limited to a table;
  • Restaurants and entertainment venues (i.e. bowling allies, movie theaters, arcades, etc.) will be required to close by 10 p.m., with the exception of food takeout and delivery services, which will be allowed to continue after 9:30 p.m.;
  • Personal services, such as hair salons and barber shops, will remain at 75 percent capacity;
  • Event venues will be limited to 25 people indoor, 50 people outdoor;
  • Performing arts venues and movie theaters will have a capacity of 100 people; and
  • Religious gatherings will be limited to 50 percent capacity or 100 people maximum.

Employers are reminded to maximize telework to the extent possible, and those over 60 and with chronic conditions are urged to remain home as much as possible.

New State Guidance Regarding Team Sports, as well as Gyms and Fitness Centers

The Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development published updated sector rules regarding team sports, as well as gyms and fitness centers. These rules took effect Monday, November 23, 2020.

Some of the new rules include:

  • All team sporting activities, except collegiate and professional, are prohibited until January 19, 2021.
  • All team scrimmages, competitions, camps, clinics, and tournaments including all interscholastic, "pick-up" games, and other informal athletic activities prohibited.
  • "Team" is defined as a group of more than four people jointly engaged in an organized or recreational athletic activity on a court, field, etc.
  • Masks are now required in all gyms and fitness centers with no exceptions.
  • Fitness classes have been reduced to 25 percent capacity.

Please see the Town website for additional information. https://portal.ct.gov/DECD/Content/Coronavirus-Business-Recovery/Team-Sports-on-Pause

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