Chatham Health District, the Town of East Haddam's health resource, is closely monitoring the outbreak of respiratory illness caused by a novel (new) coronavirus (named COVID-19) that was first detected in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China and which has spread globally. Chatham Health District is participating in weekly Centers for Disease Control (CDC) conference calls as well as weekly conference calls with the Connecticut Department of Public Health (CT DPH).
The State Department of Public Health has reported that there are positive cases of COVID-19 disease in Middlesex County, in Chatham Health District towns and in the Town of East Haddam. Residents in all municipalities within Chatham Health District should assume that there are people sick with COVID-19 disease in their towns. The emergence of cases in our towns has required a coordinated, skilled, rapid, thoughtful and compassionate response; and the Chatham Health District is prepared for that response. We as a town are prepared to implement the recommendations of the Chatham Health District.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention website at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCov/ contains very useful information and resources applicable to healthcare, communities, schools and other sectors.
Please visit the Chatham Health District Coronavirus site for the most up to date information regarding the steps to take to protect yourself and others.
We also urge you to visit the State of Connecticut website at www.ct.gov/coronavirus for Test Data in Connecticut, Governor Lamont's Executive Orders and an overview of the Sector Rules and Certification for Reopening.
COVID-19 Vaccine Access for those 75 and Older: If you are 75 years of age or older, you qualify for Phase 1b, and are currently eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. If you have already heard from your medical provider about receiving the vaccine, you do not need to do anything else – if you have not, several scheduling options are available to you. Please, do not reach out to your doctor or medical provider about the vaccine if they have not contacted you. Please refer to the state website for information about access and scheduling: https://portal.ct.gov/Coronavirus/COVID-19-Vaccination---75-and-older
Complimentary COVID Vaccination Transportation: The Estuary Transit District’s Complimentary COVID Vaccination Transportation provides FREE accessible transportation to COVID test sites in the district 7 days per week. Trips must begin in Clinton, Chester, Essex, East Haddam, Deep River, Haddam, Killingworth, Lyme, Madison, Old Lyme, Old Saybrook and Westbrook and may be to any Vaccination site in those towns, Guilford or Middletown. This includes drive through vaccination sites. Any resident regardless of age or ability is eligible, and up to four people may travel together. Trips must be booked at least one day in advance by calling Curtin Transportation at 860-443-1655 between 9:00 am and 1:30 pm Monday through Friday. Wheelchair accessible vehicles are available upon request. Face coverings are required when riding. Wait and return service will be provided. Full program details are available at http://estuarytransit.org/covid-testing-transportation/