March 20th COVID-19 UPDATE

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Here are the latest town and local updates on the COVID-19 outbreak. First, a ray of hope. For the first time since the outbreak was identified in Wuhan in December 2019, China reported no new domestic cases.

· We have our first confirmed case of COVID-19 in Haddam. The patient is a 70+ year old man who has been in self-isolation and had very little contact with others. He is in the recovery phase and his symptoms are improving. We will continue to get more cases as the infection spreads and testing becomes more available. I won’t be giving or probably even getting updates on all of them.

· The Town Office Building continues to remain open by appointments only, except for the Land Use Office. We are operating with reduced staffing. Call 860-345-8531 and dial the department extension to get an appointment.

· The Land Use Office is closed. The staff is working remotely, checking email and voice mail. See https://www.haddam.org/sites/haddamct/files/uploads/land_use_residental_commercial_buliding_permits_0.pdf for information on permits, inspections and contacting staff members.

· The 2020 revaluation of property has begun. The inspector will visit your house. He will not ask to come in. He is as concerned about COVID-19 as you are and is taking proper cautions to protect you and himself. More information is at March 19th COVID Update RE: 2020 Revaluation

· The Board of Selectmen and Board of Finance meetings scheduled for March 23rd are cancelled. We’re investigating online options for holding public meetings.

· The Town Meeting scheduled for March 24th to fill a vacated Board of Education seat is postponed. It will be rescheduled when it can be safely held.

· The March 28th Hazardous Waste Collection in Clinton is cancelled.

For more information see the following websites or call 211: · Center for Disease Control, https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html · Connecticut, ct.gov/coronavirus · Connecticut River Area Health District, http://www.crahd.org/

Please help your neighbors, especially the elderly. Support our local businesses, they need us now more than ever.