Norwalk, CT – City officials are working closely with partners at the state and federal levels, as well as partners in Norwalk, to monitor and respond to COVID-19, the 2019 novel Coronavirus. Statewide updates can be found online at ct.gov/coronavirus. Mayor Rilling provided the following Norwalk-area specific updates regarding COVID-19 coronavirus as of 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 23, 2020:
- Since yesterday, there are no new positive cases in Norwalk, and the total positive reported cases remains at 1,973. There were no new deaths reported.
- The Connecticut Department of Social Services announced that because of the cancellation schools for remainder of the academic year, the families of students who participate in the free or reduced-price meals program will soon receive additional, emergency Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits under the federal Pandemic Electronic Benefits Transfer program. This will help ensure children continue to receive nutritious meals while learning from home during the pandemic. More details available at ct.gov/snap.
- City officials remind residents to verify their license plate information online before heading to a park or beach. Nonresidents will be ticketed and towed, so it is important the public checks information online. Residents can visit norwalkct.org/passes 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to verify their vehicle status and obtain more information.
- The City has received more than 4,000 masks and 550 infrared thermometers to distribute to more than 600 Norwalk small businesses. The supplies were received as part of the State of Connecticut’s partnership with CONNSTEP and the Connecticut Business & Industry Association (CBIA) to help keep the public and employees safe and healthy. Entities that would like to request masks or a thermometer can fill out the forms located at ct.gov/coronavirus in the “Access to Personal Protective Equipment” section.
- The 46th annual National EMS Week (May 17-23, 2020) concludes today. EMS week is normally a time to celebrate the important work of EMS practitioners everywhere. City officials thanks EMS personnel in Norwalk for their tireless efforts each and every day.
“It is wonderful to see hundreds of local small businesses using this opportunity through the state to help keep customers and staff safe. As businesses slowly reopen, it is so important they have the protective equipment they need. I encourage our local businesses to submit a request soon before supplies run out,” Mayor Rilling said. “The essential role the members of Norwalk Hospital EMS play in keeping our community healthy and safe cannot be understated. They are on the frontlines and face new challenges every day due to COVID-19. EMS practitioners are real heroes and I am so thankful for their continued service to residents during this pandemic.”
Members of the public are encouraged to sign-up for the City’s CodeRED Emergency Alert Notification System at norwalkct.org/codered. Updates on City services, hours, and community resources will be routinely published at norwalkct.org/citynews. The latest health updates can be found at norwalkct.org/coronavirus.