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 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 14, 2020:
- Since yesterday, there are 15 new positive cases in Norwalk, bringing the total positive reported cases to 1,883. There were no new deaths reported.
- Norwalk Public Schools will have a day off from distance learning for teachers and students tomorrow, May 15. Meal services for families with children under 18 years of age covering three days’ worth of food will be available at distribution sites in Norwalk noon to 2 p.m.
- The Norwalk Police Department and Norwalk Police Activities League will not be holding DARE Camp this summer. Refund checks will be sent out to all those who registered.
- CVS announced today that it was expanding rapid COVID-19 drive-through testing sites in Connecticut. The company said that 12 new spots across the state would open, and testing would not take place inside retail locations. The announcement was applauded by Governor Lamont. For a list of locations or more information, visit ct.gov.
- Spring Waste Collection continues on Monday. During the week of May 18, collections will be for residents with Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday City garbage collection. All yard waste must be curbside by 6 a.m. on Monday, May 18, as the truck only passes by once. During the week of May 25, collections will be for residents with Thursday and Friday garbage collection.
- Norwalk restaurants are asked to complete a survey to help local officials understand the preparedness, capability, and capacity of establishments to meet May 20 guidelines for reopening, including outdoor dining, as set by the State of Connecticut. Restaurants can find the survey at norwalkct.org/diningsurvey.
- Mayor Harry Rilling and Lt. Governor Susan Bysiewicz joined the Connecticut Food Bank and hundreds of volunteers in Norwalk to help distribute more than 39 tons of food today. More than 2,000 cars came through Veteran’s Park for the event. Mayor Rilling reminds residents who may be food insecure to call 2-1-1 or visit norwalkct.org/meals for local resources that can help.
“It was a humbling experience to be at Vets Park today, and see cars lined up and down the street waiting for food. It was striking to see firsthand how real the need for food is in our community. I encourage those who are able to consider making a donation to a local group or organization to help our neighbors in need,” Mayor Rilling said. “I appreciate the thoughtful and passionate feedback I have received from the public regarding the Reopen Norwalk Plan. As I have said before, the Plan is based on what we know today and is a snapshot in time. It will always remain subject to change based on state guidelines and the situation locally. My top priority is the health and safety of our community, and I take that responsibility seriously.”
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.