State of Bloomfield Message from Mayor DeBeatham-Brown and Town Manager Robert Smith:
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Regarding COVID-19 update - Bloomfield has had, as of May 13th, 368 confirmed cases with 65 deaths. Bloomfield continues to do very well (62.3%; better than state average). Still have further to go; still have to continue to push message.
Pediatric Multi-System Inflammatory Syndrome You may have heard news reports about a possible connection between COVID-19 and a serious health condition in children currently called Pediatric Multi-system Inflammatory Syndrome (sometimes called PIMS). Health Officials are watching this very carefully and trying to learn about it. Be assured that most children are not affected by the coronavirus, and reports of children who become seriously ill remain rare and unusual cases. Despite being rare, there are reports of some children getting sick. Some of these children reported to have this condition have tested positive for COVID-19, while others have not. If you notice any of the following symptoms, call your pediatrician:
- a fever that won't go away
- abdominal pain, diarrhea or vomiting
- rash or changes in skin color
- trouble breathing
- your child seems confused or overly sleepy
Your pediatrician will let you know if your child needs to be seen in the office or if you need to go to the emergency department.
RULES FOR MAY 20TH REOPEN - CLICK HERE for information from the Governor.
ALREADY OPEN Manufacturing, Construction, Real Estate, Utilities, Essential retail, Childcare, and Hospitals MAY 20TH Restaurants (outdoor only, no bar areas), Remaining retail, Outdoor recreation, Offices (continue WFH where possible), Personal services (hair), Museums, Zoos (outdoor only), University research Following controls on business operations and societal interaction.
- Capacity limit of 50% for businesses that reopen.
- Strict cleaning and disinfection protocols in all settings.
- Those who can work from home should continue to do so • Those in high-risk groups and over the age of 65 should continue to stay safe and stay home.
- Social gatherings will be restricted to a maximum of 5 people.
- Facemasks should continue to be worn in public at all times and 6 ft distancing is still in effect
FUTURE REOPEN DATES - Details forthcoming. As we see progress on a defined set of public health metrics, we will gradually loosen safeguards. This will allow for the next set of businesses to open and potentially for businesses already open to operate with additional leeway. We expect this will occur over the coming months through September 2020.
TOWN INFORMATION - Bloomfield Social & Youth Services FOOD BANK distributions are taking place at 330 Park Ave every Wednesday 1:00-3:30 pm and Fridays 11:30 am-1:00pm. For More information on the Food Bank or the Town’s Diaper Bank Services, you can call 860-242-1895.
The Leisure Services Department will be moving forward with offering the following camp and drop-in programs this summer, please note there have been major program changes. All programs dates, times, & class sizes are subject to change as additional information becomes available due to the Covid-19 pandemic. For more information please call Leisure Services at 860-243-2923 or visit us online at www.bloomfieldrec.com or www.bloomfieldct.gov. Extended day programs will be offered through the Sunrise / Sunset Program. Financial assistance is available, please contact the Social and Youth Services Department for more information and eligibility requirements at 860-242-1895. To date a decision has not been made if the Municipal Pool will open for the 2020 summer season. We are in ongoing discussions with the Health Department and surrounding towns on how to proceed in a safe manner for everyone. More information to follow in the coming weeks.
If you are a business in need of guidance during this pandemic, the Bloomfield Chamber would like to help. You can contact them at bloomfieldchamber.org or call 860-242-3710.
CENSUS MESSAGE - Every day I meet people who care about our community and they often ask me, “What can I do to make a difference?” This year, the answer is easy. You can make a difference by participating in the 2020 Census. That’s because the census informs how billions of dollars are allocated every year to health clinics, schools, affordable housing, and hundreds of other critical services and programs that make a difference in our lives every day. It only takes a few minutes to complete, but the impact will be felt for years. So don’t miss out on your chance to make a difference. Your census has a tremendous impact to the Bloomfield community. Did you know: State, local and tribal governments use census information for planning and allocating funds for new school construction, libraries, highway safety and public transportation systems, new roads and bridges, location of police and fire departments and many other projects. Did you know that last year the Town of Bloomfield received just shy of $2.2 million directly from the census allocated funds from the Federal Government? Some of these programs included:
- National School Lunch - $864,291
- School Breakfast - $254,133
- JAG Program (PD) - $17,560
- Special Education Grants - $541,110
- Title 1 Grants to Local Education Agencies - $396,698
- Improving Teacher Quality State Grants - $72,234
- Career and Technical Education - $31,480
Asked Congress to extend deadline (field operations are closed in Connecticut—follows federal and state guidelines (no door-to-door). Hoping to open those in June as soon as it is safe for all. Self-response would go out until end of October but to get next 38% in Bloomfield, will have to reach into specific segment. Need to keep momentum up in Bloomfield (2010 was 71% self-response rate).
OUR MEMORIAL DAY CAR PARADE May 25th - Due to COVID-19 the Memorial Day Ceremonies and Town Center Parade originally scheduled for May 25, 2020 have been cancelled. In replace of the Town Center Parade, a Car Parade of Veterans and First Responders will be held throughout town. See attached for parade route. Step outside to wave and cheer on all of the parade participants as they pass by! Parade kicks off at 10:00 AM. Wreaths will be placed at the monuments on the Town Green along with American Flags. American Flags will also be placed throughout Mountain View Cemetery. The Town encourages all residents to spend time this Memorial Day 2020 to remember and recognize those who have fallen in your own, personal way. We will not forget!