For the latest information regarding Mansfield's response to COVID-19, visit our COVID-19 homepage.
Updated on 8/19/2020 at 11:15pm
Reopening UConn COVID-19 Dashboard
The University of Connecticut is committed to transparency as it communicates information pertaining to COVID-19 to all members of our community. The dashboard has been designed to accurately reflect statistics in a clear and concise manner. This data is University-wide (excluding UConn Health) and will be updated regularly.
Governor Lamont Signs Executive Order Strengthening Self-Quarantine Requirements When Entering Connecticut From High-Risk States
Governor Ned Lamont today announced that he has signed an executive order strengthening his previously enacted travel advisory for anyone entering Connecticut from states with high infection and positivity rates for COVID-19. The order changes the travel advisory to mandatory and has been taken in conjunction with similar measures by the governors of New Jersey and New York. Under the new order, failure to comply may result in a $1,000 penalty imposed by the Connecticut Department of Public Health (DPH).
Travelers will now be required to complete a form upon entry into Connecticut stating their name, date of birth, state of origin, estimated length of stay and location while in Connecticut, as well as contact information. The form is required to be submitted to DPH and can be completed online by visiting ct.gov/travelform.
The tri-state, regional travel advisory applies to anyone entering Connecticut, New Jersey, or New York from a state that has a new daily positive test rate higher than 10 per 100,000 residents or a state with a 10 percent or higher positivity rate over a 7-day rolling average. Currently, there are 31 states that meet this criteria and are included in the travel advisory. Full information on the travel advisory, including the list of impacted states, which is updated on a weekly basis, can be found online by visiting ct.gov/coronavirus/travel.
“With infection rates out of control in much of the South, Midwest, and Southwest, and many tourists coming to Connecticut for summer vacation, I have made the determination that we need an enforceable quarantine order to keep Connecticut residents as safe as possible,” Governor Lamont said. “In taking this action, I am empowering the Department of Public Health to hold travelers accountable with significant fines for anyone not following the rules. While we do have a very low COVID-19 positivity rate in our state right now, that can change very rapidly, and this is no time to relax about taking every precaution we can to slow down the spread of the virus.”
Signs with information on the requirement to fill out the travel form will be on display in Connecticut airports, train stations, highway rest areas and travel centers, and ferry terminals. DPH personnel are being deployed to Bradley International Airport to inform incoming travelers about the requirement and direct them to fill out the form. The Connecticut Department of Transportation will also be posting new electronic highway signage communicating the requirement.
Exemptions to the quarantine rule remain in place for essential workers on work-related travel. The quarantine does not apply to anyone arriving to Connecticut from a connecting flight from an impacted state, so long as their state of origin is not subject to the quarantine order.
For more information, visit the State of Connecticut’s coronavirus website at ct.gov/coronavirus.
OFFICIAL ANNOUNCEMENT FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF CONNECTICUT
July 18, 2020
To the UConn Community:
This message outlines UConn’s overall approach to COVID-19 testing in advance of the beginning of the fall semester and reentry. Additional messages to specific populations will follow, offering more detailed information and/or instructions.
Our approach to testing for our community is straightforward: if a student or employee is coming to our campuses because they have to be there, they should be tested. This includes faculty, staff and commuter students on every campus, both graduate and undergraduate. There is not a “once-size-fits all” approach to accomplishing this, so the university will utilize different avenues and strategies.
We will not be testing faculty, staff and students who are not coming to campus this fall. This includes students who are online only and not living in a residence hall, faculty who are teaching only online courses, and staff who are telecommuting, which is a substantial segment of our population.
As you already know, all residential UConn students will be returning to our campuses approximately two weeks before the first day of classes to be tested and quarantined on campus. This is the segment of our population that is largely self-contained on campus, while others arrive and depart on a regular basis. We are arranging for testing of our residential students during check-in.
Commuter Students Coming to Campus
Testing will be addressed for commuter students registered for in-person instruction, both graduate and undergraduate, in several ways. First, these students are encouraged to submit proof of a negative test result obtained within 14 days of the start of the fall semester (Aug 31). For those students who do not obtain a test on their own, the University will provide testing. The University is currently exploring several options for testing and specific information on these testing options will be available on the SHaW website by August 1.
Commuter students arriving to Connecticut from states under the regional travel advisory are advised to obtain a negative test result within the time frame indicated by the governor and the commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Public Health, followed by a 14-day self-quarantine period which must be completed before coming to campus and attending in person classes. More information can be found here.
Faculty and Staff Coming to Campus
Faculty and staff who will be on one of our campuses this fall will have PCR testing made available at reentry at no cost to them through our partnership with UConn Health. Availability will be as early as August 4 through August 21 on-site at Storrs, Stamford (one day only) and Avery Point (one day only) for eligible employees at these locations. Eligible employees at UConn’s Waterbury and Hartford campuses will be provided access to UConn Health’s Farmington drive-through location.
Faculty and staff eligible for testing and approved to return to campus and who are returning from out of the state for the start of the fall semester should incorporate the potential for a 14-day quarantine period into their travel plans. Please refer to further guidance already on the HR website for more details and a required domestic travel registry.
More information is forthcoming from HR shortly in messages to UConn Storrs and regional campus communities in the next few days. Additional communications will be made by July 28 to those for whom testing will be made available.
Testing is only one aspect of a successful effort to prevent the spread of the virus. The other, which is just as critical, requires every one of us to follow the guidelines mandated by the University for every individual who will be working and/or living on our campuses. This includes wearing a mask at all times, maintaining a distance from all others of at least six feet (other than those students living as a unit), frequent hand-washing or sanitizing, following signage posted in buildings and elsewhere, and not taking any unnecessary and easily avoidable risks. Following these precautions will help keep everyone on our campuses healthy.
Updated on 7/2/2020 at 6:38pm
Some Helpful Information
As we all face a very different world because of COVID-19, it is important that we communicate best practices effectively within our communities. The CDC has made available resources in multiple languages that are free to download and that you may find useful in keeping our communities safe. You can access these resources HERE.
A reminder that face masks are required to be worn while on Town Properties. We also urge you to wear a mask and practice social distancing when in public and in proximity to other people.
To view Governor Lamont’s full road map to reopening CT, please CLICK HERE.
INFORMATION ON SPECIFIC BUSINESSES
Restaurants (outdoor, indoor, no bar areas) CLICK HERE
Suspension and modification of tax deadlines and collection efforts pursuant to Executive Order No. 7S, Section 6
No increased experience rating based on COVID-19 unemployment claims
Coil cleaning requirements modified
Delivery signature requirement suspended
Return of permit not necessary for temporary closures pursuant to Executive Order No. 7D
Ninety-day provisional permits
Renewal date for on-premise liquor permits to be extended
Permit need not be recorded with town clerk
Updated on 4/6/2020 at 8:21pm
Use of Cloth Face Coverings to Help Slow the Spread of COVID-19
CDC continues to study the spread and effects of the novel coronavirus across the United States. We now know from recent studies that a significant portion of individuals with coronavirus lack symptoms (“asymptomatic”) and that even those who eventually develop symptoms (“pre-symptomatic”) can transmit the virus to others before showing symptoms. This means that the virus can spread between people interacting in close proximity—for example, speaking, coughing, or sneezing—even if those people are not exhibiting symptoms. In light of this new evidence, CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies) especially in areas of significant community-based transmission.
It is critical to emphasize that maintaining 6-feet social distancing remains important to slowing the spread of the virus. CDC is additionally advising the use of simple cloth face coverings to slow the spread of the virus and help people who may have the virus and do not know it from transmitting it to others. Cloth face coverings fashioned from household items or made at home from common materials at low cost can be used as an additional, voluntary public health measure.
The cloth face coverings recommended are not surgical masks or N-95 respirators. Those are critical supplies that must continue to be reserved for healthcare workers and other medical first responders, as recommended by current CDC guidance.
This recommendation complements and does not replace the President’s Coronavirus Guidelines for America, 30 Days to Slow the Spread, which remains the cornerstone of our national effort to slow the spread of the coronavirus. CDC will make additional recommendations as the evidence regarding appropriate public health measures continues to develop.
Updated on 4/3/2020 at 12:54pm
Governor’s Executive Order Number 7T - Effective March 2, 2020
Safe lodging, liquor delivery, additional flexibility for victims of domestic violence, other measures
Occupancy, store layout, and managing customer flow:
Occupancy capped at 50% of store capacity. At entrance, staff will maintain a count of the number of customers entering and exiting stores.
Clearly mark 6-feet spacing in lines on floor at checkout lines and other high-traffic areas and, as much as practicable, provide ways to encourage 6-feet spacing in lines outside the store.
Post conspicuous signage and floor markings to direct customers and limit bottlenecks and/or encourage spacing and flow in high-density areas.
Have aisles be one-way in stores where practicable to maximize spacing between customers. Identify the one-way aisles with conspicuous signage and/or floor markings.
Maximize space between customers and employees at checkout lines, including, but not limited to, only using every other checkout line, where and when possible.
Install Plexiglas shields to separate employees from customers at checkout lines and other areas in the store where practicable.
Communicate with customers through in-store signage, and public service announcements and advertisements, there should only be one person per household during shopping trips, whenever possible.
Discontinue all self-serve foods (e.g., salad bar, olive bar) and product sampling.
Allow "touchless" credit card transactions. If not possible, sanitize credit card machines (including pen) regularly and consistently.
Cart and basket handles sanitized between uses (by staff).
Wherever possible, employees will wear gloves and face masks at all times that they are interacting with customers and/or handling products.
Updated on 4/1/2020 at 11:03AM
COVID-19 Planning and Zoning Operating Procedures
Pursuant to Governor Lamont’s Executive Orders, changes have been made to the normal operating procedures for the duration of the COVID19 virus public health and civil preparedness emergency. Click the link below to view the full document containing the changes:
These procedures will continue to be updated as needed and as the situation evolves.
Updated on 3/31/2020 at 9:21am
State of CT COVID-19 Update March 30, 2020
As of March 30, 2020, a total of 2,571 laboratory-confirmed cases of COVID-19 have been reported among Connecticut residents. Cases have been reported in all 8 Connecticut counties. Five hundred and seventeen patients were hospitalized, and 36 residents have died (21 in Fairfield County, 4 in Tolland County, 3 in Hartford County, 6 in New Haven County, 1 in Middlesex County and 1 in Litchfield County).
Laboratory-Confirmed COVID-19 Cases and Deaths by County of Residence in Connecticut as of 3/30/2020 at 12PM. Includes patients tested at the State Public Health Laboratory, Hospital, and Commercial Laboratories
As of March 28, 2020 a total of 1,524 laboratory-confirmed cases of COVID-19 have been reported among Connecticut residents. Cases have been reported in all 8 Connecticut counties. Two hundred and five patients were hospitalized, and 33 residents have died (20 in Fairfield County, 4 in Tolland County, 2 in Hartford County, 6 in New Haven County and 1 in Middlesex County).
Confirmed Cases of COVID-19 in Connecticut As of 3/28/2020 at 12PM. Includes patients tested at the State Public Health Laboratory, Hospital, and Commercial Laboratories
Updated on 3/26/2020 at 7:52pm
State of CT COVID-19 Update March 26, 2020
As of March 26, 2020, a total of 1,021 laboratory-confirmed cases of COVID-19 have been reported among Connecticut residents. Cases have been reported in all 8 Connecticut counties. One hundred and twenty-five patients were hospitalized, and 21 residents have died (13 in Fairfield County, 3 in Tolland County, 2 in Hartford County, 2 in New Haven County and 1 in Middlesex County).
Confirmed Cases of COVID-19 in Connecticut As of 3/26/2020 1:30PM. Includes patients tested at the State Public Health Laboratory, Hospital, and Commercial Laboratories
Updated on 3/25/2020 at 1:21pm
Frequently Asked Questions and Latest Testing Data in Connecticut
A detailed listing of Frequently Asked Questions on the State of Connecticut’s actions related to COVID-19 and a daily report showing the Latest Testing Data in Connecticut can be found on the State’s website:
CTResponds! is the State of Connecticut’s web-based medical volunteer management system. It is Connecticut’s online volunteer system for the Emergency System for Advance Registration of Volunteer Health Professionals (ESAR-VHP) and other interested volunteers. This system helps to maintain a registry of volunteers’ skills and credentials available within the state, and helps communities match available resources to an emergency event.
If you are interested in volunteering for a medical mission or to assist a medical mission, please register in this system. Click the "Register" button to create your account and profile. If you are already registered, click "Log In" with your username and password to check or update your profile and status.
If you are interested in volunteering for a non-medical-related activity during this COVID-19 response, you can register at https://dart-ct.communityos.org/. This system is run by the CT Volunteer Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD), made up of CT volunteer agencies, including United Way and Red Cross. Once you access the site, you will be given a menu of volunteer opportunities to choose from.
If you are already a member of a CERT or MRC Team, keep doing what you are doing and thank you!!
Tasks that will be assigned in response to an emergency could include:
Dispensing of medications for first responders
Dispensing of medications to the general public
Screening medical forms for contradictions
Handing out forms
Directing vehicle traffic
Patient Guides and Flow Controllers
Logistics and Medical Supplies Management
If you are interested in joining the Eastern Highlands Medical Reserve Corps/CTResponds you may sign up here. If you have questions, please call us at 860-429-3325.
Governor Lamont orders all non-essential businesses closed starting Monday, March 23rd.
Governor Ned Lamont issued a shelter in place order for all 3.5 million Connecticut residents beginning March 23 at 8pm. Much like the orders impacting California, Illinois, and New York, residents are only permitted to leave their homes to obtain healthcare, food, or provide services deemed "essential" by the state. All non-essential group gatherings of any size are prohibited, and individuals leaving their homes to obtain essential services are not permitted to travel in groups, and recommended to limit their use of public transportation. Residents may only engage in outdoor recreational activities like walking, hiking, or exercising so long as they can maintain a distance of at least 6 feet from others.
Visit the Governor’s website for more information about the Executive order:
Beware of COVID-19 Related E-Mail, Phone, and Website Scams
Unfortunately there are some individuals attempting scams related to the COVID-19 situation. These are being sent via email, phone, and websites, including in Mansfield as well. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has issues the following guidelines specific to COVID-19 scams (and is good advice all the time as well!)
Watch for emails claiming to be from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) or experts saying they have information about the virus; many of these include links to scams. For the most up-to-date and accurate information, go directly to known reputable websites (such as the examples noted above).
Do not click on links from sources that you do not know. These could download viruses onto your computer or device.
Delete online offers for vaccinations. There currently (as of 3/23/2020) are no vaccines, pills, potions, lotions, lozenges or other prescription or over-the-counter products available to cure COVID-19: online or in stores.
Do your homework when it comes to donations, whether through charities or crowdfunding sites. Don’t let anyone rush you into making a donation. If someone wants donations in cash, by gift card, or by wiring money, don’t do it.
As part of the statewide efforts to mitigate the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), Connecticut restaurants are temporarily limited to take-out and delivery service only. Mansfield restaurants are complying with the order. Many have expanded delivery and take-out options as well as amended hours.
The Mansfield Downtown Partnership has created a list of restaurants and food service operations in town that are offering take-out and delivery options. The list will be updated each weekday for the foreseeable future and can be found here: downtownstorrs.org/dine/togo.
Businesses who would like to be listed are asked to submit their information via the form found below the list.
This is a difficult time for small businesses everywhere. Consider purchasing gift cards now from your favorite restaurants and shops for future use. Any support you can lend will be very much appreciated!
Updated at 2:27pm on 3/17/2020
Town of Mansfield Locations with Free Outdoor Internet WiFi
The following Municipal/School locations offer free outdoor Internet WiFi access. As these buildings are currently closed to the public, the access is available outside. The name of the wireless is MnsfldGuest unless otherwise noted below.
Mansfield Public Library: 54 Warrenville Road
Outdoor WiFi Access is available in the parking lot adjacent to the building (the parking lot on the side of the building that has the public entrance).
Mansfield Middle School: 205 Spring Hill Road
Outdoor WiFi Access is available in the parking lot adjacent to the gymnasium.
Mansfield Town Hall: 4 South Eagleville Road
Outdoor WiFi Access is available in all of the parking lots adjacent to the building.
E.O. Smith High School: 1235 Storrs Road (this wireless is called EOSGuest)
Outdoor WiFi Access is available in the parking lot on the left side of the building.
Mansfield Community Center: 10 South Eagleville Road
Outdoor WiFi Access is available in the parking lot both in front of the building and in the parking lot adjacent to the gymnasium.
Additionally, Charter/Spectrum Cable (the cable franchise that includes Mansfield) has announced some initiatives to support access during the COVID-19 situation. Starting later this month, they will be providing free outdoor WiFi Internet access points in our region (will not require a subscription to Charter/Spectrum). Later this month, they will list these locations at https://www.spectrum.com/wifi-hotspots for anyone in the community. Further, Charter/Spectrum is offering free 60-day home Internet and Wi-Fi service for households with K-12 and/or college students who do not already have Charter/Spectrum Internet service. There will be no installation fees, no ongoing fees, and families can choose to discontinue the service at the end of the 60 day period at no cost. To access this offer, families can call call 1-844-488-8395. When prompted, choose the option for "new service". When the service representative answers, explain that you are requesting the 60 day free at home Internet access for households with students.
Updated at 4:40pm on 3/16/2020
CHANGES TO PZC and IWA MEETING PROCEDURES DUE TO COVID-19
In accordance with Governor Lamont’s Executive Order 7B and social distancing guidelines recommended by the CDC to prevent community spread of COVID-19, members of the IWA and PZC with the exception of the Chair will be participating in their meetings this evening (3/16/2020) via telephone. Members of the public may submit comments in writing, call-in using the instructions below, or attend the meeting in person to speak on public hearing items. Per normal meeting procedures, public comment will only be accepted during scheduled public hearings. The Town will do its best to provide for physical separation between meeting attendees as recommended by the CDC.
Members of the public that are not planning to comment during the public hearing portion of the meeting are encouraged to watch the meeting using the meeting broadcast information provided below.
Step 2: Starting at 6:15, you will be able to call into to the following number: (571) 317-3122 from any phone
Step 3: When prompted, the access code is: 969-633-685
Step 4: The system will ask you to enter an audio pin or press #, press #
Step 5: If you are using a phone with a mute function, please use this when you are just listening and not speaking to reduce background noise
The meeting will be open to any members of the public wishing to comment on public hearing items. In addition to in-person and call-in participation, public comment on public hearing items can also be submitted via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Email communications must be submitted by 4:30 p.m. on the day of the meeting to ensure that staff has time to add them to the digital meeting packet available at the link posted above. During public hearings, the Chair will call first on staff, the applicant, and then individual members before opening the hearing to public comments. He will ask if there are any members of the public wishing to speak first in support of the application, and then in opposition to the application. Please identify yourself by name, and if there is more than one person, wait for the Chair to call on you before speaking.
Updated at 3:14pm on 3/16/2020
Today I declared a Public Health and Civil Preparedness Emergency for the Town of Mansfield.
All schools, the senior center, the library and the community center are closed to the public.
Beginning tomorrow the Town Hall will be closed to the public. Please use the telephone or email to communicate with staff.
The Town Council will conduct an emergency meeting on Wednesday – time is not yet determined.
Please remain calm during this crisis and practice safe distancing to prevent the spread of this virus.
John C. Carrington, PE
Interim Town Manager
Updated at 11:11am on 3/13/2020
The following facilities will be closed until at least March 27, 2020, starting on these dates:
The Town Hall and other facilities will remain open and operational. We ask that you avoid visiting the Town Hall unless absolutely necessary. Please call, email, or pay your bill using the postal service or on-line.
We are taking these measures to:
• Protect the Healthcare System
• Protect the Elderly
• Protect the Public
We will be evaluating all public meetings and cancelling or postponing those that are not necessary.
We will use our COVID19 Homepage (https://MansfieldCT.gov/COVID19) and our other methods of communication to share ongoing information. We encourage you to check that page regularly, as there will be further updates as matters develop.
Updated at 9:30pm on 3/12/2020
The Town of Mansfield is currently conducting normal operations, but there are some restrictions on certain activities.
The Mansfield Schools and Regional School District 19 have announced a 2 week closing starting on Monday, 3/16/2020.
We know many of you are rightfully concerned or anxious over Coronavirus or COVID-19. Town and Schools staff are making plans for whatever the future may bring us. We are meeting often, as well as developing and implementing courses of action.
We will use this page (https://MansfieldCT.gov/COVID19) and our other methods of communication to share ongoing information. We encourage you to check this page regularly as there will be further updates as matters develop.
Prepare! Don’t Panic over COVID-19.
Clean your hands. Washing your hands often will help protect you from germs. If soap & water aren’t available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.
Avoid touching your eyes , nose or mouth. Germs are spread when a person touches something that is contaminated with germs and then touches their eyes, nose, or mouth.
Stay home when you are sick. If possible, stay home from work, school, and errands when you are sick. This will help prevent spreading your illness to others.
Avoid close contact. Avoid close contact with people who are sick. When you are sick, keep your distance from others to protect them from getting sick too.
Cover your mouth and nose. Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing. Throw tissues in the trash. If you don’t have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your elbow or your sleeve.
Practice good health habits. Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces. Get plenty of sleep, be physically active, manage stress, drink plenty of fluids, & eat nutritious food.
Always be prepared with extra food and medications. In case you cannot get leave your home due to illness or disaster.
Stay Informed. Get information from reputable sources such as the Center for Disease Control (CDC), CT DPH, or Eastern Highlands Health District (www.EHHD.org).
We encourage you to visit the Eastern Highlands Health District’s homepage at http://www.ehhd.org as well for COVID-19 information.