COVID-19

Voluntown Covid Alert Level: RED

As of 1/14/21,  Voluntown remains in the RED alert level.

The Red Alert is to remind us that we need to continue to follow the 3 W’s- Wear your masks, Wash your hands, Watch your distance. 

For data on Covid-19 in CT, including Voluntown’s numbers,  visit the CT COVID-19 Data Tracker website:https://data.ct.gov/stories/s/q5as-kyim  This information is updated weekly either on Thursday or Friday. 

View the Connecticut Department of Public Health Town-Level Covid Response Framework chart here, printable version here.

COVID-19 Testing 

Residents are encouraged to get tested, even if asymptomatic (showing no symptoms). To find a free COVID-19 testing location nearby, visit: https://portal.ct.gov/Coronavirus/Priority-Populations , dial 2-1-1 from your phone, or visit the 2-1-1 testing locations website page. 

More information on local testing sites, Pop Up testing sites and testing information can be found on the UNCAS Health website. 

More info on testing can be found on the CT Department of Public Health website too.

COVID-19 Vaccination

Residents age 75 and over can now sign up for a COVID-19 vaccination appointment. 

The state of Connecticut is currently rolling out phase 1b of the vaccination plan.  Phase 1b is starting with vaccinations for those age 75 and up.

For information on signing up for a vaccine if you are age 75 and over visit: COVID-19 Vaccine Access for those 75 and over

For information on who is covered in phase 1b, and when registration opens for that category,  visit: COVID-19 Vaccine in Connecticut

Governor Lamont warns residents to be aware of COVID-19 vaccination scams and to report suspicious behavior. Read more in his 1/11/21 Press Release. 

Important Considerations for COVID-19 Vaccinations: 

·       Residents should not call their physician or regular medical provider to schedule an appointment – not all providers are currently administering vaccine. Please, follow the instructions below if you are 75+.  

·       An appointment is always required to receive a vaccination; please do not just show up at a vaccination location, you will be turned away. 

o   If you are 75+, appointments can be set up in three ways: 

§  Through a Healthcare Provider or Local Health Director (LHD): Some residents have already been or will be contacted to schedule an appointment by their healthcare provider or LHD if they are participating in the state’s vaccine program. Not all providers or LHDs are administering the vaccine. A partial list of participating providers is available at ct.gov/covidvaccine and will be continually updated 

§  Through the State’s Vaccine Administration Management System (VAMS) Online: A form can be accessed online at ct.gov/covidvaccine that allows individuals to schedule an appointment through the web-based system. This system is used by a wide range of providers and LHDs, and will allow you to find the locations closest to you.  

§  Telephone: Those without the ability to schedule an appointment online may call Connecticut’s COVID-19 Vaccine Appointment Assistance Line at 877-918-2224. The phone system was created through a partnership between the Department of Public Health and United Way of Connecticut, and is specifically targeted to provide support for eligible vaccine recipients who have limited technology access, or who have language, disability, or other barriers that could prevent them from using existing self-scheduling options successfully. The line will take calls on Mondays through Fridays from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and will offer a call-back option when all contact specialists are busy serving other callers. The team will aim to return calls as soon as possible, with the goal of same-day response. 

·       Patience, Patience, Patience: There are limited appointments and limited vaccinations available at this time. We are currently scheduling appointments for individuals who are aged 75 and up. Please be patient with the system. 

·       Rumors and Myths: The State of Connecticut is actively working to combat rumors and myths associated with the vaccines and its rollout. Rumor control messaging and clarifications are being posted on the state CT COVID-19 Response social media pages (Facebook & Twitter). If you are seeing rumors and misconceptions please let us know as soon as possible via the Rumor Control Reporting Form. 

MORE COVID 19 RESOURCES

State of CT Quarantine and Travel Advisory Guidance

REOPEN Committee Plan: Reopening Voluntown Elementary School

Assistance for Residents and Businesses

DECD Coronavirus Business Recovery 

Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention (CDC): COVID-19

SECTOR Rules for Reopen CT

Governor Lamont’s Executive Orders

Town of Voluntown Response