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Coronavirus, COVID-19

The Town of Durham is providing this page which contains information on the Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19)—a new respiratory virus first identified in Wuhan, China that is known to cause mild to severe respiratory illness with fever, cough, and difficulty breathing.

This page will have communications from the Town of Durham as well as links to important resources.

Questions on COVID-19 Call 2-1-1
Questions from Connecticut residents regarding issues related to the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) can call 2-1-1

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#StaySafe #StayHome

Local Updates:

10/5/2020 

Long Term Recovery Efforts in Durham

Durham has a Long-Term Recovery Team operating with the First Selectman and the Director of Emergency Management to assist people and businesses who have been affected by COVID-19 and local emergencies.  The role of the team is to assist the community in accessing resources that may help toward recovery.

The town government and schools have had to adopt new methods of conducting business, delivering services, and communicating information since the advent of COVID-19.

Please contact longtermrecovery@townofdurhamct.org or by phone at 860 740-4089 if you have specific needs due to COVID-19 or the recent storm that you would like help in addressing or to tell us what we have been doing during COVID-19 (Zoom meetings, for example) that you would like to see continued when we aren’t under the threat of a pandemic.

Thank you

5/13/2020   EDC - Important Contacts for Businesses
05/11/2020: COVID-19 Property Tax Relief Program Webpage and Restaurant Re-Opening Guidelines 

04/07/202 - Shopping for Durham Residents 60+ and Immunocompromised

03/26/2020 - Press Release - First Positive Case in Durham Announced

03/17/2020 - Town Hall, Commission Meetings, Budget Process and Scam Alert
03/16/2020 - Social Service Wellness Checks and Food Pantry
03/15/2020 - Message from Durham Public Library

A Message from the First Selectman:

Dear Residents,
The Town of Durham is taking an active role in overseeing the local response to COVID-19. This includes participating in regular meetings with Governor Lamont, public health officials, public safety officials, RSD13 officials, staff and other municipalities. We are receiving guidance from the State of Connecticut and will communicate that guidance through our communication network including: the municipal website, social media and email notifications. Check this page frequently for  COVID-19 information which is changing almost daily.

The Town of Durham has set policy to support recommendations to wear a mask and practice social distancing. Please note the following new measures regarding local government functions to protect town employees and members of the public. We are making every attempt to keep local government operational during this crisis.

COVID-19 Property Tax Relief Program

On April 16, 2020, the Board of Selectmen voted to adopt two programs for property tax relief during the COVID-19 pandemic. Both programs are authorized by Governor Lamont’s Executive Order 7-S issued April 1, 2020.
(1) a temporary deferment of tax collections. In effect, an extended grace period for those eligible. (the “Tax Deferment Program”); and
(2) a significantly reduced interest rate on delinquent payments of taxes due and payable (the “Interest Rate Reduction Program”).

You must APPLY to be eligible for the Deferment Program.

For more information visit : COVID-19 Property Tax Relief Program Webpage

Business Re-Opening Rules

For re-opening information for businesses please visit the: COVID-19 Business Webpage   

Government Operations

Town Hall

Town Hall is by appointment only. We ask the public to interface with the town hall  by phone, email and utilizing online service tools that can be found on our websites.

Health officials recommend to stay home and stay safe. Use social distancing as a course of action to combat the spread of the COVID-19; social distancing is widely seen as the most effective means of slowing the spread and reducing the impact of COVID-19 among our residents, employees, and visitors.  

We ask the public to interface with the town hall remotely. This can be done by phone, email and utilizing online service tools that can be found on our websites.

Any changes to Town Hall operations will be posted to our website, Resident Facebook page or sent as a Govcast or notified through the SaferDurham Notification System.

Residents are encouraged to sign up for SaferDurham notifications and Town Govcasts.
Follow the links below:

Social Services 

Elderly Nutrition Program Meals

The Elderly Nutrition Program meals are available to persons 60 years of age or older and their spouses. Frozen grab and go meals will be available for pick up Mondays at 12:00 at the Activity Center. If you would like to reserve a meal, please contact the Human Services office no later than 12:00PM Thursdays for the following week. Each person will receive two frozen meals. Pick up will be downstairs at the Activity Center and weather permitting we ask that one person come in at a time in order to prioritize social distancing. If you have not attended our congregate lunches before you will need to fill out a form which will be provided to you on the day of pick up. Donations of $2.50 per meal are appreciated.

Please call (860) 349-3153 or email mperry@townofdurhamct.org with any questions or to make a reservation.

Boards and Commission Meetings

During the COVID-19 worldwide pandemic and the need for continuity of Municipal Government to function, Board and Commission meetings will resume according to the needs of each commission.  Meetings will be held via video and audio conferencing through the Zoom platform.  Some meetings will be audio only.  Please refer to meeting agendas at https://www.townofdurhamct.org/agenda-minutes.  The log on information will be in the agenda.  The scheduled meetings can also be found on our calendar, located on our website’s homepage. 

All meeting attendees will abide by the following best practice guidelines during all Board and Commission meetings held by Zoom video and audio conferencing.

  • Meeting attendees will adhere to standard, professional meeting decorum when interacting online or by conference phone (audio only). Attendees will use language respectful of all participants. 
  • Attendees will note that all video and audio meetings will be recorded and available per Freedom of Information Act and Governors Executive Order
  • When joining a meeting all microphones will be on mute. Mute will be unmuted during public comment only.
  • Attendees will create a distraction free environment.
  • Attendees taking part in the meeting during public comment will identify themselves and state their name before speaking, then the Chair/Host will recognize the speaker.

The Town of Durham understands this is a new and non-traditional way of holding meetings and communicating with our residents. The meetings will still follow Robert’s Rules of Order, FOI requirements and Executive Orders of the Governor of Connecticut (due to COVID-19 pandemic).

We are doing our best to make sure the public can attend the meetings. Please keep in mind this is new to us as well.  We will work to adjust as we navigate this new meeting environment. We appreciate your patience and understanding during this unprecedented global pandemic circumstance.

Budget Approval Process

Governor Lamont issued an executive order allowing municipalities to extend their budget process by 30 days with the approval of the Board of Selectmen. At it’s meeting of March 16, the Board of Selectmen set the following dates: 

Budget Hearing - May 11
Annual Budget Meeting - June 8

Scam Alerts

Be on high alert for scams, fraud and malware infected emails perpetrated by people who want to capitalize on the COVID-19 health emergency, including those impersonating utility companies such as Eversource.

DMYFS

COVID-19 & Mental Wellness Webinar
Thursday May 28th at 7pm via Zoom

Regional School District 13

Decisions about school closures fall within the purview of the Superintendent of Schools. For Superintendent Serino’s latest communication see: rsd13ct.org 

RSD13 Schools are closed. This action is being taken as a precautionary measure; there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 at this time.

Municipal COVID-19 Infographic Tool

CCM Partners with FLO Analytics to Provide Real-time COVID-19 Data. To go to the Infographic: Follow this link

State of CT Travel Advisory

CT Travel Advisory Press Release
CT DPH QR Code
Travel Advisory Information

About COVID-19 and Latest CDC updates:

About COVID-19
ST of CT Coronavirus
COVID-19 Data Resources
State of CT DPH COVID-19 daily updates are posted after the Governor’s press briefing, usually around 4 pm at: https://portal.ct.gov/Coronavirus
State of CT COVID-19 Response
CT Residents to Use the ‘How We Feel’ App to Improve COVID-19 Response

CDC Steps to Prevent illness Disinfection Products approved by US EPA  Preventing Spread in Communities Checklist to Create Household Plan
CDC Mental Health and Coping During COVID-19
State of CT Department of Public Health
Center for Disease Control and Prevention
Center for Disease Control and Prevention Hand Washing Posters

Mortgage Assistance Programs
Rental Assistance Programs