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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.

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

Questions on COVID-19 Call 211

Durham Health Department:
860.349.8253 or 860-349-3153

Chris Hansen, Health Director
Bill Milardo, Assistant Health Director and Sanitarian
Morgan Perry, Epidemiologist and Social Service Coordinator
Jennifer Perry, Administrative Coordinator


#StaySafe  #MaskUp #SocialDistance #WashYourHands

Local Updates

Please see link for COVID-19 weekly summary relating to the Town of Durham. Updates will be posted to the Coronavirus Page Fridays for the foreseeable future.

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COVID-19 Vaccination Campaign

UPDATE 3/30/2021: COVID-19 Vaccine Eligibility

The following groups will be able to start scheduling appointments on April 1:

Individuals 16 and Older:
Residents and employees within the State of CT who are 16+

The following groups are currently eligible and will remain eligible:

Healthcare Personnel:
Paid and unpaid people serving in healthcare settings with potential for direct or indirect exposure to patients of infectious materials.
Medical First Responders:
Individuals who respond to medical 911 calls and face risk of exposure to COVID-19.
Long-Term Care Facility Residents:
Adults who reside in facilities that provide a range of services, including medical and personal care, to persons who are unable to live independently.
Residents and Staff of select congregate settings:
Staff and residents of halfway homes, inpatient mental health facilities, correction facilities, homeless shelters, domestic violence shelters, substance use and residential treatment facilities along with others.
Educators and Child Care Providers:
Pre-K-12 Teachers, paraprofessionals, custodial staff, food service providers, school bus drivers and childcare providers as well as in-school administrative staff. Does not include individuals who are not required to work on-site in a school.
Individuals 45 and Older:
Residents and workers within the State of CT who are 45+

Registering and Scheduling Options:
You may schedule through certain health care facilities or pharmacies such as CVS, Walgreens, Stop & Shop, and Walmart and sites. To find close sites, go to https://portal.ct.gov/Coronavirus/COVID-19-Vaccination-Scheduling-Options and enter your zip code next to “Option 1: Search for a Vaccine Site”

Connecticut’s Vaccine Administration Management System (VAMS) Online: A form can be accessed online at https://dphsubmissions.ct.gov/onlinevaccine to register or https://vams.cdc.gov/vaccineportal/s/login/?ec=302&startURL=%2Fvaccineportal%2Fs%2F to login and find more information that allows individuals to schedule an appointment through the web-based system. This system is used by a wide range of providers and local health districts and will allow you to find locations closest to you.

For those without internet access: You may call Connecticut’s COVID-19 Vaccine Appointment Assistant Line at 877-918-2224. Available 8:00am to 8:00pm EST, 7 days a week

You may hear directly from your healthcare provider or be able to schedule through your online portal.

Please note: At this time, Durham will no longer be holding first dose clinics. As we finish up with our second dose clinics, there is a possibility we may have extra doses. This is no guarantee, but if you would like to be added to the extra-dose list, you are welcome to go to the RecDesk page: https://durhamct.recdesk.com/Community/Program/Detail?programId=420 and add yourself to the list. Please do not show up to a clinic without being called first or you will be turned away.

Homebound Durham Residents: If you or someone you know is homebound due to medical reasons, contact the Human Services office if interested in receiving the COVID-19 vaccine: 860-349-3153.

Homebound Individuals outside of Durham: May fill out the form from the Department of Public Health here: https://dphsubmissions.ct.gov/homebound

Patience, Patience, Patience: Please be patient with the system.

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.

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

You must APPLY to be eligible for the Deferment Program.

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

COVID-19 Funeral Assistance

FEMA can help with COVID-19 related funeral costs paid after January 20, 2020.
Call FEMA’s COVID-19 Funeral Assistance Helpline: 1-844-684-6333 (TTY: 800-462-7585) from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday – Friday to apply.
Paperwork can be sent in online at www.Disasterassistance.gov , by fax 855-261-3452, or by mail to:
COVID-19 Funeral Assistance, P.O. Box 10001, Hyattsville, MD 20782
Frequently asked questions: FEMA.gov/funeral-assistance/faq.

FEMA Covid-19 Funeral Assistance Contact
FEMA Covid-19 Funeral Information Spanish
FEMA Covid-19 Funeral Assistance Detail

Emergency Broadband Benefit Program

Program offers up to a $50/month discount on your Internet bill and a discount of up to $100 for a laptop, tablet, or desktop computer if:

Your household lost income due to losing a job since February 29, 2020 (and total income for 2020 was $99,000 for single filers or $198,000 for joint filers). -Or-
Your income is at or below 135% of the federal poverty guidelines. -Or-
You use one of these programs: Lifeline, SNAP, Medicaid, Federal Public Housing Assistance (FPHA), Veterans Pension and Survivors Benefit, SSI, Free and Reduced School Lunches (for the 2019-2020 or 2020-2021 school year), or received a Federal Pell grant for the current award year.

Visit: GetEmergencyBroadband.org
Contact the Support Center: (833) 511-0311 | 9 am-9 pm ET 7 DAYS PER WEEK | EBBHelp@usac.org

Business Re-Opening Rules

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

Government Operations

Town Hall

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.   

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.

Library: Visit the library website at durhamlibrary.org for current hours and services.

Board 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.

Sign Up for SaferDurham Notifications

Residents are encouraged to sign up for SaferDurham notifications and Town Govcasts.

Follow the links below:

Social Services

Estuary Transit District Complimentary COVID Testing Transportation

Program Overview

The Estuary Transit District’s Complimentary COVID Testing Transportation provides accessible transportation within the 9 Town Transit service area and is available 7 days per week. The service is available to all residents within the Estuary Transit District. Participant’s taxi rides to designated COVID Testing sites within the Estuary Transit District are paid 100%.

Service Area

The trip must begin in one of the following towns: Clinton, Chester, Durham, Essex, East Haddam, Deep River, Haddam, Killingworth, Lyme, Madison, Old Lyme, Old Saybrook and Westbrook. To use the Complimentary COVID Testing Transportation, find a testing site within the Estuary Transit District.

How To Book A Trip

You may book a trip by calling the taxi provider, Curtin Transportation, at 860-443-1655. Reservations may be made between 9:00 AM and 1:30 PM Monday through Friday at least one day in advance. A wheelchair accessible vehicle will be provided upon request.

Up to three (3) companions, including a Personal Care Attendant (PCA), may ride for free with the eligible rider. The eligible rider and companions must have the same origin and destination.

COVID Precautions
All riders are required to wear a mask. The vehicles are equipped with front to back protection barriers. After each ride, the vehicle is wiped down with disinfectant wipes.

Complimentary COVID Testing Transportation will be available until June 30, 2021 or until funding is exhausted. ETD reserves the right to limit number of uses per individual.

Curtin Transportation
(860) 443-1655
Reservation Times:
Monday – Friday 9:00 AM – 1:30 PM

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.

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.

Mental Health and Wellness Resources

FEMA Coaches: Call 2-1-1 and ask for a FEMA Coach
Coaches can help with problem solving, providing resources, contacts, and education. You do not need to give your name. Meetings are short term (1 to 5 meetings) and can provide links to other support.
Resources Flyer

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255)
Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (or 9-1-1) if you are feeling overwhelmed with emotions such as sadness, depression, anxiety, or have feelings of wanting to harm yourself or others.

ACTION Line: 1-800-HOPE-135 (1-800-467-3135)
An adult crisis telephone line for anyone 18 or older in emotional distress or in a mental health or substance use crisis. The ACTION line is answered by 2-1-1 staff trained to offer an array of supports and options to people in distress. Available 24 hours a day.
Action Line Brochure
Action Line Poster

Rental Assistance: 1-844-UniteCT (1-844-864-8328) or email: DOH-UniteCT@ct.gov
Apply for UniteCT, a rental assistance program for those who earn up to 80% of the HUD Area Median Income. To apply, visit https://portal.ct.gov/DOH/DOH/Programs/UniteCT
UniteCT Summary
UniteCT Flyer

Regional School District 13

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

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
Travel Advisory Information

About COVID-19 and CDC updates:

Link to the DPH COVID-19 site - https://portal.ct.gov/Coronavirus
Link to CDC Guidance - https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
Link to the CT Travel Advisory page - https://portal.ct.gov/coronavirus/travel
Link to CT COVID Data Page - https://data.ct.gov/stories/s/COVID-19-data/wa3g-tfvc/
Link to CT COVID Vaccine page - https://portal.ct.gov/Coronavirus/COVID-19-Vaccinations
DPH Vaccination Phases - https://portal.ct.gov/Coronavirus/COVID-19-Vaccination---Phases