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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

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

03/19/2020 - Town Clerk Operations
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 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.

Local Closings

Town Hall, Durham Library and Activity Center are closed to the public.

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.  

A decision to resume activities will be announced as soon as it is determined. We will plan to reschedule programs when it is safe to do so.

If residents have any questions check this page or contact Town Hall at 860-349-3452.

Government Operations

Town Hall

Until further notice, the Town Hall is closed.  Town Hall staff will work from home and will be accessible via email, telephone and by appointment only. 

We ask the public to interface with the town hall and library 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

Board and Commission Chairmen have been advised to cancel all meetings unless there is an essential agenda item. If a meeting must be held, commission members, as well as the public, can call the following phone to conference in using the following phone number and pin: 605-468-8035 Pin: 8574721. We acknowledge that this is not the best way to conduct a public meeting, but there may be critical issues that will require a meeting. Agendas and minutes are found at  on the Agenda Minutes page of the website.

Boards and Commission members will only meet in the Town Hall Meeting Room or Second Floor Conference room of Town Hall.

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.

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.

About COVID-19 and Latest CDC updates:

About COVID-19
ST of CT COVID-19 FAQ's
State of CT 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