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
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.
01-15-2021 TOD COVID-19 Update
01-08-2021 TOD COVID-19 Update
01-04-2021TOD COVID-19 Update
COVID-19 Vaccination Campaign
1/19/2021, Governor Lamont directed the Department of Public Health to roll-out Phase 1b in the following manner:
· Scheduling now: Individuals 75 years-of-age and over;
· Scheduling next (likely early February): Individuals 65-years-of-age and over;
· Scheduling information coming soon (likely early March): Frontline essential workers and individuals underlying medical condition with increased risk for severe illness.
More information and instruction about when scheduling for individuals 65-years and over can begin will be forthcoming. Until that time, all outreach, scheduling, and efforts will continue to focus on individuals over the age of 75.
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.
- If you are 75+, appointments can be set up in three ways:
- Through a Healthcare Provider or Local Health Department (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.
- 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.
Please check http://ct.gov/covidvaccine for up-to-date vaccine information from the State of Connecticut.
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 email@example.com 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:
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
Business Re-Opening Rules
For re-opening information for businesses please visit the: COVID-19 Business Webpage
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.
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:
Estuary Transit District Complimentary COVID Testing Transportation
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%.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or to make a reservation.
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 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
CT DPH QR Code
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