12/22/2020 - COVID-19 Update - December 22, 2020
CONNECTICUT ISSUES NEW TRAVEL GUIDELINES
Dear Friends and Neighbors,
As we have reported in recent weeks, the rate of new COVID infections in our community and around the state remains high. Over the past two weeks, Bethel experienced 194 new cases, which translates to a positivity rate of about 10%. Statewide, 165 out of 169 towns are in the high positivity category.
The timing of new cases seems to indicate a strong connection between Thanksgiving holiday get-togethers. For this reason, the CDC and state health officials are advising Connecticut residents not to travel or have social gatherings with anyone other than the people you live with over the upcoming Christmas and New Year's weekends.
New travel guidance was issued by Governor Lamont, effective Sunday, December 19th:
All travelers arriving in Connecticut from any location, both foreign and domestic, must complete a Connecticut Travel Health Form and self-quarantine for a period of 10 days or until receiving a negative COVID test result. This applies to all states except New Jersey, New York and Rhode Island. Even though travel from those states is exempt from the form requirement, health officials are strongly advising against any travel this holiday season.
The Connecticut Travel Health Form can be downloaded by clicking here.
There are also exemptions from this rule for essential workers and those who have already tested negative within a certain time frame. You can see the full list of exemptions by clicking here.
CONGRESS AUTHORIZES NEW COVID RELIEF PACKAGE
Last weekend Congress finally reached a $900 billion bipartisan agreement on COVID relief for struggling workers and businesses. The package will include direct payments to workers, which are expected to be delivered automatically within days, as well as increases in benefits to those currently unemployed. Further details will be announced within the next few days as we receive more information about Connecticut's share of the relief fund.
Please take extra care to keep yourself and your family safe this holiday weekend.