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CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) INFORMATION, LINKS AND RESOURCES

Use these links for accurate, up to date information:

CT Department of Public Health (DPH) Coronavirus (Covid-19) home page https://portal.ct.gov/coronavirus

CDC Coronavirus (Covid-19) home page https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html

Call 2-1-1 or text "CTCOVID" to 898211, available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

The following information is available from the CT DPH and the CDC:

HOW IT SPREADS https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/transmission.html

The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person.

  • Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
  • Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.
Can someone spread the virus without being sick?
  • People are thought to be most contagious when they are most symptomatic (the sickest).
  • Some spread might be possible before people show symptoms; there have been reports of this occurring with this new coronavirus, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.
Spread from contact with contaminated surfaces or objects
  • It may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.

SYMPTOMS https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/symptoms.html

COVID-19 symptoms including, fever, cough, and shortness of breath. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure. If you feel like you are developing symptoms, call your doctor. If you get sick, stay home and call your doctor.

PREVENTION AND TREATMENT https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/prevention-treatment.html

There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. However, as a reminder, CDC always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Follow CDC's recommendations for using a facemask.
    • CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.
    • Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others. The use of facemasks is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a health care facility).
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
Steps to take if you do get sick:
  • Stay home except to get medical care.
  • Separate yourself from other people and animals in your home.
  • Call ahead before visiting your doctor.
  • Wear a facemask.
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes.
  • Wash your hands often.
  • Avoid sharing personal household items.
  • Clean "high-touch" surfaces every day.
  • Monitor your symptoms.
HOW TO PREPARE AT HOME https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/home/index.html
  • Clean and disinfect high-touch surfaces daily in household common areas (e.g. tables, hard-backed chairs, doorknobs, light switches, remotes, handles, desks, toilets, sinks)
  • In the bedroom/bathroom dedicated for an ill person: consider reducing cleaning frequency to as-needed (e.g., soiled items and surfaces) to avoid unnecessary contact with the ill person.
  • As much as possible, an ill person should stay in a specific room and away from other people in their home, following home care guidance.
    • The caregiver can provide personal cleaning supplies for an ill person's room and bathroom, unless the room is occupied by child or another person for whom such supplies would not be appropriate. These supplies include tissues, paper towels, cleaners and EPA-registered disinfectants (examples at this linkpdf).
    • If a separate bathroom is not available, the bathroom should be cleaned and disinfected after each use by an ill person. If this is not possible, the caregiver should wait as long as practical after use by an ill person to clean and disinfect the high-touch surfaces.

BEHAVIORAL HEALTH https://portal.ct.gov/Coronavirus/Pages/Behavioral-Health

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/faq.html

SCHOOL RESOURCES https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/schools-childcare/index.html

BUSINESS RESOURCES https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/organizations/businesses-employers.html

CDC COVID-19 FACT SHEET, https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/share-facts-h.pdf

CDC COVID-19 POSTER, "WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW", https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/downloads/2019-ncov-factsheet.pdf

The Killingworth Health Department works to prevent illness, promote wellness and protect health within the community. The Health Department is responsible for monitoring communicable diseases, enforcing local and State public health laws and regulations, providing health education and ensuring preparedness in the event of a public health emergency. Services include:
  • Regulation of onsite subsurface sewage disposal systems (septic systems) including soil testing, plan review, permits to construct, site inspections, permits to discharge and pump-out reminders.
  • B100 reviews for building conversions, changes in use, building additions, and construction of garages, accessory structures, pools etc.
  • Regulation of food service establishments including routine inspections, plan review and permits to operate. This includes year-round facilities, schools and temporary events.
  • Approval for construction of private wells and review and approval of private well water samples.
  • Routine inspection of day care centers.
  • Investigation of environmental health complaints including lead poisoning, substandard housing, public health nuisances etc.
  • Tracking communicable diseases and conducting investigations when needed.
  • Dissemination of public health information.
  • Participation on a regional basis to ensure readiness in the event of a public health emergency.
The Health Department works closely with the Public Health Nursing Agency to ensure that we:
  • Identify, investigate, and monitor community health hazards and problems;
  • Mobilize community partnerships and take action to solve those problems;
  • Develop policies and plans that support individual and community health;
  • Inform, educate, and empower people about health issues;
  • Link people to needed personal health services.
Your input and feedback is important. Please contact the Director of Health should you have any questions, need any additional information or have any suggestions.
FLU SHOTS FOR KILLINGWORTH RESIDENTS
  • CT River Area Health District, clinic schedule, age 4+, 860-661-3300
    • Thursday, October 3 from 2-6 p.m. Killingworth Elementary School
    • Tuesday, October 15 from 2-6 p.m. HK Middle School
    • Wednesday, October 21 2 - 6 pm Burr Elementary School
    • Tuesday, October 22 from 2-6 p.m. HK High School/Central Office
    • Thursdays, Oct. 10 thru Jan. 30 7 am 7 pm CRAHD Office in Old Saybrook
  • Killingworth Family Pharmacy, 183 RT 81, most days, 18+ call ahead 860-452-4275
  • Visiting Nurses of the Lower Valley, clinic schedule age 18+, 860-767-0186
    • Saturday, November 2 from 11 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Jensen's Beechwood Community, 18 Swan Lake Trail, Killingworth
  • VNA Community Healthcare Inc., Guilford, Madison and North Haven clinics, (clinic schedule), 203-458-4200
  • HK Youth and Family Services Senior Expo, Thursday, October 16 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., HK High School, 860-345-7498
Putting on AIRS Asthma Program
The CT River Area Health District received funding from the Connecticut Department of Public Health and has partnered with Middlesex Hospital to coordinate a regional asthma home assessment program, Putting on AIRS. This program is available to Killingworth residents at no cost. Please visit http://www.crahd.org/putting-on-airs-asthma-program/.

Putting on AIRS is a program designed to target the reduction of environmental asthma triggers in your home.

What services does this program provide?
With your permission, an Asthma Educator and an Environmental Specialist will visit your home to assess the home for environmental triggers of asthma. Specifically, the following services will be provided during the home visit:
  • The Asthma Educator will review your physician's asthma plan and medications with you.
  • The Asthma Educator will provide additional education to help you understand how to better manage your asthma.
  • The Environmental Specialist will walk through your home with you to help identify causes of asthma.
  • The Environmental Specialist will show you how to minimize the asthma triggers in your home.
  • A confidential report will be developed as part of your child's medical record to help control asthma. This information may be shared with your health care provider, with your permission.
How do I schedule a visit?
If you are a community member and/or service provider and would like to make a referral please contact the Putting on AIRS Program Coordinator, Sherry Carlson at 860-661-3300 or email at scarlson@crahd.net.

PUBLIC HEALTH EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS
The Town of Killingworth is located in the Mass Dispensing Area Region 39. This region includes the towns of Chester, Clinton, Deep River, Essex, Killingworth, Old Saybrook and Westbrook. The Mass Dispensing Area is coordinated by the Connecticut River Area Health District (CRADH). A public health emergency response plan has been developed for the region. A mass dispensing clinic is planned if necessary and volunteers are needed in a variety of capacities including information desk, traffic control, medical etc. Please contact CRAHD at (860) 661-3300 click on http://crahd.org/resources/preparedness/ if you are interested in volunteering.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q. How often should I pump my septic tank?
A. The Town of Killingworth requires that your septic tank be pumped at least every 5 years. Undersized tanks and poorly functioning systems will require more frequent pumping.

Q. How are septic tanks sized?
Septic tanks are sized based upon the number of bedrooms. A 3 bedroom house requires a 1,000 gallon septic tank, 1,250 gallons for a 4 bedroom house and 1,500 gallons for a 5 bedroom house.

Q. How do I know if my well water is safe?
A. The only way to know that your drinking water is safe is by having it analyzed by a State certified laboratory.

Q. How often should I test my well water and what tests should I ask for?
A. Well water should be tested yearly for basic water potability including total coliform bacteria, nitrates, nitrites, pH, odor, chloride, hardness, apparent color, sulfate, turbidity, iron, manganese and sodium. You may want to consider testing for radon also.

Q. . Can I make food in my kitchen and sell it at a fair or other public event?
A. For the most part no, although there are exceptions. Connecticut requires all food at public events be prepared in commercial kitchens. Exceptions include baked goods (cookies, cakes), and jams, jellies, and preserves made from fruit grown on a residential farm.

Q. Do you regulate bake sales and pot luck suppers?
A. No. The law allows food to be sold or distributed at non-commercial functions such as an educational, religious, political, or charitable organization's bake sale and pot luck supper.
Town of Killingworth
323 Route 81, Killingworth, CT 06419
860.663.1765
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