Milford, CT, March 12, 2020: Milford Public Schools will be closing schools beginning Monday, March 16, 2020 in response to the pandemic COVID-19 outbreak in our State. Students should stay home in order to reduce contact among children and limit the spread of this virus. Additionally, Milford Health Department officials encourage residents to take action to avoid gatherings of large groups of people, particularly in settings where germs can easily be spread.
“We know this is an anxious time for our community. Out of an abundance of caution, we are taking these measures to try to reduce community transmission of this virus and protect the health and welfare of Milford residents. We will continue to keep the community updated with any important information as this situation is rapidly evolving,” said City of Milford Mayor Benjamin Blake.
In addition to the closure of Milford Public Schools, the City of Milford will implement the following actions effective Monday, March 16, 2020:
The Milford Senior Center will be closed. The Senior Center will provide information regarding limited services that may be available, including food pantry and other meal services.
Milford Recreation programs and City-sponsored sporting events are cancelled.
Milford Public Library programs, meetings, and events are cancelled or postponed. Please check the Milford Public Library website for updates.
The City will reevaluate these measures on a regular basis to determine when routines services can safely resume.
While the news of additional cases can create great concern, we encourage Milford residents to take an active role by doing their part to remain healthy and limit community spread of this virus by doing the following:
Stay home if you are sick. Do not go to work, school, or places where large groups gather, including shopping malls, movie theaters, libraries, etc.
Wash your hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60-95% alcohol, if hand washing is not easily accessible.
Cover coughs and sneezes with tissues and throw tissues directly into the trash.
Clean and disinfect high-touch surfaces daily in household common areas.
Older adults and individuals with underlying health issues should avoid situations that put them at increased risk for more severe disease. This includes avoiding crowded places and gatherings, avoiding non-essential travel such as long plane trips and embarking on cruise ships.
If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, please:
Call your medical provider before going to their office or call the Yale New Haven Health System COVID-19 Call Center at 203-688-1700.
Stay home except to get necessary medical care. Do not go to public areas. Avoid using public transportation.
Separate yourself from other people in your home by at least six feet. Use a separate bathroom, if available. Avoid sharing personal household items.
Monitor your symptoms. If your condition is worsening (i.e. difficulty breathing), seek emergency medical attention. Notify the healthcare provider BEFORE arrival that you have, or are being evaluated for COVID-19.
For more information on COVID-19, visit the Connecticut Department of Public Health website at: https://portal.ct.gov/coronavirus or the U.S Centers for Disease Control & Prevention website at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html