By Richard Kaufman
The next coronavirus update from First Selectman Camillo will be on Wednesday, May 27
As businesses and restaurants continue to partially reopen, and people continue to take advantage of the Greenwich’s parks, First Selectman Fred Camillo said the Town will be ready if there is a surge of activity this holiday weekend.
“We didn’t have a surge with the partial reopening of businesses. I have to believe people will be careful and cautious, but time will tell. We’ll be ready. We’re always going to be prepared,” Camillo said.
Camillo announced the opening of concessions at Greenwich Point and Byram parks on Friday. Both concessions have limited grab-and-go menu items available. At Greenwich Point, the south concession will be open.
The concession at the Susie Baker Pavilion will remain closed as well as the beach, Innis Arden Cottage, all restrooms, picnic tables and grills. All seaside church services have been suspended until further notice.
All visitors are reminded to maintain social distancing and to wear face masks when using the concessions.
On Friday, according to the Greenwich Health Department, there are 774 Greenwich residents who have tested positive for COVID-19, up from the number of 755 reported on Wednesday, May 20. The sudden increase of nearly 20 cases in two days could be caused by glitches within the state’s reporting system, according to Executive Assistant to the First Selectman, Barbara Heins.
“We’re looking at what’s going on with the reopening. We’re going to be watching everything and see if there are any spikes,” Camillo added. “Our cases are very low compared to our neighbors, per capita… We’re doing something right, and I credit the people.”
Greenwich Hospital reports that as of Friday, there are 18 COVID-19 positive patients being treated in several different Hospital units. So far, 502 patients have been discharged from the Hospital and continue their recuperation at home. There have been 6,926 people tested at the Hospital outpatient test site with 1,882 testing positive. These numbers reflect patients who live in Greenwich as well as those from other municipalities in Connecticut and in Westchester County.
According to the Connecticut Department of Public Health, 45 Greenwich residents have died from COVID-19, as of Thursday, May 20.
Skate Park Update
The Greenwich Skate Park will reopen Saturday, May 23, weather permitting. The park will be open Monday through Friday, 3:30 to 7 p.m., and 12:30 to 7 p.m. on weekends. To ensure social distancing, face masks will be required and a maximum of eight (8) skateboarders will be allowed at one time. Tickets may be purchased online. Details on admission and operating procedures can be found here.
Filling Out the Census
Camillo is urging residents to do their part and get counted in the 2020 Census.
For people who do not have access to a computer, they can complete the census by calling these numbers: English: 1-844-330-2020/Spanish:1-844-468- 2020/ Chinese (Mandarin) 1-844-391-2020/ Chinese (Cantonese) 1-844-398-2020/Haitian Creole: 1-844-474-2020.
Other resources for residents and businesses and other helpful tips
Kids in Crisis is providing a 24-hour helpline staffed by trained crisis counselors to help families, and anyone concerned about the well-being of a child. Call: 203-661-1911.
For residents with questions about COVID-19, please call the Greenwich HealthDepartment’s phone lines: 203-622 -7865; 203-622-7703; 203-622-7614; 203-622- 7842 and 203-622-7836.
To reach the Domestic Abuse Services staff at the YWCA, please call the 24/7 hotline at 203-622-0003.
Residents, who need assistance with basic needs, including food, can call the Department of Human Services at 203-622-3800.
Members of the public are encouraged to sign-up for the Town’s Emergency AlertNotification System at greenwichct.bbcportal.com/Entry
The American Red Cross in Connecticut has a Virtual Family Assistance Center to support Connecticut families struggling with loss and grief due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. People can visit http://www.RedCross.org/vFAC to access a support hub with special virtual programs, information, referrals and services to support families in need. The hub will also connect people to other community resources provided by 2-1-1, CT VOAD, and other partners. People without internet access can call 833-492-0094 for help.
If you are concerned about an activity or a group not following COVID-19 protocols, please call the Greenwich Police Department’s non-emergency phone number: 203-622- 8004.
Don’t have a face mask? Many people with COVID-19 are asymptomatic or pre-symptomatic, meaning they can transmit the virus without knowing they have it. Easy to follow instructions to make cloth facial masks can be found here.