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03/31/2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

March 31, 2020

Contacts:
Patrick McCormack, Director of Health
Uncas Health District
401 West Thames Street, Suite 106, Norwich, CT 06360
860-823-1189 ext.112
doh@uncashd.org

First Positive COVID-19 Associated Death Confirmed

Today, the Connecticut Department of Public Health has confirmed the first associated death of COVID-19 within the jurisdiction of the Uncas Health District. The individual, a Norwich resident, is a male between the ages of 40 and 50 years old.

“It is with sadness today that I am confirming the first death of a person within the Uncas Health District due to severe complications from COVID-19. The patient had recently been admitted to the hospital, where he was receiving treatment.”   The Uncas Health District and its staff will continue to assure that all appropriate CDC protocols regarding positive cases and potential contacts are followed.” said Patrick McCormack, Uncas Health District’s Director of Health.

The Uncas Health District continues to promote social distancing as the best way to slow the spread of the virus. “This heartbreaking news is a reminder to community members that it is imperative to be proactive and continue efforts to distance themselves from others.” said McCormack. Social distancing is crucial in helping to reduce the spread of the virus and limit the number of people who are infected.

The Uncas Health District continues to work with local and state partners to prepare for widespread community transmission of COVID-19. Residents and businesses are urged to access up-to-date information regarding the pandemic from reputable sources including the Uncas Health District website (www.uncashd.org), Facebook (@UncasHealthDistrict), Twitter (@UncasHealth).

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Uncas Health District – UHD – serves as the local health department for Bozrah, Franklin, Griswold, Lebanon, Lisbon, Montville, Norwich, Preston, Salem, Sprague, and Voluntown Connecticut. As a health district, formed under Connecticut General Statutes Section 19a-241, UHD is a special unit of government, allowing member municipalities to provide comprehensive public health services to residents

401 W. Thames St., Ste. 106, Norwich, CT 06360
Telephone No. (860) 823-1189 FAX No. (860) 887-7898
E-Mail: ofcmgr@uncashd.org Internet: www.uncashd.org

03/19/2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

March 21, 2020

Contacts:
Patrick McCormack, Director of Health
Uncas Health District
401 West Thames Street, Suite 106, Norwich, CT 06360
860-823-1189 ext.112
doh@uncashd.org

First Positive COVID-19 Case Confirmed

Today, the Connecticut Department of Public Health has confirmed the first positive case of COVID-19 within the jurisdiction of the Uncas Health District. The individual, a Norwich resident, is a 43-year-old male.

“Positive cases of COVID-19 within our jurisdiction have been expected, as community transmission of the virus continues to occur in Connecticut. The Uncas Health District and its staff will assure that all appropriate CDC protocols regarding positive cases and potential contacts are followed.” said Patrick McCormack, Uncas Health District’s Director of Health.

The Uncas Health District continues to promote social distancing as the best way to slow the spread of the virus. “We remind the community that it is important to be proactive and continue efforts to distance themselves from others.” said McCormack. Social distancing is crucial in helping to reduce the spread of the virus and limit the number of people who are infected.

The Uncas Health District continues to work with local and state partners to prepare for widespread community transmission of COVID-19. Residents and businesses are urged to access up-to-date information regarding the pandemic from reputable sources including the Uncas Health District website (www.uncashd.org), Facebook (@UncasHealthDistrict), Twitter (@UncasHealth).

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Uncas Health District – HHD – serves as the local health department for Bozrah, Franklin, Griswold, Lebanon, Lisbon, Montville, Norwich, Preston, Salem, Sprague, and Voluntown Connecticut. As a health district, formed under Connecticut General Statutes Section 19a-241, UHD is a special unit of government, allowing member municipalities to provide comprehensive public health services to residents

 

401 W. Thames St., Ste. 106, Norwich, CT 06360
Telephone No. (860) 823-1189 FAX No. (860) 887-7898
E-Mail: ofcmgr@uncashd.org Internet: www.uncashd.org

03/19/2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contacts:
Patrick McCormack, Director of Health
Uncas Health District
401 West Thames Street, Suite 106, Norwich, CT 06360
860-823-1189 ext.112
doh@uncashd.org

Uncas Health District Orders Closure of All Licensed Salon, Barber, and Cosmetology Establishments

Effective 10:00 pm today, March 19, 2020, the Uncas District has ordered the closure of all licensed cosmetology establishments including Hair Salons, Barber Shops, Nail Salons, and any other establishments engaging in personal cosmetic services, including hairstyling, waxing, makeup applications and foot spas with respect to Uncas Health District’s Regulations. This closure will remain in effect until further notice.

The Uncas Health District acknowledges the challenges faced by our District’s small businesses as regular operations are interrupted. “However, the nature of these professions puts salon and barbershop staff members in direct contact with their clients and customers. Therefore, the risk of transmission to the staff and clients is higher than professions that do not require direct contact. To that end, we recognize that social distancing will contribute to the state and national efforts to reduce the spread of COVID 19.” said Director of Health Patrick McCormack.

In order to mitigate the widespread community transmission of COVID-19, the Uncas Health District continues to prepare with local and state partners. Residents and businesses are urged to access reputable sources for the most up-to-date information regarding the pandemic. Notices and links can be found on the Uncas Health District website (www.uncashd.org) and UncasHealth social media accounts, the Connecticut Department of Public Health, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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The Uncas Health District (UHD) serves as the local health department for Bozrah, Franklin, Griswold, Lebanon, Lisbon, Montville, Norwich, Preston, Salem, Sprague, and Voluntown, Connecticut. Formed under Connecticut General Statutes Section 19a-241, the UHD is a special unit of government that provides comprehensive public health services more efficiently to residents in our member municipalities by consolidating the services within one organization.

 

401 W. Thames St., Ste. 106, Norwich, CT 06360
Telephone No. (860) 823-1189 FAX No. (860) 887-7898
E-Mail: ofcmgr@uncashd.org Internet: www.uncashd.org

03/17/2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

March 17, 2020

Dear Food Establishment Owner/Operator:

On March 16, 2020, Connecticut Governor, Ned Lamont, issued Executive Order No. 7D regarding the protection of public health and safety to be effective during the novel Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. In response to this order, CT restaurants and bars must close their seating/dining areas and go to food and/or beverage carry-out orders and/or food delivery only, or otherwise must close completely until further notice. The Uncas Health District (District) received clarification today that his announcement applies not only to commercial retail food and beverage establishments but also to private clubs and “members only” food establishments and bars. The order also limits crowd capacity for social and recreational gatherings and “in-person” events to a maximum of 50 people.

At this time, we strongly encourage all food establishments to create or update your business Continuity of Operations Plans (COOP) such as Employee Health, Personnel Hygiene, and Cleaning and Sanitation Policies and train all staff and/or members to know what to do and how to do it. Below is a list of additional practices to implement in order to avoid being exposed to COVID-19 during the pick-up and delivery of foods:

1. Do not come to work if you are ill or have the beginning symptoms of the flu.

2. Clean and disinfect “high touch” surfaces frequently. Use a COVID-19-approved disinfectant.

(A list is enclosed with this notice. Ensure that staff have everything they need to do their jobs.)

3. Close self-serve areas such as beverage dispensers and use single-service condiment packages.

4. Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or double-wash hands.

5. Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue. Cough or sneeze into the elbow if tissue is unavailable.

(Dispose of used tissues immediately. Have trash containers nearby for used-tissue disposal.)

6. Keep alcohol-based sanitizer and single use facial tissues on counters available for patrons, staff, and in delivery vehicles. Please note that the use of face masks is not recommended at this time.

(Note: In times of scarcity, countertop items may need to be secured to prevent unauthorized removal.)

7. Maintain social distancing of approximately 6 feet. (Signage may be helpful to encourage patrons and employees to maintain distance when picking up orders and to cover coughs and sneezes.)

8. Switch out food serving utensils frequently and use a chemical sanitizer after washing dishes.

(Note: Follow CDC instructions for disinfectant concentrations and do not mix disinfectants. More is not better!)

9. Do not refill beverage cups or containers brought in from patrons until further notice.

10. Have a protocol in place on how to handle a ‘bodily fluid event’. (See the enclosed guide on Norovirus)

If you suspect you have been exposed to COVID-19, please contact your healthcare provider. For additional information on cleaning and sanitizing and other precautions against novel Coronavirus 2019, please visit https://portal.ct.gov/Coronavirus. For any other questions, please contact us.

Sincerely,

Patrick R. McCormack, M.P.H., Director of Health for the Uncas Health District

Enclosures

401 W. Thames St., Ste. 106, Norwich, CT 06360
Telephone No. (860) 823-1189 FAX No. (860) 887-7898
E-Mail: ofcmgr@uncashd.org Internet: www.uncashd.org

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03/16/2020

Press Releases: The Office of Governor Ned Lamont

Northeast Governors From Connecticut, New York, New Jersey Announce Collective Measures to Combat Spread of COVID-19

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Northeast Governors From Connecticut, New York, New Jersey Announce Collective Measures to Combat Spread of COVID-19

Rabies Alert – Rabid Feral Cat in Griswold, CT

January 10, 2020 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Patrick McCormack
Director of Health
860-823-1189 ext.112
doh@uncashd.org

Rabies Alert – Rabid feral cat in Griswold, CT

A feral cat from the area of Route 201, Glasgo Road in Griswold was tested and found to be positive for rabies on January 9, 2020.

The public is reminded to refrain from feeding or approaching any wild animals.

Rabies is a deadly disease caused by a virus that can infect all warm-blooded animals, including people. It is spread mostly by wild animals, but stray cats and dogs may also become infected and spread the virus. The rabies virus lives in the saliva and brain tissue of infected animals. Rabies can be spread by scratches from infected animals or when infected saliva comes into contact with open wounds, breaks in the skin or mucous membranes (eyes, nose, mouth, etc.)

Anyone with questions or concerns is asked to contact:
Uncas Health District at (860) 823-1189 or NECCOG Animal Control at (860) 774-1253.

Public Health Alerts

Below you will find Public Health Alerts links. These links, will provide industry press releases regarding product recalls and other useful information.

U.S. Department of Agriculture

USDA & FSIS Recalls & Alerts:

USDA
Sign up for email updates from FSIS
Current Recalls and Alerts

Food safety information is also available 24/7, by going to “Ask Karen,” our automated virtual representative at www.askkaren.gov. You may type your food safety question directly into the automated virtual representative feature.

Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

August 27, 2019

Contact: Patrick McCormack
Director of Health
860-823-1189 ext.112
doh@uncashd.org

Mosquitoes in Voluntown, North Stonington, and Stonington Test Positive for Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE)

Uncas Health District and Ledge Light Health District announced today that mosquitoes trapped in Voluntown, North Stonington and Stonington have tested positive for Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE). Some of the mosquito traps contained mosquito species that are known to bite humans.

EEE is a rare but serious disease caused by a virus that is transmitted by mosquitoes. Historically, the virus has been found in trapped mosquitoes in Connecticut, but only one person has died from EEE.

All residents of Voluntown, North Stonington and Stonington are advised to avoid outdoor activities from one hour beforeto one hour after dawn and dusk.  

Additional precautions to avoid mosquito bites include:

  • Be sure door and window screens are tight-fitting and in good repair.
  • While outdoors, wear shoes, socks, long pants, and long-sleeved shirts. Clothing material should be tightly woven.
  • Use mosquito netting if sleeping outdoors.
  • Consider using mosquito repellent when it is necessary to be outdoors and always use them according to label instructions. The most effective repellents contain DEET or Picaridin. Oil of lemon eucalyptus is also effective for brief periods of exposure.
  • When using DEET, use the lowest concentration effective for the time spent outdoors (for example, 6% lasts approximately 2 hours and 20% for 4 hours) and wash treated skin when returning indoors. Do not apply under clothing, to wounds or irritated skin, the hands of children, or to infants less than 2 months.

Measures to reduce mosquitoes around the home include:

  • Dispose of water-holding containers, such as ceramic pots, used tires, and tire swings, clogged gutters.
  • Drill holes in the bottom of containers such as those used for recycling.
  • Change water in birdbaths on a weekly basis.
  • Clean and chlorinate swimming pools, and cover pools when not in use.
  • Use landscaping to eliminate areas where water can collect on your property.

Additional resources for information on EEE and mosquito management can be found at:
http://www.ct.gov/mosquito/site/default.asp

West Nile Virus Positive Test in CT

The Uncas Health District was contacted by the Connecticut Department of Public Health on July 23, 2018.  We were notified that a pool of mosquitoes tested in the CT DEEP, Franklin Wildlife Management Area - 391 Route 32 - North Franklin, CT 06242 tested positive for the West Nile Virus in the Culex restuans mosquito species on July 12, 2018.    The most effective way to avoid West Nile virus disease is to prevent mosquito bites. Please be aware of the West Nile virus activity in your area and take action to protect yourself and your family.”

Please see the attached link for more information,  www.ct.gov/mosquito

For information on the List of Mosquito Trapping and Testing Sites 2018 and the positive pools, you can go to List of Mosquito Trapping and Testing Sites

 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 July 2018, 9:10 a.m.

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