SOUTHBURY — The Emergency Operations Center issued the following update on Tuesday, March 17.

The town of Southbury has declared a Local State of Emergency.

All historical buildings are closed.

Although the Southbury Library is closed, books and media can still be returned to the drop box outside the Southbury Library.

The Southbury Building Department will be available for permit issuance between the hours of 1 and 4 p.m., through scheduled appointments only, until further notice.

The Southbury Police Department is not fingerprinting for pistol permits, job applications or routine matters until further notice.

Income tax prep by VITA at the Southbury Senior Center is postponed. People with appointments will be contacted within the next week by a VITA volunteer. Those who had appointments will be given preference when the program resumes.

The Connecticut Food Bank Mobile Pantry Truck will not be at the Southbury distribution site until further notice. Any questions can be directed to the Connecticut Food Bank at 203-469-5000 or cfb@ctfoodbank.org.

The scheduled Saturday, April 4, Household Hazardous Waste collection event in Naugatuck has been postponed.

All Stop & Shop stores now open daily from 6 to 7:30 a.m. to serve customers who are age 60 and older only.

The state has partnered with United Way of Connecticut to launch an information hotline for questions from the public regarding issues related to the spread of the Covid-19 coronavirus virus. People who have questions may call 2-1-1 or text “CTCOVID” to 898211.

Residents may check the town of Southbury coronavirus information page for additional information at https://southbury-ct.org/coronavirus.

The EOC on Thursday, March 19, confirmed that a positive case of Covid-19 in Southbury has been identified. This case is being handled by a local hospital.

On Saturday, March 21, the EOC confirmed a second positive case of Covid-19, a patient in his or her 60s, in Southbury.

EOC officials urged residents to Stop the Spread: Do not leave your home if you are sick; limit movement in the community; limit visitors; practice social distancing of six feet between people.

The EOC noted there have been several reports of larger groups of youths using the parks and basketball courts. While the town has not closed any of the parks or playgrounds, there is no cleaning or disinfecting taking place for any of the playground equipment or outside areas. “Do not gather with more than 10 people,” the EOC urged, “and practice social distancing.”

The Pomperaug District Department of Health will have the latest updates at https://www.pddh.org/programs/covid-19-coronavirus.php.

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