OXFORD-SOUTHBURY — Businesses within the Pomperaug District Department of Health are slowly reopening with limited hours and strict social distancing guidelines in place as the state’s Covid-19 case numbers continue to decline.
Gov. Ned Lamont, along with the governors of New York and New Jersey, issued a travel advisory for people visiting or returning to the three states from virus hotspots, mandating that travelers will have to self-quarantine for 14 days.
The announcement specifically cited Arizona, Utah, Texas, North Carolina, South Carolina, Arkansas, Alabama and Florida.
The new guidelines are for states that have a daily positive test rate higher than 10 per 10,000 residents. The list of hotspot states will be updated weekly and the advisory applies to Connecticut residents who are returning from high-impacted states.
Nursing homes and assisted living facilities continue to be a high-risk area for the virus.
As of June 19 there was a total of 83 cases in Oxford and 190 in Southbury with 40 related virus deaths. Oxford and Woodbury’s virus numbers have been starting to flat line, however Southbury continues to have a slight uptick with cases despite the state’s overall numbers decreasing.
There have been 5,063 Covid-19 tests done as of June 19 in Oxford, Southbury and Woodbury. About 8.9 percent of people tested positive. The Pomperaug Health District’s website reports positive cases are slowly decreasing over time.
Oxford Town Hall opened as of June 22 on a part-time basis with the front entrance locked and only used for outside drop-box or deliveries. Visitors can enter the building in the back entrance. Masks must be worn at all times in the building and a receptionist will greet and log in visitors.
Temperatures will also be taken and visitors will be directed to the appropriate department with one person in an office at a time. Documents can be dropped off at the dropbox at the receptionist’s desk.
Oxford First Selectman George Temple announced at a recent selectmen’s meeting that officials are adding plexiglass in various offices in town hall. He added they are still putting together a plan to reopen the library.
Southbury meetings for boards, commissions and committees have reopened to the public, but with limited capacity and social distancing protocols put in place. Participants can access town hall through double doors located near the upper parking lot.
The Southbury Library will remain closed until proper safeguards are put in place. The pickup window service remains open.
The Southbury Grocery Brigade has terminated its services temporarily due to fewer volunteers available along with the warmer weather presenting a problem of transporting refrigerated groceries.
Currently amusement parks, state beaches, hotels, hair salons, restaurants, state parks and several other businesses have opened. Bars, state campgrounds and other businesses remain closed with no official reopening date established.
The health district reminds residents Covid-19 symptoms include cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fever, chills, shaking/chills, aches and new loss of sense of taste or smell. Residents over the age of 60 are more likely at risk.
All Connecticut residents are advised to continue wearing masks in public spaces and remain socially distant.