To: All residents
From: Steve Dunn, First Selectman
COVID CASES IN BROOKFIELD
As of yesterday, Thursday the 25th of March, Brookfield remains in the Red Zone.
In the last two weeks reported we have had 85 new cases of the virus in Brookfield. This up from last week’s total of 66. Cases last week were 47, up from the 38 reported for the prior week. The rate per 100K residents is 35.7, up from 27.7 last week. The positivity rate for Brookfield is now 5.9% up from 4.6% last week. This is a 28% increase across the board from last week and is the second week in a row that cases have increased.
GETTING AN APPOINTMENT
To schedule a vaccine, you must be registered in VAMS to get an appointment.
The phone number to call for an appointment is: 877-918-2224
To enroll on line go to the VAMS website:
CHANGES IN WHO CAN MAKE APPOINTMENTS -16 AND OLDER
Starting April 1st, those 16 and older can start getting the vaccination. Only the Pfizer vaccine is approved for 16 and 17 year olds. The Brookfield Health Department carries the J & J Vaccine and Moderna Vaccine based on allocations provided by the state. We do not have the cold storage capacity for the Pfizer vaccine.
WHO CAN MAKE APPOINTMENTS - 45 AND OLDER
Those 45 and older continue to be eligible to make an appointment.
CLINIC MOVING TO ST. JOSEPH’S SCHOOL
Starting April 5th, our clinic will be held at St. Joseph’s School. This is being done to accommodate more residents. We are hoping to be able to offer between 400 and 600 vaccinations per day.
First week of April 5th the schedule will be:
Tuesday, Thursday with hours of 9AM to 1PM and 4PM to 7 PM and on Saturday from 9 AM to 1 PM.
Second week of April 12th the schedule will be:
Monday, Wednesday and Friday 9AM to 1PM and 4PM to 7 PM.
These schedules will rotate weekly. Opening these clinics is dependent upon our receiving additional doses of the vaccine. At this point we are only guaranteed our minimum allotment of 100 doses per week. We believe that this will change and we will be able to offer many more residents vaccines in the coming weeks.
NEW RENT ASSISTANCE PROGRAM
UniteCT Guidelines Emergency Rental Assistance for Connecticut’s Economy
The Department of the Treasury has made over $25 billion available to assist households in the United States that are unable to pay rent and utilities due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The State of Connecticut has implemented the UniteCT Program to respond to the housing issues associated with the onset of COVID-19.
The total assistance is capped at $10,000 per household and 15 months of assistance. To apply go to this website:
ELIGIBLE ASSISTANCE Types of assistance:
Utility Assistance – Arrears*
Rental Assistance – Arrears
Rental Assistance – Prospective *
Utilities covered by landlord will be considered as part of rental assistance.
Limitations of assistance: Assistance is dependent on the continued availability of funds in the program
Total Rental Assistance (Arrears and Prospective) may be provided for a maximum of twelve (12) months. An additional three (3) months may be available to certain households experiencing extenuating circumstances
Total amount of assistance may not exceed fifteen (15) total months
Total Rental Assistance (Arrears and Prospective) is capped at $10,000
Up to six (6) months may be requested for outstanding rental and/or utility arrears.
The six-month window begins retrospectively from the date of application
All funds must be obligated by September 30, 202
All funds must be expended by December 30, 2021
REOPENING CT RULES HAVE BEEN UPDATED:
Beginning Friday, March 19, 2021
- All capacity limits will be eliminated for the following businesses, while face coverings, social distancing, and other cleaning and disinfecting protocols will continue to be required:
- Restaurants (8-person table capacity and 11PM required closing time for dining rooms continues)
- Personal services
- Indoor recreation (excludes theaters, which will continue to have a 50% capacity)
- Gyms/fitness centers
- Museums, aquariums, and zoos
- Houses of worship
- Gathering sizes will be revised to the following amounts:
- Social and recreational gatherings at private residence – 25 indoors/100 outdoors
- Social and recreational gatherings at commercial venues – 100 indoors/200 outdoors
- All sports will be allowed to practice and compete, and all sports tournaments will be allowed, subject to Department of Public Health guidance
- Connecticut’s travel advisory will be modified from a requirement to recommended guidance
At the same time we are reopening, protocols that will remain in effect until further notice include:
- Face coverings and masks continue to be required
- Bars that only serve beverages continue to remain closed
- 11PM closing time remains in place for events at venues, restaurants, and entertainment
- Indoor theaters continue to have a 50% capacity
- Large event venues (e.g. stadiums) to open in April
Beginning Monday, March 29, 2021
- Capacity limits on early childhood classes will increase from 16 to 20
Beginning Friday, April 2, 2021
- Outdoor amusement parks can open
- Outdoor event venues can increase to a 50% capacity, capped at 10,000 people
- Indoor stadiums can open at 10% capacity
- Summer camps and summer festivals are advised to begin the planning stages to open for the upcoming season