In December 2019, a new coronavirus appeared in Wuhan, China. It has since infected thousands across the globe, and the World Health Organization declared it a pandemic, which refers to how far it’s spread.
The new coronavirus causes a disease called COVID-19, with symptoms such as fever, cough, and difficulty breathing. It can be deadly, particularly in people over the age of 60 or with underlying health conditions.
In response, companies have canceled events and ramped up efforts to avoid spreading misinformation. Scientists have tried to figure out exactly how the virus works, in the hopes that we can eventually develop medicine. And many people are staying at home to try to slow down the pace at which the disease goes through the population.
WHAT THE COMMUNITY IS DOING!
What the City is Doing
✓ TORRINGTON LIBRARY
March 13, 2020
In response to COVID-19, the Library will be CLOSED to the public until March 30th .
Staff will be available to answer the library phone during this closure, Monday-Friday between the hours of 10-3.
We encourage you NOT to return materials until April 1st; however book returns are open for your convenience. ALL late fees and fines will be waived for this time period. Enjoy the materials you have at home a bit longer!
We also encourage you to visit our website and take advantage of our wonderful services, like OverDrive for downloading eBooks and eAudiobooks, Lynda.com, Creativebug, Mango Languages, and more! We will periodically update you on some ways you can utilize your online library while we are closed.
I would like to personally thank you for your patience. And I would like to take the time to thank the library Trustees, staff and custodial team for their dedication to making the library a safe place for you to visit.
I will be in touch with you regarding any changes.
Last Updated: March 16, 2020
✓ TORRINGTON POLICE DEPARTMENT
✓ BURGER KING
As you can imagine, with the ever-growing concern for public health and the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19), we have spent the last few weeks diligently learning about what we can do to keep all our guests safe when you come to our restaurants.
The Burger King® brand operates more than 7,000 restaurants in the United States, and another 12,000 restaurants in 109 countries around the world, and we are working on several things to ensure we are doing our best for you.
Thank you for your incredible loyalty and always know that we will do our best to do the right thing for all of our guests at BK restaurants worldwide.
With all my thanks,
✓ BJ'S WHOLESALE CLUB
A note to members about safety and product availability
I wanted to share with you steps we are taking to keep you safe and meet your families’ needs during the rapidly evolving coronavirus situation. The safety of our members, team members and our community is always our top priority.
We are following recommendations from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and state and local authorities in taking extra safety measures in all our locations. We have implemented enhanced cleaning procedures on top of our already high standards. We are cleaning high-traffic surfaces like shopping cart handles, bathrooms, checkout lanes and touchscreens with greater frequency, and have provided additional sanitization supplies in all clubs for member and team member use. Out of an abundance of caution, we also are temporarily stopping food sampling in our clubs.
We have provided new health protocols and information for our team members. We’re reminding sick team members to stay home and have asked teams to restrict travel to only business-critical needs. We continue to share regular updates with our team members, so they know the latest information to keep themselves and you safe.
We know many of you are shopping more in our clubs to buy essential items. Our teams are increasing shipments into the clubs and working hard to keep high-demand products like cleaning supplies, food and medicine in stock. To date, our clubs have had relatively limited instances of products being out of stock. However, despite our best efforts, there have been and will continue to be isolated situations where we are temporarily out of stock on an item. We ask for your patience as demand for some items currently exceeds our suppliers’ capacity to produce them. We may also limit the number of items per trip on select products to allow more members to purchase what they need.
We are ensuring we can support your increased demand for digital services on BJs.com and on the BJ’s Mobile App, so you can shop however, whenever you want. These include:
• Same-Day Delivery
• Buy Online Pick Up in-Club
Our core mission is providing outstanding value and service to you. We will continue to work hard to deliver on this commitment in the days ahead.
Thank you for being a loyal member,
President and CEO
On behalf of McDonald's® USA, I want to assure you that in times of uncertainty, the safety of our customers and people remains our highest priority.
Please know that we are keeping those affected by coronavirus (COVID-19) in our thoughts while we closely watch the evolving situation.
In the meantime, I want to inform you of the proactive steps McDonald’s and our franchisees are taking to ensure the safety in our restaurants across all our communities – in proactive partnership with local and national health authorities.
For more than 65 years, McDonald's values of quality, service, and cleanliness have endured. Today, that same commitment guides all our actions. Specifically, we are:
We sincerely thank you for your continued business, and above all, for your trust in the Golden Arches.
✓ Planet Fitness
Planet Fitness (675 Main St, Torrington, CT)
In response to the state-wide mandated containment effort, Planet Fitness locations in Connecticut will be temporarily closed effective 8 PM on Monday, March 16. We will continue to monitor the situation closely and will reopen as soon as permitted.
And don’t forget, starting today, Monday March 16th, tune-in to Facebook Live for FREE at-home workouts for anyone and everyone. Get moving with our trainers and even some surprise celebrity guests for a 20 minute or less workout because we know to stay healthy, we need to stay active. No equipment needed!
✓ Republican American
A note to readers from Publisher William B. Pape
March 17, 2020
Together, we face unprecedented times during this national emergency concerning the coronavirus. We understand now more than ever how critically important our local news reports are.
This pandemic affects our schools, our churches, our businesses, our families, our lives. The times demand accurate, timely, useful information – the kind our hard-working clerks, reporters, photographers and editors deliver to you daily in the print edition and all day on rep-am.com.
The situation is forcing changes in some ways we do business. Much of our news and advertising staff are working in the field and from temporary home offices, so we can limit the number of people at our main office at 389 Meadow St., Waterbury at any one time.For the same reason, we are, as of today, asking customers, readers and advertisers to do business by email and phone whenever possible.
Obituaries can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org; wedding, anniversary and engagement forms and photos can be emailed to email@example.com. Questions for any department (news, subscriptions and delivery or advertising) or requests for a phone call back can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you need to pay a bill in person or speak to someone directly, please first call 203-574-3636, speak directly to the department or the person you need to see, and make an appointment, to ensure someone will be available to help you.
What’s important is that all of us to get through this together. We appreciate your support, and thanks for reading.
Publisher William B. Pape
Editor’s note from Walmart website: 03-15-2020
Starting March 15, Walmart stores and Neighborhood Markets will be open 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. until further notice. This will help ensure associates can clean and stock products. Stores operating under more reduced hours will keep current hours of operation.
Keeping you and our associates safe is a top priority, so we wanted to share the steps we’re taking in response to coronavirus. With help from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as well as our own Chief Medical Officer, we’re developing preventative measures to maintain a clean, healthy environment in our stores.
First and foremost, we’ve ramped up cleaning efforts. Stores are cleaned daily, with sanitizing solutions used in high-touch, high-traffic areas. We also have associates dedicated to cleaning key areas throughout the day, and we’re sending additional supplies they can use at registers and on shopping carts.
Second, we’re dedicated to keeping stores stocked and prices fair. We’re working hard to replenish cleaning supplies, paper products, and other in-demand items as quickly as possible—and at our everyday low prices. We’re taking a firm stance against price gouging from third-party sellers, so if you see it happening, please report your concern here.
Third, we’ve asked associates who aren’t feeling well to refrain from coming in. We’ve also shared a new policy with them that provides extra flexibility to stay home, as well as pay options and support if they are affected by the virus.
Finally, we want to remind you that there are lots of great ways to shop with Walmart. You may want to consider trying online delivery or store pickup options, as well as our app’s Walmart Pay feature, which you can use when checking out at the register.
As always, we’re grateful for the opportunity to serve you. Rest assured, we’re doing everything in our power to provide a safe shopping experience for our customers and a healthy environment for our associates and communities. Find even more information here.
Due to the need to serve as many customers as we can during this time we will be limiting key items to only 2 per customer when they arrive at our store. This helps serve our entire community during this time. Any questions please ask for store management.
✓ Warner Theatre
The Warner Theatre continues to monitor the rapidly evolving impacts of coronavirus (COVID-19) from all angles. Unwaveringly and without question, our top priority is the health and well-being of our guests, employees and community. We are closely monitoring the statements and following the guidance and recommendations from local, state/provincial and federal health agencies on COVID-19.
Our Programming Updates:
Starquest Regional Competition (3/27-3/29) - will be rescheduled, dates TBD
Dogfight (3/28- 4/5) - will be rescheduled, dates TBD
Seussical Jr. presented by Curtain Call Kids (4/9- 4/10) - will be rescheduled, dates TBD
Nate Bargatze (4/2) - has been rescheduled to 6/17/2020
The Producers (5/2 -5/10) - has been rescheduled to 5/2021
Torrington Symphony Orchestra, Come Back to Sorrento (5/9) - will be rescheduled, date TBD
Warner Theatre Annual Gala (5/16) - has been rescheduled to 8/29/2020
Warner Theatre Center for Arts Education Updates:
The WTCAE will suspend all classes and private lessons through Monday, March 30, resuming a normal schedule of classes and lessons on Tuesday, March 31 providing public schools reopen. We are aligning our schedule with the Torrington Public Schools.
Some ways you can continue supporting the Warner:
Donate to our Annual Fund
Purchase a gift certificate for a future event
Become a Warner Member or Renew your Membership
Donate your ticket purchase back to the theatre.
Thank you for your patience and your patronage. We will continue to update you as changes occur.
✓ Friendly Hands Food Bank
Friendly Hands will now be providing weekend supplemental food assistance to anyone in need in the northwest Connecticut area. The program will provide food items to help sustain people through the weekend. The program will be offered on Saturday, 10 a.m. to noon at the food bank on King Street starting Saturday, March 14 and continuing through the public school shutdown.
Contact the food bank at 860-482.3338 to receive more information.
✓ Columbia Dental
We wish you to know that we take the Coronavirus pandemic very seriously and that we are doing everything to ensure your safety as well as our personnel. We are trained in infection control and continue to use that knowledge and action for your safety.
If you are feeling ill we completely understand the need to cancel your scheduled appointment both for your benefit as well as our other patients and staff.
We look forward to seeing you and taking care of you and your smile.
(860) 482-0017 | Email us | Visit our website
1151 E Main St, Torrington, CT 06040
✓ Community Health and Wellness - Torrington / Winsted
In the interest of the health and well-being of our patients and staff, we are allowing only one person to accompany a patient to their appointment, and only if it is absolutely necessary. If at all possible, children under the age of 18 should not be brought into our facility.
What State and Federal Agencies are Doing...
CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
Department of Motor Vehicles
In compliance with state directives for social distancing to prevent the spread of COVID-19, all EdAdvance programs have been temporarily suspended as of Monday, March 16th until further notice.
Our administrative offices are currently closed to the public, and all events and meetings have been cancelled until further notice.
EdAdvance leadership is actively monitoring this situation in partnership with state and local officials and will post updates to this notice on our website.
Should you be in need of further information, please reach out to the program contact listed on the website by email or call our central number at 860-567-0863.
Northeast Governors From Connecticut, New York, New Jersey Announce Collective Measures to Combat Spread of COVID-19
Governor Ned Lamont of Connecticut, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo of New York, and Governor Phil Murphy of New Jersey today announced a regional approach to combatting the novel coronavirus – or COVID-19 – throughout the tri-state area.
These uniform standards will limit crowd capacity for social and recreational gatherings to 50 people effective 8PM tonight (3/16/2020). This follows updated guidance that the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued yesterday recommending the cancellation or postponement of in-person events consisting of 50 people or more.
The three governors also announced that restaurants and bars that serve food will temporarily be required to move to take-out and delivery services only. Bars that do not serve food will be required to temporarily close. These measures will take effect at 8PM tonight (3/16/2020).
Finally, the three governors said they will temporarily close movie theaters, gyms and fitness centers, and similar public workout facilities and studios. New York and New Jersey will close commercial casinos effective at 8PM tonight (3/16/2020). Governor Lamont will do the same for the state’s physical off-track betting facilities, noting their willingness to voluntarily close. In addition, Governor Lamont and Governor Cuomo are strongly urging their tribal partners to close tribal casinos.
This uniform approach to social distancing is meant to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus or COVID-19.
Governor Lamont said, “We must do everything we can as a community to slow the spread of this virus so that we don’t overwhelm our healthcare system and we protect the most vulnerable. Viruses do not know borders, which is why taking a regional approach on this issue is the best plan forward. A national approach to these measures would be the best option to slow and mitigate the spread of this virus.”
Governor Cuomo said, “Our primary goal right now is to slow the spread of this virus so that the wave of new infections doesn't crash our healthcare system, and everyone agrees social distancing is the best way to do that. This is not a war that can be won alone, which is why New York is partnering with our neighboring states to implement a uniform standard that not only keeps our people safe but also prevents ‘state shopping’ where residents of one state travel to another and vice versa. I have called on the federal government to implement nationwide protocols but in their absence we are taking this on ourselves.”
Governor Murphy said, “With all we are seeing in our state – and across our nation and around the world - the time for us to take our strongest, and most direct, actions to date to slow the spread of coronavirus is now. I’ve said many times over the past several days that, in our state, we are going to get through this as one New Jersey family. But if we’re all in this together, we must work with our neighboring states to act together. The work against coronavirus isn't just up to some of us, it's up to all of us.”
Facebook: Office of Governor Ned Lamont