March 9, 2020
To All City Employees:
Over the last few days, the State of Connecticut has seen the first diagnosed cases of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). While these cases have not directly affected a Norwalk resident, one such person worked at Norwalk Hospital, and another is a Wilton resident. We are focused on ensuring the critical role City government plays in the lives of residents and the public are not severely impacted. Therefore, effective immediately, I am sharing the following directives and policy updates:
While these actions may be disruptive, it is imperative that we all do our part to help slow the spread of COVID-19 in the area. Governor Lamont has issued similar guidance to all State employees, and has asked local employers to do the same. Also, at this moment, your supervisors and Department Chiefs are working to update their respective Continuity of Operations Plans. You may be hearing from them directly in the coming days, and please, if you have any questions or concerns, share them with your immediate supervisor.
Please continue taking care of yourselves and your families. Wash your hands well and frequently, avoid touching your face, cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue and discard it immediately, and avoid shaking hands. My staff is meeting regularly and is in constant contact with the State and Local Health Departments, as well as Norwalk Public Schools. I will continue sharing the latest information with you employees as soon as I have it. Updates will also be posted routinely on our webpage at norwalkct.org/coronavirus.
I thank you all for your commitment to the health and safety of our staff and the public.
Mayor Harry Rilling