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Latest Press Releases below:

RIDGEFIELD: April 1, 2020: 12PM:

• Health Director Ed Briggs confirms 84 Covid-19 active cases in Ridgefield with ages ranging from 2-101. Our current town total death toll remains at seven.

• If you feel you have symptoms, CALL YOUR PRIMARY CARE PROVIDER, who will prescribe a test if needed. Immediately self-quarantine.

• If you test positive for COVID-19, please stay at home. Ask friends or family or one of the many volunteer organizations available to utilize takeout and curbside services. PLEASE quarantine within your home and follow CDC precautions on how to protect others living in your household.

• Thank you Ridgefielders for continuing to isolate and shelter in place. Every moment you stay out of the public, away from crowds, helps us to protect ourselves and our most vulnerable residents. Please keep practicing social distancing, washing hands and sanitizing. Those who are casual about the federal, state and local directives, I ask you to step up now and join the rest of Ridgefield in this fight.

• PLEASE put used disposable gloves in trash cans or take them home to dispose. Tossing them on the ground is not helpful and puts those who must retrieve them at risk.

• Please call your neighbors to check on them, especially those who are alone. A Board of Selectman meeting on the budget will be Wed, April 1st at 6:30PM. It will be open to the public via live stream on ridgefieldct.org and on Comcast 24. To attend via zoom go to ridgefieldct.org or attend as follows : https://zoom.us/j/296298776?pwd=K3FMaHJJQ2tOR3BIeWd0cEtkWVNUUT09 Please be patient as we continue to find new ways to operate during this crises.

• Ridgefield’s Emergency Operations Team will provide a COVID-19 live update today, Wednesday, March 15 at 4pm on ridgefieldct.org and Cable Channel 24 (Comcast) and on Monday, Wednesday and Friday of each week. The website www.ridgefieldct.org also has archives of all previous updates.

• Ridgefield Responds, a charity under the Friends of Ridgefield (public 501c-3) is now taking donations. Send all contributions to: Friends of Ridgefield – Ridgefield Responds, 400 Main Street, Ridgefield, CT 06877. Please notify employers who sponsor matching contributions.

• To sign up to receive messages pertaining to Ridgefield, sign up for CTAlert.gov. For those without an email use: noemail@ridgefield.com. Be sure to put the town in the relevant field and check off how you would like to receive the message. Prioritize how to receive your messages or check phone only. CTAlert messages are delivered Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday or as needed.

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RIDGEFIELD, March 31, 2020:  4PM: 

* Thank you Ridgefielders for continuing to isolate and shelter in place.  Every moment you stay out of the public, away from crowds, helps us to protect ourselves and our most vulnerable residents.  Keep doing what you are doing.  Those who are still casual about the federal, state and local directives, I ask you to step up now and join the rest of us in this fight. 
* Health Director Ed Briggs confirms 80 Covid-19 active cases in Ridgefield with ages ranging from 2-101.   Our current town total death toll remains at seven.  
* If you feel you have symptoms, CALL YOUR PRIMARY CARE PROVIDER. Your primary care provider is your first line of defense and will prescribe a test if you need it.  Immediately self-quarantine if you think you have symptoms. 
* If you test positive for COVID-19, please stay at home.  Ask friends or family or one of the many volunteer organizations available to utilize takeout and curbside services. PLEASE quarantine within your home and follow CDC precautions on how to protect others living in your household. 
* PLEASE put used disposable gloves in a trash can or take them home to dispose.  Tossing them on the ground is not helpful and puts those who must retrieve them for trash at risk. 
* A Board of Selectman meeting on the budget will be Wednesday night at 6:30.  It will be open to the public via live stream on ridgefieldct.org and on Comcast 24. We will try to take questions and we may also have a zoom connection available.  Please be patient.  We are all finding new ways to operate and it may not yet be perfect.   
* Please call your neighbors to check on them, especially those who are alone.  
* Ridgefield Responds, a charity under the Friends of Ridgefield (public 501c-3) is now taking donations.  Send all contributions to: Friends of Ridgefield – Ridgefield Responds, 400 Main Street, Ridgefield, CT 06877. Please notify employers who sponsor matching contributions. 
Stay Home, Stay Safe and Stay Healthy

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RIDGEFIELD, March 30, 2020: 3.30PM:

• If you have symptoms or have tested positive for COVID-19, PLEASE QUARANTINE FOR 14 DAYS. That means that you should not leave your home. Please follow the CDC guidelines on how to isolate yourself from others in your family. To utilize take out services, call a friend or one of the many organizations that are set up to help with pick-up.
• Ridgefield’s Emergency Operations Team will stream today at 4:00PM COVID-19 live updates on Monday, Wednesday and Friday of each week at 4 pm on ridgefieldct.org and Cable Channel 24 (Comcast). The Website also has archives of all previous updates as well. Please share this information with those who do not have access to the Internet
• Ridgefield Responds, a charity under the Friends of Ridgefield (public 501c-3) is now taking donations. Send all contributions to: Friends of Ridgefield – Ridgefield Responds, 400 Main Street, Ridgefield, CT 06877. Please notify employers who sponsor matching contributions.

Stay Home, Stay Safe and Stay Healthy

RIDGEFIELD, March 30, 2020: 2PM:

• Health Director Ed Briggs confirmed 74 Covid-19 active cases in Ridgefield with ages ranging from 12-101. Our current town total death toll remains at seven.
• If you feel you have symptoms, PLEASE CALL YOUR PRIMARY CARE PROVIDER. Your primary care provider is your first line of defense and will prescribe a test if you need it. Immediately self-quarantine if you think you have symptoms.
• We ask that anyone who has moved here from New York City in the last couple of weeks to self-quarantine for 14 days. And, as we are all doing, please continue to take the necessary precautions of social distancing, washing hands, sanitizing, etc.
• A Board of Selectman meeting on the budget will be Wednesday night at 6:30. It will be open to the public via live stream on ridgefieldct.org and on Comcast 24. A zoom connection will also be available.
• The Golf Course continues to be closed to golfers but is open for hiking and walking. We ask that you pay close attention to social distancing and be aware that the tick season is underway so follow recommended precautions. Out of an abundance of caution, you can anticipate that the course will be closed until we can see some stabilization in the rise of cases.
• Please do not relax your efforts to stay at home, practice social distancing and wash hands regularly.
• Ridgefield’s Emergency Operations Team will stream today at 4:00PM COVID-19 live updates on Monday, Wednesday and Friday of each week at 4 pm on ridgefieldct.org and Cable Channel 24 (Comcast). The Website also has archives of all previous updates as well. Please share this information with those who do not have access to the Internet
• Ridgefield Responds, a charity under the Friends of Ridgefield (public 501c-3) is now taking donations. Send all contributions to: Friends of Ridgefield – Ridgefield Responds, 400 Main Street, Ridgefield, CT 06877. Please notify employers who sponsor matching contributions.

Stay Home, Stay Safe and Stay Healthy

FOR ACCURATE INFORMATION:
Center For Disease Control:  (CDC): www.cdc.gov
Connecticut’s Official State Site:  www.ct.gov
Town of Ridgefield Official Site: www.ridgefieldct.org
Town of Ridgefield Office of Emergency Management Social Media:  Facebook:  ridgefieldoem
Ridgefield Public Schools:  www.ridgefield.org
Call: 2-1-1 for COVID-19 update
For people experiencing symptoms call: Danbury Hospital: 888-667-9262 

The following symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure:  fever, cough, shortness of breath. If you develop emergency warning signs for COVID-19 consult your medical provider.

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RIDGEFIELD, March 29, 2020: 3PM:

• Earlier today Health Director Ed Briggs confirmed 64 Covid-19 active cases in Ridgefield with ages ranging from 12-101. Sadly, we have lost two more residents from Ridgefield Crossings, now bringing our total death toll to seven. Ridgefield Crossings remains under lockdown and extreme measures are underway to protect both the residents and the employees. Our health director remains in constant touch with Ridgefield Crossings and we continue to offer any assistance available.

• If you feel you have symptoms, PLEASE CALL YOUR PRIMARY CARE PROVIDER. Your primary care provider is your first line of defense and will prescribe a test if you need it. Immediately self-quarantine if you think you have symptoms.

• As more people retreat from New York City, many have come to Ridgefield. We ask that anyone who comes in from New York City to self-quarantine for 14 days before entering any public area in Ridgefield. All our friends and neighbors from South Salem, North Salem and all the other areas we have always welcomed continue to be welcomed. As we are all doing, please continue to take the necessary precautions of social distancing, washing hands, sanitizing, etc.

• Our Emergency Operations Team has been working every day for well over three weeks trying to send important and accurate information to our community. Please take all the information sent from my office and that of the Office of Emergency Management in the spirit it is being sent—to keep all of our residents, our neighbors, our friends and our loved ones safe. Occasionally, a misinterpreted word might not express the exact sentiment of our message, so we thank you for your patience.

• Ridgefield Responds, a charity under the Friends of Ridgefield (public 501c-3) is now taking donations. Send all contributions to: Friends of Ridgefield – Ridgefield Responds, 400 Main Street, Ridgefield, CT 06877. Please notify employers who sponsor matching contributions.

To sign up to receive messages pertaining to Ridgefield, sign up for CTAlert.gov.  For those without an email use: noemail@ridgefield.com. Be sure to put the town in the relevant field and check off how you would like to receive the message.  Prioritize how to receive your messages or check phone only. 

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RIDGEFIELD, March 28, 2020:  1:00pm

  • Earlier today Health Director Ed Briggs confirmed 58 Covid-19 active cases in Ridgefield with ages ranging from 12-89 and our death toll remains at four.    
  • The current number of tests underway indicate that our numbers will continue to rise significantly. 
  • If you feel you have symptoms, PLEASE CALL YOUR PRIMARY CARE PROVIDER. Your primary care provider is your first line of defense and will recommend if you need a test.  Immediately self-quarantine if you think you have symptoms.
  • We ask that anyone who comes in from New York to self-quarantine for 14 days before entering any public area in Ridgefield.
  • The Governor has reduced the number of people allowed to gather with social distancing to five or fewer.  Remember, any group gathering spreads the virus. 
  • Essential businesses are taking precautions, however, it is up to each of us as individuals to go the extra mile.  Bring your wipes and sanitize as you go.
  • We have had many calls regarding the golf course being closed.  Unfortunately, it remains closed until we can be assured that it can be managed without encouraging groups to congregate.  We have also had two positive cases there and while two weeks have passed since the diagnosis, we are acting out of an abundance of caution.
  • Ridgefield Responds, a charity under the Friends of Ridgefield (public 501c-3) is now taking donations that will be used towards Ridgefield’s massive recovery effort and will specifically be used for those unemployed/laid off due to COVID-19 (for assistance with rents and mortgages due to layoffs associated with COVID-19).  Send all contributions to: Friends of Ridgefield – Ridgefield Responds, 400 Main Street, Ridgefield, CT 06877. Please be sure to notify employers who sponsor matching contributions.

To sign up to receive messages pertaining to Ridgefield, sign up for CTAlert.gov.  For those without an email use: noemail@ridgefield.com. Be sure to put the town in the relevant field and check off how you would like to receive the message.  Prioritize how to receive your messages or check phone only. 

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RIDGEFIELD, March 26, 2020:  12:00pm

  • Earlier today Health Director Ed Briggs confirmed 46 Covid-19 active cases in Ridgefield with ages ranging from 19-89.  In the last 24 hours we have had four new positive cases.  Ridgefield Crossings remains stable at 17 with the remaining 29 spread throughout the community.  Ridgefield Crossings reports that they are taking optimal health and safety measures and the facility still remains on lockdown to all visitors at this time.
  • We cannot release information for those who test positive, due to HIPAA laws. First responders receive limited information about positive tests due to future responses to those specific addresses.
  • Thank you to those who responded yesterday by staying off the fields, which are now completely closed.  Signs are now being posted at all public fields and you must adhere to this directive.    
  • We are asking all neighborhoods with recreation areas to also make sure those courts and fields are closed. 
  • To sign up to receive messages pertaining to Ridgefield, sign up for CTAlert.gov.  For those without an email use: noemail@ridgefield.org. Be sure to put the town in the relevant field and check off how you would like to receive the message.  Prioritize how to receive your messages or check phone only.   
  • Ridgefield’s Emergency Operations Team is providing COVID-19 live updates on Monday, Wednesday and Friday of each week at 4 pm on ridgefieldct.org and Cable Channel 24 (Comcast). The Website also has archives of all previous updates as well. Please share this information with those who do not have access to the Internet.
  • Stay Home, Stay Safe and Stay Healthy

    FOR ACCURATE INFORMATION:

    Center For Disease Control:  (CDC): www.cdc.gov
    Connecticut’s Official State Site:  www.ct.gov
    Town of Ridgefield Official Site: www.ridgefieldct.org
    Town of Ridgefield Office of Emergency Management Social Media:  Facebook:  ridgefieldoem
    Ridgefield Public Schools:  www.ridgefield.org
    Call: 2-1-1 for COVID-19 update
    For people experiencing symptoms call: Danbury Hospital: 888-667-9262 

    The following symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure:  fever, cough, shortness of breath. If you develop emergency warning signs for COVID-19 consult your medical provider.

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RIDGEFIELD, March 25, 2020:  12:00pm

  • Earlier today Health Director Ed Briggs confirmed 42 Covid-19 active cases in Ridgefield with ages ranging from 19-89.  In the last 24 hours we have had 8 new positive cases. We currently have an additional death (not from the Route 7 care facility, which still has 17 active cases), bringing us to three losses. The facility on Route 7 has assured me that they are taking optimal health and safety measures.  The facility also remains on lockdown to all visitors at this time. 
  • We cannot release information for those who test positive, due to HIPAA laws. First responders receive limited information about positive tests due to future responses to those specific addresses.
  • Because Ridgefielders are not doing their part, we are now forced to use precious personnel resources to tape, chain and post signs at all town fields and courts.  Even today, with all our messaging about the seriousness of this situation, a group of kids were seen playing Lacrosse at Tiger Hollow.  Please stop and think about the lives you are endangering before you leave your house.  
  • We are asking all neighborhoods with recreation areas to also make sure those courts and fields are closed.
  • Ridgefield’s Emergency Operations Team is providing COVID-19 live updates on Monday, Wednesday and Friday of each week at 4 pm on ridgefieldct.org and Cable Channel 24 (Comcast). The Website also has archives of all previous updates as well. Please share this information with those who do not have access to the Internet.                                                      

    Stay Home, Stay Safe and Stay Healthy

    FOR ACCURATE INFORMATION:

    Center For Disease Control:  (CDC): www.cdc.gov
    Connecticut’s Official State Site:  www.ct.gov
    Town of Ridgefield Official Site: www.ridgefieldct.org
    Town of Ridgefield Office of Emergency Management Social Media:  Facebook:  ridgefieldoem
    Ridgefield Public Schools:  www.ridgefield.org
    Call: 2-1-1 for COVID-19 update
    For people experiencing symptoms call: Danbury Hospital: 888-667-9262 

    The following symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure:  fever, cough, shortness of breath. If you develop emergency warning signs for COVID-19 consult your medical provider.

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RIDGEFIELD, March 24, 2020:  12:00pm

  • Earlier today health Director Ed Briggs confirmed 34 Covid-19 active cases in Ridgefield (17 are associated with a facility on Route 7), 17 cases are spread throughout our community and 2 previous deaths of Senior citizens who resided at the facility on Route 7. The facility on Route 7 has assured me that they are taking optimal health and safety measures.  The facility also remains on lockdown to all visitors at this time. 
  • We cannot release information for those who test positive, due to HIPPA laws. First responders receive limited information about positive tests due to future responses to those specific addresses.
  • Per Governor Lamont’s executive orders, non-essential businesses closed as of 8pm last night. Here is a complete list of essential businesses.
  • If you are not receiving emergency calls from Selectman Marconi please go to CTAlert.gov to register your information.  If you don’t have email you can provide this generic email: noemail@ridgefield.com in the required field.  
  • Please continue to adhere to social distancing request. Maintain a 6 foot separation from anyone you are speaking to outside of your family. Please use common sense, if you want to take a hike on our open trails, practice social distancing.  
  • Ridgefield’s Emergency Operations Team are providing COVID-19 live updates on Monday, Wednesday and Friday of each week at 4 pm on ridgefieldct.org and Cable Channel 24 (Comcast). The Website also has archives of all previous updates as well. Please share this information with those who do not have access to the Internet. 

Stay Home, Stay Safe and Stay Healthy

FOR ACCURATE INFORMATION:

Center For Disease Control:  (CDC): www.cdc.gov
Connecticut’s Official State Site:  www.ct.gov
Town of Ridgefield Official Site: www.ridgefieldct.org
Town of Ridgefield Office of Emergency Management Social Media:  Facebook:  ridgefieldoem
Ridgefield Public Schools:  www.ridgefield.org
Call: 2-1-1 for COVID-19 update
For people experiencing symptoms call: Danbury Hospital: 888-667-9262 

The following symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure:  fever, cough, shortness of breath. If you develop emergency warning signs for COVID-19 consult your medical provider.

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RIDGEFIELD, March 23, 2020:  9AM:

  • A live stream will run today at 4PM as well as Monday, Wednesday and Friday of each week at 4 pm on ridgefieldct.org and Cable Channel 24.  Please share this information with those who do not have access to Internet.
  • Please suspend all activities that encourage gathering.   Use your common sense.  If you want to take a hike on our open trails, practice social distancing.  
  • All recreation areas such as basketball, tennis, pickle ball and paddle courts are closed.   All playgrounds are closed.  
  • The high school track is available for walking/jogging with common sense and social distancing, however, no group jogging is allowed.  
  • The Dog Park is now closed. 
  • The golf course is closed to play but open to walking/hiking with common sense social distancing.   Do not participate in groups.
  • Please be alert for CTAlert messages.   Frontier users note: the caller ID says Potential Spam. Call your carrier or save the number into your phone book. 

            Stay Home, Stay Safe and Stay Healthy

FOR ACCURATE INFORMATION:
Center For Disease Control:  (CDC): www.cdc.gov
Connecticut’s Official State Site:  www.ct.gov
Town of Ridgefield Official Site: www.ridgefieldct.org
Town of Ridgefield Office of Emergency Management Social Media:  Facebook:  ridgefieldoem
Ridgefield Public Schools:  www.ridgefield.org

The following symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure:  fever, cough, shortness of breath. If you develop emergency warning signs for COVID-19 consult your medical provider. 

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For Immediate Press Release
RIDGEFIELD, March 22, 2020:  6PM

GOOD EVENING, THIS IS FIRST SELECTMAN RUDY MARCONI WITH YOUR LATEST UPDATES: 

  • Ridgefield is up to nine people who have tested positive for coronavirus and we do expect this number to continue to grow. Those who have tested positive range in age from 21-over 80. 
  • We are given the number of cases and the age range, but we are not given names or addresses due to HIPPA law. 
  • The CDC describes social distancing as staying away from mass gatherings and keeping a distance of 6 feet—about one body length from other people. 
  • Use common sense.  Can you throw the ball around with your kids?  Yes but don’t invite the neighborhood over.
  • When you use our beautiful town trails, do not run or walk in groups. 
  • It has been recommended by Governor Lamont that anyone over 70 years old shelter in place.
  • We will provide a more a definitive list of essential businesses that will remain open by tomorrow afternoon.  Before you leave the house ask yourself this question—do I really need this but if you have a question about this think before you leave the house:  Do I really need this?  If not, stay at home.  I cannot stress this enough.
  • A live stream with updates will run tomorrow at 4 PM on the town website: ridgefieldct.org and also air on Comcast Chanel 24 at 4PM.

Your town officials and essential personnel continue to work on your behalf.

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Stay Home, Stay Safe and Stay Healthy

FOR ACCURATE INFORMATION:
Center For Disease Control:  (CDC): www.cdc.gov
Connecticut’s Official State Site:  www.ct.gov
Town of Ridgefield Official Site: www.ridgefieldct.org
Town of Ridgefield Office of Emergency Management Social Media:  Facebook:  ridgefieldoem
Ridgefield Public Schools:  www.ridgefield.org

The following symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure:  fever, cough, shortness of breath. If you develop emergency warning signs for COVID-19 consult your medical provider. 

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RIDGEFIELD, March 21: 2:00 PM:  
Good Afternoon.  This is an emergency message from First Selectman Rudy Marconi.

  • We have just been notified by the Department of Public Health that we have six confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ridgefield.  When we are informed, we do not receive names of individuals or locations, other than that they are from Ridgefield.  
  • Please stay at home.  Do not socialize.  Do not gather.  Do not allow the kids to play with neighborhood children.  There should be no play dates, socializing or gathering, period.  
  • The spread will be exponential and we need to be prepared to do all we can to control it.
  • Everyone must protect themselves.
  • For people experiencing symptoms call: Danbury Hospital: 888-667-9262 
  • FOR ALL EMERGENCIES DIAL 911
  • Stay home, stay safe.  Will update you again when we receive additional information.

STAY HOME, STAY SAFE                                                                  FOR ALL EMERGENCIES DIAL 911

FOR ACCURATE INFORMATION:
Town of Ridgefield Official Site:  ridgefieldct.org 
Center For Disease Control:  (CDC): www.cdc.gov
Connecticut’s Official State Site: www.ct.gov
Town of Ridgefield Office of Emergency Management Social Media:  Facebook:  Ridgefield oem
Ridgefield Public Schools: www.ridgefield.org
Call: 2-1-1 for COVID-19 update
For people experiencing symptoms call: Danbury Hospital: 888-667-9262 

The following symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure:  fever, cough, shortness of breath. If you develop emergency warning signs for COVID-19 consult your medical provider. 

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RIDGEFIELD, March 21: PM:  

  • The dog park will be closed beginning Monday, March 23, 2020.
  • Live Streaming with town updates will take place on Monday, Wednesdays and Fridays at 4 PM on the town website www.ridgefieldct.org and on Comcast Channel 24.
  • Walking and hiking trails remain open.  Walkers and Hikers:  Maintain all protocols:  (Do not touch any hard surfaces, leave your car and return directly to your car.  Maintain a ten-foot separation. Check CDC guidelines) Remember, even then you are at risk.  Do not congregate in groups.
  • TICK season is particularly bad this year due to the warm winter.  Practice best methods regularly.
  • Danbury Hospital has published the following number for individuals who are experiencing symptoms (Line open between 8AM and 6PM, seven days a week):  Danbury Hospital: 888-667-9262.
  • A video stream with town updates is available at www.ridgefieldct.org and click on the red banner.   Or watch on Chanel 24 Comcast.

FOR ACCURATE INFORMATION:
Town of Ridgefield Official Site:  ridgefieldct.org 
Center For Disease Control:  (CDC): www.cdc.gov
Connecticut’s Official State Site: www.ct.gov
Town of Ridgefield Office of Emergency Management Social Media:  Facebook:  Ridgefield oem
Ridgefield Public Schools: www.ridgefield.org
Call: 2-1-1 for COVID-19 update
For people experiencing symptoms call: Danbury Hospital: 888-667-9262 

The following symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure:  fever, cough, shortness of breath. If you develop emergency warning signs for COVID-19 consult your medical provider. 

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RIDGEFIELD, March 21: 8 AM:  As we prepare for the inevitable surge in COVID-19 cases, we can’t stress enough how important it is to practice social distancing.  This is the only tool we have in our toolbox.  Please adhere to the signs we have posted at our parks and sports locations.  We need your help to protect yourselves and your families.  Remember, you may not be or get sick, but you can still be a carrier and infect others.  This applies to all age groups.  We are counting on every single Ridgefielder to do their part to help.  As we anticipate this to become a much more serious issue, all of us can do this together:  

Here are our updates:

  • The Governor has issued a stay home, stay safe directive.
  • Per Governor Lamont’s directive, all non-essential functions in Connecticut should suspend in-person operations beginning Monday, March 23 at 8 PM.  This excludes any entity providing essential services or functions, such as healthcare, food service, law enforcement, gas stations and similar services. 
  • Day care centers are to remain open for first responders.  Please do not put your children in childcare unless it is absolutely essential.
  • Danbury Hospital has published the following number for individuals who are experiencing symptoms (Line open between 8AM and 6PM, seven days a week):  Danbury Hospital: 888-667-9262.
  • Meals on Wheels, restaurants doing take out and grocery stores will continue to operate as an essential service.
  • A wide based request for personal protective equipment has been issued. If any non-essential businesses have protective gear for our first responders, please contact 203-431-2724—the Ridgefield Fire Department non-emergency line.
  • All elective hospital procedures will be delayed by Governor’s declaration.
  • Currently twenty alternate testing sites have been added in the State.
  • All playgrounds, basketball courts, pickle ball courts, tennis courts and ball fields are closed.
  • Go to CTAlert.gov to sign up for our Ridgefield telephone messages.  If you do not have an email for the required field use: noemail@ridgefield.com
  • Federal Gov. has extended the tax filing until July 15, 2020. 
  • The State Dept. of Revenue services has extended its filing deadline to July 15
  • Ridgefield will remain operational, but all town offices are closed to the public.      
  • The Red Cross is setting up a blood drive at Yanity Gym on April 2 and April 9 to offset the shortage.
  • TICK season is particularly bad this year due to the warm winter.  Practice best methods regularly.
  • Walkers and Hikers:  Maintain all protocols:  (Do not touch any hard surfaces, leave your car and return directly to your car.  Maintain a ten-foot separation. Check CDC guidelines) Remember, even then you are at risk.  
  • A video stream with town updates is available at www.ridgefieldct.org and click on the red banner.   Or watch on Chanel 24 Comcast.

FOR ACCURATE INFORMATION:
Town of Ridgefield Official Site:  ridgefieldct.org 
Center For Disease Control:  (CDC): www.cdc.gov
Connecticut’s Official State Site: www.ct.gov
Town of Ridgefield Office of Emergency Management Social Media:  Facebook:  Ridgefield oem
Ridgefield Public Schools: www.ridgefield.org
Call: 2-1-1 for COVID-19 update
For people experiencing symptoms call: Danbury Hospital: 888-667-9262 

The following symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure:  fever, cough, shortness of breath. If you develop emergency warning signs for COVID-19 consult your medical provider. 
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RIDGEFIELD, March 20: 11 AM:  Ridgefield continues to be proactive as we fight the spread of COVID-19.  We ask that all residents adhere to the federal, state and local requirements as we fight the spread of this disease together.  It is imperative that everyone be respectful of the requirements that have been put in place to protect our community.  Social distancing is the most important tool we have right now.  We cannot stress enough the importance of this. 

Here are our updates:

  • All playgrounds are closed.  
  • Sign up for CTAlert.gov to receive Ridgefield messages.  If you have no email address, use: noemail@ridgefield.com  
  • A live stream with town updates will take place Friday, March 20, at 4PM.  Go to www.ridgefieldct.org and click on the red banner.   Or watch on Chanel 24 Comcast.

STATE NEWS:

  • Governor Lamont issued two executive orders yesterday: 
    • Closure of large shopping malls: Effective at 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 19, 2020 and through April 30, unless earlier modified,extended,terminated, any stores, pharmacies, restaurants, or other establishments located within or connected to large shopping malls must be closed to the public. 
    • Closure of places of public amusement: Effective at 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 19, 2020 and through April 30, unless earlier modified, extended, or terminated, all places of public amusement, whether indoors or outdoors, such as locations with amusement rides, carnivals, amusement parks, water parks, aquariums, zoos, arcades, fairs, children’s play centers, funplexes, theme parks, bowling alleys, and other family and children’s attractions shall be closed to the public. This directive does not apply to public parks and open recreation areas.
  • After consultation with local election officials, the leadership of your state associations and the bi-partisan legislative leadership of the General Assembly, Secretary Merrill and Governor Lamont have decided to postpone the April 28, 2020 Presidential Preference Primary to June 2, 2020. 

  FOR ACCURATE INFORMATION:
Town of Ridgefield Official Site:  ridgefieldct.org 
Center For Disease Control:  (CDC): www.cdc.gov
Connecticut’s Official State Site: www.ct.gov
Town of Ridgefield Office of Emergency Management Social Media:  Facebook:  Ridgefield oem
Ridgefield Public Schools: www.ridgefield.org
Call: 2-1-1 for COVID-19 update
For people experiencing symptoms call: Danbury Hospital: 888-667-9262 
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RIDGEFIELD, CT; March 19:

Updates:

  • Governor Lamont issued two executive orders : 
  • Closure of large shopping malls: Effective at 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 19, 2020 and through April 30, unless earlier modified,extended,terminated, any stores, pharmacies, restaurants, or other establishments located within or connected to large shopping malls must be closed to the public. 
  • Closure of places of public amusement: Effective at 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 19, 2020 and through April 30, unless earlier modified, extended, or terminated, all places of public amusement, whether indoors or outdoors, such as locations with amusement rides, carnivals, amusement parks, water parks, aquariums, zoos, arcades, fairs, children’s play centers, funplexes, theme parks, bowling alleys, and other family and children’s attractions shall be closed to the public. This directive does not apply to public parks and open recreation areas.
  • After consultation with local election officials, the leadership of your state associations and the bi-partisan legislative leadership of the General Assembly, Secretary Merrill and Governor Lamont have decided to postpone the April 28, 2020 Presidential Preference Primary to June 2, 2020. 

 FOR ACCURATE INFORMATION:
Town of Ridgefield Official Site:  ridgefieldct.org 
Center For Disease Control:  (CDC): www.cdc.gov
Connecticut’s Official State Site: www.ct.gov
Town of Ridgefield Office of Emergency Management Social Media:  Facebook:  Ridgefield oem
Ridgefield Public Schools: www.ridgefield.org
Call: 2-1-1 for COVID-19 update
For people experiencing symptoms call: Danbury Hospital: 888-667-9262  
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RIDGEFIELD, CT; March 18: 9:30 AM:  All hair salons and nail salons are to close by the end of the day today, March 18.   This decision has been made by the Director of Health, Ed Briggs and First Selectman Rudy Marconi under the Local Declaration of Emergency.

FOR ACCURATE INFORMATION:
Town of Ridgefield Official Site:  ridgefieldct.org 
Center For Disease Control:  (CDC): www.cdc.gov
Connecticut’s Official State Site: www.ct.gov
Town of Ridgefield Office of Emergency Management Social Media:  Facebook:  Ridgefield oem
Ridgefield Public Schools: www.ridgefield.org
Call: 2-1-1 for COVID-19 update
For people experiencing symptoms call: Danbury Hospital: 888-667-9262 

The following symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure:  fever, cough, shortness of breath. If you develop emergency warning signs for COVID-19 consult your medical provider.
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RIDGEFIELD, CT; March 17: 10AM:  Ridgefield continues to be proactive as we fight the spread of coronavirus.  We ask that all residents adhere to the federal, state and local requirements as we fight the spread of this disease together.  I ask that you all take care of each other by being respectful of the requirements that have been put in place to protect our community.  One thing I’d like to really stress is that practicing of social distancing.  It is the only way we are going to keep “ahead of the wave” as Governor Lamont said in our briefing last night. 

Here are our updates:

  1. A COVID-19 update with First Selectman Rudy Marconi, Health Director Ed Briggs, and Emergency Management director Dick Aarons held a meeting yesterday at 4 PM to update the community and to take questions.   The meeting can be streamed at your leisure on ridgefieldct.org. (Click on red banner, meeting name and word link to access the stream.)  Many of the questions you might ask are answered there. 
  2. Day care centers will currently remain open.
  3. Curfews: No curfews are in place at this point in time. 
  4. All Town buildings are closed to the public.  Town personnel will continue to try to meet your needs so call your department of interest with questions.  For further info
  5. Danbury Hospital has opened a mobile testing site with specific protocol for testing.  Please call the Danbury Hospital: 888-667-9262.
  6. Ridgefield has already had one positive test and we expect that number to grow.
  7. Original protocol for testing remains in place.  The first step is to contact your primary care provider and follow recommendations.  Any test being conducted must have a prescription from your doctor.
  8. Governor Lamont has ordered all restaurants, and bars closed for all table service.  You can still support your local businesses by taking advantage of restaurant take out programs and other initiatives created by your favorite town shops.  Most have put alternative shopping opportunities in place so call them.    Call your retailers to set up a private appointment.
  9. Stop and Shop reports that they have a steady stream of deliveries.  The chain of supply will only be stressed if hoarding contuse to take place.
  10. Please avoid play dates, any gatherings and large crowds especially today, St. Patrick’s Day.  
  11. For information on the food pantry, please call Social Services 203-431-2777.
  12. Feeling better does not necessarily mean you are free of the virus.  In order to be 100% sure you are clear, you need to test negative twice.
  13. The Office of Emergency Management on Facebook continues to relay information and to answer questions.  Go to www.ridgefieldct.org and ridgefieldoem on Facebook.
  14. Please check on your neighbors with a phone call, especially those most vulnerable.  Compassionate Ridgefield, The Neighbors Helping Neighbors project will help those Ridgefielders who may need a friendly ear or someone to pick up groceries.  Email: compassionproject06877@gmail.com with Senior Ridgefielder in the subject line OR call 203-431-7000 and leave your information.  Volunteers for the project-please email.
  15.  Please go to the Town of Ridgefield website www.ridgefieldct.org for a list of important local phone numbers.
  16. Our Town Emergency Operations Center is now on full virtual activation.

FOR ACCURATE INFORMATION:
Town of Ridgefield Official Site:  ridgefieldct.org 
Center For Disease Control:  (CDC): www.cdc.gov
Connecticut’s Official State Site: www.ct.gov
Town of Ridgefield Office of Emergency Management Social Media:  Facebook:  Ridgefield oem
Ridgefield Public Schools: www.ridgefield.org
Call: 2-1-1 for COVID-19 update
For people experiencing symptoms call: Danbury Hospital: 888-667-9262 

The following symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure:  fever, cough, shortness of breath. If you develop emergency warning signs for COVID-19 consult your medical provider
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RIDGEFIELD, CT; March 16: 10AM: Coronavirus Virus update- streaming video today Monday, March 16 at 4 PM. This meeting will be closed to attendance, but open to all residents via streaming.   Please go to ridgefieldct.org, click on coronavirus red banner and clock on read more.   Click on meeting link and it will take you directly to the stream. Meeting link: https://www.ridgefieldct.org/board-selectmen/pages/meeting-videos

We ask that all residents continue to partner with us in fighting the spread of COVID-19.  We remind you to seek accurate information from the sites listed below.   Please remember we are all in this together and we must work together to follow the CDC guidelines and to adhere to town, state and federal requirements so we can halt the spread of this virus.

Here are our updates:

  1. A COVID-19 update with First Selectman Rudy Marconi, Health Director Ed Briggs, and Emergency Management director Dick Aarons will be streamed today live at 4 pm. ridgefieldct.org. (Click on red banner, meeting name and word link to access the stream.)
  2. Original protocol for testing remains in place.  The first step is to contact your primary care provider and follow recommendations.  Any test being conducted must have a prescription from your doctor.
  3. Danbury Hospital has opened a mobile testing site with specific protocol for testing.  Please call the Danbury Hospital: 888-667-9262.
  4. Effective tonight at 8pm, Governor Lamont has ordered all restaurants, and bars closed for all table service.  Support your local businesses by taking advantage of restaurant take out programs and other initiatives created by your favorite town shops.
  5. Stop and Shop reports that they have recurring deliveries and if people refrain from hording, we will all have plenty of provisions. 
  6. Town administrative services are open and running today.  We hope you will seek online alternatives before coming into public town buildings, but if you do come in please note:
    1. Please practice repeatedly advertised hygiene for both your safety as well as that of our town employees. 
    2. Visitors to any town buildings will be asked to sign in with address phone and email.
  7. Please avoid play dates, any gatherings and large crowds especially on St. Patrick’s Day.  
  8. For information on the food pantry, please call Social Services 203-431-2777.
  9. You should have two negative tests before resuming activities.  Feeling better does not necessarily mean you are free of the virus.  In order to be 100% sure you are clear, you need to test negative twice.

FOR ACCURATE INFORMATION:
Town of Ridgefield Official Site:  ridgefieldct.org 
Center For Disease Control:  (CDC): www.cdc.gov
Connecticut’s Official State Site: www.ct.gov
Town of Ridgefield Office of Emergency Management Social Media:  Facebook:  Ridgefield oem
Ridgefield Public Schools: www.ridgefield.org
Call: 2-1-1 for COVID-19 update
For people experiencing symptoms call: Danbury Hospital: 888-667-9262 

The following symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure:  fever, cough, shortness of breath. If you develop emergency warning signs for COVID-19 consult your medical provider.                                                                              

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A CORONAVIRUS UPDATE

FROM FIRST SELECTMAN RUDY MARCONI

RIDGEFIELD, CT; March 13, 2020

First Selectman Rudy Marconi declared a local State of Emergency for the Town of Ridgefield.  This action gives the greatest possible operational flexibility to our departments involved in COVID-19 response, recovery and mitigation.  The declaration does not indicate a major change in the local situation, but rather parallels the declaration made by Governor Lamont and facilitates dealings with state and federal authorities as necessary.  

Earlier this week, Mr. Marconi ordered the partial activation of the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) policy group comprising health and public safety department heads.  This group meets daily to assure a coordinated response by schools, government and local businesses.  Watch for situation reports and updates on these social media resources:

The following symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure:  fever, cough, shortness of breath. If you develop emergency warning signs for COVID-19 get medical attention immediately. Please consult your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning.  Contact your doctor--do not show up in person.  Emergency warning signs include. This list is not all-inclusive:

  • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
  • New confusion or inability to arouse
  • Bluish lips or face

FOR ACCURATE INFORMATION:
Town of Ridgefield Official Site:  ridgefieldct.org 
Center For Disease Control:  (CDC): www.cdc.gov
Connecticut’s Official State Site: www.ct.gov
Town of Ridgefield Office of Emergency Management Social Media:  Facebook:  Ridgefield oem
Ridgefield Public Schools: www.ridgefield.org
Call: 2-1-1 for COVID-19 update
For people experiencing symptoms call: Danbury Hospital: 888-667-9262 

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A CORONAVIRUS UPDATE

FROM FIRST SELECTMAN RUDY MARCONI

RIDGEFIELD, CT, March 11, 2020—Good Evening.  This is First Selectman, Rudy Marconi with an update on what Ridgefield is doing to contain the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).  Ridgefield remains vigilant by adhering strictly to CDC recommended protocols.   Because your health and safety and that of your families remain my priority, I want to stress that we should all follow CDC recommended practices at home and at the office.  This is the first of many public notices that will be released.  Releases will occur when we receive new information.

Here are some updates:

  •  Our schools remain open and our Superintendent is in constant communication with our Health Dept to closely monitor the situation.  Our Superintendent communicates regularly with the parents and she will alert you if there are any changes.  Please visit the Ridgefield Public School website at www.ridgefield.org.
  • The most reliable source for information on COVID-19 can be found on www.cdc.gov
  •  Please alert your health care provider is you have symptoms of COVID-19.  Your provider will instruct you on how to proceed.
  • If you develop symptoms of COVID-19 (fever, cough and shortness of breath); or have been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19; or have recently been in an area with ongoing spread of the virus,  seek medical advice.
  • For answers to frequently asked questions, visit the town website: ridgefieldct.org and cdc.gov.
  • You can also dial 2-1-1- for updated information.

FOR ACCURATE INFORMATION:
Town of Ridgefield Official Site:  ridgefieldct.org 
Center For Disease Control:  (CDC): www.cdc.gov
Connecticut’s Official State Site: www.ct.gov
Town of Ridgefield Office of Emergency Management Social Media:  Facebook:  Ridgefield oem
Ridgefield Public Schools: www.ridgefield.org
Call: 2-1-1 for COVID-19 update
For people experiencing symptoms call: Danbury Hospital: 888-667-9262 

For all emergencies, dial 911.  If you need more information call my office at  (203) 431-2774.  You will be kept informed whenever new information reaches my office.     First Selectman, Rudy Marconi

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Coronavirus- COVID-19 update

From: First Selectman Rudy Marconi

6 Mar 20

Further information contact: 203-431-2774

Ridgefield public safety agencies, the Ridgefield School system, and the State of Connecticut’s Governor’s office continue to coordinate efforts to prevent the potential local spread of the COVID-19 virus in the State.   

As explained in my previous update, the best way to prevent the spread of the COIV-19 virus and all other respiratory diseases include:

  • Avoiding close contact with people who are sick
  • Avoid touching yours eyes, nose and mouth
  • Stay home when you are sick
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissues and then throw the tissue in the trash
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using regular household cleaning products or sprays including cellphones, keyboards, and computer mice
  • Wash your hands frequently for at least 20 seconds and if soap and water are not available, use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.

The Town is installing hand sanitizer stations at the entrances of our public buildings for the public to use on the way in to our facilities to help reduce the spread of germs.  We have also put sanitizers near all computers that the public have access to, and instruct them to sanitize prior to and after using our computers. We have increased the cleaning and sanitizing of all public building hand rails, public counters and all frequently used public areas and Town offices.  Our Public Safety personnel are following CDC guidelines for how to protect themselves and you during this time as well.

We ask residents who have traveled to any CDC Level 3 or Level 4 countries to follow the CDC recommendations for quarantines.  In addition, we ask that all residents traveling to keep a watchful eye on the travel advisories and information provided from the CDC before traveling and when returning to our area.  You may find travel information at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/index.html

In addition, the Town’s health department has added several links for those seeking guidance on this issue on the Town’s site at http://www.ridgefieldct.org/health

You can find Governor Lamont’s most recent press release in regards to the COVID-19 virus at https://portal.ct.gov/Office-of-the-Governor/News/Press-Releases/2020/03-2020/Governor-Lamont-Urges-Connecticut-Residents-to-Follow-Ongoing-Travel-Guidance-From-CDC

Both the CDC and WHO (world health organization) have extensive information about this virus and their recommendations.  As the information is rapidly developing and changing, we always suggest you review their guidelines and public information for the most up-to-date info.  https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html    - CDC Link

https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019  - The WHO link