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Norwalk’s small businesses work to adapt, give back during pandemic

No one on the street, Saturday in SoNo. (Kelly Kultys)

NORWALK, Conn. — On Monday, March 16, the instructors at Work It Fitness on Main Street started their day thinking they would have a full slate of classes.

“We found out about 10:35 that morning…that all gyms (and studios) had to be closed by 8 p.m. that night,” owner Michelle Abbruzzese said. “We had one class that was scheduled from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., so we did that one and then we had to cancel the last one that took place from 7:45 to 9 p.m.”

That’s how quickly the world changed for small businesses across Norwalk, from restaurants to dance studios. As the state government tried to slow the spread of COVID-19, businesses have had to close, move things online, and provide food only through delivery and takeout. Continue reading Norwalk’s small businesses work to adapt, give back during pandemic

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Norwalk veterinary hospitals institute COVID-19 protocols

Vet tech Tom Brown picks up a feline patient, Thursday in the parking lot at Norwalk Animal Hospital. (Paul Lanning)

NORWALK, Conn. —Many owners consider a trip to the vet among the more stressful events in their pets’ lives. Indeed, the waiting room is often filled with dogs trying to burrow themselves into their owners’ laps and cats meowing miserably inside their carriers. But along with the coronavirus pandemic have come new protocols not only for us, but for our four-legged family members as well. In the interest of health and safety, they now must go it alone.

Owners pull up in the parking lot and hand over their pets to animal hospital staff, after calling in to announce their arrival. They’re not allowed in the building, generally.   Continue reading Norwalk veterinary hospitals institute COVID-19 protocols

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Stamford surpasses Norwalk as #1 in CT COVID-19 cases

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NORWALK, Conn. — Norwalk is no longer leading the state in COVID-19 positive tests, according to State documents. Stamford now has 401, while Norwalk is listed as having 302.

Stamford added 244 positive cases on Tuesday, more than doubling its total. The Stamford Advocate reports that Stamford received a large volume of test results at once. Continue reading Stamford surpasses Norwalk as #1 in CT COVID-19 cases

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COVID-19: Younger people also suffer, anxiety at Norwalk Hospital

A chart from Norwalk Mayor Harry Rilling’s Monday update.

NORWALK, Conn. — Norwalk is highlighting the ages of residents testing positive for COVID-19, showing that nine people who are less than 20 years old have or have had the disease. The state’s list of fatalities on Monday showed that a Connecticut resident in his or her 30s has just died from COVID-19.

Other aspects of today’s COVID-19 update:

  • Why is Norwalk number one in Connecticut infections?
  • Norwalk Hospital ‘thin’
  • Disaster zone declaration means 75 percent reimbursement from feds
  • Feds will cover National Guard expense

Continue reading COVID-19: Younger people also suffer, anxiety at Norwalk Hospital

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NPS: No one involved in food prep has tested positive for COVID-19

Jefferson Elementary School, one of 10 meal distribution sites, on Monday. (Claire Schoen)

Updated, 9:18 p.m.: Comment from Mayor Harry Rilling.

NORWALK, Conn. — Rumors continue to allege that Norwalk Public Schools changed its food delivery system because workers contracted COVID-19.

Norwalk Public Schools Communications Director Brenda Wilcox Williams denied that but states that a Chartwells worker noticed possible symptoms on Saturday and immediately reported them to a supervisor and the district.

“The person has not yet been tested and so we don’t have results, but out of an abundance of caution, anyone who may have been working with this individual was asked to remain home,” Wilcox Williams wrote. Continue reading NPS: No one involved in food prep has tested positive for COVID-19

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COVID-19 cases soaring, state, hospitals, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers reviewing CT sites for overflow patients

Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, which has 300,000 square feet in the casinos alone, is being considered as site for overflow COVID-19 patients and health care staff. (Mohegan Sun)

The spread of coronavirus continued to accelerate in Connecticut Monday with an additional 578 confirmed COVID-19 cases reported in just 24 hours, another 113 people hospitalized and the death toll now listed at 36.

“We’re running like hell and the virus is right behind us,” Gov. Ned Lamont said at his afternoon news briefing about Connecticut’s effort to deal with the surging impact of the pandemic in this state. Continue reading COVID-19 cases soaring, state, hospitals, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers reviewing CT sites for overflow patients

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Norwalk Council President reflects on ‘big adjustment,’ urges ‘physical distancing’

Common Council President Barbara Smyth (D-At Large) attends a Committee meeting, December in City Hall.

NORWALK, Conn. — Norwalk City Hall closed to the public, suddenly and unexpectedly, on March 16 but Common Council members are being informed about activities as the coronavirus crisis spurs constant change, Council President Barbara Smyth said.

Smyth, Council President, also teaches Norwalk High School sophomores. Her three children are all young adults now. So how is she faring with the COVID-19 pandemic? What’s her opinion about City government under this crisis? Continue reading Norwalk Council President reflects on ‘big adjustment,’ urges ‘physical distancing’

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NPS drops school bus food delivery, families must pick up meals

Norwalk Public Schools is “postponing” further meal deliveries via school bus beginning Monday, it said in an announcement made at 5 p.m. Sunday.

NORWALK, Conn. — School bus meal delivery to bus stops, as well as door-to-door meal deliveries for Special Education students, has abruptly been suspended.

“As Norwalk enters what we believe could be the peak phase of the COVID-19 coronavirus spread, Norwalk Public Schools will need to take the difficult step of modifying our food distribution model,” NPS said in a Sunday announcement. Families will instead have to pick up meals at one of 10 food centers, from noon to 2 p.m., Monday through Friday.  Continue reading NPS drops school bus food delivery, families must pick up meals

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City, nonprofits discuss ways to address new needs from coronavirus

Norwalk Chief of Social Services Lamond Daniels, right, answers questions about the City’s preparedness to deal with a possible coronavirus pandemic, Feb. 27 in City Hall.

NORWALK, Conn. — City departments, local nonprofits, and other social services agencies have been getting together at least weekly to address the growing needs from the community as the coronavirus continues to impact the area.

Norwalk Director of Health Deanna D’Amore told dozens of service providers who gathered on a conference call on Friday morning that we’re still in the “acceleration phase” of COVID-19.

She wanted to warn the providers that recent information from the CDC and Connecticut Department of Health showed that there could be multiple phases of this virus. Continue reading City, nonprofits discuss ways to address new needs from coronavirus

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Norwalk Republican’s bid for State Rep ends due to COVID-19 economic impact

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The 2020 election is scheduled for Nov. 3.

NORWALK, Conn. — Irina Comer, with a “tremendously heavy heart,” announced Sunday that she is ending her campaign to be State Representative for the 142nd District. She is leaving Connecticut, she said.

Comer would have faced State Rep. Fred Wilms in a primary for the Republican endorsement. The winner would have sought to unseat Democratic State Rep. Lucy Dathan, who took the seat from Wilms in the 2018 election.

Comer blamed the current economic conditions for her sudden withdrawal. In a letter to supporters, she wrote: Continue reading Norwalk Republican’s bid for State Rep ends due to COVID-19 economic impact

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