What You Need to Know About Coronavirus in Connecticut and What You Can Do to Help the Valley Respond
Concerns about COVID-19 in Connecticut are growing and we want to be a resource so you can care for yourself and others.
Answers to many of the questions people have can be found by visiting the Connecticut’s Coronavirus information website at ct.gov/coronavirus.
Note: 2-1-1 and 211ct.org are available 24 hours a day, with multilingual assistance and TDD/TTY access for those with a hearing impairment is also available. People who have further questions about Coronavirus can call 2-1-1 or text “CTCOVID” to 898211. This information hotline is only intended for individuals who are not experiencing symptoms but may have general questions related to COVID-19. Anyone experiencing symptoms is strongly urged to contact their medical provider to seek treatment.
How To Donate
Coronavirus is already beginning to devastate many Americans, health-wise and financially. Support local efforts to help our neighbors during this unprecedented time.
In response to COVID-19, Valley United Way, Valley Community Foundation, Greater Valley Chamber of Commerce, and Valley Council for Health & Human Services have come together to establish the Valley Community COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund. All donations will go to organizations who support those in the area who are most significantly affected by the pandemic.
United Ways across the state of Connecticut are joining forces to respond to the economic consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic. Together, they have created the Connecticut United Ways COVID-19 Response Fund. The Fund is being coordinated with philanthropic efforts statewide. It will rapidly deploy financial resources to individuals and families economically affected by the pandemic, including those who are out of work or have reduced work hours.
In the coming days, the Fund will prioritize and qualify those who will be eligible for assistance. The Fund is launching with $100,000 in support from the Aetna Foundation.
Online Food Drive:
To help our 5 Valley food banks keep their shelves stocked we’ve created an online food drive. All purchases will go directly to the food banks which serve vulnerable individuals in our communities
State Rep. Kara Rochelle has partnered with TEAM inc. to recruit volunteers for several local nonprofits in the lower Naugatuck Valley while families and businesses have been affected by the COVID-19 outbreak.
If you are interested in statewide needs, please follow this link. Current COVID-19 public health emergency is creating a labor crisis for health care facilities and nonprofits across the state that serve vulnerable people on the frontlines. Volunteers who provide labor on a regular basis at many of these agencies are at risk for COVID-19 and thus are not able to contribute. At the same time, hospitals, health care facilities and frontline nonprofits (particularly food banks and pantries, meal delivery services, and homeless shelters) are seeing a marked increase in demand for their services.
Please note: You should not volunteer if you’re at risk or compromised. If you are immunocompromised, over 60, are showing symptoms of COVID-19, or live with or care for someone in any of those categories, you should avoid being in public, including for volunteer efforts. Please stay safe, stay home.
LOCAL Resources For Indivivduals
Resources For Businesses
Resources for Area Non-Profits
State and National Resources for Individuals
COVID-19 Information and Resources
- Child Care During the Corona Crisis (PDF) from the CT Office of Early Childhood.
NOTE: If you are a healthcare worker or first responder and need care for your child while you work, please call 860-756-0864.
- 2-1-1 CT’s information and updates about general information about coronavirus for Connecticut
- CDC: Stop The Spread (PDF) Detenga La Propagación De Los Microbiosayude (PDF)
- Access the most recent information and guidance from the Center for Disease and Prevention (CDC)
- The World Heath Organization (WHO) busts myths around coronavirus
- American Red Cross: Coronavirus Safety and Readiness Tips
- American Red Cross: Caring for Someone Who Is Sick
- What do Older Adults and People with Disabilities Need to Know about COVID from the Administration for Community Living
- Make your own no-sew face masks with this video from the Surgeon General
- Make sure you are properly using your mask with this CDC website
- Open Enrollment for Health Insurance until April 17th through Access Health CT
- Extra SNAP benefits for recipients and apply for SNAP on this government website.
- Free Wifi from Comcast or Free Wifi/Broadband from Spectrum to help with distance learning and working from home
- Free Tax Preparation (Online) and Extension of Filing Deadline to June 15th
- Filing for Unemployment due to the Coronavirus
- Utility Shut offs Banned by Gov. Lamont
- Disaster relief funding for small businesses and nonprofits
- Emergency Financial Assistance for Bartenders during the Coronavirus
- Emergency Fund for Freelancers affected by COVID-19
- Connecticut Hospitality Employee Relief Fund which offers grants for individuals that are part of the restaurant/food service industry
- Noggin 90 free trial from Nickelodeon’s interactive learning service for preschoolers. Brought to you by a special partnership of Nickelodeon with United Way.
- Resources from the Connecticut State Department of Education to support student learning during school closures
- Remote Learning Supplements for at home learning
- Scholastic Learn At Home. The educational publisher is providing learning experiences for PreK through grade 12
- PBS Kids: Schools Closed? How to Make a New Home Routine
- Learning Activities for Students with Disabilities: Supporting Students with Disabilities during Home Learning A Quick Guide for Parents during Spring 2020 (and COVID-19)
- Modified Lessons for Students with Disabilities via Live Binder
- Chrome Extensions for Struggling Students and Special Needs from Control Alt Achieve
Mental Health Resources
- Care for Your Coronavirus Anxiety, a project by the Shine App
- American Red Cross: Coping With The Evolving Coronavirus Situation
- Verywell Mind: How Families Can Help With Kids’ Coping Skills
- PBS Kids: How to Talk to Your Kids About Coronavirus
- Child Mind Institute: Cómo hablar con los niños sobre el coronavirus
- Free Mental Health Resources During the Coronavirus Epidemic from The Hub CT (PDF)
- CDC: Mental Health and Coping During COVID-19
- Talking With Children: Tips For Caregivers, Parents, and Teachers During Infectious Disease Outbreaks (PDF)
- Coping With Stress During Infectious Disease Outbreaks (PDF)
- Your Behavioral Health: Tips For Social Distancing, Quarantine, And Isolation During An Infectious Disease Outbreak (PDF)
Resources For Recovery
- 12 Steps.org : Listing of online 12-step meetings on various platforms.
- Al-Anon Electronic Meetings : This forum and recovery chat room for Narcotics Anonymous members features voice chat, Skype, and text chat meetings connecting people from around the world.
- Alcoholics Anonymous Online Intergroup : Listing of online meetings from AA Intergroup.
- Smart Recovery : Message board, chat room, online meetings, and online library.
- Adult Children of Alcoholics : Phone and Online Meetings
- In The Rooms : (Online Meetings) An online platform supporting a wide range of 12-step and non-12 step meetings
- Bridge Club Virtual Meetings : Meetings that are specifically focused on women and LGBTQIA+ folks who are sober or interested in sobriety.
- Refuge Recovery Online Meetings : Listing of daily online meetings
- Families Anonymous Virtual Meetings : Online meetings for parents, grandparents, siblings, spouses, significant others, other family members and friends of those with a current, suspected or former drug problem.
- Life Ring Recovery : Listing of online meetings.
- The Temper : An online publication/site that explores life through the lens of sobriety, addiction, and recovery. Includes links to resources
- My Recovery : Online 12-step meetings
- Sober Grid : A free online social networking platform for people in recovery. Available in mobile app stores
- Narcotics Anonymous : Listing of online meetings provided by NA.