Hamden Coronavirus Information Center
Information about the Coronavirus, also known as COVID-19 is rapidly changing from day to day. The Town of Hamden will update this page as new and relevant information becomes available.
The Coronavirus Disease 2019 or COVID-19 (formerly referred to as 2019 Novel Coronavirus or 2019-nCoV) is a new respiratory virus that was first identified in Wuhan, China in December of 2019. As of March 20, 2020, there are 197 confirmed and presumptive positive cases of COVID-19 in Connecticut residents (according to https://portal.ct.gov/coronavirus).
This situation is evolving rapidly and changes day to day. The Town of Hamden will be providing additional information on cases as it is received from the Connecticut Department of Public Health.
What You Need to Know:
- All non-essential Town buildings and departments are currently closed to the public. Some departments are functioning in limited capacities through phone and email. Virtual Town services are being organized and will be made available to the public as soon as possible. A full list of virtual services will be posted when made available.
- All Hamden Playgrounds, Playscapes and Jungle Gyms are temporarily closed. All Town Parks and trails are open for those wishing to enjoy nature but are also willing to follow social distancing techniques.
- Hamden Public Schools, Adult Education, and before/after school care programs are closed until further notice.
- All Hamden Libraries are closed until further notice. Fines are currently suspended - you may disregard any overdue notices you receive, any items having a due date of March 1st or later are now due May 1st instead. Digital downloads of movies and books are available on the Miller Library website but one must register for a library card first (unless you already have one). Register for a Hamden Library Card now to begin downloading media from the Hamden Library Website. @(Model.BulletStyle == CivicPlus.Entities.Modules.Layout.Enums.BulletStyle.Decimal ? "ol" : "ul")>
- Monday, March 9th: Mayor Curt Balzano Leng officially assigned Fire Chief and Director of Emergency Management, Gary Merwede, as the main Town "point-person" and in collecting and distributing info and ensuring preparedness activities were being handled in accordance to local response to COVID-19. All Town buildings were sanitized in accordance to standards set by the Quinnipiac Valley Health District in response to COVID-19 health guidelines.
- Tuesday, March 10th: CT Governor, Ned Lamont, declared a public health emergency and a civil preparedness emergency for the State of Connecticut, pursuant to Connecticut General Statutes Sections 19a-131 and 28-9, in response to the global pandemic of COVID-19 disease associated with a novel coronavirus. (Read the official press release from Governor Lamont's Office)
- Tuesday, March 10th: The Town of Hamden set limitations on large group gatherings of 100 people to reduce the risk of exposure for all, in accordance with State recommended limitations and actions.
- Wednesday, March 11th: The World Health Organization pronounces COVID-19 to be a global pandemic. (Read the official state from WHO about pronouncing COVID-19 a pandemic)
- Thursday, March 12th: Mayor Curt Balzano Leng suspended all public meetings, gatherings, and events until further notice, including Board and Commission meetings (which may teleconference if they wish to). Elected bodies like Legislative Council, School Building Committee and Board of Education make their own decisions on the proceedings of their scheduled meetings. (Read the press release here: Hamden Suspending Group Gatherings...)
- Friday, March 13th: all non-essential Town municipal buildings and departments were closed. The Tax office, Elderly Services and after-school programming at Keefe Center remained operational in limited capacities. (Read the press release here: Town of Hamden Closing Town Facilities and Departments...)
- Sunday, March 15th: Mayor Curt Balzano Leng issues a Formal Prevention Proclamation and Advisory in which (1.) All Town- scheduled public meetings, gatherings and events be suspended until further notice, (2.) Non-essential Town offices remain closed and begin to function with bare-minimum staffing, (3.) Ensure Elderly Services still continues to deliver food to residences in need, make outreach calls, and provide assistance and information to residents in need via phone and non-contact manners, (4.) All Town employee out-of-state business travel is banned, (5.) All Town before/after school programming at Keefe Center and any other Town buildings be cancelled - to likely resume when the Hamden Public Schools activities schedule resumes at the appropriate time, (6.) All sports, recreation, and league activity be postponed, (7.) All playgrounds and playscapes be closed while keeping open all Town parks for all willing to follow necessary social distancing techniques. (Read the officical Proclamation here: Hamden Expands Town Response to Coronavirus...)
- Monday, March 16th: (1.) Mayor Curt Balzano Leng declared an Official Public Emergency for the Town of Hamden (Read the Official Public Emergency Declaration for the Town of Hamden), (2.) All Town municipal buildings and departments were ordered to close to the public for a minimum of two weeks as to discourage the spread of COVID-19. This includes all Town and Board of Education offices including Government Center, Memorial Town Hall, the Senior Center, Miller and Branch Libraries, Keefe Center and all other non-essential Town offices. For services offered at Town Hall, most Hamden employees can currently be reached by official Town phone or email (see Town Employee Directory for contact info). Hamden Public Schools, Adult Education, and before/after school care programs are closed (Read the official press release here: Hamden Closes all Non-Public Safety/First-Responder Buildings...), (3.) Mayor Curt Balzano Leng issued an emergency order to close all childcare centers in Hamden providing child-care services for more than 12 children. (Read the official press release here: Emergency Order Issued Regarding Child Care Centers)
- Thursday, March 19th: Mayor Curt Balzano Leng issues a second Emergency Order prohibiting all gatherings of more than 10 people for recreational activities including sports, parades, concerts, festivals, movie screenings, plays, performances, conventions and similar activities. (Read the official Emergency Order here: Hamden, Hartford, New Haven and Bridgeport PDF)
- Saturday, March 21st: Mayor Curt Balzano Leng issues a third Emergency Order (1.) officially closing all Hamden playgrounds and playscapes, (2.) officially closing the Hamden Dog Park, (3.) restating that all Hamden Open Green Spaces and Town recreational courts (basketball, baseball, soccer, football, field hockey, lacrosse, etc.) remain open as long as visitors continue to follow strict social distancing protocols. (Read the official Emergency Order here: Emergency Order Regarding Parks, Playgrounds...) @(Model.BulletStyle == CivicPlus.Entities.Modules.Layout.Enums.BulletStyle.Decimal ? "ol" : "ul")>
Downloadable, PDF versions Town of Hamden Coronavirus Press Releases and Emergency Orders here:
- Find Emergency Resources in the Greater New Haven Area: Housing, Food, Medical, etc.
- Will Emergency Services still be available while Town departments are closed?
- Which Hamden Restaurants are providing Delivery or Take Out?
- Where can I find a list of official Hamden Social Media Links?
- Where can I find downloadable, informational flyers and media about COVID-19?
- Where can I find Free Meals for my child while schools are closed?
Additional COVID-19 Resources
Use these links to find additional resources on COVID-19:
Hamden Community Bell Ringing: Every Night at 8pm
Isolation can be hard, but none of us are alone in this fight to keep our loved ones safe. Inspired by our friends in Windsor Locks, we invite you to grab a bell or a chime and step outside your front door every night between 8:00-8:02 pm and ring out a joyful noise as “a reminder that even though we can’t be together, we are by no means alone” says Mayor Curt Leng.
Hamden Police Storytelling
7:30pm via Faceook Live: https://www.facebook.com/hamdenpd
Join the Hamden Police as they read children's books aloud every night at 7:30pm via their Facebook Live. Follow the Hamden Police Department at https://www.facebook.com/hamdenpd to get notifications as to when they go live to read and also to suggest the next story that is read every night! Curl up on the couch, on the floor, or under a blanket and enjoy a good children's book with the Hamden Police!