Norwalk, CT – City officials are working closely with partners at the state and federal levels, as well as partners in Norwalk, to monitor and respond to COVID-19, the 2019 novel Coronavirus. Statewide updates can be found online at ct.gov/coronavirus. Mayor Rilling provided the following Norwalk-area specific updates regarding COVID-19 coronavirus as of 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 13, 2020:
- Since yesterday, there are 28 new positive cases in Norwalk, bringing the total positive reported cases to 1,868. There were also three new deaths reported. Now, a total of 109 residents have died from coronavirus.
- The City has received inquiries about parking at Calf Pasture Beach during the Phase One reopening on May 20. There will be approximately 500 parking spots available to residents in the main lots. Nonresident parking will be restricted to outside the park at Taylor Farm to 50 vehicles. Nonresidents who park in the main lot will be ticketed and towed.
- With social distancing and shelter-in-place orders, there is an increased risk of domestic violence or situations that may exacerbate an already abusive relationship. The Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence has created CT Safe Connect, which is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Visit ctsafeconnect.com for more information and resources.
- This week is National Peace Officers Memorial Week, a time to honor the memory of the men and women who have been killed in the line of duty. This year, the Norwalk Police Department will be holding its Annual Police Memorial virtually on Thursday, May 14, at 11 a.m. The event will be broadcast on the NPD Facebook page.
- Governor Lamont issued Executive Order 7MM yesterday to facilitate the reopening of restaurants with outdoor dining. The order allows municipalities to expedite zoning rules and ordinances. The process for Norwalk businesses to apply for outdoor dining permits will be released in the coming days and will be posted at norwalkct.org/covid19businessresources.
- The Connecticut Food Bank will be in Norwalk tomorrow, May 14, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to distribute food at Veteran’s Park. One-way traffic will be enforced to allow cars to queue inside the park. Volunteers will place food directly in a person’s trunk – please do not get out of the vehicle. This event is open to all – not just Norwalk residents. No walk-ups permitted.
“It is tragic that residents continue to die from this virus. These are members of our community we have lost too soon, and their families are grieving. I wish their loved ones strength during these sad times. I ask us all to remember those who have been affected by the virus and continue to take necessary precautions and follow all guidelines,” Mayor Rilling said. “I am pleased the Connecticut Food Bank will be in Norwalk tomorrow. We know food insecurity is real, and the need in our community has greatly increased over the last two months. I am thankful to the volunteers who will help distribute the food and I look forward to being there to lend a helping hand. We expect a large turnout of vehicles and I ask the public to be patient and kind as we work to distribute food as quickly and efficiently as we can.”
Members of the public are encouraged to sign-up for the City’s CodeRED Emergency Alert Notification System at norwalkct.org/codered. Updates on City services, hours, and community resources will be routinely published at norwalkct.org/citynews. The latest health updates can be found at norwalkct.org/coronavirus.