Coronavirus impact on Norwalk: here’s what you need to know today
NORWALK — Coronavirus cases continue to rise in Norwalk. There are now over 75 confirmed cases in the city. In Fairfield County, the number of new positive cases went from 546 to 607.
As the weather warms up, city officials urge residents to stay indoors and to practice social distancing if they use public beaches and parks.
Wheels2U suspends service
Beginning on Monday, March 23rd, the Norwalk Transit District suspended all operations for the Wheels 2 U service in light of the COVID-19 public health emergency.
“The health and safety of our riders and bus drivers have been our top priority from day one, and at this time, it is best to place the service on hold,” said the Norwalk Transit District on their website about the suspension. “We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this may cause, and we plan to resume service as soon as possible.”
Businesses enforce social distancing guidelines
While non-essential businesses closed on Monday, stores considered “essential” such as grocery stores and pharmacies remain open. The Norwalk Health Department is urging businesses to follow health guidelines and protocols during this pandemic. City officials have been communicating with retail businesses in Norwalk to stress the importance of social distancing.
Mayor Harry Rilling said that as a result, a majority of stores have implemented changes to enforce social distancing. Many remaining stores in business in Norwalk are now opening every-other register, putting down tape or other optic cues for distancing six feet, and installing additional signage.
The city is also asking “essential” employees not to report to work if they’re ill and asks employers to not require employees to come to work under these conditions.
City officials also stress the importance of physical distancing at the work place. That means not congregating in shared spaces, like conference rooms and break rooms, and remaining six feet apart.
Norwalk Mutual Aid looks to assist those in need
In a time of social distancing, a group of Norwalk residents have come together on the internet to lift up their local community during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Norwalk Mutual Aid is looking to make it easier for neighbors to help each other in uncertain and rocky times. The group was founded by Lauren Mallet, a Norwalk resident working in healthcare, in response to immense hardships beginning to fall on the community, particularly vulnerable folks, such as the elderly or immuno-compromised.
Norwalk Mutual Aid privately accepts requests for assistance and connects folks to local offerings in the community, be it donated goods or a volunteer. The group can connect people to emotional wellbeing support, access to basic necessities and food items, prescription pick-ups as well as providing connections to professionals who can answer health questions. Volunteers can put forth whatever resources they’re able to offer, by either signing up on an intake form or by calling the hotline.
To join Norwalk Mutual Aid, visit www.facebook.com/groups/norwalkmutualaid. To find out how you can submit a need or offer to meet someone’s needs you can visit the group’s Facebook page, email email@example.com or call the private hotline for CT Mutual Aid (224)-334-3233.