By Cathy Iino, First Selectman, Killingworth.
Pandemic: Along with over 70 other towns in the state, Killingworth is back in the COVID red zone: from August 1 to August 14, we had new infections at a rate of over 15 per 100,000. From August 8 to August 14, we had 10 new confirmed cases in town. Sadly, COVID is not behind us.
With the evolving pandemic, the evolving scientific understanding of the pandemic, and the variations in rates within the state, it’s hard to know which protocols to follow. Our health department recommendations:
- Wear a mask in indoor public spaces, whether or not you are vaccinated.
- Avoid large indoor gatherings.
- If you have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID and are fully vaccinated, get tested 3-5 days after the contact. If you are not vaccinated, quarantine at home and follow CDC guidance .
- Get vaccinated if you haven’t already.
- Get a booster if you are immunocompromised.
It takes a village to protect a village. The health of the whole community depends on each of us.
It looks like we should all be ready for extended power outages starting Sunday. Be prepared to shelter in place, with food, water, medications, and other supplies for at least three days. Much more information on preparedness at CTPrepares
. A CTPrepares mobile app can be downloaded for free from the Apple App Store
(for iPhones) or the Google Play Store
(for Android devices).
If a tree comes down in power lines, or if power lines are down for any reason, call 911. Do not go near downed wires or attempt to remove tree limbs from them.
To report a blocked road without power lines involved, call the state police (860-663-1132) or the Selectmen’s Office (860-663-1765, x501) and leave a message, giving the location of the blockage as closely as you can.
If we have widespread, extended power outages, we will open a shelter at the HK Middle/Intermediate School for showers and charging of devices.
Please be sure you are signed up for “Reverse 911” emergency calls. You can sign up here
. You can enter more than one phone number, including land lines and l mobile phones, and email addresses.
If you use a generator, be sure that it is outdoors and is not venting into your home.
Stay safe and carry on. And check on your neighbors to make sure they are okay.