The Works: Thursday, February 4, 2021

A weekly newsletter released by the City of Stamford on Thursdays.

Believe me: I grew up in Kansas City and I would love to see them win another Super Bowl, but more than that I want to see our residents stay safe by staying home and avoiding further spread of the COVID-19 virus.”

 

David Martin

Mayor of Stamford

City of Stamford


What’s in this newsletter?

  1. From the Mayor’s Office: Announcements from Mayor David Martin.

COVID-19 Updates: Latest case numbers and how to get vaccinated.

  1. Community: Information affecting residents in Stamford.
    • Information from the State of Connecticut affecting residents in Stamford.
  2. Services & Schools: Updates to City services and Stamford Public Schools.
  3. Events & Meetings: Upcoming events or legislative meetings in Stamford.

The content of this newsletter is compiled by the City of Stamford and relies on information provided by City staff, state elected officials, local organizations, health professionals, and members of the community. If you have information that should be included in this newsletter — or believe some information is incorrect — please contact the City’s Communications Assistant Arthur Augustyn using this form.


From the Mayor’s Office:

  • Mayor David Martin released a statement advising residents do not gather for the Super Bowl this weekend.
    • “We know COVID-19 spreads when people choose to attend large gatherings like those from over the holiday or potentially this weekend for the Super Bowl. The advice is the same: don’t gather. Stay in your household. If you must go outside wear a mask, socially distance, and wash your hands. Believe me: I grew up in Kansas City and I would love to see them win another Super Bowl, but more than that I want to see our residents stay safe by staying home and avoid spreading the COVID-19 virus.”
  • Mayor David Martin announced the City of Stamford has transitioned its Office of Public Safety’s radio communications to the State-managed Connecticut Land Mobile Radio Network (CLMRN).
    • This transition will not only increase the City’s public safety emergency coordination with other state and municipal public safety agencies, it will also save the City close to $300,000 every year.
  • The City of Stamford would like your input to inform the city’s long-term planning and gauge satisfaction with key city services. Please help us learn more by answering this 5-minute survey and sharing it with your friends and family. This survey will be available until Friday, February 5.
    • Click here to take the survey in English or here for Spanish.
  • Mayor Martin hosted a COVID-19 Update Livestream on Tuesday.
    • A recording of this livestream is available on Facebook.
    • The presentation used in this livestream is available here.
    • Mayor Martin will host another COVID-19 Update Livestream on Tuesday, February 9.

COVID-19 Updates

Case Numbers

  • Today — February 4 — Stamford has 11,971 confirmed cases. Last week — January 28 — Stamford had 11,638 confirmed cases. These numbers suggest Stamford has had 333 new cases in the past week, roughly 47 new cases per day on average. The City of Stamford has compiled a visualization of data up to February 2.

Vaccine rollout

  • More info on how to get vaccinated by CHC
  • Want to sign up for a vaccination? There are multiple ways to get an appointment:
    • Stamford Health’s website: http://stamfordhealth.org/covid19vaccine
      • Residents can also call Stamford Health’s assistance line at 203.276.7300.
    • The State Department of Public Health Vaccine Administration Management System (VAMS): https://dphsubmissions.ct.gov/OnlineVaccine.
      • Residents can also call the State’s Vaccine Appointment Assist Line at 877.918.2224. Please note the State has invested more resources into this assist line and wait times have been reported as low as 3 to 5 minutes.
    • Vaccinations are available at Stamford Hospital and Community Health Centers’ drive-through COVID-19 Mass Vaccination Clinic in the parking lot of Lord & Taylor (110 High Ridge Road). Residents can signup for their appointment at either location using the methods listed above.
  • As of today, the State of Connecticut is in Phase 1b of its vaccination rollout. This phase includes:
    • Healthcare personnel,
    • Long-term care facility residents,
    • Medical first responders,
    • Individuals 75 and older,
    • Residents and staff of select congregate settings.
    • See a complete list with details on the State of Connecticut’s website.

Other resources

Stamford testing sites:

  • CIC Health. 845 Canal Street. Open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 7:45 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Appointments are recommended, but some walk-ins are accepted. Schedule an appointment online.
  • Community Health Center. Cove Island Park and Scalzi Park. Open every day, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Testing is first come, first serve.
  • Family Centers. 60 Palmer’s Hill Road. Open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Pre-register online or walk in with no appointment.
  • Optimus Healthcare. 805 Atlantic Street. Open Monday through Friday, 8:15 a.m. to 12 p.m.; 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Testing is first come, first serve.
  • DOCS Urgent Care. 2001 West Main Street. Open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Open Saturday and Sunday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Schedule an appointment online or call 203.658.8291.
  • Stamford Hospital. Operated by Stamford Health. Open Monday through Saturday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Schedule an appointment by calling 203.276.3300. Must have a doctor’s order faxed.
  • Tully Health Center. Operated by Stamford Health. Open Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Schedule an appointment by calling 203.276.3300. Must have a doctor’s order faxed.
  • AFC Urgent Care. 3000 Summer Street. Open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Open Saturday and Sunday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Testing is first come, first serve.
  • Sema4. Located in Stamford High School’s Hillandale Avenue parking lot every Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Monday through Friday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
  • CVS Health. 1938 W Main Street, 229 Hope Street and 969 High Ridge Road. Drive-thru testing. Schedule an appointment online.
  • Additional testing availability:
    • Accessible Pharmacy offers in-home testing for blind, low vision, elderly, veteran, and disabled residents. Schedule an appointment online or call 215.799.9900.
  • More information on testing in Stamford available here.

Community

  • Community Health Center’s drive-through COVID-19 Mass Vaccination Clinic in Stamford is NOW OPEN — with the Pfizer vaccine being administered — in the parking lot of Lord & Taylor, 110 High Ridge Road in Stamford.
    • Operating hours are Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Vaccinations are by appointment only to eligible individuals scheduled through Connecticut’s 211 system.
    • To schedule an appointment, please call Connecticut’s 211 system at 877.918.2224 or 211.
      • The phone line is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and will offer a call-back option if all contact specialists are busy serving other callers. The team will aim to return calls as soon as possible, with the goal of same-day response. Please do not call CHC to book an appointment.
      • When you schedule through 211, you will schedule your second dose appointment at the same time you schedule your first dose.
    • When arriving for a vaccine appointment, please enter through the Lord and Taylor Parking lot on Long Ridge Road.
  • Stamford’s Board of Representatives approved the following resolutions at its regular meeting on February 1, 2021:
    • Resolution No. 4083 with respect to the Authorization, Issuance and Sale of Not Exceeding $50,000,000 City of Stamford General Obligation Refunding Bonds.
    • Resolution No. 4084 Approving the Sale of Property Located at 0 West Park Place (aka 66 West Park Place & Park Square West III), Stamford Connecticut by the City of Stamford Urban Redevelopment Commission to Tullamore LLC.
    • Resolution No. 4085 Creating a South End Historic District Study Committee.
  • Employers in Stamford can now schedule vaccine appointments for themselves and their staff.
    • The State of Connecticut has provided a resource with more information on how to schedule an appointment through the online Vaccine Administration Management System (VAMS).
    • VAMS will verify your registration and then follow up with important scheduling information.

State

  • Governor Ned Lamont announced his administration will be delivering an additional $40 million to Connecticut’s acute care hospitals to support their ongoing work responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.
    • Read the full release here.
  • Governor Ned Lamont announced the State of Connecticut is launching a competitive grant program that will provide reimbursements to nonprofit organizations throughout the state for the costs associated with implementing needed security infrastructure improvements at their facilities.
    • A total of $5 million has been allocated for the program, and each eligible nonprofit is able to receive a maximum of $50,000 per site.
    • Applications are now being accepted, with the first part due to the state by March 12 and the second part due by March 19, 2021. Applications will be ranked and awarded based on the demonstrated need for security improvements.
    • Click here to apply.
  • Governor Ned Lamont announced the launch of new services at the Connecticut Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) that will enable residents to renew their driver’s licenses and non-driver ID cards online without having to visit an office in-person.
    • Eligible residents will receive an invitation by postal mail or email to complete their transaction online and make an electronic payment via credit or debit card.
    • Upon successful completion of the online renewal, the license or non-driver ID will be received by mail within 20 days.

Services & Schools

Services

  • Stamford’s Christmas Tree Pickup is ongoing. Residents are asked to keep their Christmas Trees curbside for City crews to pick up.
    • City crews performing Christmas Tree Pickup also perform snow removal. Christmas Tree Pickup has been delayed due to the Winter Storm on Monday & Tuesday earlier this week.
  • Garbage and Recycling Pickup have been delayed one day due to the Winter Storm on Monday.
    • Monday pickup was performed early Monday-morning, if your pickup was missed please report it to Fix It Stamford by visiting www.stamfordct.gov/FixIt.
    • Tuesday pickup was performed Wednesday.
    • Wednesday pickup was performed Thursday (today).
    • Thursday pickup will be performed on Friday.
    • Friday pickup will be performed on Saturday.

Schools

  • Superintendent Dr. Tamu Lucero released her weekly message to the district on Friday.
  • Stamford Public Schools announced Stamford High School earned the College Board AP Computer Science Female Diversity Award for achieving high female representation in Advanced Placement (AP) Computer Science Principles.

Events & Meetings

Events

  • Stamford Downtown and Stamford Tables present 2021 Winter Restaurant Weeks, begins Monday, February 15 and continues through Sunday, February 28.
    • Participating restaurants, menus and details can be found here.
  • Board of Assessment appeal hearings for the 2020 Grand List and the 2019 Motor Vehicle Supplemental List will be conducted remotely in March 2021.
    • Applications will be accepted if filed and received by the Assessor’s office by February 19 at 4:30 p.m.
    • All supporting documents must be submitted to the Assessor’s office by February 26 at 4:30 p.m.
    • Click here for more information.
  • Concordia Conservatory’s Unique Series will debut for elementary-age audiences with concerts on Saturday, February 6 at 11:00 a.m. broadcast for home viewing from Concordia Conservatory Stamford. 
    • Unique Series concert tickets are $10.
    • Broadcast links may be purchased here at concordiaconservatory.org or by calling 203-595-5059 or 914-395-4507.
  • The City of Stamford will host a COVID-19 Update Livestream on Tuesday, February 9 at 6 p.m.
    • More details will be available here.
    • Send questions to AskMayorMartin@stamfordct.gov
    • Stamford’s COVID-19 Situation Update Livestream is hosted every Tuesday at 6 p.m. Residents can visit this link to see the livestream or archives of previous livestreams. The livestream is also accessible on the City of Stamford’s Facebook page.
  • Stamford Downtown is accepting proposals for its upcoming outdoor art exhibit, the Piano Project, Art in Public Places in Stamford Downtown.
    • The Piano Project is an interactive exhibit that will bring both art and music to the streets of Stamford Downtown. Artists, through a juried selection process, will paint and decorate upright pianos that will be on display all summer for the public to interact and play.
    • Application deadline is Friday, February 16, 2021.

Municipal meetings

  • Stamford’s Board of Representatives next regularly scheduled meeting will be on Monday, March 1 at 8 p.m.
  • Stamford’s Board of Finance next regularly scheduled meeting will be on Thursday, February 11 at 7 p.m.
  • Stamford’s Board of Education next regularly scheduled meeting will be on Tuesday, February 25 at 7 p.m.

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