The Works: Thursday, July 30, 2020

A twice-weekly newsletter released by the City of Stamford on Mondays and Thursdays.

Too often, students of color and those in low-income communities are disproportionately disadvantaged by not having access to the learning technologies they need. Today I am taking measures to close this inequitable digital divide and ensure all of our students are set up for success with remote learning.

Governor Ned Lamont

The Office of Governor Ned Lamont

Este boletín se traduce al español y se carga en nuestro sitio web un día después de la fecha de publicación.

What’s in this newsletter?

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

COVID-19 Updates: The latest information about the COVID-19 pandemic.

  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:

  • No recent updates.

COVID-19 Updates

  • Today — July 30 — Stamford has 3,349 confirmed cases and 73 probable cases. Earlier this week — July 27 — Stamford had 3,326 confirmed cases and 73 probable cases.
    • Residents can read daily updates on new cases in Stamford by visiting the State of Connecticut’s dedicated website for COVID-19 updates located here:
      • Daily updates are also provided on Channel 79 for Optimum subscribers.
  • All information about Stamford’s response to COVID-19 can be found on our website at
  • All information about Reopening Guidelines can be found on our website at
  • Residents interested in volunteer efforts to assist with the COVID-19 public health emergency can visit Stamford Together for more information at
  • Residents can click the following links to read data on reported cases in Nursing Homes or Assisted Living Facilities.

 Stamford testing sites:

  • Stamford Hospital on Bennett Medical Center Campus. Operated by Stamford Health. Open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Schedule an appointment by calling 203.276.4111.
  • Murphy Medical Associates. 30 Buxton Farms Road. Open Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday through Sunday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Call 203.658.6051 or go online to schedule an appointment.
  • DOCS Urgent Care. 2001 West Main Street. Open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Open Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Schedule an appointment online or call 203.298.4600.
  • AFC Urgent Care. 3000 Summer Street. Open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Open Saturday and Sunday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Schedule an appointment online or call 203.969.2000.
  • Optimus Health Care. 805 Atlantic Street. Open Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Schedule an appointment, call 203.327.5111.
  • Community Health Center. 22 Fifth Street. Open Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Schedule an appointment, call 203.323.8160.
  • CVS Health. 1928 W Main Street and 229 Hope Street. Drive-thru testing. Schedule an appointment online.
  • More information on testing in Stamford available here.


  • Stamford residents are reminded City playgrounds are still closed.
    • Playgrounds were closed by Mayor David Martin in March due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
    • Playgrounds are high-touch surfaces used by young children who are likely to neglect proper health guidelines. Additionally, there are a number of logistical difficulties for sanitizing outdoor playgrounds.
    • City playgrounds have signs and caution tape around them to indicate they are closed. These signs may be torn down or damaged by the weather, but the playground is still closed. Signs and tape are maintained/replaced on a regular basis.
  • Town Clerk Lyda Ruijter announced applications for “Justice(s) for Peace” are now available for citizens who are not affiliated with a major political party. Justices for Peace serve four-year terms. This upcoming term begins January 4, 2021 and ends January 6, 2025.
    •  Eligible citizens must have been registered to vote since May 1, 2020 and are either registered as unaffiliated or with a minor political party (any party other than Democrat or Republican).
    • Interested citizens can email [email protected] to receive an application form. Applications must be received between August 1 and November 1. 


  • Governor Ned Lamont announced the launch of – an online, one-stop-shop where entrepreneurs can easily find information and quickly create a checklist with everything required to start up or manage their business in Connecticut. The online service will make it easier to do business in the state, support small business owners as a partner in their success, and improve citizens’ interactions with state government.
    • Read the full release here.
  • Governor Ned Lamont announced that his administration is launching the Everybody Learns initiative: a $43.5 million investment in remote learning solutions to close the digital divide in Connecticut and empower students across the state to learn from home, especially as the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic continues impacting the country.
    • The funding will be used to purchase 50,000 laptops for students, 12 months of access to at-home internet for 60,000 students, create public hotspots free to the public at 200 community sites across the state, and offer social emotional learning content to school districts statewide.
    • Read the full release here.

From Monday’s newsletter:

  • Governor Ned Lamont announced he signed an executive order creating a rebuttable presumption workers who contracted COVID-19 in the early days of the pandemic contracted it on the job and are eligible for workers’ compensation benefits.

Services & Schools

  • No recent updates.

Events & Meetings

  • Stamford Recreation is hosting a drive-in movie night on August 22nd at the Star Recreation Center, 1170 Shippan Avenue. This event will show “Onward” at 8:30 p.m. Residents can attend for $35 per vehicle. Register here.
  • Municipal meetings: