It’s been almost 3 months since we began taking preventive measures to address the spread of COVID-19 — but it has felt like a lifetime. In that lifetime, we’ve learned a lot about this virus. We’ve met some of its challenges and we will continue working at full speed until we conquer, or at least tame it.
Today, though, I want to share some of what the past few months have taught me about the resiliency and character of both our city workforce and the Stamford community.
Our employees have responded to this public health emergency faster than any other city in Connecticut:
- In early March, we took our first steps to protect our employees and citizens by installing hand sanitizer stations in our City buildings, and requiring everyone entering our buildings to use them.
- We opened our first testing site at Cummings Beach (we’ve since relocated that site to Stamford High School)
- We were the first City to provide testing to all first responders and nursing home residents and staff. We are the only City I know of to deploy Health Department personnel to target apartment buildings reporting a high number of cases and provide for testing of all tenants.
- We have provided tens of thousands of protective masks to Stamford residents at mask giveaways sites throughout the city – organized and staffed by our police, fire and emergency management personnel.
I want to applaud you and thank you for your patience, cooperation, assistance, perseverance and generosity. Volunteers have telephoned close to 7,000 senior citizens and made necessary referrals to social service providers. You have volunteered to help purchase, package and deliver food. You have made masks and donated money, goods, or time to those in need. You are at the heart of any success we’ve had addressing this virus.
While we are at the beginning of reopening our City, we are not at the end of the health concerns created by this virus. For the foreseeable future, social distancing measures must stay in place. We do not want to diminish the risk of this virus at the cost of the health of our loved ones. I am confident Stamford’s community will come through this stronger and better than ever. I’ve never been more honored to serve as your Mayor.
Thank you, stay safe, and stay well.
Mayor David Martin