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Local info on CoVID-19

The Town of West Hartford has created this page to assist residents and businesses in obtaining the most up to date information from your local government. We are working hard to mitigate the impact to our community and need your help in fighting the spread of the disease with everyday precautions and preparations. Our best sources for credible information are the West Hartford-Bloomfield Health District, the State of Connecticut Health Department’s COVID-19 site and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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What should I do? Depends. Are you are Healthy, Exposed or Sick?

Click on our chart, What Should I Do? and follow the steps depending on your present state: Healthy, Exposed or Sick. Have you picked a place in your home where someone can stay if they get sick with COVID-19? If a person you live with gets sick, they should stay separate from others. If possible, you should use an extra room or unused area and a separate bathroom. https://bit.ly/39Rl0Sf. Here is an information sheet on disinfecting your home. For a list of COVID-19 Testing Centers, click here.

Virtual Town Hall

To the extent possible, we are asking all residents to conduct Town business over the phone, internet or mail. There are many resources available to you through this web site. We encourage you to find forms, information sheets and phone numbers that you can use to continue your business with the Town of West Hartford. And, our Public Library offers an abundance of information with their online services at westhartfordlibrary.org.

Do you have a question? Call, Email, Text or Chat with us!

While Town Hall is closed, West Hartford Library is serving as the central communication center. Call (860) 561-6990 or (860) 561-6991, text to (860) 860-935-2898, email askalib@westhartfordlibrary.org, or live Chat with us, Monday-Friday, 9:00AM to 4:30PM, to talk to one of our knowledgeable employees who can help you find answers to your questions. Also available to you is Connecticut's info line, 2-1-1. Specialists will help you locate programs and services in the West Hartford area.

Can we reach you in an emergency?

West Hartford's Community Advisory Notification System enables us to reach you with critical information quickly. You choose where and how you will receive time-sensitive information: your home phone, cell phone, business phone, email, text messages, hearing-impaired receiving devices, and more. Click here to get started.

Community Support Team

Town of West Hartford’s Community Support Team is available for our most venerable residents during this pandemic: senior citizens, those with medical conditions, and those who lack a support system. Whether it’s a simple weekly check-in call, assistance accessing food services, or assistance locating programs to address your needs, the Community Support Team is here for you. There’s no cost to this program. The Town has staff dedicated to being there for all of its residents during this stressful time. Ideal candidates:

  • An older resident who lives alone and is looking for peace of mind.
  • A resident without a defined support system who has a complicated medical condition.
  • Any resident who actually has COVID-19.
  • Residents with an ongoing need for services of any type.

Relatives can refer West Hartford family members to the program. To apply, please complete the online Special Needs Registry form.

For more information on the Community Support Team and other local resources, call 860-561-6990 and 860-561-6991, Monday through Friday, 9:00AM to 5:00 PM.

Assistance to our Business community

You will find a list of valuable resources to support our business community on our Economic Development web site. Reach out to Kristen Gorski, Economic Development Specialist, at Kristen.Gorski@westhartfordct.gov or 860-960-6136 with any economic development-related inquiry or request. If you are a small business, click here to obtain masks for your employees.

Food Assistance

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is partnering with local communities to serve free bagged meals. There are no income requirements, and any student of the West Hartford Public Schools may enjoy a bagged breakfast and/or lunch. WHPS Nutrition Services is providing these Grab & Go meals on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Learn more by clicking here.

Food Pantry - The Food Pantry is now operating a curbside distribution outside the main entrance of Town Hall on Tuesday 3:30–5:30PM, Wednesday 9:00–11:00AM, and Friday 10:00AM-12:00PM. 

Food Donation - Small amounts of food may be dropped off at Town Hall during the times listed above. To arrange for a large donation drop-off, please contact Suzanne Oslander at 860-561-7580 or email SuzanneO@westhartfordct.gov to arrange for a scheduled time. Visit our Food Pantry web page to see the list of the most needed non-perishable food.

This resource page has information on grocery stores hours and delivery service, SNAP (food stamps), and Fern Street backpack program. 

Make a Donation

Donate food or funds to the West Hartford Food Pantry/The Town That Cares. Food donations may be dropped off at a tent at Town Hall, 50 South Main Street, (main entrance near flagpole) during the times below.

  • Tuesday, 3:30 PM - 5:30 PM
  • Wednesday, 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
  • Friday, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Please contact Suzanne Oslander (860-561-7580) at the Food Pantry for large donations so that we can make special arrangements.

You may donate online www.westhartfordct.gov/tttc or checks may be made payable to The Town That Cares and mailed:

West Hartford Town Hall
50 South Main Street – Room 130
West Hartford, CT 06107

 Volunteer

People want to know how they can help. Please use this Volunteer Form to help us collect contact information.  We are monitoring the needs of our community and will connect volunteers with assignments on an as-needed basis. Stay Safe; Stay Home; Flatten the Curve.

 

Blood Drives

American Red Cross reports there is a severe blood shortage. Right now, eligible and healthy donors are strongly urged to make an appointment to provide lifesaving blood products to patients. Why blood now? Many schools or businesses have cancelled blood drives. Blood is constantly needed for trauma care, cancer patients, and research. Last week, the American Red Cross collected 123 units at two Town Hall blood drives, which provided lifesaving treatment and transfusions for up to 369 patients. Call to 1-800-733-2767 or visit www.redcrossblood.org to make an appointment.

Protect Yourself & Make A Plan

The COVID-19 outbreak could go on for an extended period of time, so you need to create a household plan of action.  The CDC has guidelines to help families create a plan of action on its website https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus.  Here are some basic steps you can take to help protect yourself against the disease and stop the spread of germs:

  • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • Practice social distancing. Click on our graphic that demonstrates 6-foot distancing.
  • Stay Safe; Stay Home; Flatten the Curve

More information on emergency planning can also be found at: https://www.ready.gov/ and https://www.ready.gov/disability