WALLINGFORD — Nine residents have reported cases of COVID-19 and all municipal buildings now have locked exterior doors, Mayor William W. Dickinson Jr. announced Monday.
“It is not time for panic,” Dickinson said in a recorded message sent out through the state emergency alert phone and text message system. “It is time for us to devote even greater effort to protecting one another by complying with Health Department advice.”
Town officials were not immediately available for comment. It’s unclear whether any of the nine cases were Town Hall employee-related.
The first two local cases of COVID-19, the disease caused by coronavirus, were announced Wednesday and a third case was announced over the weekend by Masonicare of an Ashlar Village resident.
Dickinson’s call and text message went out just after noon Monday.
Wallingford was the lone holdout among area towns that began two weeks ago curtailing public hours or closing Town Hall to walk-in visitors in response to the coronavirus pandemic.
Dickinson said anyone needing to conduct business with the town should call or email the office, use the regular mail or schedule an appointment.
Town offices have limited email access. For contact information, visit the town website at town.wallingford.ct.us and use the Departments & Agencies drop-down menu.
Anyone arriving for an appointment should use the sliding glass doors on the Prince Street side of the building.
“We need to emerge from this pandemic as soon as practicable,” Dickinson said. “It’s up to each of us to reduce contact with fellow citizens.”
He reiterated advice to stay home, wash hands, maintain six feet distance from others, avoid touching the face, cover coughs and clean and disinfect surfaces.
Jim Hutt, town human resources director, said Monday that he’s not aware of any Town Hall employees working from home, nor had there been any conversations about furloughs for employees.
Not all Town Hall employees have keys to the building, so Hutt said that there will be a morning time window that the doors will be open only for employees to enter.
He added that for now, employees returning from breaks during the day can call other employees to let them inside.
The police department will remain open for service, according to a statement from Lt. Cheryl Bradley.
She said that the public should contact the dispatch center at 203-294-2800 for all non-emergency matters and call ahead for reports from the records division. All fingerprinting and prescription drug take-back services have been temporarily suspended.
Wallingford town offices contact information
Note: Email access is limited. For more offices, visit the town website and use the Departments & Agencies drop-down menu.
Mayor’s Office — 203-294-2070
Health Department — 203-294-2065, email@example.com
Town Clerk — 203-294-2145, firstname.lastname@example.org
Town Assessor — 203-294-2001, email@example.com
Tax Collector — 203-294-2135
Planning and Zoning — 203-294-2090
Building Department — 203-294-2005
Public Works — 203-294-2105
Police, non-emergency — 203-294-2800
Fire/EMS, non-emergency — 203-294-2730
Public Utilities after-hours — 203-265-5055
Electric Division — 203-294-2020
Water and Sewer Divisions — 203-949-2660
Probate Court — 203-294-2100
Veterans Services — 203-294-2165
Wallingford Public Schools — 203-949-6500