WALLINGFORD, CT — In light of the town’s first two confirmed cases of the new coronavirus, Wallingford Mayor William W. Dickinson Jr. said officials are “assessing and evaluating” additional protective measures as Town Hall remains open to the public, according to the Meriden Record-Journal. Unlike most municipal leaders in the state, Dickinson has not curtailed operations at Town Hall.
The Record-Journal reports crews continued building window frames on counters and installing doors in offices at Town Hall on Wednesday. Officials are also advising residents to make appointments to help restrict access and are taking other measures to minimize the person-to-person contact during transactions, according to the Record-Journal.
The construction work at Town Hall is being done in house with an estimated cost of around $5,000, the Record-Journal reports.
The town’s first two cases of COVID-19 were confirmed by health officials on Wednesday. Cheshire also reported its first confirmed case of the new coronavirus on Wednesday with two more results pending. (To sign up for Wallingford breaking news alerts and more, click here.)
"Town leadership has been preparing for the inevitable rise in confirmed cases and continues to coordinate a response with our state and regional health partners to limit the spread of the virus," Wallingford Director of Health Stephen A. Civitelli said in a statement.
In a message to Wallingford residents last week, Dickinson said the town was on a "sure and steady" path in dealing with the new coronavirus health threat.
"We are very aware of our need to promote important public health measures and an unwavering commitment to maintain public access to the government services essential to our community," Dickinson wrote in the message. "We are on a sure and steady course. Our adapting to constant change is essential to ensure our course is best for our town.”
Dickinson urged residents to not enter a government building, or other business, if “you are suffering from coughing, sneezing, or shortness of breath. Communicate by telephone, mail or other electronic means to avoid exposing employees to illness. Again, we cannot serve you when we are ill."
Read more about the new construction at Town Hall at the Meriden Record-Journal here.