Hope arrived in the form of vaccine.
It's the most effective way to put COVID-19 behind us.
Vaccine is available in northeast CT in many locations and easier than ever to get.
Please get vaccinated and help us protect our communities.
COVID-19 Testing - Where, When and How to Get a Test
Testing is still a vital part of identifying and controlling the spread of COVID-19.
Additional testing locations:
For current COVID-19 testing times, call Generations COVID-19 Info Line (860) 450-5508.
Day Kimball Healthcare offers drive-thru testing for COVID-19 at 6 South Main Street in Putnam for its patients who have a valid doctor's order. Hours Monday - Friday, 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Only patients who have been evaluated by a health care provider for COVID-19 symptoms, or are scheduled for a medical procedure, and have a valid prescription order from their physician may be tested at the DKH drive-up collection site. Testing is offered for both pediatric and adult patients. On demand or walk-up testing is not available at this location.
Results are generally available within 2-3 days depending on regional test volume. Wait times may be longer as volumes increase. Individuals will be contacted directly with their results when they become available.
The NDDH Office OPEN to Public Entry.
If you are unvaccinated, you MUST wear a mask.
Services are available Monday – Thursday, 8:00 am – 4:00 pm and Fridays, 8:00 am - noon by the following methods:
Online (24/7): www.nddh.org
In Person or USPS Mail: 69 South Main Street, Unit 4, Brooklyn, CT 06234
Drop Box: Forms and payments may be left in our outdoor drop box. Cash payments not accepted.
Please Note - Regular permits may take ten business days or longer to process after submission. PLEASE WAIT 10 business days before calling to check on a permit application.
NDDH does not provide testing or medical services for COVID-19.
NDDH Thanks Loos & Company, Inc. for their recent generous donation. Read the release here.
Advancing to a New Normal
Declarations of Public Health and Civil Preparedness Emergencies have been extended to July 20, 2021. The declaration of these emergencies allows additional resources and supplies to be deployed to the state of Connecticut – resources that are necessary to continue to identify infection and slow the spread of coronavirus in our communities.
Let's Get Back to Business by Reopening Responsibly
Economic health is important to physical, mental, financial, and social health. Let's all work together to get this right.
Effective May 19, 2021, all remaining Sector Rules for Reopening are lifted, with certain exceptions related to mask-wearing. Unvaccinated individuals should continue to wear masks indoors, and masks are still required in healthcare facilities (hospitals, medical offices, etc.), public and private transit (airports, taxis, trains, etc.), correctional facilities, schools, and childcare.
- Masks not required.
- Vaccinated individuals not required to wear masks except in certain locations listed below.
- Unvaccinated individuals must continue to wear masks.
- Businesses, state and local government offices, and events may choose to require universal masking.
- Masks will still be required in certain settings such as healthcare facilities, facilities housing vulnerable populations, public and private transit, correctional facilities, schools, and childcare.
For more information, please see the Connecticut Department of Public Health’s four-page fact sheet, offering the latest guidance on vaccinations, mask-wearing, and social distancing.
Here is where you will find regular updates on confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 hospitalizations, and deaths presented in a variety of maps, charts, tables, and graphs. All data in the daily reports are preliminary and data for previous dates may be updated as new reports are received and data errors are corrected.
Links for Learning
(Admit it...we've been telling you this for years...)
Call 2-1-1 for general questions about COVID-19. Available 24 hours a day; multilingual assistance and TDD/TTY access for those with a hearing impairment. Only intended to be used by individuals who are not experiencing symptoms. Anyone experiencing symptoms is strongly urged to contact their medical provider to seek treatment.
The list of symptoms grows as we learn more about COVID-19. Discover the CDC's Self-Checker Tool - a guide to help you make decisions and seek appropriate medical care.
- Fever or chills
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Muscle or body aches
- New loss of taste or smell
- Sore throat
- Congestion or runny nose
- Nausea or vomiting
We All Know Superheroes Wear Masks.
CDC Guidance for Wearing Masks
What You Can Do to Slow the Spread
Practice Everyday Preventive Actions Now
Practice and remind others of the importance of using everyday preventive actions that can help prevent the spread of respiratory illnesses. Yes, these are simple strategies and THEY WORK:
Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.
Cover your cough and sneeze with a tissue. Throw the tissue in a lined trash container.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands. Germs spread this way.
Clean frequently touched surfaces and objects daily (e.g., tables, countertops, light switches, doorknobs, and cabinet handles) using a regular household detergent and water. If surfaces are dirty, they should be cleaned using a detergent and water prior to disinfection. For disinfection, a list of Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-approved products is available at Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Fighting Products. Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions for all cleaning and disinfection products.
Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Always wash your hands with soap and water if your hands are visibly dirty.
Put distance between yourself and other people if COVID-19 is spreading in your community. This is especially important for people who are at higher risk of getting very sick. The virus spreads mainly from person-to-person...between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet), and through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.
Get plenty of sleep, be physically active, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids, and eat nutritious foods.
Get an annual flu shot…and future vaccines like COVID-19 vaccine that are developed to fight new communicable illnesses. The flu shot will not provide protection from COVID-19, but it will protect against the flu, which can be serious. If we avoid severe flu cases, those people won't have to go to the hospital and take up services and beds that will be needed to treat those with COVID-19. Vaccines prevent illness...and save lives.
Check out our COVID-19 Prevention Campaigns created in partnership with Generations Family Health Center:
Unprecedented Interruption. Historic Disruption.
Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) evolved rapidly and while we are grateful to be getting ahead of it, our behavior will determine the future of it. Keep up many of the good practices you learned throughout the pandemic. Wash your hands frequently, clean and disinfect, stay home when you are sick. Check with trusted resources for updated guidance and information.
We'll Always Be in it Together
Rely on us for information. Turn to us for facts.
Trust that a caring community like ours is the best defense for whatever comes our way.
Keep your spirits up, keep spreading kindness, keep your sense of humor, keep smiling...
and just keep washing your hands.