COVID-19 Update: Honoring Local Heroes, Virtual Town Halls, and More

Posted on May 5, 2020 by admin


COVID-19 Update:

Honoring Local Heroes, Virtual Town Halls, News from the Governor’s Office, and More

Honoring Local Heroes

Today is International Firefighters’ Day, and this year, it carries special significance. While most of us are able to work remotely from the safety of our homes, frontline workers do not have that option. To honor our local firefighters and all first responders, healthcare professionals, and other essential workers, I hope you will join me in thanking them for their ongoing efforts to fight this virus, treat patients, and serve our community.

Seeing as it’s also Teacher Appreciation Week, I would like to thank our educators throughout New Canaan and Wilton for continuing to help and support our students virtually as schools remain closed. We are fortunate to live in a day and age where learning can take place outside the classroom, and we are greatly appreciative to our teachers for adapting their lesson plans to our new circumstances. Thank you for continuing to prepare our future leaders for success!

Upcoming Town Halls

There are two upcoming town hall meetings with our state and congressional leaders. These virtual events will be hosted by the Women’s Business Development Council (WBDC). The speakers will provide information about the state and federal response to the pandemic, and more. Please see below for details.

Town Hall with Lt. Governor Bysiewicz and Dr. Asha Shah

  • Who: Governor Susan Bysiewicz; Dr. Asha Shah, Stamford Health Associate Hospital Epidemiologist and Associate Director of Infectious Disease; Moderator– Fran Pastore, WBDC CEO.

  • What: Updates and developments related to COVID-19 response

  • Where: Zoom Meeting – Click Here

  • When: Tomorrow, Tuesday, May 5 from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.

  • Call Details: Mobile – (312) 626-6799; Meeting ID: 832 1912 1131

Town Hall with Representative John Larson

  • Who: Representative John Larson; Small Business Administration District Director Mark Hayward

  • What: Latest developments regarding relief for small business owners

  • Where: Zoom Meeting – Click Here

  • When: Thursday, May 7 from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

  • Call Details: Mobile – (646) 558-8656; Meeting ID: 893 9727 1498

Updates from the Governor’s Office

Regional Supply Chain for PPE/Medical Equipment

The governors of Connecticut, Delaware, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, and Rhode Island have announced a multi-state agreement to develop a regional supply chain for personal protective equipment, other medical equipment, and testing. This includes working with local and regional suppliers to limit disruptions to distribution and using emerging technologies to find more efficient and cost-effective means of production.

State Launches Free Online Job Training Program

SkillUp CT has been launched to help unemployed individuals gain access to online learning opportunities and industry-recognized certifications that will assist them in their respective job searches. Eligible residents will be able to access courses in information technology, business analysis, customer service, project management, digital literacy, and more.


  • CTAlerts: To subscribe, text the key word COVIDCT to 888-777

  • News from the governor’s office: Click Here

  • FAQ Document: Click Here

  • Governor’s COVID-19 Executive Orders affecting…

Additional Resources

As a reminder, these are the best regularly updated resources from global, federal, state, and local governments and agencies:


World Health Organization: Click Here


Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Click Here


State of Connecticut Web Portal: Click Here


Town of New Canaan: Click Here

Town of Wilton: Click Here

Latest COVID-19 Data for CT

(Data as of 5/3/2020, 8:30 p.m.)

  • Confirmed Statewide COVID-19 Cases: 29,973

  • Patients Currently Hospitalized Statewide with COVID-19: 1,464

  • Confirmed Statewide COVID-19 Fatalities: 2,556

  • Confirmed Fairfield County Cases: 12,245

  • Confirmed Fairfield County Fatalities: 910

  • Confirmed New Canaan Cases: 146

  • Confirmed Wilton Cases: 162

Click Here to read more.

As always, I will provide more updates as I receive new information. Please reach out to me if you have questions or concerns about the state and local response to the COVID-19 crisis, or any state government matter. I am more than happy to speak with you directly, provide more information if possible, and to serve as a resource for you and your families.






State Representative Tom O’Dea

125th General Assembly District

New Canaan & Wilton