Weekly Newsletter - November 4, 2020

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Calling all volunteers!!!

Interested in being part of this great tradition by volunteering to help set up the trees?

Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont has announced than he plans to rollback the state from Phase 3 to a modified version of Phase 2.

Effective Friday, November 6, 2020, the entire State of Connecticut will roll back to Phase 2.1: Due to increasing rates of COVID-19 in Connecticut, the entire state will roll back to Phase 2.1 – a slightly modified version of the previously enacted Phase 2 rules – effective at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, November 6. The major changes that will occur under Phase 2.1 include:

  • Restaurants will reduce to 50 percent capacity with a maximum of 8 people limited to a table;
  • Restaurants and entertainment venues (i.e. bowling allies, movie theaters, arcades, etc.) will be required to close by 9:30 p.m., with the exception of food takeout and delivery services, which will be allowed to continue after 9:30 p.m.;
  • Personal services, such as hair salons and barber shops, will remain at 75 percent capacity;
  • Event venues will be limited to 25 people indoor, 50 people outdoor;
  • Performing arts venues and movie theaters will have a capacity of 100 people; and
  • Religious gatherings will be limited to 50 percent capacity or 100 people maximum.
The governor is expected to soon issue an executive order implementing Phase 2.1, and the Department of Economic and Community Development in the coming days will provide businesses with further guidance on the changes.

For the latest guidance in Connecticut, please click here.
Get the latest local update from our healthcare leaders! Please spread the word!
COVID 19 in South County: A Conversation with Local Experts : ONLINE PROGRAM THIS THURSDAY AT NOON
Berkshire Community College and Southern Berkshire Rural Health Network, a program of Fairview Hospital, will present an online Pediatrics and East Mountain Medical Rural Health Clinic; Dan Doyle, MD, specialist in pulmonary and critical care medicine, Medical Director at Berkshire Public Health Alliance; Rebecca Jurczyk, Great Barrington Health Agent; Deborah Philips, MS, Southern Berkshire Rural Health Network Director.
COVID-19 update: Sharon Hospital entry points, testing, and visitation changes effective 10/16/2020
SHARON, Connecticut, October 16, 2020 — Today, Sharon Hospital learned about a cluster of COVID-19 cases within Connecticut’s northwest corner, including the towns of Canaan and Salisbury. At this time, there are no COVID-19 positive patients at Sharon Hospital. Out of an abundance of caution and to safeguard our patients and staff, effective October 16, 2020, Sharon Hospital has limited its open entrances, expanded COVID-19 testing hours, and limited visitation.
Sharon Hospital entry points
Sharon Hospital’s front main entrance on Hospital Hill Road is closed until further notice. All individuals must use the Emergency Department (ED) to enter Sharon Hospital. All individuals will be screened for risk factors of COVID-19 at the entrance of the ED.
COVID-19 testing at Sharon Hospital
Sharon Hospital is expanding its COVID-19 testing hours during the outbreak period in the community. COVID-19 testing is available for individuals at:
  • Sharon Hospital, Lab Patient Services Center, 50 Hospital Hill Road, Sharon, CT 06069, First Floor
  • Hours of operation: Monday–Friday, 10–3pm; Saturday, 7:15–11:15am
  • To schedule an appointment, please call 845-790-8855. Appointments are recommended but walk-ins are welcome.
What you need to bring to get a COVID-19 test at Sharon Hospital:
  • Government-issued photo ID (examples: driver’s license, passport)
  • Insurance card (if you have one)
  • Physician order (prescription) for the COVID-19 test. Your healthcare clinician, such as a primary care physician, will tell you if you need to bring a paper order with you or if it will be submitted electronically. If you don’t have a physician order when you arrive for a test, we’ll make arrangements for you to have testing done. You’ll need to then follow up with your healthcare clinician to review the results. If you don’t have a healthcare clinician, call 888-525-4767, Monday–Friday, 7am–6pm, to be connected with a Nuvance Health primary care physician near you.
  • Wear a medical face mask
It may take up to 48 hours to get your test results back. Your healthcare clinician will notify you of the results. You can also access your results through the Nuvance Health patient portal here: https://patients.healthquest.org/the-myhq247-patient-portal
For more information about COVID-19 testing at Sharon Hospital, please visit https://patients.healthquest.org/covid-19-testing
Visitation at Sharon Hospital
No visitors are permitted for any patients at Sharon Hospital unless extenuating circumstances apply. Please review the full visitation policy at https://patients.healthquest.org/covid-19-updates.
Marina Ballantine, Public and Community Affairs Associate
Andrea Rynn, Assistant Vice President, Community, Government, Public Relations
(203) 739 7919 | Andrea.Rynn@nuvancehealth.org
Amy Forni, Manager, Public Relations
(203) 739 7478 | Amy.Forni@nuvancehealth.org
About Nuvance Health
Nuvance Health is a family of award-winning nonprofit hospitals and healthcare professionals in the Hudson Valley and western Connecticut. Nuvance Health combines highly skilled physicians, state-of-the-art facilities and technology, and compassionate caregivers dedicated to providing quality care across a variety of clinical areas, including Cardiovascular, Neurosciences, Oncology, Orthopedics, and Primary Care.
Nuvance Health has a network of convenient hospital and outpatient locations — Danbury Hospital, New Milford Hospital, Norwalk Hospital and Sharon Hospital in Connecticut, and Northern Dutchess Hospital, Putnam Hospital and Vassar Brothers Medical Center in New York — plus multiple primary and specialty care physician practice locations, including The Heart Center, a leading provider of cardiology care, and two urgent care offices. Non-acute care is offered through various affiliates, including the Thompson House for rehabilitation and skilled nursing services, and the Home Care organizations. For more information about Nuvance Health, visit our website. TTY: 1-800-421-1220
Just a reminder of the guidelines which help keep everyone safe while enjoying delicious brews.

  • Please call ahead to reserve a table.
  • You must wear a mask anytime you are not seated. No mask, no service.
  • If anyone in your party is experiencing symptoms of or awaiting test results for COVID-19, we ask that you reschedule your visit to GFBC.
  • Everyone in your party must be over the age of 12.
  • Please bring takeout from any of our local restaurants, order from the food truck or we have a variety of snacks from The Drunk Alpaca and Cheese plates made to order on our menu.
  • Leashed dogs are permitted on our deck.
  • If you are coming from one of the CT listed “Red Sates” and have not received a negative Covid test result within 72 hours or quarantined for the mandatory 14 days prior to visiting the brewery, we ask that you reschedule your visit to GFBC.

Link for CT’s most up to date Red State List:
We're back to full service dining in the Tap Room, but don't forget that our entire Tap Room menu is available for take-out Thursday through Monday as well! Our elegantly crafted selection of dishes changes every week and highlights only the best ingredients. Call us at 860-435-0030 or order online.

We can't wait to see you soon....

Come and join us on Thanksgiving Day for a wonderful 3-course pre-fixe menu. We will be serving a traditional Thanksgiving meal in all of our beautiful dining spaces to ensure everyone is comfortably (and safely) spaced apart.

If you prefer to have a delicious White Hart dinner at home, we've got a great Thanksgiving take-out menu. Order a few sides, or let us supply the whole meal! Orders will be take until 2pm on Wednesday, November 18th. Pick-up is Wednesday November 25th starting at noon. Click here for the full menu.
Upcoming Community Events

Hotchkiss School Instructor Offers Noble Horizons Book Club 

On November 4 from 5-6 pm, Noble Horizons will host Hotchkiss School instructor Carita Gardiner for a guided book club read of the bestseller, The Vanishing Half. Written by multiple award-winning author Brit Bennett, it tells the multi-generational story of twin sisters from a small, southern community, one of whom who grows up to pass for white, while the other settles with her black daughter in the same town in which the twins grew up. 

World-Renowned Flutist, Author and broadcaster, Eugenia Zuckerman presents: Living with Alzheimer’s  
On November 12th at 7 pm, Noble Horizons will host via Zoom world-renowned flutist, author and broadcaster Eugenia Zukerman.  Hailed by the Boston Globe as “an international triple threat...a published novelist, a television commentator and, most impressively, one of the finest flutists of our time,” Zuckerman will discuss her life with Alzheimer’s and her beautiful book “Like Falling Through a Cloud”. Eugenia will be accompanied by Elizabeth Smith-Boivin, Executive Director of Alzheimer's Association Northeastern New York. 

For more information, please visit out website

They are unbearably cute and their fleece is unbelievably soft. Indeed, alpacas have carved out a warm place in the hearts of their aficionados, a place that is growing exponentially this fall.

As we head into the depths of November, you might think the fundraising season is about over. Well guess again!

Here are a handful of upcoming fundraisers you can find at http://sportingacause.com/ that may be of interest to you:

  • Couch-Pipa VFW Drive Thru Chicken BBQ (Nov. 8th)
  • Salisbury Rotary Club Winner-Take- All Raffle ( drawing Nov. 17th)
  • Salisbury Beast Virtual 5K ( thru Nov. 26th)
  • Norbrook Farm Semi-Virtual 5K Trail Run (thru Nov. 30th)
  • Canaan 5 Mile Semi-Virtual Road Race (thru Nov. 30th)
  • Highland Lake Semi-Virtual 5K (thru Nov. 30th)

For all of the details about these and many other Tri-State fundraisers go to

Salisbury Rotary Club’s 10/29 ZOOM meeting was held at 7PM and welcomed three guests: CT State Rep. Maria Horn, Michael Colongue, and Tara Eaton. The club has just distributed 4000 face masks locally as part of Rotary District 7890’s participation in Rotary’s Million Mask Challenge Tour. Club members, under the coordination of past Club President & present District Governor Nominee Randy Chapell, delivered varying amounts of the 4000 masks to Noble Horizons, GEER Nursing & Rehabilitation Services, Sharon Healthcare, Region One Schools, SVNA and area child care centers. The District received 150K masks of the 1M purchased by the Rossi Foundation for distribution by Rotary clubs in CT, MA, VT, ME, NH & RI.
Writer/ Director: Hong Khaou
Cast: Henry Golding (Crazy Rich Asians), Parker Sawyers, David Tran

Kit (Henry Golding) returns to Ho Chi Minh City for the first time since he was six-years-old when his family fled the country in the aftermath of the Vietnam-American war.

Available Friday 11/06
Neighbors Helping Neighbors: A film by Anne Makepeace followed by a community discussion
Presented in collaboration with the Community Events Committee of the Salisbury Association and Noble Horizons

Thursday November 19
7:00 on zoom

Ordinary people make an extraordinary difference every day in the Northwest corner. Most of us are unaware of the amazing contributions brought to our community by our volunteer first responders. They are insurance agents, carpenters, teachers and teenagers, all rigorously trained and ready to help in any emergency, 24/7. These are the community members that are there when we need them most. Yet their contributions are often untold and unsung.

For more information and to register go to events on the Scoville Memorial Library’s website scovillelibrary.org
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