To contain the spread of COVID-19, the Berlin-Peck Memorial Library is currently CLOSED.

Librarians are still available by phone at 860-828-7125 or via email at library@berlinpeck.org, Monday through Friday, 9 am – 5 pm.
Due dates have been pushed to June 5th. The book drop will be open on Thursdays, May 21 and 28, 8 am – 2 pm. Starting June 1, the book drop will be open Monday to Friday, 8 am – 4 pm.

COVID-19 news & support

April 6, 2020

The name “COVID-19” stands for coronavirus disease of 2019. The virus is also known as the coronavirus, novel coronavirus, or SARS-CoV-2. 

With the 24-hour news cycle and misinformation everywhere, it can be hard to keep up with what’s really going on. These resources have been gathered with three important criteria in mind. Information must be:

  1. Trustworthy
    The information comes from a reliable source, like the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) or a doctor who specializes in disease prevention.
  2. Up-to-date
    The numbers are changing daily, so it’s important to get the latest information, especially when looking at maps and graphs.
  3. Clear and readable
    Information is useless if we struggle to understand it. Where appropriate, we’ve included links to the most relevant pages, and clarified some page titles.

The best single source is the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) COVID-19 page.

If you have any questions, librarians are still available by phone or email, Monday through Friday, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. Email library@berlinpeck.org or call 860-828-7125.

Most people have mild illness and are able to recover at home. If you experience any of these symptoms, get medical attention right away:

  • Trouble breathing
  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
  • New confusion or inability to arouse (wake up)
  • Bluish lips or face

 

News

Governor Orders All Nonessential Functions to Suspend In-Person Operations
Governor Lamont has signed an executive order directing all nonessential functions in Connecticut to suspend in-person operations effective Monday, March 23 at 8PM.

What’s New from the CDC
For primarily health-focused updates.

Coronavirus Disease 2019 from CT.gov
For information specific to Connecticut, including emergency orders and press releases.

The Coronavirus Crisis from NPR
This page gathers together all of NPR’s COVID-19 updates and articles.

 

Scams and myths

Misinformation about COVID-19 is spreading nearly as fast as the virus itself. Make sure you check with a trusted source.

  • Fake cures
    • At best, they will lull you into a false sense of security
    • At worst, they may harm or kill
  • Fake emails from officials, banks, HR departments, or your boss, asking you for payment, passwords, or other sensitive information.
  • False information that is inflammatory, racist, or politically motivated

Misinformation Around The Coronavirus
NPR’s Michel Martin speaks with Peter Adams of the News Literacy Project about how to discern misinformation around the coronavirus. Read or listen!

The Coronavirus Collection: Prevention and Treatments
Snopes investigates rumors and misinformation surrounding the prevention and treatment of COVID-19. An excellent source for false medical information.

A Guide to Our Coronavirus Coverage
This FactCheck guide covers political claims and false information about COVID-19.

Coronavirus
PolitiFact gives a rating (from True, False, Pants on Fire) to statements made by politicians, celebrities, and popular Facebook posts.

 

Maps

Cases in U.S.
This simple map from the CDC shows the number of reported cases in each state.

Real-time COVID-19 Map
Johns Hopkins University gathers data from the WHO, CDC, national government health departments, local media reports, and more, for a detailed global map.

 

Understanding the pandemic

What is this whole “social distancing” thing, and why is it so important? Should I be worried? Do I need a mask? Here are the best articles we’ve found to explain some of the issues surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic.

Coronavirus Simulator
This fantastic interactive page uses easy-to-understand simulations to show how viruses spread, and how quarantine and social distancing work.

#CoronaVirus Infographic
These pretty, easy-to-read charts help put the COVID-19 pandemic in perspective.

Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Statistics and Research
If you’re looking to dive deep into the data, this is for you!

 

How to explain COVID-19 to children

#COVIBOOK
A downloadable book available in multiple languages that supports and reassures children under the age of 7.

The Kids’ Guide to Coronoavirus with Kristen Bell
A Nickelodeon special just for kids (opens in YouTube).

10 Tips For Talking About the Coroanvirius with Your Kids
Tips from PBS Newshour.

 

Safety

How to Protect Yourself
An easy checklist with simple steps that will greatly decrease your chances of getting sick.

Symptoms of Coronavirus
Learn how to recognize COVID-19.

What To Do if You Are Sick
Advice on how to keep yourself and others safe. If you experience trouble breathing, persistent pain or pressure in the chest, confusion or inability to wake up, or bluish lips/face, get medical attention right away.

People Who Need to Take Extra Precautions
Older adults and people of any age who have serious underlying medical conditions might be at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19.

Staying Safe During COVID-19 from the National Domestic Violence Hotline
For any victims and survivors who need support, the National Domestic Violence Hotline is there for you, 24/7. Call 1-800-799-7233 or 1-800-799-7233 for TTY, or if you’re unable to speak safely, you can log onto thehotline.org or text LOVEIS to 22522.

 

Cleaning & protection

Cleaning and Disinfection for Households
Best practices for cleaning and disinfecting from the Center for Disease Control (they know their stuff!)

 

Taxes & economic impact payments

From the IRS on March 21, 2020: the federal income tax filing due date is automatically extended from April 15, 2020, to July 15, 2020.

From the IRS on March 30, 2020: distribution of economic impact payments will begin in the next three weeks and will be distributed automatically, with no action required for most people. However, some seniors and others who typically do not file returns will need to submit a simple tax return to receive the stimulus payment.

Coronavirus Tax Relief from the IRS
Get the latest news about taxes and economic impact payments.

Economic impact payments: What you need to know
Answers common questions about the recently announced economic impact payments.

  • IR 2020-61, Economic impact payments: What you need to know
  • IR-2020-59, IRS unveils new People First Initiative; COVID-19 effort temporarily adjusts, suspends key compliance program
  • IR-2020-58, Tax Day now July 15: Treasury, IRS extend filing deadline and federal tax payments regardless of amount
  • IR-2020-57, Treasury, IRS and Labor announce plan to implement Coronavirus-related paid leave for workers and tax credits for small and midsize businesses to swiftly recover the cost of providing Coronavirus-related leave
  • Treasury News Release: Treasury and IRS Issue Guidance on Deferring Tax Payments Due to COVID-19 Outbreak
  • IR-2020-54, IRS: High-deductible health plans can cover coronavirus costs

 

Employment Resources

A message from the Connecticut Department of Labor:

IMPORTANT: If you become unemployed due to coronavirus (COVID-19), you should file for unemployment benefits. Eligibility will be determined on a case-by-case basis. We are processing claims as quickly as possible and appreciate your patience during this difficult time.

For information about unemployment, see File For Unemployment

Other resources from the CT DOL:

Frequently Asked Questions for Workers and Employers – The Department of Labor has compiled a list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for Connecticut workers and employers impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak. The FAQ is regularly updated and provides information on unemployment insurance, paid sick leave, wages and hours, and other employment-related issues.

Connecticut 211
Community services for food, mental health, healthcare, housing, transportation, income, and utility assistance.

JobNow
Get live job coaching, resume assistance, basic computer training, help with your job search, and more.

Workers and Emploees
Resources from the Connecticut Department of Labor.

 

Businesses & Farms

Business Resources
Do you own a small business? Check this page for updates and information on the major steps Connecticut is taking to protect businesses and residents during the coronavirus crisis.

Resources for Agricultural Industry
Local farmers, check this page for updates and information from the Connecticut Department of Agriculture, including the AFT Farmer Relief Fund and guidelines for online ordering/delivery.

Small Business Guidance & Loan Resources
Resources from the U.S. Small Business Administration, including several loan options.

 

Health & Wellness

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
Provides round-the-clock free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals. Call 1-800-273-8255 or 1-800-779-4889 (Deaf or hard of hearing). Para servicio en español, llame al 1-888-628-9454.

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
This Disaster Distress Helpline provides 24/7, 365-day-a-year crisis counseling and support to people experiencing emotional distress related to COVID-19 and emergencies. Call 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746 to connect with a trained crisis counselor. TTY 1-800-846-8517.

 

Food Security

Connecticut 211
Community services for food, mental health, healthcare, housing, transportation, income, and utility assistance.

Mobile Pantry Schedule and Food Pantry Locator
Provided by the Connecticut Food Bank.

Food Resources
A list of resources provided by the Department of Children and Families.

Statewide Food Bank Services:

 

Housing & Tenants Rights

Homeowners and Renters
Updates and information taken by state and federal government to help protect homeowners and renters impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak.

Find Housing
Visit this website to find low income/subsidized, Rental Deposit Assistance, public housing, and more.

Anyone in Connecticut who is in immediate need of shelter should dial 2-1-1 for shelter options.

 

Mental health

If you’re feeling overwhelmed, or are suffering for any reason, please don’t hesitate to use these mental health services.

Berlin Crisis Hotline: 860-747-8719
National Helpline: 1-800-662-4357
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255
National Sexual Assault Hotline: 1-800-799-7233
National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-7233
Substance Abuse / Mental Health Helpline: 1‑877‑726‑4727
Addiction Help: 1-800-563-4086