With the Coronavirus now identified as a global pandemic and human cases as close as Stratford, the town of Orange is taking every precaution to try and keep residents safe and stop the spread of the virus in the BOWA area.
Please read this entire article so you know what services are and aren’t open to the public until further notice.
Everyone should do his or her part to help prevent the spread of this potentially deadly virus. If you were exposed you may not know that you have it until you have symptoms, yet, in the meantime, you could be spreading it to others.
If you are a senior, if you have a compromised immune system or chronic illnesses, you may be more susceptible to getting the virus and passing it to others in the same age demographic. Please take precautions, follow the health director’s suggestions, and stay safe.
Case Memorial Library
The Town Library will be closed today for two weeks or until further notice. All non essential programs, meetings, and gatherings at the High Plains Community Center will be cancelled for the next two weeks.
Senior Center Director Dennis Marsh today announced, “Please be aware that due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) as a precautionary measure, the Orange Senior Center is suspending all Senior Center activities until further notice.”
The BOWA Superintendents sent out this message:
This afternoon, the Quinnipiack Valley Health District (QVHD) and the Orange Department of Health made the recommendation that all Bethany, Orange, Woodbridge, and Amity schools should be closed. This step is being taken as a precautionary measure to limit community transmission of Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19).
The closure is effective immediately and will begin Friday, March 13, 2020.
At this time, we anticipate schools will be closed until further notice. As this situation is evolving, we ask that you continue to check district websites for information and we will continue to use our communication systems to keep families and staff informed.
During the school closure, resources for supplemental learning may be available. Further information about supplemental learning activities will come from each individual BOWA school district and/or your children’s teachers.
Please remember that the purpose of the school closures is to limit community transmission through contact and by gathering large groups of individuals together. You can support our community by keeping your children home during the closure. During the closure, school buildings will remain staffed but not open to the public. Our districts will continue to follow guidance, recommendations, and directives from the health departments and the state Department of Education.
High Plains Community Center
Offices at the High Plains Community Center will remain open, but all meetings and gatherings have been suspended for the time being.
Town Hall, Police, Fire, Highway Offices
The Orange Town Hall offices will be open so, if you have any questions or an emergency situation you will be able to reach a human for answers.