COVID-19 Resources

COVID-19 coronavirus

The worldwide pandemic involving COVID-19 (coronavirus) has produced unprecedented challenges in the UConn community and around the world. UConn Extension has curated the following resources for our audiences.

For more information from the University, visit the COVID-19 update page.

For health information please visit the CDC.

Virtual Extension Programs

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Connect with Extension – even during COVID-19 social distancing. We have a variety of virtual Extension programs available for you over the coming weeks.

See the full list of programs.

Resources for All Audiences

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Avoiding Scammers

This information is courtesy of Alabama Extension.

As cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19) accelerate, scammers are looking for ways to take advantage of the fears surrounding this widespread illness.

Read the article.

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Between Jobs: Moving Forward Following Unemployment

Losing a job can be one of life’s most stressful events. It is not unusual for people who have recently become unemployed to experience several different emotions associated with this loss. Once you are over the initial shock, you will need to begin adjusting to this new reality. Though it is a difficult situation to accept, there are things that can be done to reduce the stress of job loss and begin to prepare for the future.

Download the fact sheet.

Governor logo or seal state of ConnecticutBusiness Exemptions for Coronavirus

On March 20, 2020, The Governor issued Executive Order 7H, directing all businesses and nonprofit entities in the State of Connecticut to utilize, to the maximum extent possible, any telecommuting or work from home procedures that they can safely employ.  That order also directed that, no later than March 23, 2020 at 8 p.m., each non-essential business or nonprofit entity (and therefore not including or applicable to any state or local government agencies, quasi-public agencies, political subdivisions or other entities that do not constitute businesses or nonprofits) shall reduce the in-person workforce at each business location by 100% from pre-state of emergency declaration employment levels. Read more. There is also an announcement from the Connecticut Department of Agriculture.

 

student in Norwalk with strawberry in the garden

Child Nutrition Waivers

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act gives the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) the authority to issue nationwide waivers to ensure access to meals through the child nutrition programs as communities respond to the COVID-19 pandemic and to issue waivers to increase cost.

Read the full article.

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Coronavirus: Knowing the Basics

This information is courtesy of Alabama Extension.

COVID-19 is a coronavirus. Coronaviruses are respiratory illnesses, which include the common cold and more serious illnesses such as the Sudden Acute Respiratory Illness (SARS) and the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS). The word corona means something suggesting a crown, which is the shape of the virus. Read the full post.

a bunch of people's hands all together in one signifying unity and collaborationCOVID-19 Information & Resources

CoronaVIrus Disease of 2019 (COVID-19) is a respiratory virus that spreads through respiratory droplets. These droplets are released when an infected person coughs or sneezes; they are inhaled or ingested by non-infected individuals who then become infected with the virus. There is no existing vaccine against COVID-19. The best way to not get sick is to practice prevention. Hand washing, social distancing, and more information is available here.

fluffy dog smiling at the cameraCOVID-19 and Pets

A message from CDC: There is no reason at this time to think that any animals, including pets, in the United States might be a source of infection with this new coronavirus that causes COVID-19. To date, CDC has not received any reports of pets or other animals becoming sick with COVID-19 in the United States.

COVID-19 and Animals: Is Coronavirus a Concern for Pets?

How to Stay Healthy Around Pets

scallop shells on a Connecticut beachEducational Activity: Beach Walk

Beachcombing along the Connecticut coast can be a fun and healthy educational activity for families eager to get out outdoors while the COVID-19 virus keeps children home from school. Among the many publications available from its website, Connecticut Sea Grant is calling attention to Living Treasures: The Plants and Animals of Long Island Sound, and a series of three pamphlets about seaweeds, shells and beach plants that families can use for easy beach activities. Families are urged to send photos from their outings that will be posted on the Connecticut Sea Grant website. Learn more.

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Emergency Food Resources

Food access can be challenging. The state has a list of town locations where children under the age of 18 can get resources. Download the list of towns or the list of school districts. There are also mobile pantries available - here is the list. You can see the Connecticut Food Bank schedule here.

View the list Fairfield County emergency food resources list.

View the New Haven County emergency food resources list.

Other resources include a texting tool for the mobile Foodshare schedule. For up-to-date information on the Mobile Foodshare schedules and cancelations please enroll: Text FOODSHARE to 85511 and follow the prompts. All prompts must be answered before enrollment is complete. Foodshare is also working with their partner programs and 211 to update community programs hours and availability.

people in the greenhouse at the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation

Essential Food and Agriculture Employee Work Permit

If you are, or employee, an essential food and agriculture employee, fill out this form and carry it with you to continue working. The farm or business owner must sign and date the form for you. Download the form. It is not required to have a filled out form as of April 2, 2020.

EXECUTIVE ORDER 7H - ESSENTIAL BUSINESSES

For purposes of Executive Order 7H, “essential business,” means:

6. Food and agriculture, including:
• farms and farmer’s markets
• food manufacturing, processing, storage, and distribution facilities
• nurseries, garden centers, and agriculture supply stores
• restaurants/bars (provided compliance with all applicable executive orders is maintained)

For more see:    https://portal.ct.gov/DECD/Content/Coronavirus-for-Businesses/Coronavirus-for-Businesses

Farm Bureau logoFarm Bureau Virtual Town Hall Meeting

Farm Bureau hosted a virtual town hall meeting for farmers on Monday, March 23, 2020 with the Department of Agriculture, USDA Farm Service Agency and Extension. You can watch the recording of the town hall here.

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Food Safety Resources

As we are closely monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic in our community, we at UConn Extension are trying our best to bring you the most updated information from across the country for safe production at your farm operations.
Here are some links to info-sheets related to coronavirus for Farmers Markets, Food Banks, U-Pick Farms, Grocery Stores and Food Services. Access all of the resources.

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Food and Cooking Resources During COVID-19

Do you have questions about what food products to have on hand, finding health recipes, keeping food safe, or cooking with your kids? Use the following resources to find healthy recipes, information and more.

Download the list.

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Food Safety Update - March 26, 2020

The following information has been compiled for the general public and for those who come under essential businesses in Connecticut. Read more.

Hand Washing and Hand Sanitizers

This information is courtesy of Alabama Extension.

Washing your hands is the best way to prevent the spread of illnesses, such as the common cold and flu. Hand washing also helps reduce the spread of the highly publicized coronavirus (COVID-19). Read the full post.

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Infection Prevention Action Steps

Our UConn 4-H team developed the following fact sheet for 4-H youth during public health emergencies. The action steps can be used by any family, group, or organization.

View the fact sheet.

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Managing Stress - You and Your Families

In this challenging time, we need to take care of each other and especially ourselves. Self-care is important to our physical and mental health. We all deserve self-care, especially now. Please consider these resources on coping with stress and talking to your children. View the resources.

UConn Today also posted this article: Coping with COVID? Mastering Social (But Not Emotional) Distancing

Esri story map of Coronavirus outbreakMapping the Novel Coronavirus Outbreak

The maps and charts in this story are updated daily. For guidelines on coronavirus prevention and mitigation, please visit the CDC.

In just three months, the novel coronavirus has spread to more than 180,000 people around the globe, led to over 7,000 fatalities, and disrupted the lives of millions, according to official and unofficial statistics compiled by researchers at Johns Hopkins University. View the story map. View country, and state specific data here.

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Open Farm Stands and Farmers Markets

The Connecticut Department of Agriculture has compiled a list of open farm stands and farmers' markets. The list includes dates, locations, and times the market or stand is open.

View open farm stands and farmers' markets.

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Paying Bills and Managing Finances

This information is courtesy of Alabama Extension.

The coronavirus (COVID-19) is the top news story throughout the world. If placed under a two-week quarantine, you may face numerous concerns with one being how to pay bills and manage financial accounts. Read the article.

Florida National Guard members putting personal protective equipment onRequest for Personal Protective Equipment

At the direction of Governor Lamont and the Connecticut Department of Public Health, the State of Connecticut has activated a framework for donations of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) – protective clothing, helmets, goggles, or other garments or equipment designed to protect the wearer’s body from injury or infection that are utilized by people providing healthcare services.

Members of the public, businesses, and philanthropic organizations that are able to donate these vital materials are urged to contact the state by filling out the online form located at www.211ct.org/DonationsCOVID19.

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School Emergency Meal Distribution

The State of Connecticut and the Connecticut Youth Food Program Alliance have both compiled statewide lists of school emergency meal distribution. View State of Connecticut locations or the list of school district locations.

View all schools and locations - Connecticut Youth Food Program Alliance.

family in front of a houseStay Safe and Healthy in Your Home Using CDC Guidelines

We are all doing our best to stay safe and healthy during COVID-19. We recommend using these guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to help keep you, your family, and home healthy and safe.

View all of the tips.

well dressed man walking on a trail with sun coming through the trees behind himTrails and Parks

Going to a park or a trail is an option during COVID-19. Just remember to practice social distancing. Use this infographic as a guideline. Read more information on trail use.

Find a trail.

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Work-Life Health and Wellness

The Department of Human Resources at UConn offers work-life health and wellness resources that are valuable to anyone during this challenging time.

View the website.

two rolls of paper towelsWipes Clog Pipes!

Do not flush disinfecting wipes or paper towels down the toilet - they will clog pipes. Throw them in the trash instead. Read more.

Information for Businesses

Business Resources

We are compiling resources for State of Connecticut Businesses. This is a clearinghouse of resources, not an official site. Please refer to the state resources on our list for official and legal guidance.

View all resources.

Governor logo or seal state of ConnecticutBusiness Exemptions for Coronavirus

On March 20, 2020, The Governor issued Executive Order 7H, directing all businesses and nonprofit entities in the State of Connecticut to utilize, to the maximum extent possible, any telecommuting or work from home procedures that they can safely employ.  That order also directed that, no later than March 23, 2020 at 8 p.m., each non-essential business or nonprofit entity (and therefore not including or applicable to any state or local government agencies, quasi-public agencies, political subdivisions or other entities that do not constitute businesses or nonprofits) shall reduce the in-person workforce at each business location by 100% from pre-state of emergency declaration employment levels. Read more. There is also an announcement from the Connecticut Department of Agriculture.

 

dollar billsCoronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act

US Chamber of Commerce CARES Guide

US Senate Committee CARES Guide

CT.gov logoCT DECD Recovery Bridge Loan Program

The state of Connecticut has set up a website with information for small businesses and non-profits to secure a loan. This is to provide emergency cash flow relief to small businesses and nonprofits negatively impacted by the coronavirus. Connecticut is now offering qualifying organizations with 100 or fewer employees access to no-interest loans.

Under the Connecticut Recovery Bridge Loan program, a qualifying business or nonprofit organization can apply for a loan of up to $75,000 or three months of operating expenses (whichever is lesser).

All of the information can be found at https://portal.ct.gov/DECD/Content/Coronavirus-Business-Recovery/CT-Recovery-Bridge-Loan-Program

people in the greenhouse at the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation

Essential Food and Agriculture Employee Work Permit

If you are, or employee, an essential food and agriculture employee, fill out this form and carry it with you to continue working. The farm or business owner must sign and date the form for you. Download the form. It is not required to have a filled out form as of April 2, 2020.

EXECUTIVE ORDER 7H - ESSENTIAL BUSINESSES

For purposes of Executive Order 7H, “essential business,” means:

6. Food and agriculture, including:
• farms and farmer’s markets
• food manufacturing, processing, storage, and distribution facilities
• nurseries, garden centers, and agriculture supply stores
• restaurants/bars (provided compliance with all applicable executive orders is maintained)

For more see:    https://portal.ct.gov/DECD/Content/Coronavirus-for-Businesses/Coronavirus-for-Businesses

Connecticut state flagHealth Department Permits for On-Farm or Direct Sales

If you are considering direct sales via farm stands or markets, there is guidance that applies to any farm. An important step in the approval process is to contact your local health department or district.

Read the full post and access the list.

Information for Farmers

Governor logo or seal state of ConnecticutBusiness Exemptions for Coronavirus

On March 20, 2020, The Governor issued Executive Order 7H, directing all businesses and nonprofit entities in the State of Connecticut to utilize, to the maximum extent possible, any telecommuting or work from home procedures that they can safely employ.  That order also directed that, no later than March 23, 2020 at 8 p.m., each non-essential business or nonprofit entity (and therefore not including or applicable to any state or local government agencies, quasi-public agencies, political subdivisions or other entities that do not constitute businesses or nonprofits) shall reduce the in-person workforce at each business location by 100% from pre-state of emergency declaration employment levels. Read more. There is also an announcement from the Connecticut Department of Agriculture.

 

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Considerations for Fruit and Vegetable Growers

The current COVID-19 pandemic is a common concern and many are wondering what they can and should do. The information here is intended to help guide the fruit and vegetable farming community.

Read the full post for all considerations.

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COVID-19 Information and Support for Farmers

We have put together COVID-19 resources with the intention to help guide the fruit and vegetable farming community in Connecticut. Please let us know if you have any questions.

Download the guide.

Farmers' market and CSA case studies.

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What Dairy Farmers Must Know About COVID-19

The recent COVID-19 events and realities are unprecedented. We are truly seeing history being made that will have an effect on the dairy industry and society as a whole. Hoard's Dairyman provides the following information for dairy farms in English and Spanish. 

Read the article.

people in the greenhouse at the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation

Essential Food and Agriculture Employee Work Permit

If you are, or employee, an essential food and agriculture employee, fill out this form and carry it with you to continue working. The farm or business owner must sign and date the form for you. Download the form. It is not required to have a filled out form as of April 2, 2020.

EXECUTIVE ORDER 7H - ESSENTIAL BUSINESSES

For purposes of Executive Order 7H, “essential business,” means:

6. Food and agriculture, including:
• farms and farmer’s markets
• food manufacturing, processing, storage, and distribution facilities
• nurseries, garden centers, and agriculture supply stores
• restaurants/bars (provided compliance with all applicable executive orders is maintained)

For more see:    https://portal.ct.gov/DECD/Content/Coronavirus-for-Businesses/Coronavirus-for-Businesses

Farm Bureau logoFarm Bureau Virtual Town Hall Meeting

Farm Bureau hosted a virtual town hall meeting for farmers on Monday, March 23, 2020 with the Department of Agriculture, USDA Farm Service Agency and Extension. You can watch the recording of the town hall here.

Dept of Ag logoFarms and On-Farm Deliveries

The following information was prepared by the Connecticut Department of Agriculture.

The Connecticut Department of Agriculture recommends farms adhere to the following guidance to limit exposure and risk related to COVID-19 (novel coronavirus). As always, it is critical to practice biosecurity for the safety of animals and the public. It is now critical to also consider ways to limit person-to-person contact and congregate in settings of no more than 10 people while maintaining social distance. Read the recommendations.

 

Dept of Ag logoFarmers' Markets and On-Farm Markets

The following information was prepared by the Connecticut Department of Agriculture.

Farmers' markets and on-farm markets are encouraged to follow the COVID-19 guidance for farm and distribution preparedness, in addition to the following recommendations developed for farmers' markets.

Read the recommendations.

raised bed in foodshare garden

Food Safety Update - March 26, 2020

The following information has been compiled for the general public and for those who come under essential businesses in Connecticut. Read more.

Connecticut state flagHealth Department Permits for On-Farm or Direct Sales

If you are considering direct sales via farm stands or markets, there is guidance that applies to any farm. An important step in the approval process is to contact your local health department or district.

Read the full post and access the list.

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Important Information for Aquaculture Farmers

We have curated a list of resources for aquaculture farmers in coordination with the Connecticut Department of Agriculture. Resources for Aquaculture Farmers

NOAA Suspends Northeast Fishing Monitor Requirement

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Nursery and Landscape Professionals

The Connecticut Nursery and Landscape Association has guidance for professionals working in these fields, related to COVID-19. President Dustyn Nelson sent out a message to all members of the association.

View the message.

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Resources from the Department of Agriculture

The Connecticut Department of Agriculture has compiled information from various sources for your reference to help support your business and to protect yourself, employees, and consumers. 

For the most up-to-date information from the State of Connecticut on COVID-19, including guidance and other resources, visit ct.gov/coronavirus. General questions can also be answered by calling 2-1-1 for assistance. The hotline is 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. View all resources.

soil in handUConn Soil Testing Lab is Open

In light of agriculture (including community gardening) being designated as essential, the UConn Soil Nutrient Analysis Laboratory will remain open utilizing best practices; social distancing and disinfecting are a high priority. No one will be allowed in the lab but essential personnel. Any soil tests need to be mailed or left in the drop box outside the lab. Anyone needing a soil test should go to http://www.soiltest.uconn.edu.  Tests will take longer because they are running on essential lab personnel only.

man carrying bag of corn off of a trailerFarmer Relief Fund

The American Farmland Trust Farmer Relief Fund will award farmers with cash grants of up to $1000 each to help them weather the current storm of market disruptions caused by the #coronavirus crisis. Initially eligible applicants include any small and mid-sized direct-market producers. The application will be simple and easy to complete. For complete information go to the AFT website.

Resources for Youth and Families

4-H healthy living activity guide

4-H Healthy Living Activity Guide

Looking for some easy ways to keep your kids engaged and learning at home? Check out the 4-H #InspireKidstoDo Activity Guide to find 60 hands-on learning activity ideas! Download the activity guide.

Courtesy of National 4-H

4-H Horse Activities

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4-H Horse Activities

4-H horse judging and hippology have been canceled, however you can practice and participate at home. We all have a 4-H horse activity book for youth. Visit our 4-H Horse page for all of the resources.

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Activities to Keep Kids Learning at Home

Our UConn 4-H team curated the following resources to help you keep your kids learning at home, including virtual field trips, STEM activities, and healthy lifestyles.

Download the full list of activities.

student in Norwalk with strawberry in the garden

Child Nutrition Waivers

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act gives the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) the authority to issue nationwide waivers to ensure access to meals through the child nutrition programs as communities respond to the COVID-19 pandemic and to issue waivers to increase cost.

Read the full article.

three children in helmets on bikesChildren Home from School: Advice for Parents

The CDC offers advice for parents who have children home from school - advice includes information on their friends, keeping children learning, and staying healthy. Read all of the guidelines.

CEAD imageClimate Change Challenge Competition for Middle School Youth

This fun and social competition will provide a platform to help middle school & UConn teams from across Connecticut to take measurable action on solutions to climate change. Learn how you can take the #ClimateChangeChallenge today! Not a middle school or UConn student? You can still participate in the national competition. Our competition ends April 30th.

Learn more about the competition and see the leaderboard.

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Dairy Virtual Field Trip & Nutritional Resources

Have you HERD? Discovery Education has partnered with National Dairy Council and America’s dairy farm families and importers to bring your 5th–8th grade classes behind-the-scenes of the dairy community! Learn more.

scallop shells on a Connecticut beachEducational Activity: Beach Walk

Beachcombing along the Connecticut coast can be a fun and healthy educational activity for families eager to get out outdoors while the COVID-19 virus keeps children home from school. Among the many publications available from its website, Connecticut Sea Grant is calling attention to Living Treasures: The Plants and Animals of Long Island Sound, and a series of three pamphlets about seaweeds, shells and beach plants that families can use for easy beach activities. Families are urged to send photos from their outings that will be posted on the Connecticut Sea Grant website. Learn more.

Heidi and Scott Morey

Free Veterinary Science Videos (Limited Opportunity)

Animal Care Technologies (ACT) has been providing over 800 veterinary science videos and teaching curriculums for over 10 years to students, as well as online training to thousands of animal hospitals in North America. ACT Online. UConn 4-H members must email jennifer.cushman@uconn.edu to gain access on a space available basis.

Topics include animal handling, safety, leadership, tick identification, physical exams, medical terminology and much more.

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Go on a Nature Scavenger Hunt!

Get outside with our UConn 4-H team. We have created two nature scavenger hunts for the youth in your family to enjoy. Download Scavenger Hunt One and Scavenger Hunt Two.

mask paper coming out of printerMake Your Own Mask At Home - 4-H Masks

West Virginia Extension created a video tutorial on making your own mask at home. You can watch it here.

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Participate in the Virtual 4-H Challenges

Join our UConn 4-H team for two virtual challenges:

The 4-H Food Art Challenge

The 4-H Upcycle Challenge

All entries are due by April 17th. Learn more.

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Things to do While School is Closed

It is time to get creative to find some constructive ways to fill our time. It won’t take long before the board games have been played, the favorite TV shows have been watched and everyone in the house is starting to get cabin fever. In an effort to help you stay focused on something other than COVID-19 and how you are getting bored, our UConn 4-H team is passing along a few sites where you can find hands-on, educational activities to keep your brains exercised. Here are some suggestions.

kids with greensTips for Parents and Caregivers of Children

There is a lot you can do to help keep your children safe and healthy. The CDC compiled this list of tips for parents and caregivers of children. Read all of the CDC tips.

crayons in a jar52 Weeks of Creativity with Crayola

Serve creative challenges to your kids regularly. Enjoy a different creative activity each week with 52 Creative Ideas for 52 Weeks of Fun from Crayola!

Download the list.

CAHNR COVID-19 Research