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Wethersfield DMV to Close for Electrostatic Disinfectant Treatment

This comes after multiple employees at the location tested positive for COVID-19

NBC Connecticut

The Connecticut Department of Motor Vehicles headquarters in Wethersfield will close Friday for a thorough disinfecting of the building.

The move comes after multiple employees at that location tested positive for COVID-19, prompting union leadership to label the building a hot spot for the virus.

The building will undergo a deep electrostatic disinfectant treatment, according to officials, and reopen on Tuesday, March 31 to a skeleton crew of essential staff to keep the agency going.

The office will continue to undergo the electrostatic treatment on a weekly basis on top of nighly deep cleaning. Other branch offices will receive the same electrostatic disinfection on Friday and Saturday.

On March 18, the agency had stopped all face-to-face, in-person transactions at all Connecticut DMV offices, though employees were still reporting to work to serve the public online, by phone, mail and through dropboxes. The DMV had already announced extensions on some credentials where an in-person visit would be required, such as registrations.

So far, 1,012 people have tested positive for the coronavirus in Connecticut, and 21 patients have died.

Coronavirus Symptoms

The key symptoms of the coronavirus, according to the CDC are:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath

Symptoms can appear in infected persons two to 14 days after exposure.

Coronavirus Prevention Steps

Steps for prevention from the CDC include:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Follow CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask
    • CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.
    • Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to  others. The use of facemasks is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a health care facility).
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
    • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.

Steps to Self-Monitor for Coronavirus

Steps to self-monitor from the CDC include:

  1. Take your temperature with a thermometer two times a day and monitor for fever. Also watch for cough or trouble breathing.
  2. Do not take public transportation, taxis, or ride-shares during the time you are practicing social distancing.
  3. Avoid crowded places (such as shopping centers and movie theaters) and limit your activities in public.
  4. Keep your distance from others (about 6 feet or 2 meters).

If you do get sick with a fever, cough or have trouble breathing, call ahead before you go to a doctor’s office or emergency room and communicate with your doctor about your recent travel.

  • If you develop symptoms, stay home and avoid contact with others. Do not go to work or school for this 14-day period. Discuss your work situation with your employer before returning to work.

The CDC has a special website set up with details about the coronavirus, including how it spreads and treatment.

Anyone with questions relating to coronavirus can call 2-1-1 or text "CTCOVID" to 898211. The 2-1-1 hotline is available 24 hours a day.

You can also visit the state's coronavirus information website here. Residents are encouraged to check the website for answers to questions before calling the hotline.

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