Below is a compilation of links to information, resources and suggestions from Connecticut Magazine and others to help Connecticut residents in dealing with the rapidly changing challenges we all face from the ongoing Coronavirus outbreak.
Farm stands and farmers markets offer an alternative to grocery stores for many needs. Here is a list of farmers markets and farm stands that are currently open (regularly updated by the CT Dept. of Agriculture).
Is take-out and delivery food safe to order? (By and large, yes.)
Another great way to avoid the grocery store? Grow your own produce by planting your own victory garden!
In north-central Connecticut, farm-fresh delivery is available from the Modern Milkman.
In addition to selling prepared foods, many restaurants have begun providing grocery services, such as Heirloom Market in Wethersfield and Colt Taylor's Essex Market.
ACTIVITIES & LIFESTYLE
Get outside but away from crowds with these 9 secluded hiking destinations.
Connecticut bookstores make their picks for books to read when you're stuck inside.
A Q&A with Yale psychology professor Laurie Santos, who teaches a course on the science of happiness.
How to maintain good mental health when coping with COVID-19 restrictions.
General advice on how to recognize and deal with stress.
WAYS TO HELP
Donate blood: Even in the best of times, blood is desperately needed. Now that the engine of society is partially shut down, donations have plummeted. You can sign up to donate at the American Red Cross website.
Give health care workers a hand … : If you have a stash of personal protective equipment (PPE) — masks, gowns, face shields and gloves — that you can part with, local hospitals and clinics would love to have them. If not, monetary donations will give medical centers the spending power to hopefully find some for themselves. Also, two groups specialize in distributing medical items, Direct Relief and Americares, which you can donate to directly.
… or a hot meal: Connecticut restaurants are delivering meals to health care workers and others in need. The GoFundMe campaign Food for the Front Line supports restaurants and helps them provide food for health care workers in Fairfield County, while DORO Donates provides a similar service for Hartford hospitals. Restaurant owner Jeff Taibe founded a crowdfunding campaign to help provide meals to food-insecure people, including restaurant workers, in the Bethel area.
Step up for charities: Places like soup kitchens, food pantries and homeless shelters need food and monetary donations more than ever. Search online for local charities in your area, or donate to larger organizations such as the United Way and the Salvation Army, which can then send resources where they’re needed.
Volunteer your services: Whether you have medical skills or are a skilled delivery person, there are medical and non-medical volunteer opportunities across the state.
Mind your small businesses: Whether it’s your favorite restaurant, bookstore, antique shop or what-have-you, non-chain retail shops are struggling. Buy stuff now or gift cards to be used later; every little bit helps.
Support the arts: Buy tickets and subscriptions for future events, and donate to arts organizations.
Rescue animal rescuers: Donate to an animal shelter or see if you can foster or adopt an animal in need. You could use a little more company while you’re homebound, right?
Be a good neighbor: Call or hit up Facebook or another online site to see if any of your neighbors, especially the vulnerable ones, need anything, even if it’s just someone to talk to.
MORE INFORMATION ON THE CORONAVIRUS AND ONGOING RESPONSE
Coronavirus Q&A: How long is someone contagious? (3/26/20)
Here's a list of 'essential' businesses that are still open during the coronavirus crisis. (3/23/20)
History repeats: Like today, the Spanish flu of 1918 brought life in Connecticut to a halt.
Our financial writer assures: The economy will bounce back, even if it’s never the same.
Distilleries are producing hand sanitizer to meet coronavirus demand.
This CT photographer finds smiles with her neighbors amid the COVID-19 gloom.