Communities across the state have formed long-term recovery committees as coronavirus is expected to be with the state for a while. The committees include government, nonprofit and private-sector partners and work through regional planning emergency teams. In Brookfield, the group is led by a member of the town's Economic Development Committee.
First Selectman Steve Dunn tapped his 2019 opponent Mel Butow to chair the Long-Term Recovery Committee. Butow says they've reached out to the Senior Center, food pantries and various clubs and lodges. There isn't much of a need currently, but any help that people need is already being met.
The goal is to reach anyone identified through contact tracing or testing as needing to quarantine or self-isolate. The committee can provide help with getting food, connectivity or mental and behavioral health activities. If there's another wave of COVID-19 in Brookfield, Committee member Will Meikle says that may raise the need for assistance.
The committee can be reached via email LTC@brookfieldct.gov or calling 203-775-7317.