Sen. Martin’s Thank you and Call To Action

April 4, 2020

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

As we complete the second week of Governor Lamont’s “Stay Safe, Stay at Home” executive order, Connecticut’s residents are facing big changes to their daily lives. While most of us are acclimating to life homebound, there are some people who must still report to work as if it were a regular day.

For medical professionals and first responders, their current experiences at work are far from what constitutes a “regular” day. Their day-to-day responsibilities carry a lot more risk and pressure.  These workers are exhausted from longer, more unpredictable hours.  They are given far fewer days off meaning less breaks form a very stressful environment.  They are anxious about their exposure – due to insufficient numbers or quality of personal protective equipment (PPE) – compounded by their concern that they are also exposing their loved ones.

All of these people are serving on Connecticut’s front lines of the battle through this health crisis.

There are ways we can help our medical professionals.

First and foremost, do your part and STAY HOME.  The disease spreads by being carried from person to person. Hospital workers are dealing with enough already.  Staying home and responsibly separating yourself from others are the most important things you can commit to in the next few weeks.

Beyond practicing proper social distancing, you can support Connecticut’s battle against coronavirus by volunteering your time and resources.  Not only can the 2-1-1 help line connect you with state wide opportunities, but I have also gathered important information of the organizations and operations locally who need our help.

Making and donating homemade masks, donating food items, donating blood and donating personal protective equipment are all examples of what people can do while not putting themselves at further risk to contract the disease.

To Connecticut’s healthcare workers, you all are unsung heroes who continue to serve the population every day through the COVID-19 pandemic and I acknowledge and appreciate you. While these simple words seem inadequate for the sacrifices you are making, thank you to those people who have stepped forward to fulfill these essential roles and responsibilities.

To everyone, please reach out to my office if I can help you in any way. You can reach me at h[email protected] or 860-240-0529

Stay safe and healthy,

State Senator Henri Martin

Serving the 31st senatorial district which includes the towns of Bristol, Harwinton, Plainville, Plymouth and Thomaston.