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Posted to: HealthHometown HeroesCovid Maritza Bond managed to turn off her brain and grab four hours of sleep. Then a thought awoke her at a. It was March, in the first weeks of the worst public-health crisis in a century. Bond was in the midst of it. She was now in her second month on the job.
She was scrambling night and day to figure out how to prevent thousands of people from dying. She was having breathing problems.
She reached her mom. Her mom was breathing hard and described her symptoms. The world was still learning about Covid Mom was put on a ventilator. She recovered enough to return home. Bond, consumed with concern about how to protect New Haveners, now was trying to figure out how to protect her mom as well. She had a job to do here in New Haven, not to mention two boys at home to take care of.
The solution hit her at that a. She met the owner. She still had his. It had been thick to begin with. But remembering that story nine months later, Bond started tearing. She has brought the same focus she brought on finding her mother groceries to finding solutions to the mystery of how best to contain a pandemic. Thousands of New Haven government employees worked harder than ever this year and put their lives at risk. Firefighters and cops worked double shifts and wandered each day into Covid hotspots, both at headquarters and in the community.
Teachers struggled to keep students learning online while in many cases keeping their own children focused at home. Workers labored from morning into night to keep elections running. Inspectors donned masks and gloves to ensure business owners kept customers and landlords kept tenants safe. Drivers picked up the garbage and plowed and cleaned the streets in Covid red zones. Department he put in overtime to figure out how to keep work going amid coronavirus unknowns and vanishing revenues. Bond and her team at the health department were among those thousands of public-service heroes in They have had to improvise in tackling a coronavirus that spread worldwide before scientists knew much about it.
Working along with her staff, the mayor, fellow department he, and people in the community, Bond put New Haven ahead of the curve. Months before the state, she teamed up with Yale medical and public-health students to do contact tracing throughout the city in order to limit the spread of the coronavirus. She teamed with faith leaders to convince evangelical churches to move services online.
She helped organize a team of inspectors from different city departments to pop in on businesses to ensure they complied with Covid restrictions — and shut them down if they refused. No matter how much guff she got in return. She does her job. She has no problem calling me New Haven eyed latin seeking very thick letting me know officers are not wearing a mask. Bond, who is 42, had a sense something was happening on the ground on Sunday, Jan.
She discovered how during her freshman year at Southern Connecticut State University. She declared public health as her major, got a graduate degree, and moved to Ansonia in to begin her career. The weekend before she started her job as city health director, thousands of high school students were staying at the Omni Hotel on Temple Street for a Model United Nations Conference. A student from China had flu-like symptoms. Officials feared he may have come down with a coronavirus that was killing people in China.
People here were beginning to hear about it. Had it arrived on our shores? On that Jan. The students were sent home. Bond received calls about it from health department staffers and from Mayor Justin Elicker. That night she met by phone with her staffers to begin discussing what to do if this coronavirus arrived in New Haven. She encouraged New Haveners to get flu shots.
Back in her office, she pivoted. She inherited a broken department, an embarrassment for New Haven government. A data breach had compromised the private records of at least adults and minors with sexually transmitted diseases STDs. Five separate judges had excoriated the city for violating the law in its enforcement of laws governing lead paint.
Bond started that Monday on developing new standing procedures for lead paint enforcement and hiring inspectors. But she also got to work on what would later be called Covid The crisis was coming. So in addition to seeking information, she and her clinical nurse director, epidemiologist, and emergency preparedness coordinator crafted a plan for what to do if the coronavirus hit the city. We were not ready. She met with emergency operations chief Rick Fontana and other department he.
Bond flashed back to the first day of her public health career, in She had taken a job as a community health outreach worker for the Naugatuck Valley Health District. An anthrax threat came in that day, in Oxford. Her team had to stop what it was doing to grasp what anthrax attacks could look like, and how they would respond. Now, in New Haven inBond realized she would need to pivot again. And this time fears of a crisis came true. Her department launched a dashboard to inform people online about case s and precautions to stay safe.
Elicker and Bond held daily press conferences. In contrast to officials seeking to downplay the coronavirus elsewhere in the country, Bond continued delivering facts, charts, and advice at these conferences through the rest of the year.
New Haven issued one of the first public orders to close businesses, limit gatheringsand socially distance. It was one of the first to close schools. Black churches, Orthodox Jewish congregations, and Hispanic Evangelical Christian groups blasted Bond and Elicker for seeking to limit their services. Bond resorted to teamwork. They organized webinars with dozens of ministers to lay out the Covid facts, challenges and rules. Bond turned for help to the Rev. Abraham Hernandez. Hernandez has influence in the Latino religious community.
Having grown up in the church in New Haven, Bond knew Hernandez. Nevertheless, hospital beds started filling up. But caselo soared into the hundreds, then thousands. This week the approached 7, to date; the of deaths passed Private practices shut down. So the health department activated a hour hotline to help people needing medical advice.
Early on, they noticed that Black and Latino neighborhoods had the most cases and the most deaths. The national and federal governments had yet to offer much help with testing or contact tracing. Yale-New Haven launched a testing site on Long Wharf.
Bond raced to find others to pitch in.
CVS helped. Yale-New Haven added pop-ups. A Greenwich doctor named Steven Murphy stepped in to set up clinics. The governor and a U. He failed to notify some New Haveners for weeksif ever, that they had tested negative.
Scrambling to provide testing, the Elicker administration tarried in responding to those revelations. Eventually it severed its contract with Murphy. Bond noted that the problems never stopped anyone who tested positive from learning they had the disease. New Haven also took the lead on contact tracing. Medical and public-health students at Yale were doing tracing in-house. Bond reached out. Could they do the same for New Haven? This was a chance to engage them in real public health work. They enlisted grad students to call people who tested positive, then track down people with whom they had had contact.
The callers advised them to go into day quarantines, and followed up. Sometimes the callers were the only person elderly people could turn to amid fear and confusion about the disease. She was very pragmatic about it.
He offered one exception: New Haven was the only community in Connecticut to fail to reopen schools when cases dropped.New Haven eyed latin seeking very thick
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