Corona Virus Info

Friday, April 22, 2pm: After a nearly 9 week low infection period,  Sherman has had 8 new confirmed covid-19 cases in the last 2 weeks. In addition, with so many individuals using home covid tests, it is presumed that the count is significantly higher than that. If you do test positive, remember that you need at a minimum 5 days of isolation before you can go out in public and you must wear a mask until day 10. Many health professionals are making note that the symptoms of this last strain seem to be less severe and more resemble a cold, although dizziness is also a prominent symptom. It is recommend that you get your second booster shot if you qualify for one. Qualification is based on the time period between boosters.  

UPDATE February 24, 2022: Although Sherman has been on a steady decline of COVID 19 cases, we  experienced 2 confirmed cases this week. Previous to this week we had only 2 cases over the past four weeks

MASKS: The mask policy in Mallory Town Hall has changed from a “requirement” to an optional choice. The exception to this is if you are an unvaccinated person. Unvaccinated individuals must continue to wear a mask in Mallory Town Hall.

Our public officials and Town leaders still highly recommend vaccination shots and/or boosters even as we seemingly are moving into a more of an “endemic” stage of covid-19 as opposed to a “pandemic” stage.

UPDATE February 2, 1:30pm:
Sherman has experienced a significant drop in confirmed covid cases over the last 3 weeks. There have been 6 confirmed cases. The Vaccination Van will be in New Fairfield and in Sherman on the following dates:

New Fairfield High School Cafeteria: 2/9 3-7pm (children and adults); 2/12 9-5 (over 12); 2/26 9-5 (over 12); 2/12 9-5 (over 12); 3/26 9-5 (over 12).

Sherman School: 2/16 3:30-7pm (children and adults).

St. Edwards church in New Fairfield: 2/23 11:30-6:00pm (over 12); 3/3 11:30-6:00pm (over 12); 3/23 11:30-6:00pm (over 12).

UPDATE Tuesday, January 18, 1:30pm:
Sherman experienced only 5 confirmed covid cases over the weekend and there are indications that we are in a downward trend. Meanwhile, here is a link wherein each family can order 4 test kits at no charge: COVID Home Tests | USPS

Update Thursday, January 13, 10 am: Public health has reported 24 more confirmed cases of covid in Sherman since last Thursday, January 6 into today, January 13. The state weekend count (Friday to Monday) was more than 30,000 cases.

UPDATE Friday, January 7, 12 pm: Rapid covid-19 home test kits and k95 masks will again be distributed on Sunday, January 9 starting at 10 a.m. while supplies last at the Sherman School outside on the sidewalk in front of the playground. We are distributing 200 kits. One kit per household. Each kit contains 2 tests. Please have proof of Sherman residence readily available for quick drive-thru pick-up. Tests are for those needing results immediately.

Stay Safe!

UPDATE January 4, 2022, 3:00 pm: Sherman has experienced 20 more confirmed cases of covid-19 this week. Cases are significantly on the rise and wearing a mask indoors when among people outside of your family is strongly recommended. 80% of all hospitalizations are people who are not vaccinated. So, please, if you’re not vaccinated, do so. Below are some opportunities in our local area.

Vaccination Van

UPDATE Wednesday, Dec. 29 10:45 am: Sherman’s confirmed covid caseload is at an all-time high and mirrors the situation all across the state. Public Health reported 25 confirmed covid-19 cases last week in Sherman. Please be vigilant over the remaining holiday days: stay away from crowds; wear a mask indoors; and if for some reason you are not vaccinated, get vaccinated. If the booster is appropriate for you, get the booster. While vaccination does not assure that you will keep from getting covid-19, it’s proven to greatly reduce symptoms. 80% of Connecticut covid cases that have resulted in hospitalization are non-vaccinated individuals.

Today, Wednesday, December 29th, the vaccination center in New Fairfield located at St. Edwards church is open from 11 a.m. to 6:30 pm. All three vaccines plus boosters are available free of charge. No appointment necessary.

Rapid covid-19 home test kits will be distributed on Friday, December 31 from 9 am till 12 pm (or while supply lasts) at the Sherman School outside on the sidewalk by the front office. One kit per household. Each kit contains 2 tests. Please have proof of Sherman residence readily available for quick drive-thru pick-up. Tests are for those needing results immediately and shouldn’t be stored for future use.


UPDATE Tuesday, December 21, 11:30 am:
With covid numbers rising significantly, we are continuing to recommend wearing masks indoors among groups of people with whom you do not know their vaccination status. We strongly recommend getting fully vaccinated and follow-up booster shots. If you are not vaccinated, by Governor Lamont’s executive order, you are required to wear a mask indoors. Also, anyone visiting Mallory Town Hall is required to wear a mask.  

UPDATE Thursday, December 16, 9:30 am:  Sherman is in the midst of its highest spike in cases. We are still seeing double-digit confirmed cases each of the last 3 weeks and currently have nearly 20 active cases. The cases, presently, are an equal mix of adult, children, and adult-breakthrough cases.

In conjunction with our local and state health departments, we can’t stress enough the importance of completing your vaccinations and following that with a booster shot at the appropriate time.  Below is some information on the New Fairfield Vaccination Van. This will be the last vaccination van in New Fairfield until the new year: This Saturday, December 18,  9 AM to 5 PM at the New Fairfield High School cafeteria.  CVS and Walgreens also have spots open for vaccinations and boosters as do several other pharmacy outlets.

UPDATE Tuesday, November 30 at 10 am: Sherman has experienced 14 new confirmed covid-19 cases over the last 2 weeks. Most of the cases, with the exception of 2, have been children whose ages range from 2  years to 12 years. The entire state of Connecticut is experiencing a significant uptick in cases during this time.

Currently, the entire world is concerned about the new covid variant omicron. There is much more to be learned about this variant and there are no extra precautions or protocols yet in Sherman as a result of the discovery of omicron. People are advised to continue wearing a mask when appropriate (large groups), get vaccinated, and, if vaccinated, get the booster shot when appropriate.   

UPDATE November 5, 3:00 pm:
Public Health reported one more confirmed case of covid-19 in Sherman. Currently, Sherman remains in the red on the state covid tracker map. Keep in mind that, due to our population, it only takes a small spate of cases to change our status on the state map.

With regard to the Vaccination Van in New Fairfield, there is no appointment necessary and vaccinations are free of charge.

UPDATE October 29, 2021, 1pm:
The Vaccine Van is in New Fairfield at St. Edward's Church every Wednesday from 11:30 to 6:30 and at the New Fairfield High School cafeteria on Saturday from 9 am to 5pm. J&J, Moderna, and Pfizer first and second vaccinations are available and so are the boosters for anyone who qualifies. 
After a few weeks of almost no cases, Sherman has experienced 11 confirmed covid-19 cases in the last 2 weeks. These cases, as has been the trend here, are all family related and not part of a super spreader event. They serve as a reminder that we must remain vigilant and continue our best practices of masking and distancing. 

UPDATE Friday, September 24, 3pm: Sherman has experienced only 2 confirmed covid-19 cases in the last 2 weeks. We are currently back in the “gray” on the state map – the best color to be. Our vaccination rate among eligible individuals is 60.2%. (The state average is 68%)  See below for CDC information on booster shots.

Booster dose recommendations

COVID-19 Vaccine Providers in Connecticut may begin administration of Pfizer booster doses in line with the FDA emergency use authorization and CDC recommendations.

CDC recommends:  

  • People 65 years and older and residents in long-term care settings shouldreceive a booster shot of Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine at least 6 months after their Pfizer-BioNTech primary series,   
  • People aged 50–64 years with underlying medical conditionsshould receive a booster shot of Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine at least 6 months after their Pfizer-BioNTech primary series,
  • People aged 18–49 years with underlying medical conditionsmay* receive a booster shot of Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine at least 6 months after their Pfizer-BioNTech primary series, based on their individual benefits and risks, and
  • People aged 18-64 years who are at increased risk for COVID-19 exposure and transmission because of occupational or institutional setting may*receive a booster shot of Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine at least 6 months after their Pfizer-BioNTech primary series, based on their individual benefits and risks.

            *See ACIP Shared Clinical Decision-Making Recommendations

Note that persons who received Moderna or J&J vaccines for their primary doses are not included in the CDC recommendation currently. We expect to receive several continued updates to booster dose guidelines over the next weeks. These will include further clarification of today’s recommendations; and likely include recommendations related to the Moderna and the J&J vaccines as well as potential expansion of the recommended population groups.

We encourage providers to begin outreach to those who are 65+ and at least 6 months from the second dose of the primary series of Pfizer as well as those who are under 65 and meet the CDC recommendations to encourage them to receive booster doses.

UPDATE September 2, 3:10 PM: Sherman reported 3 new confirmed cases of covid-19 this week. This raises our post-vaccination total to 11 cases and keeps Sherman in the “red” on the state map.

UPDATE August 27, 2021:
This is the first covid-19 update in many months and the reason for that is because Sherman went more than 3 months in the post-vaccination period without a single case. Now we are beginning to get word of new cases. Sherman currently has 8 reported cases since August 13. Technically, and for the state’s recording purposes, we are now in the “red” on the covid-19 case map, which is the worst designation.   For our purposes, I am going to start our confirmed case count at zero from the mid-August date and we will call this the post-vaccination period. So, presently, our case count is 8.

Sherman’s vaccination rate is around 60% and we would like to get that higher. We will be having the Vaccination Van come to Sherman from 9am to 5pm on September 18 at Charter Hall. The van will return on October 9 for second shots. This is free and is a great opportunity to be vaccinated if you haven’t yet.    

Don Lowe
First Selectman – Sherman CT




WHEN:  Wednesday, August 18 (9AM – 7PM)

Monday, August 23 (9AM – 7PM)

Thursday, August 26 (9AM – 7PM)

No appointment necessary

WHERE:  New Fairfield High School Parking Lot

WHAT: J&J, Moderna, Pfizer – your choice; no charge

WHO:  Anyone over 12.  Children under 18 must be accompanied by         parent or guardian

WHYTo protect your loved ones and the community:

  • COVID-19 case rates are risingrapidly in New Fairfield and Sherman
  • Vaccination rates in New Fairfield and Sherman are lower than other towns in the area and are well below herd immunity levels
  • Unvaccinated persons account for the vast majority of new COVID-19 infections, hospitalizations, and deaths
  • The COVID-19 Delta variant is widely prevalent in Connecticut (77% of all tested) and is more infectious than prior strains
  • School and increased indoor time are fast approaching
  • COVID-19 vaccination is our most effective strategy to prevent infection and severe disease

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Update, Friday, May 21< 10:30 am:
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Update, Monday, April 19, 9:25 am: 
Public health reported that Sherman experienced 14 more cases in the last two weeks. Our total amount of cases since this pandemic began is 196. Almost all of the new cases in the last 6 weeks are individuals in the age 0 to 40 range. Although there is no “super spreader” event, this winter and spring’s rise in cases, which made up over 95% of the total cases, is due to a relaxing of attention to the known health protocols (distancing, masking, etc.) and a more virulent Covid variant.  The good news is that getting vaccinated offers protection against the new variant.  51 percent of Sherman residents have now, at least, had their first dose.

Update, Thursday, April 1, 2:15 pm:
According to Public Health, Sherman has experienced 19 confirmed cases of covid-19 in the last 2 weeks. Case counts are on a significant rise and it’s not due to one event. According to Public Health, people are letting their guard down at a time when we really need extra attention to the health and social distancing protocols that we all know so well.

Update, Friday, March 19, 3:15 pm:
Public health informed us that Sherman has experienced 10 new confirmed cases of covid-19 over the last 2 weeks. Our Town positivity rate is 4.8% and our 2 week per 100,000 population index number has dropped to 19.8 – an improvement.   Out of 169 towns, we are rated 68 for cases per 100,000 population. (The larger the number the better on that statistic.)  Overall, Sherman has experienced a total of 160 positive covid-19 cases since the pandemic started.  Public health has asked for extra vigilance on health protocols and considers the next 4 weeks to be critical towards our success at mitigating another resurgence of the virus.

Update, Wednesday, March 10, 3:40 pm:
Public Health reports 5 more confirmed cases of covid-19 infection in Sherman. Our 2-week case per 100,000 in population index has risen to 25.7 and Sherman ranks among the highest in the state, right now, for infection rate. Much of the spread here in Sherman is attributed to family spread as opposed to a super-spreader event or something like that. As we move closer to more people getting vaccinated it is imperative that we not drop our guard and that we remain vigilant of not spreading this virus by practicing the health protocols that we all know so well: wear a mask; keep your distance; wash your hands frequently.   

Update, Friday, March 5, 2:45 PM:
Public health has reported 9 new confirmed cases of covid-19 in Sherman this week. Our rolling 2-week total is 14 confirmed cases. According to the State, our index rate per 100,000 in population is 25.7, which is higher than last week. Sherman’s total case count since the pandemic began is 165. We have experienced 3 deaths from covid-19.  

Update, Friday, February 26, 11:15 am:
Public Health has 5 new confirmed cases of covid 19 this week. Our two-week total is 9 cases and that’s an uptick from the previous week. Presently our incidence rate of 17.8 cases per 100,000 ranks us at 97th in the state out of 169 municipalities. There is some concern that this may be the result of the new covid variant. In any case, it’s critical to continue following all of the recommended distancing and safety protocols such as wearing a mask and washing hands frequently. 

Update, Thursday, February 18, 3 pm:
In the week beginning February 15, Sherman has experienced 5 additional confirmed cases of covid-19. This makes our total confirmed case number to be 142 since the pandemic’s start. Overall, statewide, our confirmed case count has dropped significantly and is now, statewide, below 2% for the first time since last September.

Update, Friday, February 5, 2:30 pm:
Public Health has reported 6 more confirmed cases of covid 19  this week. Our two-week total is now 18 cases and Sherman is experiencing, after a six week slowdown, an increase in cases again.

Update Wednesday, February 3, 2:45 pm:
Public health has informed us that Sherman has 7 new confirmed cases on covid-19 this week. Our two week number per 100,000 cases now sits at 21.7. Our total cases count since the start of the pandemic is 131. As of today, 40% of Sherman residents 75-years-and-older have been vaccinated.

UPDATE Thursday, January 28, 1:00 pm:
Public Health has reported 3 more confirmed cases of covid-19 in Sherman. This puts our two-week total of cases at 11. 

UPDATE Monday, January 25, 10:30 am:
Public health has reported 2 more confirmed cases of covid-19 for Sherman. 

UPDATE Friday, January 22, 9:30 am:
Health professionals and others of us who are trying to offer clear information about Covid-19 and the vaccination process are sometimes straddled by rumors, especially on social media platforms. This has been an ongoing problem since the pandemic began. Below are some Twitter and Facebook misinformation rumors that have been recently showing up regarding vaccine and vaccinations.



UPDATE Wednesday, January 20, 3:15 pm:
This week, public health has announced 6 more confirmed cases of covid-19 infection. This makes 12 cases in our rolling 2-week total. These numbers represent a decrease in cases from the heights of November and December. Sherman has experienced 93 cases since the pandemic began. Some good news: many Sherman residents age 75 and older have made appointments for vaccination. Also, many of our first line responders are taking their second vaccination shot in the coming days.

UPDATE Friday, January 15, 11 am:
This week public health reported 6 new confirmed cases of covid-19 in Sherman. The previous week it reported 7, so our now-important two-week rolling total is 13. (The two-week total more closely represents the active case count.) According to the State Department of Health, Sherman is now 161 out of 169 municipalities for infection rate, marking us even lower than the previous week. (169 is the best. This is a list that you want to be at the bottom of.)   This is different than the State’s number, but as I have written before, the state calculates “confirmed” cases and “probable” cases and adds them together. I only list confirmed cases here. The recent numbers of the last 4 weeks indicate that Sherman is trending towards less covid infection. We hope it continues. Sincerely, Don Lowe – First Selectman  

UPDATE, Friday, January 8, 9:50 am:
I’d like to offer some perspective on Sherman’s Covid-19 numbers. It’s normal to look at the current numbers and become discouraged or even panicked. Instead, however, I hope that we can take in this information and re-commit ourselves to the best practice protocols that we all know so well: wearing masks in the company of non-immediate family members, washing hands regularly, and practicing proper social distancing. Also, our infection rate in Sherman, while much higher than we want, compares very favorably with other Connecticut municipalities. Our rate is 21.7 cases as per 100,000 people. (If Sherman had a population of 100,000, then we would average out at 21.7 cases.) Out of 169 Connecticut municipalities, we are 156th (that's a good thing) as far as infection rates. We are doing better than most, so keep it up!

Thank you,
Don Lowe – First Selectman

UPDATE, Thursday, January 7, 10:15 am:
As of this morning, Public Health has reported 2 more confirmed cases of covid-19 in Sherman. This accounts for 12 cases in the last 2 weeks.

UPDATE, Wednesday, Jan. 6, 9:50 am:
Our public health department has reported 3 more confirmed cases of covid-19 in Sherman. Our two week total (considered “active cases” ) is 10 cases now. Out total case count since the pandemic began is 79 confirmed cases.

UPDATE, Monday, January 4, 2021, 10 am:
Our public health department has reported 5 new confirmed cases of Covid-19. This makes 61 cases since our mid-October increase. (Overall, Sherman has experienced 76 cases.) More significantly, we have experienced 12 cases in the last 2 weeks and these cases are more likely to be considered “active” cases. We experienced 2 deaths in April from Covid-19, but there have been no further deaths in Sherman related to the pandemic.

Update, Monday, December 28, 11 am:
Our public health department reports 3 new confirmed cases of covid-19. Our confirmed case total since the October 21 uptick began is now 56. Our overall count since the pandemic began is 71. As of last week, we have added a “Covid-19 Vaccine” portal on this website. As clear information develops on vaccinations, we will continually update that information. 

UPDATE, Tuesday, December 22, 2020, 10:35 am:

Public health reported 2 more confirmed cases of covid-19 in Sherman today. In the last 9 weeks, Sherman has had 53 Covid-19 cases reported. There is no data on hospitalizations and there have been no deaths related to covid-19 in Sherman  in the last 9 weeks.  


UPDATE, Monday, December 21, 9:30 am:
Sherman has 2 new confirmed cases of covid-19. In the last 9 weeks, we have experienced 51 confirmed cases and 66 cases overall. Again, with the holiday season on us, please be vigilant about the guests you receive and where you travel. These next 6 to 8 weeks are critical so please follow the proper health protocols in the most diligent ways possible.

UPDATE Friday, December 18, 12:45 pm:
Sherman Public Health has reported 3 more confirmed cases of Covid-19. We’ve experienced 49 cases in 8 weeks and 64 overall since the pandemic started.  

UPDATE, Wednesday, December 16, 3:00 pm:
Sherman has been reported 2 new cases of covid-19. We’ve experienced 46 cases in 8 weeks and 61 total since the pandemic began. Our health department, emergency services, and Board of Selectmen urge you to follow covid-19 protocols of mask wearing, social distancing, and hand/surface cleanliness. Please be careful where you visit and who you receive as visitors.

UPDATE, Tuesday, December 15, 9:30 am:
Sherman has one more reported confirmed case of Covid-19. Our total count since October 21 (approximately 8 weeks) is 44 cases. Our total count since the pandemic began in March is 59.   

UPDATE. Friday, December 11, 12:30 pm:
Today Sherman has a reported 5 new confirmed cases of Covid-19. We’ve experienced 43 cases in the last 7 weeks. We have had 58 cases overall. While this significant increase is not due to any particular event, it does speak to the need for all of us to re-commit to social distancing, wearing masks around non-family members, and staying with the cleanliness protocols. Yesterday the Sherman School moved on to a remote curriculum and will not be holding “in-person” class until January. Please, as you go about your holiday necessities, try to stay clear of groups and gatherings. Be mindful of your travel plans. Shipments of the vaccination are slated to arrive on December 14, but the roll out of that will take several months. Meanwhile, we need to stay the course during these winter months. Please feel free to reach out to me for questions and concerns. You may also reach out to me if you just want to feel connected. Also, our Social Services can help you with feeling connected and also with food and heating oil needs. That number is 860 354 2414.

Best wishes!


UPDATE, Thursday, December 10, 10:30 am:
Sherman has had 2 more reported confirmed Covid-19 cases. Sherman has experienced 38 confirmed cases in the 7 weeks and 53 overall cases.

UPDATE, Wednesday, December 9, 11:15 am:
This morning, 4 additional confirmed cases of Covid-19 were reported in Sherman.  This makes a total of 36 new confirmed cases in the last 7 weeks. There is no data on how many of those cases remain active. There are no reported deaths. Since the pandemic began in March, Sherman’s total confirmed case load as reported to my office from public health is 51.

UPDATE, Sunday, December 6, 5:30 pm:
6 more cases of Covid-19 were reported for Sherman today. This totals 32 cases in the last 7 weeks. Our total confirmed count is 47 since the pandemic began.  

Update Wednesday, December 2, 11:25 am:
Sherman has another reported confirmed case of covid -19. This is our 26th case in the last six weeks and our total confirmed count is 41 cases.  

Update Monday, November 30, 10:30 am:
Sherman public health has reported 5 new confirmed cases of covid-19. We have experienced 25 confirmed cases in the last 6 weeks. This increase reflects the overall state and national trend of increased cases and amplifies the need to be ever-vigilant during this holiday season. Please limit gatherings to only close household family members and continue wearing face-coverings, keeping your hands clean, and following social distancing measures. In the meantime, we are in the early stage of planning for vaccine distribution and hold hope that the situation will improve as we get closer to spring. Meanwhile, stay especially vigilant.   

UPDATE, Tuesday, November 24, 9:15 am
Sherman has one more confirmed case of Covid-19. This makes 20 cases in the last 5 weeks. Our total confirmed case count is 35. With Thanksgiving coming up, the Sherman health department asks you to carefully consider how you gather for this holiday. Health officials all over the nation are greatly concerned about a significant spike in cases from travel to red zone areas and the mixing of populations that Thanksgiving brings. Please be mindful of where you travel and who you receive as guests in order to protect yourself and others.  

UPDATE Thursday, November 19, 11:00 am:
Sherman has one more confirmed case of Covid-19. This makes 19 cases in the last 4 weeks. Our total confirmed case count is 34.  


Here is a poem by the writer, James Crews. I think it sends an important message. Enjoy! Don

Winter Morning

When I can no longer say thank you

for this new day and the waking into it,

for the cold scrape of the kitchen chair

and the ticking of the space heater glowing

orange as it warms the floor near my feet,

I know it’s because I’ve been fooled again

by the selfish, unruly man who lives in me

and believes he deserves only safety

and comfort. But if I pause as I do now,

and watch the streetlights outside flashing

off one by one like old men blinking their

cloudy eyes, if I listen to my tired neighbors

slamming car doors hard against the morning

and see the steaming coffee in their mugs

kissing chapped lips as they sip and

exhale each of their worries white into

the icy air around their faces—then I can

remember this one life is a gift each of us

was handed and told to open: Untie the bow

and tear off the paper, look inside

and be grateful for whatever you find

even if it is only the scent of a tangerine

that lingers on the fingers long after

you’ve finished peeling it.

James Crews


UPDATE Tuesday, November 17,  10:45 am:
Sherman has had reported 4 more Covid-19 cases. This makes 18 cases since October 21 when we began to see a significant uptick in cases. Our total case count is now 33. Again, these cases are not the result of one event, the ages vary from 15 years-old to 76 years-old. But the case load now is reflective of the overall uptick in cases that is presently rising. We all need to re-commit ourselves to following the proper protocols that we know so well: face coverings, don’t gather in groups, social distancing, and cleaning hands and surfaces.


UPDATE, Tuesday, November 17,  7:45 am:
Here is a link provided by the State to help you find a testing location. Simply put our zip code into the box and sites within convenient driving range will come up.


UPDATE Monday, November 16,  10:40 am:
Sherman has received  a report of another covid-19 confirmed case -- the 14
th case since October 21. Our total confirmed case count is now 29.  

UPDATE Sunday, November 15, 5:30 pm:
Sherman has 2 new confirmed cases on Covid-19. This makes 13 confirmed cases since October 21 and our total cumulative case count is 28 confirmed cases. 

We are are in a definite increase in cases and our case count now is higher and occurring faster than it was when the pandemic began in March. However, each of these cases is a separate infection and, so far, we have not had a "super spreader" event. This recent increase speaks more to the increase in the virus in our region overall and also to people's covid virus "fatigue" wherein we became too casual about our protections. It's important to re-energize our approach  to protecting against the virus. It is also important to consider how you are spending Thanksgiving in terms of travel elsewhere and to the guests you receive in your home.  We will get through this.
Don Lowe, First Selectman 

Update Saturday, November 14, 7:45 pm:
Sherman has one more confirmed case of covid infection. This is our 11th cases since October 21 and our 26th confirmed case in total.

UPDATE Friday, November 13, 9:25 am:  
As confirmed Covid 19 cases increase nationwide, Connecticut is following what other states have put in place: an app to help track Covid-19 cases. Here is the link:


UPDATE Thursday, November 12, 10:40 am:
Sherman has a new confirmed covid case. This is the 10thh case since October 21. Our cumulative confirmed case total since March when the pandemic began is 25 cases.  With Thanksgiving coming up, it is critical that citizens carefully consider their travel plans and also the guests they receive. Health officials are extremely concerned about a dramatic spike in cases in the week following Thanksgiving as it is a time when people tend to gather. In the meantime, arrangements between state and federal health officials are being planned for vaccine distribution which may commence on a select basis around the start of the new year.   

UPDATE Tuesday, November 10, 10:30 am:
Sherman has a new confirmed covid case. This is the 9th case since October 21. Our cumulative confirmed case total since  the pandemic’s start in March is 24.  

UPDATE Friday, November 6, 1:00 pm:
Due to a covid-19 exposure within the Town Hall workforce, Town personnel will not be reporting to work inside the building until Thursday, Nov. 12. Instead, all personnel will be working from home. They will be checking emails and doing their very best to serve the Sherman public in this way.  Although the exposure risk is minimal, we are doing this out of an abundance of caution. 

UPDATE Thursday, November 5, 8:30 am:

Sherman has one more confirmed covid case and currently has 8 active cases and a cumulative confirmed case count of 23. 

UPDATE Tuesday, November 3 9:30 am:
Sherman has another reported confirmed Covid-19 case. This is Sherman’s 7th  covid-19 case in 14 days. Our cumulative confirmed case count is 22.

UPDATE Friday, October 30, 6:00 pm:

Please refer to the State guidelines for Halloween activities.

As the Town has recommended before, traditional door-to-door trick-or-treating is strongly discouraged. Halloween parties and gatherings are also discouraged unless the group can be properly distanced. The key is to keep the gatherings small enough to fully consider the current health protocols that are advised such as face coverings, hand and surface cleanliness, and proper distancing.

UPDATE Friday, October 30, 1:00 pm:
I’d like to try to shed light on concerns I have received about the recent spate of Covid-19 case. While the Town cannot reveal any personal information about Covid-19 cases, I am able to confirm that, so far, none of these 6 new cases involve the Sherman School. Nor are any of these cases part of any “event” or cluster.   Two cases are in the same household and all of the other 4 are individual cases of Sherman residents involving a range of ages from 20 years-old to 64 years-old.  Please continue practicing the recommended Covid-19 health protocols. Even though one health recommendation is to not gather and to try to keep travel to a minimum, it’s still important that you not isolate. Reach out in other ways – phone, Internet, etc. -- to friends, relatives, and neighbors.  It’s critical that you not become depressed or despondent in ways that are unhealthy for you. You are always welcome to reach out to me. Sincerely, Don Lowe – First Selectman; cell # 860 778 3394.   

UPDATE Thursday, October 29, 1 pm:
Sherman has another reported confirmed Covid-19 case. This is the 6th case in 9 days.

UPDATE Thursday, October 29, 10:30 am:
Sherman has one more reported confirmed case of Covid-19. This is the fifth confirmed case in the last 9 days. Our cumulative confirmed case count is now 21.  

UPDATE Tuesday, October 27, 1:15 pm: 
Sherman has 2 new confirmed cases of Covid-19. This brings our total confirmed case count to 20. As much as ever, it is important to maintain a fierce vigilance toward preventing the spread of Covid-19. Please wash hands frequently, sanitize oft-used surfaces frequently,  wear a face covering in public, and keep your distance, when possible, from others. Thank you.

UPDATE  Wednesday, October 21, 6:25 am:

Sherman has 2 new confirmed Covid-19 cases that are presently active. Our cumulative total of confirmed cases is 18. The entire state is facing a significant increase in confirmed Covid-19 cases and we ask that Sherman residents limit travel and strictly adhere to the health protocols of face coverings and washing hands. Thank you.

Don Lowe
First Selectman – Sherman CT

UPDATE Thursday, October 8, 1:00 pm:  
For further and more succinct Halloween guidance see this link from the State.


UPDATE  Wednesday October 7,  2:00 pm:

With regard for the upcoming Halloween please review these guidelines as per Covid-19. Here is the link:

UPDATE Monday, October 5,  11:50 am: 

Sherman remains steady at 16 confirmed Covid-19 cases and 5 probable cases. (The State lists that as 21 cases.) Three weeks ago, we had our first case in more than four months. As described to me by our health director, we have no current or probable cases. All of the State’s case numbers are cumulative and do not necessarily reflect what is going on in the present. That describes Sherman’s current situation. While this is good news as the State overall is seeing an increase in cases, we must remain as vigilant as ever to guard against a virus spreading situation here. 

Thank you,


UPDATE  Monday, September 21,  11:20 am: 

Sherman has a new case of Covid-19. This will be our first active case in approximately four months. According to the most recent state data, the addition of this case makes our total confirmed Covid-19 cases at 16. The state also lists 5 “probably” cases; however, 4 of those are from several weeks ago and are deemed not to be cases.

 UPDATE  Wednesday, September 16,  1:30 pm:

As of today, Sherman has no reports of any active Covid-19 cases. We have had 15 cases total but the last “confirmed” active case is from April of 2020. However, there has been some confusion. Currently, the State has Sherman listed as 20 cases – 15 “confirmed” cases and 5 “probable” cases. After speaking with our Health Director, “probable” Covid-19 cases mean cases/individuals with possible symptoms that are either awaiting test results or are quarantined to see if symptoms persist. It’s important to note that “probable” cases, just like the “confirmed” cases do not come off of the count. They remain part of the count as “probable” and “confirmed” whether they are currently active or not. Currently, as of this date, there is one active “probable” case and no active “confirmed” cases. 

 Don Lowe
First Selectman – Sherman CT

UPDATE Monday, August 31, 10:50 am:

Sherman has, thus far, been quite successful in navigating through the Covid-19 and at keeping transmission of the virus down. Our cumulative Covid-19 cases count remains at 16 where it has been since mid-April. We had 10 cases and 2 deaths early on in March, but significantly improved after that. Yet, with that said, and with the emerging rise in cases statewide, we stay ever vigilant. I am extremely grateful that we were able to make it through summer without any new cases and at the same time held some form of most of our traditional happenings without problems. The same earnest carefulness against Covid-19 transmission will take place�€€ at the Sherman School in its new school year. Our Town’s diligence, as ever before, remains steadfast.

Don Lowe
First Selectman – Sherman CT

UPDATE Wednesday, July 1,  2:00 pm:

Our covid-19 case numbers haven’t changed in six seeks now. We remain at 14 cumulative cases and 2 resulting deaths. I certainly thank Sherman residents for their patience and diligence through this hard period. Early on, in March, after an initial rash of 10 cases, the Town recommended the “stay clean” and social distancing protocols we all know so well, made face coverings mandatory, and firmly asked travelers to Sherman from hotspot areas to self-quarantine for 14 days.  Our cases count since the end of March has only been 4 cases and this is a tribute to you folks who took this seriously. Sherman was actually 2 weeks ahead of the state on recommending face coverings, and remarkably, the Federal government only last week (June 25) came out in recommending face coverings. Of all the protocols, face coverings along with social distancing have had the most profound effect on limiting infection rates. If you cannot socially distance, wear a mask.

An important aspect of getting through this massive change in our regular routines is to not despair and to not isolate.  Here is a link titled, "CT’s COVID-19 Quarantine & Isolation Support and How You Can Help" that offers help and suggestions for individuals struggling with isolation or panic from this crisis. Here is the link:

I wish all of you a safe and happy Fourth of July as we celebrate the birth of our amazing nation.

Thank you,
Don Lowe – First Selectman


UPDATE  Thursday, June 18, 3:20 pm:

Our positive covid cases in Sherman remain at 14 and we have had 2 fatalities. These numbers have not changed in 5 weeks.

With that said, we must remain vigilant of spreading the Covid-19 virus and must adhere to wearing masks when social distancing is not possible. Almost certainly, it was our early adherence to wearing masks and following proper health protocols that has kept our numbers so low here in Sherman. (After 10 cases in the first 2 weeks, we have had 4 in the last 10 weeks.) With that said, we are opening our Town beach on Saturday, June 20. Beach passes are available with our boat launch guards upon proof of Sherman residency, and social distancing protocols will be made clear at the beach.

Another step forward into normalcy here in Sherman is that we are having a Summer Camp for ages 6 through 12. The camp begins on July 6, goes for 4 weeks through July 31, and is held from 9 am to noon on Monday through Friday. As the camp start date approaches, more will be announced about health protocols in order to keep everyone as safe as possible.

As your First Selectman, I ask that you continue to follow the recommended health standards during this virus crisis. As tempting as it may be, please don’t be swayed by fringe health beliefs that the virus is over, or by movements such as “No Mask Day.” An Army of health professionals agree that wearing masks and keeping our proper distance from one another is absolutely advisable; a few snipers, self-proclaimed health experts, traffic in propaganda counter to that, much of it politically motivated. Stick with the Army.   

 Don Lowe
First Selectman – Sherman CT

UPDATE  Friday, May 29, 7:30 pm:
Our cumulative covid case count remains at 14 cases and 2 resulting fatalities.

A few things related to the virus crisis:

  1. To further commemorate Memorial Day and to celebrate Flag Day, we will offer Sherman residents a drive-by parade starting at Noon, on Sunday, June 14. The parade route and other details will be coming later on and shared via NIXLE, local newspapers, and social media.
  2. Beginning Tuesday, June 2, Mallory Town Hall will return to being fully staffed. The public is still asked to use phone and email to conduct business. Emails and phone numbers as well as various building, land use, and tax forms are available on the west side doors (planning and zoning side).  
  3. The Town Beach is still closed but we anticipate opening that up when the time is right and social distancing can be achieved.
  4. Beach passes are availble at the boat launch. Just ask one of the park-and-rec employees stationed there to give you one upon proof of Sherman residency.
  5. If you haven’t already, or if you’d like another viewing, click on the Memorial Day 2020 box at the top of the home page to see the video we made for Memorial Day. We took a tough situation where we couldn’t gather for our traditional parade and turned it into something quite special.  

 Don Lowe
First Selectman – Sherman CT

UPDATE  Friday, May 22, 2:00 pm:
As of today, Sherman has had 14 positive individuals that have tested positive for corona-virus. We have had 2 corona-virus related fatalities. The State in total has had 39, 208 cases and 3,582 deaths related to the virus.

 The Sherman beach remains closed but our boat launch is open for Sherman residents only. There will be two individuals checking for residency identification. If you are a Sherman resident but your driver’s license is for elsewhere, than bring a piece of mail addressed to you such as a utility bill as proof that you own a home here.  Also, the individuals checking for residency will be able to issue beach passes if you wish to have one. As mentioned, the beach is currently closed, but it may open later in the summer. 

 The Sherman Veterans Association will be holding a private ceremony commemorating Memorial Day on Sunday morning in front of the Old Town Hall. This ceremony will be videoed and sent out to Sherman residents as a link via Nixle, our town communication system. 

 Please have a safe and happy Memorial Day weekend!

Don Lowe – Sherman First Selectman

UPDATE  Monday, May 18, 9:30 am:
On a cumulative basis, Sherman has 14 individuals living here that have tested positive for Covid-19. To review, our first report of a positive case came on March 25. This means that these 14 cases (and 2 fatalities) have come over the course of 8 weeks. Of our 14 cases, 10 of them came before April 7 – in the first 2 weeks. Correspondingly, over the last 6 weeks, we have had 4 positive cases. This seems to parallel the stricter measures Sherman had in place by April 4th, which included face coverings, 14 day self-quarantine for hotspot travelers, various closings, virtual meetings and new health protocols. I think we have to agree that these inconveniences have been well worth it in terms of slowing the progress of Covid-19 in Sherman. People often ask how many of our cases have recovered, but that isn’t information available to me or to our public health director. To date, the State reports  37,419 total cases and 3,408 covid-related deaths.

 Don Lowe
First Selectman – Sherman CT

UPDATE Thursday, May 14, 3:30 pm:
Sherman holds steady with 13 cases of coronavirus and 2 deaths. The State reports 34,885 cases and 3,125 deaths.  Please offer thanks in whatever way you feel is appropriate to our Sherman Volunteer Fire Department and EMS personnel. EMS APPRECIATION week starts on May 17 and goes till May 23. These folks have done a lot for us during this crisis.

UPDATE Saturday, May 9, 8:15 pm:
Sherman has a new Covid-19 case making our cumulative total 13 cases and 2 fatalities. 

UPDATE  Friday, May 8, 3:25 pm:
Sherman currently reports 12 positive cases of coronavirus. We, regretfully, have 2 fatalities, from this virus. Note that Sherman has had only 2 new cases in 34 days. Yet, we need to remain vigilant with our social distancing and masks are still required for anyone in our places of business or for where someone cannot remain at least 6 feet apart from others. A few things:

  • There are masks available for Seniors, and frankly, if anybody needs a mask, contact the Sherman Senior Center at 860 354 2414. Email Also, if you are feeling isolated or lonely please reach out to the Sherman Social services at 860-354-2414 or email at We have volunteers who will be happy to reach out to you.
  • Sherman will consider a "soft opening" of Town Hall after Memorial Day weekend. We will also, at that point, consider opening or keeping closed our beach. It is currently closed to the public. A decision on Summer Camp will be made in the early days of June.
  • Covid-19 testing and anti-body testing is being ramped up now in our area and more info will be forthcoming on how to have this done.
  • Please continue to lock your homes and vehicles as our neighboring Towns have had crime issues with break-ins. If you have suspicious activity at your residence please call our Town Trooper Wayne Tate at 860-354 -3715. If he’s not there, you will be transferred to Troop A state police headquarters in Southbury.
  • One last thing: If, by chance, you have unused "WORD SEARCH" books in your home and don’t need them, the Senior Center (see contact info above) has many requests for them.


Thank you,
Don Lowe -- First Selectman

UPDATE Tuesday, May 5, 3:15 pm:
Sherman continues to hold steady at 12 covid cases and 2 deaths. We have had only 2 cases in the last 30 days. The Board of Selectmen, the Department of Health, and our Emergency Services personnel ask you to continue to be diligent and follow the prescribed health protocols. Thank you!

UPDATE  Friday, May 1, 2:15 pm:

  • Due to social distancing issues, and also to be consistent with the other 4 lake Towns, the Sherman beach has been closed. Consideration for reopening will be made after Memorial Day weekend.
  • Our neighboring Towns have experienced a rash of vehicle break-ins and you are advised to keep parked vehicles locked.
  • If you or someone you know has suffered financially and needs funds for food or supplies, contact Beth Trott at social services for a cash card. These have been made available through donations. Her email and phone is:
    1. or at 860 354 2414.
  • Sherman has not had a new covid case in 4 days. We are holding steady at 12 cumulative cases and 2 fatalities.


Governor Lamont has issued an Executive Order providing property tax relief for taxpayers and businesses affected by the COVID19 pandemic. Our Board of Selectmen has voted to participate in the tax deferment program with application. The tax deferment program delays the last day to pay real estate, personal property and motor vehicle taxes for eligible taxpayers. If you are eligible, taxes that are due on July 1, 2020 with a last day to pay of August 1, 2020 will be deferred to a last day to pay of October 1, 2020.

To be eligible for tax deferment, you must attest to a 20% reduction in household income resulting from being furloughed without pay, a significant reduction in hours or loss of employment since April 1, 2020. Businesses and Non-Profits must attest to 30% reduction in income.

Landlords have special eligibility requirements:
The Executive Order 7S states that for landlords to be eligible for the Deferral Program, a landlord must provide documentation that the property will suffer a significant income decline or that commensurate forbearance was offered to the tenants or lessees.

On April 10, 2020 Executive Oder 7X required all landlords to grant 60-day rent extensions to residential tenants for April (automatically) and May (upon request due to loss of income). Landlords can satisfy the requirements for tax relief under EO 7S for residential properties only simply by complying with EO 7X and confirming they will do so in an e-mail to the tax collector. Landlords of commercial properties may satisfy those requirements with the documentation listed on the application.

Things to be aware of:
 Application must be received by the Tax Collector no later than July 1, 2020. Applications will not be accepted after this date per the Governor’s Executive Order. There are no exceptions to this.

This is only an extension of the grace period. If payment is not received on, or before, October 1, 2020 the taxes will be considered delinquent on October 2, 2020 and the interest will revert back to the original due and payable date of July 1, 2020 (6%). Interest and any fees due will apply.

This deferral is only for the July 1, 2020 installment only. It does not extend to the January 1, 2021 installment. You will still be responsible for paying your second installment on time. It does not apply to already delinquent taxes for prior fiscal years.

All real estate, personal property and motor vehicles must be listed in order to receive the deferral. Do not assume the deferral will automatically apply to all of your real estate, personal property or motor vehicles. Items not listed will not be eligible for deferral.

Taxes paid through escrow cannot receive deferral per the executive order.

The application can be requested and viewed by others under the Freedom of Information Act.

The application is a legal affidavit that you are signing. You are attesting that you have had a 20% reduction in income (30% for business/non-profit) because of the COVID19 pandemic, and that you understand all that is listed above.

This application must be completely filled out with signature. It will not be approved otherwise. Please make sure to list all real estate, motor vehicle and personal property. If something is not listed it will not be eligible for deferral. When complete; scan and email, or mail, with a copy of your driver’s license and any supporting documents to:



Mail:  Sherman Tax Collector
              Attn: COVID9 Tax Deferral
             PO Box 39
              Sherman, CT 06784

Fillable COVID19 Tax Deferral Application CLICK HERE

Non-fillable COVID19 Tax Deferral Application CLICK HERE

Completed applications with proof of residency must be RECEIVED no later than July 1, 2020. Applications submitted after this date will not be accepted. There are no exceptions to this.

UPDATE Thursday, April 30, 12:45 pm: 

Rapid testing for the coronavirus will be offered Thursday at a local health center.

WHAT: CT Department of Public Health Mobile Lab to offer Rapid COVID Testing at CIFC’s Greater Danbury Community Health Center (REAR Parking Lot). GDCHC staff will collect the specimens and DPH conducts and analyzes the testing. Test results will be available in 30 minutes.

WHO: Symptomatic patients or those with known exposure are given priority; all individuals tested must become registered with GDCHC as a patient in order to track results. Those wishing to pre-register as a new GDCHC patient must call 203-456-1413 to do so. Appointments are not required but strongly advised.

WHERE: 120 Main Street, Danbury, CT, REAR parking lot.

WHEN: Thursday, April 30, 2020, from 9 am to 2:00 pm.



CONNSTEP and CBIA are working together with the Connecticut Department of Administrative Services, the Connecticut Hospital Association, and others to organize resources to serve.

This ordering portal is for essential Connecticut businesses, as defined by the State of CT, with 50 employees or less and is for surgical masks only.

The masks will be made available to municipalities on April 30 for all businesses who make formal requests before that date. The Emergency Management Director will then distribute the masks.


UPDATE  April 28, 6:36 pm:
Sherman has one more laboratory confirmed covid case. We also have another fatality to the virus. Sherman now has a cumulative 12 cases and 2 deaths from the covid virus. The state reports 25,997 cases and 2,012 fatalities.

UPDATE Sunday, April 26, 5:50 pm:
Sherman had no new cases today.   We have had 1 new Covid case in the last 21 days.  Our cumulative total of cases is 11.  We have had 1 Covic related death.   

UPDATE Friday, April 24, 3:12 pm:
Please consider going on the site There is an app to download and it asks questions about your general state of being along with some other information on your age, gender, and ethnicity. You offer your zip code. No personal info. You are offered daily tracking. This helps the state track information related to the Covid-19 crisis. In other words, by taking part in this survey, you are helping fight theCovid-19 crisis.

UPDATE:Thursday, April 23, 10:15 am:
Sherman has one new Covid-19 case bringing our cumulative total to 11 cases. We have one death. The state reports that as of April 22 it has 22, 469 cases and 1,544 deaths.

UPDATE Wednesday, April 22, 11:00 am:
Sherman’s Covid-19 case load remains at 10 and we have not had a new case since April 6. However, I deeply regret that we have had our first death from Covid-19 in Sherman.  Meanwhile, the State’s numbers continue to increase with 20,360 laboratory confirmed cases and 1,423 people have now died from Covid-19. I can’t stress enough the importance of social distancing and wearing face coverings in public situations. There are still a lot of problems in our parks with people not obeying these requirements and we may have to close our parks if this doesn’t improve.   

UPDATE Sunday, April 19, 3:30 pm:
Beginning April 20, Connecticut residents will be required to wear a cloth face covering in public if they cannot maintain a safe social distance of 6 feet from one another. As of today Connecticut testing records show 17,550 positive cases of covid-19. These cases have resulted in 1086 deaths. Sherman remains at 10 cumulative cases and has not had a positive case since April 6.

UPDATE Friday, April 17, 11:32 am:
Governor Lamont Announces Launch of Testing Center

UPDATE  Thursday, April 16, 6:41 pm:
Sherman reports no new cases of Covid-19 today. Our last case was reported on April 6. So far, we have 10 days straight without a case. Let’s keep doing what we are doing! The state reports: 15,884 cases; 971 deaths.

UPDATE  Wednesday, April 15, 11:35 am:
Sherman covid-19 cumulative case numbers remain at 10. This has been for 8 days straight now. We strongly encourage you to continue Sherman’s safety protocols and requirements including face coverings and social distancing in Sherman places of business,  property, and spaces. I want to thank those citizens who are taking this seriously and have been doing so from the start. Your attention to this is the primary reason we have been doing better in Sherman. There are no guarantees, but if we stay strong and diligent we have a much better chance to keep this virus away until it goes away. The state’s numbers continue to increase exponentially. 13,989 cases. 671  deaths.    

 Don Lowe
First Selectman – Sherman CT

UPDATE  Monday, April 13, 8:15 pm:
There are no new cases today in Sherman. That's 7+plus days in a row without a case. State of CT Numbers: 13,381 cases. 602 deaths.

UPDATE  Monday, April 13, 12:15 pm:
As of this date, Sherman holds steady at 10 cases. We have no deaths. The state now reports 12.035 cases and 554 deaths.

We ask that people using our Town parks:

  • Be more respectful of social distancing
  • Abide by the Town’s requirement that you wear face covering when on Town property or when shopping in our businesses
  • If improvement isn’t seen in these two areas, the Town parks will be closed


UPDATE Friday, April 10, 7:46 pm:
There are no new cases in Sherman. The state reported 10,538 cases and 448 deaths.

UPDATE Friday, April 10, 12:20 pm:
The state’s COVID-19 cumulative caseload has spiked to 9,784, hospitalizations are at 1,464, and there have been a reported 380 deaths. In Sherman, we are holding steady these last 3 days with no cases. Our cumulative cases remain at 10.

 Don Lowe
First Selectman – Sherman CT
Office: 860 355 1139
Cell: 860 778 3394

UPDATE Thursday, April 9, 9:15 am:
Today Sherman closed it's playground equipment in an attempt to limit social gathering and stop the spread of germs leading to the COVID-19 virus.  Sherman remains at a cumulative case count number of 10. The State of Connecticut has cumulative total of 8,781 cases, 1.418 hospitalizations, and 335 people have lost their lives to COVID-19. 

UPDATE Tuesday, April 7 at 2:45 pm:   There are currently 10 Covid cases in Sherman.

UPDATE  Monday, April 6 at 4:55 pm:   Sherman had one new case of COVID-19 today maiking our total cases 9.

UPDATE Saturday, April 4, 10:34 am:

 Sherman Town officials are requiring that you wear a face covering when you are in public places such as stores, parks, etc.

  • You could spread COVID-19 to others even if you do not feel sick.
  • Everyone should wear a cloth face cover when they have to go out in public, for example to the grocery store or to pick up other necessities.
  • Cloth face coverings should not be placed on young children under age 2, anyone who has trouble breathing, or is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance.
  • The cloth face cover is meant to protect other people in case you are infected.
  • Do NOT use a facemask meant for a healthcare worker.
  • Continue to keep about 6 feet between yourself and others. The cloth face cover is not a substitute for social distancing.

UPDATE  Friday, April 3 at 1:09 pm: The CDC is now recommending that you wear some type of face shield when you are out in public doing any type of errands. If you don't have a face mask, even a scarf or bandanna is recommended.

UPDATE Friday, April 3 at 11:55 am:  There are presently 8 covid cases in Sherman.

UPDATE  Thursday, April 2, 1:57 pm:

 In response to the COVID-19 crisis and as per Governor Lamont’s executive order, and in the continuing effort to not gather in groups, there will be no budget referendum on May 9, 2020. Instead, after the April 16 budget workshop (7pm) and the April 25 Annual Town Budget Meeting (10 am), the Board of Selectmen will meet on May 9 at 10 a.m. in Mallory Town Hall and vote on both the Town and Education budgets (both currently listed on the Town website). To be clear, this is a vote by the board and not an automatic approval. I say this because your feedback on the budget is very important and it is your opportunity, in lieu of a vote, to make your voice heard. You can do this by calling and emailing the Board of Selectmen with your thoughts.

While this may seem drastic, I would like to offer some context here with regard to the last 2 budget votes during my time here as First Selectman. In 2018, when the overall budget was flat – both Town and School budgets flat – 317 people voted out of a possible pool of more than 2000 voters: TOWN budget 260 YES and 57 NO. SCHOOL budget 207 YES and 110 NO.  In 2019, when the overall budget was a 2.5 percent DECREASE (School budget was again flat and the Town was a decrease of 4 percent) only 297 people voted. TOWN budget: 276 YES and 20 NO. SCHOOL budget: 212 YES and 85 NO.

 In other words, the voter interest in these last two budgets was very low. You may interpret that low turnout how you wish, but most of us measure this apathy with the thinking that people were pretty satisfied with the budgets and the favorable effects that they would have on their taxes. Hence, a low voter turnout. Plus, there is no mistaking the overwhelming approval of the voters (particularly on the Town side) who participated. That’s measurable.  Now, in 2020, if we had a referendum, voters would be asked to vote on a budget that results in a 3.2 % tax DECREASE (as the budget sits right now). Again, the School budget is flat and the Town budget, due largely to a decrease of $390,000 in debt service along with thrifty budgeting, is a decrease of 6%. I don’t think, based on past results, that this budget as outlined would face any difficulties in passing successfully at referendum.

 One more thing just to clear up any confusion: the May 9 Board of Selectmen vote is ONLY on the Town and School budgets. IT IS NOT ON THE PROPOSED BUILDING PROJECT AT THE SCHOOL.  Under no circumstances would something as significant as a major building project of the scale that the Sherman School has proposed ever be considered without an in-person referendum vote and the accompanying in-person meetings that we are accustomed to.  Everyone stay safe out there! Sincerely, Don Lowe, First Selectman 

 Don Lowe, First Selectman – Sherman CT
Po Box 39
9 Route 39 North
Sherman, CT 06784
Office: 860 355 1139
Cell:     860 778 3394

Homeowners/Disabled Exemption:
Any Homeowner that filed their Homeowner's application in 2017 and are required to refile this year do not need to refile per Governor Lamont.  You will recieve the same credit you recieved last year.
Governor Lamont's Executive order 7s:
Suspension of Reapplication Filing Requirement for the Homeowners' Elderly/Disabled
Circuit Breaker Tax Relief Program and for the Homeowners' Elderly/Disabled Freeze Tax Relief Program. The biennial filing requirements under Sections 12-170aa( e) and (f) and Sections 12-129b and 12-129c of the Connecticut General Statutes for any taxpayers who were granted the benefit for the Grand List year 2017 and who is required to recertify for the Grand List year 2019, are suspended and such taxpayers shall automatically maintain their benefits for the next biennial cycle ending in Grand List year 2021.

Any questions please call or email the Assessor's Office.

UPDATE Monday, March 30 at 10:20 am: All Housing Commission Meetings are canceled until further notice.

UPDATE  Monday, March 30 at 9:45 am:   There are now 6 Covid-19 cases in Sherman.

UPDATE  Sunday, March 29 at 5:44 pm:   There are now 5 Covid-19 cases in Sherman.

UPDATE  Saturday, March 28 at 5:47 pm:   There are now 4 Covid-19 cases in Sherman.

Sherman Senior Center 
Senior Dine Home Delivery Menu
Sherman residents 60+
Call Sherman Senior Center before 9am to order
860.354.2414 ext 1

 Tues, 3/31    Chicken Cutlet Sandwich, lettuce and cheese on 7 Grain, Vegetable Minestrone Soup, Dessert, water bottle

Thurs, 4/2    Broccoli, Tomato, Mozzarella Quiche with Salad, BV, Split Peas Soup dessert, water bottle

Tues, 4/7      Roast Beef Sandwich, lettuce and cheese on 7 Grain, French onion soup, dessert, water bottle

Thurs, 4/9    Crispy Chicken Salad, HM Vegetable Minestrone Soup, Dessert, water bottle

 Cost: one meal credit/ $4 donation on your senior dine card or $10 to American Pie. If you need to order a senior dine card, please call or email the senior center.

Sherman Senior Center
Suzette Berger 860-354-2414 EXT # 1

Local Special Hours and Services

 American Pie – 860.350.0662 is offering home delivery 5-7pm ($8 charge)
The Painted Lemon – 860.210.1266 is offering take out 1pm-8pm and free delivery                                                                              on Friday and Saturday 4pm-8pm.
Sherman IGA - 860.354.8488 will deliver to your car if you call in your order.

 Special Hours Seniors Only:

Shoprite, Brookfield, CT - 6:00 A.M. to 7:00 A.M.

Stew Leonards, Danbury, CT - 7:30 A.M. to 8:30 A.M.

BIG Y, New Milford, CT - 7:00 A.M. to 8:00 A.M.

Stop and Shop, New Milford, CT - 6:00 A.M. to 7:00 A.M.

Big Lots, New Milford, CT - 9:00 A.M. to 10:00 A.M.

 Call your pharmacy, many are offering delivery service.

 Special Services and Deliveries from New Milford area:

Italia Mia Restaurant,  New Milford, CT - Italia Mia is offering daily specials on their facebook page, as well as an everyday dinner deal of half a tray pasta with meatballs that comes with half a tray of a tossed or caesar salad as well as with garlic bread. Italia Mia is also offering a 10 mile Radius of delivery with no delivery charge all day during their regular hours.

 All Aboard,  New Milford, CT - All aboard is offering free delivery within a 10 mile radius. There is also a 10% discount on orders that are delivered. As well as offering everyday specials on their social media platforms as well as websites.

 Bravo NY, New Milford, CT - Bravo NY is offering  delivery within a 10 mile radius. As well as daily specials on their website and 10% off of catering orders.

UPDATE  Thursday, March 26, 10:15 am:

Due to COVID-19 awareness, and as per Connecticut’s Executive Order 7 I item 13, the Town Meeting scheduled for Saturday, March 28th at 10 a.m. will no longer be held. The items on that agenda will be decided as per the previously mentioned executive order at the regularly scheduled Board of Selectmen meeting tonight Thursday, March 26 at 7 pm.  

 Signage has been posted in front of the Sherman IGA, the Sherman Wine & Spirits, and the American Pie warning of a necessary 14 day quarantine period for anyone coming from a COVID-19 hotspot such as New York City and other areas. The sign recommends “curbside delivery service” and offers directions as to how to do this. This curbside service is also available to ANY shopper and that individual just needs to follow the ordering instructions.  

UPDATE Wednesday, March 25, 2:15 pm:
The regularly scheduled Board of Selectman meeting set for Thursday, 7 PM will now be assembled remotely through ZOOM. An invite to the public will be sent via NIXLE. The public will be given an opportunity to comment at the end of the meeting.

UPDATE  Wednesday, March 25, 12:35 pm: 
Public Health reports that there are 3 COVID-19 cases in Sherman.

UPDATE  Wednesday, March 25, 10:40 am:

UPDATE: 10:31 AM. As has been advised nationwide, I am asking that anyone traveling from New York City and coming to reside in Sherman to self-isolate for 14 days. If you need groceries upon moving to Sherman, try to arrange with someone from here to deliver them to you. If you are really in a pinch, CALL ME. 860 778 3394. I will try to help you,. We do not want people from "hot zones" coming immediately from them into our places of business and risking further spread of COVID-19.

UPDATE Wednesday, March 25, 10:04 am:

Sherman Residents: There are now 2 COVID-19 cases in Sherman. This is not unexpected, but sobering nonetheless. Specific details of these cases are not available. The important matter is that we continue social distancing and continue following the advisable health and cleanliness protocols.

UPDATE Wednesday, March 25, 10:04 am:
The Town Clerk Records are now online. Link:

UPDATE  Friday,  March 20, 12:00 pm:


Out of an abundance of caution for all and to help reduce the spread of the covid 19 virus THE TOWN HALL IS CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.

The contact information for an office you may need is listed below. Many of the offices will be working remotely checking emails during this period. Please email your respective office to find a solution to your matter.

Please note that there is information available online, such as building permit forms, taxes to view and pay, assessor field cards, etc.; as well as all contact information.

Please visit the town’s website at



Business Administrator          

First Selectman                          

FS Administrative Assistant 

Land Use Enforcement Officer

Parks and Rec                             

Planning & Zoning                    

Registrar of Voters                  

Tax Collector                               

Town Clerk                                  

Town Clerk, Assistant                     mbattaglia@townofshermanct,org


UPDATE  Friday,  March 20, 12:00 pm:

At this time, there are no known cases of COVID-19 in Sherman. We strive to keep it so. As have many area towns, Sherman has declared a State of Emergency for COVID-19. There are many good reasons for doing that due to the seriousness of the situation and for help from Federal assistance. Meanwhile, the Town is practicing social distancing with the closures of main gathering hubs as outlined in previous updates. Presently Sherman is considering closing Mallory Town Hall, but a decision on that won’t be made until Monday, March 23

A few things:

  1. Please remember that everyone working in a retail business is on the frontlines of this. Please be respectful to keep your distance so that these individuals are not compromised. 
  2. No one knows how long our period of social distancing will last so please “pace” yourself. This means not getting too low or too high (yes, it can feel like a “snow day.”) And it means being patient with others and patient with yourself. There’s plenty of bad news out there if you want to wallow in it; yes, be real and stay current, but you don’t have to take in or share every horrible aspect of this.
  3. Beth Trott in social services and Suzette Berger, our Senior Center director, can help you place your resources (time and money) towards the good of residents. Their emails are: and Beth and Suzette are remarkable people with a lot going on right now. Make sure your offer of assistance doesn’t entail more work for them – so, keep it simple. 

 Don Lowe
First Selectman

UPDATE  Thursday, March 19, 11:35 am:

As we further navigate the COVID crisis locally, I ask you in conjunction with the Department of Health that IF you have traveled FROM a “hot zone” area and are coming TO Sherman to reside, please self-monitor yourself and isolate in the best way that you can until you are certain that you are not a carrier. Please try to minimalize contact with others. This is for your safety and for the safety of the community. Hot zone areas include New York City and, frankly, anyone who has been through any mass travel (airlines, train, etc.) situation.

UPDATE  Friday, March 13 at 11:32 am:

 Regarding: Mallory Town Hall

 Mallory Town Hall will remain open at its regular hours but only for essential business.  This means: Try to complete whatever business you have over the phone, Internet or mail. If you come to Mallory Town Hall, you will find that the doors will be locked. A number will be provided for your needed department at the door and if your business absolutely needs face-to-face attention, you will be let into the building.

 All meetings of boards and commissions will continue on schedule and be held on a case-by-case status determined by the chairmen after consultation with the board or commission’s members.  We ask all participants whether they are board and commission members  or public attendees to self-monitor and not attend if you’ve been traveling outside the United States, had a possible exposure, or if you are not feeling well.

Don Lowe
First Selectman – Sherman CT



Mallory Town Hall is open only for ESSENTIAL business

The office you need is staffed and can be reached by phone or email. If you absolutely need person-to-person service, you will be accommodated.

 Please call or email the following departments for assistance:

 First Selectman           860-355-1139    

 Town Clerk                 860-354-5281    

 Tax Assessor               860-355-0376    

 Tax Collector              860-354-4146    

 Building & Health     860-355-0166    

 Planning & Zoning   860-355-3127    

 Zoning Officer            860-355-1821    

 Registrars                    860-350-4694    

 Park & Rec                 860-354-3629    

UPDATE Friday, March 13, 10 am:

As stated previously this is a very fluid situation. Right now the Sherman School, the Sherman Library, and the Sherman Senior Center are all closed. All activities connected to them are suspended. All Park & Rec activities at the School are suspended. For now, Mallory Town Hall is open. These are not panicky moves but are normal actions in an abnormal situation. The idea here is to put the risk of contact with one another as minimally as possible with the hope that this virus begins to slow. This is in the wake of several national gathering institutions (NBA, NCAA Tournament, Players Championship, Spring Training baseball, etc.) closing down and is part of a national effort to reduce contact risk. It goes without saying that we will all continue to follow the advisable health practices that have become ubiquitous at this point. This is a good time to be outside, to enjoy all of the nature that our area has to offer, and to spend time with our loved ones.

Don Lowe,
First Selectman

UPDATE Thursday, March 12,  11:45 am:
Sherman Residents,

In response to the COVID-19 virus outbreak, our Town remains diligent and as prepared as possible. As you can tell from the news around us, this situation remains fluid and will require changes as we go. While it’s important not to panic – and I don’t see that here in Sherman – it’s important to be prepared. So far, Sherman has not been touched by COVID-19 and so far the state of Connecticut has been only lightly affected. However, this will likely change for the worse before the situation gets better. In light of that, most internal groups and activities are still meeting in Sherman. We ask that individuals self-monitor. For example, if you have traveled abroad in recent days, it’s best not to mingle in groups until you are certain that you are not ill.  Naturally, if you are feeling any cold or flu symptoms – this does not mean you have COVID-19 by the way – you should still remain out of contact with others. Our Senior Center remains open for now although trips and larger group activities have been postponed. So far, all meetings of Town entities are on schedule. Mallory Town Hall is open. Our superintendent/principal Dr. Melendez sends out regular directives for the Sherman School, which remains open for the time being.  The Library is open although most events are postponed. Please continue to follow best health practices protocols. I will update this site as necessary. We will get through this!


Don Lowe – First Selectman

Sherman Senior Center

The Sherman Senior Center, out of an abundance of caution, will temporarily suspend all programs and activities effective Friday, March 13, 2020.   No cases of COVID-19 have been reported at the Senior Center, nor is there an outbreak in the town of Sherman at this time.  However our members are among those individuals identified by The Center for Disease Control (CDC) and others agencies as being at the highest risk from this virus.  The CDC advises that older adults over 60, and those with underlying health issues such as heart disease, lung disease, diabetes or compromised immune systems, should avoid being around others who are sick, avoid crowds as much as possible and, should there be an outbreak in the community, stay home as much as possible to further reduce the risk of exposure. 

The safety and well - being of our members is our #1 priority.  While we recognize that many of our members count on the Senior Center for vital socialization, exercise, recreational activities and a nutritious affordable meal, we are following the guidelines of the CDC, World Health Organization and the Governor’s Office. We believe it prudent to close at this time to avoid any possible exposure at the Center to any of our members and staff. 

 We strongly urge our members to take the following preparations in case there is a community outbreak in the town of Sherman requiring individuals to remain at home: 

  • Have some shelf ready non- perishable foods in your house in case you can't get to the supermarket for a couple of weeks (canned soups, crackers, pasta, peanut butter and jelly)
  • Make sure your prescriptions are filled and you have over the counter medications you need.
  • Stay in touch with others by phone or email in case you need to ask for help from friends, family, neighbors if you become sick
  • If you have a paid caregiver, determine a back -up plan - is there someone else that can help you if your caregiver gets sick or cannot get to your home? 

The staff of the Sherman Senior Center are monitoring the situation closely and will resume programs as soon as possible, taking guidance and recommendations from the CDC and our Town and State leaders.

Please call us at 860.354.2414 ext 1 or email: for any additional information, questions or if you need assistance. The staff will be at the Center answering calls.

We will also send periodic emails out to keep you informed.

 Please stay safe and don't hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or concerns. 

We look forward to seeing you all back at the Center as soon as possible.

 Suzette Berger
Sherman Senior Center


Sherman Library

Dear Sherman Library Patrons,

The Staff and Board of Trustees of the Sherman Library have been hard at work to ensure the best interests of public safety as we deal with the ramifications of COVID-19. As of this time the normal day-to-day library operations will continue. However effective immediately we have put in place the following changes in an effort to do our part for the safety of our community.

  • The library will be suspending programming and events from this Saturday, March 14th through Monday, March 23rd. We will continue to assess the viability of future programming on a week-to-week basis and will notify the public.
  • Our staff are wiping down public surfaces such as computer equipment, door handles, the circulation desk and phones multiple times daily.
  • Hand sanitizer and antibacterial wipes are available at the circulation desk.
  • We encourage all staff and patrons to stay at home if they are unwell.
  • We are reminding staff and patrons of proper hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette.
  • We have removed non-essential high touch items in the library.
  • Flyers from the Centers for Disease Control with recommendations for preventing the spread of germs are available at the circulation desk.

Additionally, we would like to remind visitors that libraries are shared public spaces. For the health and safety of other, please be thoughtful about coming into a library or any public space if you are exhibiting any COVID-19 symptoms. Please do your part to stop the spread of germs and disease.

We continue to monitor the latest information from federal, state and town officials regarding the status of COVID-19. We will share updated information regarding changes to our operations through our website and usual channels of communication. If you have questions or need further assistance, please contact the library at 860-354-2455.

As a reminder the Sherman Library has online resources available for all ages 24/7 on our website: With your Sherman Library card you have access to downloadable eBooks and eAudiobooks.


Ashleigh Blake
Executive Director
Sherman Library

P.O. Box 40, Sherman, Connecticut 06784   860-354-2455

The Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security (DEMHS) is working very closely with its partners to prepare for any outbreak of the novel coronavirus COVID-19 in Connecticut.  Here is some important information for our local partners:

  • DEMHS is currently in Enhanced Monitoring mode, operating in accordance with the Pre-Activation Framework within the all-hazards State Response Framework. 
  • CT DPH is the lead state agency on this incident; DEMHS is the coordinating support agency at the state level. 
  • Now is the time for local CEOs, Emergency Management Directors, and Public Health Directors or Districts to enhance their communications with each other, and include other appropriate partners such as first responder leadership, school officials, social services, and the private sector.  Review your Continuity of Operations Plans (COOP), Local Emergency Operations Plans, Regional Emergency Support Plans, and standard protocols.
  • A WebEOC incident has been opened since January 28, 2020, entitled  “Health 2020-01-27 Novel Coronavirus 2019.”  The incident can be reached from the main WebEOC page.  Numerous guidance documents and links are posted there. At this time, DEMHS is monitoring the site during business hours; your regional coordinator should be contacted directly for any COVID-19 related emergencies. 
  • The state has created a direct link to the CT- DPH website at
  • This CT- DPH site provides direct links to the CDC website.  Because guidance is being updated regularly, it is best to go to the site rather than relying on a hard copy or PDF’d document. For example: