For those of you who like to get your homework in right under the wire, you have one more day to complete your census forms if you want to be sure to be counted! A recent court ruling extended that deadline through October, but that is still under appeal, so now is the time to get it done.
Plans are beginning to solidify for the Connecticut General Assembly to hold a Special Session before the end of September. This time, the Senate will convene first: we expect that to happen next week. The House will follow, and we expect to convene on either September 29 or September 30. The agenda is still under negotiation, but the focus will be on bills which have had hearings during the truncated regular session, that have strong bipartisan support, and/or that address urgent situations that need immediate attention.
School, in its new and varied formats and schedules, began in earnest this week. Before the schedule kicked into gear, I had many anxious conversations with teachers, parents, administrators, and staff, about the unknowns they were facing as they made decisions about how to move forward.
Our long-term care facilities – nursing homes and assisted living facilities – have been hard hit by the COVID-19 crisis, and deaths among those residents make up more than half of the state’s total. Those deaths are concentrated in certain facilities, while almost 30% of the nursing homes in CT suffered almost no infections at all.
Earlier this week, Governor Lamont signed orders extending the state’s civil preparedness and public health emergency to February 9, 2021. Due to expire on September 9, this extension allows the Governor’s prior executive orders to remain in effect (pending any legislative action, which would override them) and allows him to continue to modify those orders as conditions change.