COVID-19 Updates 4/24

April 24, 2020

I hope you are continuing to stay strong because we will get through this together. Here is the latest on COVID-19 data, resources, and words of encouragement from local, national, and world leaders.

Local and National Data Updates
(Latest Data as of 4:00PM on Friday, April 24, 2020)

  Confirmed Cases    Deaths    Tests Completed
Worldwide 2.79 Million 196,735  
U.S. 971,347 51,516 4.98 Million
Connecticut   23,921 1,764 74,038
Waterbury 1,140  92  

For several additional charts and tables containing more data groups, including a town-by-town breakdown of positive cases in each municipality and a breakdown of cases and deaths among age groups, click here.

Positivity for the Future

"There is always something to be grateful for and plenty to give thanks for as the world cries together! Let’s Pray for one another be kind to one another and most of all be patient with one another!” – State Rep. Geraldo Reyes

"What we’re going through is unprecedented, and it will continue to take public private partnerships like this to get through it.” – CT Governor Ned Lamont

Cloth Face Covering Do's and Dont's

The Governor has asked for people to wear cloth face coverings wherever close contact is unavoidable. This includes taxi, car, ride-sharing and mass public transit.

  • Read the full Executive Order here
  • Watch the U.S. Surgeon General, Dr. Jerome Adams demonstrate how to make your own face mask here
  • Spanish language tutorials on how to make a face mask with and without a sewing machine are available here
  • American Sign Language video on how to make a face mask can be accessed here
Talk it Out Hotline

When it builds up, talk it out.

Trained professionals are just a call away for parents who wish to discuss concerns and anxieties surrounding family life under COVID-19. 

You can reach them at (833) 258-5011, Monday- Friday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., and on the weekends, 1 p.m. to 8 p.m.

English and Spanish language operators are available.

Food Resources

The Office of Early Childhood (OEC) wants you to know you’re not alone.

The OEC offers many options to make sure Connecticut families are well-fed during this difficult time.

Read a flier they have developed here for sites near you serving breakfast and lunch to kids 18 and younger. Their webpage will be updated daily as meal sites are added.

Rapid Testing

Earlier this week, a rapid coronavirus testing center opened in New Haven.  With the ability to test up to 750 people per day, pre-registration is required in advance online.

Although in partnership with CVS, it's important to note that testing will not take place at CVS locations. Social distancing will be adhered to, and people are asked to remain in their vehicles. Testing is free and results take approximately 30 minutes. 

To read more, and access the link to register, click here.