COVID-19-Related Updates, Resources And Information

May 5, 2020

To help you and our neighbors stay up-to-date on the ever-evolving stream of information related to the COVID-19/coronavirus pandemic, my office and I are working to provide news as it develops over social media and by email.

Here are some of this week’s highlights.

Below you can find information on the following topics:

  • Governor Announces Schools Closed for Rest of School Year
  • Unemployed Independent Contractors Information
  • Teacher Appreciation Day
  • Future Census
  • Small Business Matters Tele-Townhall

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Schools Closed for Rest of School Year

Governor Lamont has announced that school buildings in Connecticut will remain closed through the end of the school year due to the coronavirus pandemic in order to keep students, teachers and staff safe.  Distance learning will continue through the end of the school year. Please click the image below to read the press release in its entirety:​

Independent Contractors Information

If you’re self-employed and haven’t filed, the federal rules state you must file first through Connecticut’s unemployment system to receive a denial that then qualifies you for federal unemployment. If you’re self-employed and filed a claim application, you don’t need to file again. Please note that the PUA (Pandemic Unemployment Assistance)  application is not yet available. Once it is, I will be sure to let folks know.
Happy Teacher Appreciation Day!
Today is Teacher's Appreciation Day  and this is Teacher's Appreciation Week! This year teachers deserve an enormous amount of gratitude for how hard they are working to provide continuous and consistent education to our children - don't they?

Thank you for all you do!

Future Census
The COVID-19 pandemic underscores the importance of Census data and responding to the 2020 Census. Together with data from the Census Bureau's American Community Survey, census data also allows scientists and healthcare experts to model the potential impact of an emerging health threat. Respond today by clicking the image below:
Small Business Matter Tele-Townhall Series
There will be a Small Business Matters Tele-Townhall series beginning Friday May 8, 2020 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.  on how to safely re-open barbershops and hair salons in Connecticut and will feature State Representatives McGee, Reyes and Rosario. It will be moderated by CWCSEO's Steven Hernandez.

Please see the image below for more information including how to join the event.