June 25th COVID-19 Updates

June 25, 2020

Now that Connecticut is leading as one of the states with the lowest coronavirus rates in nation, we must keep up the pace by wearing our facial coverings, maintaining social distancing and following all the public safety guidelines that our leaders are recommending.

ICYMI, below you will a few highlights on the following topics:

  • Tri-State Travel Advisory
  • Contact Tracing
  • DMV Reopening
  • Connecticut ranked one of the top 5 most innovative states
  • Community College is Free Beginning this Fall

For more information about the state's response efforts visit ct.gov/coronavirus. To receive text message notifications, sign up for CTAlert, the state’s emergency alert system. To subscribe, text "COVIDCT" to 888-777.


Tri-State Travel Advisory
 
Because of the new daily cases increasing in several states, Governor Lamont along with New York, and New Jersey governors, announced a joint incoming travel advisory that all individuals traveling from states with significant spread of COVID-19 self-quarantine for a 14-day period. Currently, the list of states includes: Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, Texas, and Utah.
 
This measure will use uniform parameters and messaging on highways, airports, websites and social media across the three states, in an effort to protect our residents and maintain our progress.
 
The three states will also ask hotels to communicate the 14-day quarantine to guests who have traveled from one of the impacted states.
 
The list of states to which the new advisory applies will be continually updated  here: https://portal.ct.gov/Coronavirus/Covid-19-Knowledge-Base/Travel-In-or-Out-of-CT

Contact Tracing
 
As Phase 2 gets into full swing, contact tracing becomes even more important. State health officials are ramping up their efforts by recruiting more volunteers and training more staff through ContaCT. Aggressive testing and tracing remain critical for containing the spread of the coronavirus.
 
More information about this effort is available HERE. This is a confidential software system that monitors the health of people affected by Covid-19. Participation is voluntary.

DMV Reopening
 
The DMV has developed a reopening plan. New drivers and drivers looking to register a new vehicle will be allowed to start making appointments at select DMV branches. In addition, road testing has also resumed. Safety precautions and screening processes have been put into place to protect both DMV workers and customers.
 
For more information or to set up an appointment, please go to: https://portal.ct.gov/dmv/

Connecticut Ranked one of the top 5 Most Innovative States
 
Connecticut was recently ranked one of the top 5 most innovative states, according to the Bloomberg index. The ranking is based on six equally weighted metrics: research and development intensity, productivity, clusters of companies in technology, STEM jobs, residents with degrees in science and engineering disciplines, and patent activity. Even through these challenging times, our state continues to lead the way!
 
To read  more, please click here.

Community College is Free Beginning this Fall
 
Attention parents and students! Keeping our commitment to increased access to higher education, Community Colleges across the state will offer free enrollment for residents.  The entire enrollment process must be completed by July 15th which includes not only admissions but placement, financial aid and class registration. This could take 1-2 weeks to complete so it's crucial to start the applications soon!
 
More details and information may be found HERE.