COVID-19 Governor's UpdateMarch 19, 2020
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CONNECTICUT RECORDS FIRST DEATH RELATED TO CORONAVIRUS
Governor Lamont announced today the first death in Connecticut due to complications from COVID-19. The patient is a man in his 80s who had recently been admitted to Danbury Hospital for treatment. He had been a resident of an assisted living facility in Ridgefield.
- Since yesterday, an additional 28 Connecticut residents tested positive, bringing the total positive cases reported in the state to 96.
- Governor Lamont today signed another executive order taking actions to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, this one:
- Closes large indoor malls and places of amusement (but not parks and open space areas) effective 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 19;
- Allows Medicaid to cover audio-only telehealth services;
- Provides flexibility for critical legal functions regarding conservators and competency hearings to ensure the safety of nursing home patients; and
- Exempts certain schools inside state facilities from school cancellation order.
- Department of Public Health is providing a status update on Personal Protective Equipment.
- Access Health CT is opening a special enrollment period for those who are uninsured.
- Governor Lamont offers guidance for restaurants seeking clarification on take-out and delivery rules.
- Governor Lamont directs the early release of certain state aid to municipalities.
- Department of Labor closes main office and American Job Centers to in-person visits, encourage use of online services.
- DEEP is requesting PURA take emergency actions to protect utility rate payers.
- Department of Agriculture sent communications today affirming that farmers’ markets can remain open.
- Department of Education is seeking a waver for standardized testing requirements, continues providing resources to support student learning during closures, assist in meals program.
- Through a partnership with the state, a coalition of outdoor advertisers are donating electronic billboard space to spread public awareness about COVID-19.
A county-by-county breakdown of the total positive cases statewide includes:
- Fairfield County: 69
- Hartford County: 11
- Litchfield County: 5
- Middlesex County: 1
- New Haven County: 10
To read the full Governor's press release with more details and information, please click HERE.