COVID-19 Connecticut Capitol Update 3-24-2020

March 24, 2020

  • The Governor established an online web portal of resources for businesses, consumers, and others during this public health crisis. Visit for more information.
  • As of March 23, 2020, a total of 415 laboratory-confirmed cases of Covid-19 have been reported. The virus has appeared in all 8 counties, approximately 54 residents are hospitalized, and 10 residents have passed away. More than 4500 tests have been conducted so far.
    • A full breakdown of those cases can be found here.
  • Legislative Leaders announced, last night, that the State Capitol complex will remain closed another two weeks, through at least April 12, 2020. During this time all committee meetings and public hearings have been suspended.
  • Governor Lamont has issued a total of 13 executive orders since March 10, 2020.
  • Last night, Governor Lamont signed Executive Order No 7K, which:
    • Suspends non-critical court operations;
    • Suspends non-critical workers compensation board operations;
    • Allows for remote notarization of official documents through June 23, 2020; and
    • Suspends certain public health and background check requirements.
  • A reminder that as of 8pm, March 23, 2020, all “non-essential” businesses were ordered to close except for the minimum staffing that’s needed to maintain security, maintenance, and to receive mail/packages.
  • The Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD) released formal guidance on businesses that are considered “essential” and are allowed to stay open during the public health crisis.
    • Industries that are not listed, but wish to be considered for qualification as an “essential” business, can submit an inquiry to DECD here.
  • Legislative Leaders are in talks with the Governor regarding a formal state stimulus package.
    • Early reporting still suggests that much of that package could be enacted via executive order with consent from legislative leaders to avoid having the General Assembly return to the building.
  • Governor Lamont extended the statewide closure of public schools through, at least, April 20, 2020.

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