COVID-19 Connecticut Capitol Update 3-25-2020

March 25, 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 24, 2020, a total of 618 laboratory-confirmed cases of COVID-19 have been reported. The virus has appeared in all 8 counties, approximately 71 patients are hospitalized, and 12 residents have passed away. More than 5,300 tests have been conducted so far.
    • A full breakdown of those cases can be found here.
  • The State Capitol complex will remain closed 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 14 executive orders since March 10, 2020.
  • Last night, Governor Lamont signed Executive Order No 7L, which:
    • Extends the statewide school closure mandate to at least 4/20/20;
    • Opens the fishing season immediately;
    • Suspends the prohibition of reemployment for municipal retirees;
    • Provides flexibility to maintain adequate medical marijuana access for patients;
    • Extends the time period for nursing home transfers;
    • Modifies duties of registrars of vital records;
    • Modifies in-person purchase of and access to copies of vital records; and
    • Modifies procedures concerning marriage licenses.
  • All “non-essential” businesses are ordered to stay closed through, at least, April 22, 2020 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 and the Governor are still expected to release information within the coming week on a state stimulus package.
  • A mobile field hospital has been erected by the National Guard at Saint Francis Hospital in Hartford, adding an additional 25 hospital bed capacity to the facility.
  • The State is seeking donations of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). Those interested in donating may do so via
  • Governor Lamont is expected to release details this week for a new charitable fund launched in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis called “ForCT.”

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