COVID-19 Connecticut Capitol Update 4-15-20

April 15, 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 April 14, 2020, a total of 13,989 laboratory-confirmed cases of COVID-19 have been reported. The virus has appeared in all 8 counties, 1,779 patients are hospitalized, and 671 residents have passed away. A total of 45,841 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 23, 2020. During this time all committee meetings and public hearings have been suspended.
  • Governor Lamont has issued a total of 27 executive orders since March 10, 2020.
    • Several orders have also been issued by the Departments of Public Health, Consumer Protection, Insurance, Health Strategy, Motor Vehicles, Revenue Services, Transportation and the Public Utilities Regulatory Authority—which can also be found here.
  • You can watch his full press conference from yesterday, here.
  • Last night, Governor Lamont signed Executive Order No 7Z, which:
    • Modifies state contracting statutes to facilitate the emergency procurement of essential goods;
    • Suspends in-person attendance requirement for assessment appeals; and
    • Suspends requirements for security officer licenses.
  • The closure for “non-essential” businesses that were ordered to stay closed was extended through, at least, May 20, 2020. The only exception is 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.
  • The State is seeking donations of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). Those interested in donating may do so via
    • Additional information can be found here.
  • For information on applying for Unemployment Insurance, please refer to the Department of Labor’s website, here.
  • For additional business resources during this COVID-19 public health crisis, please refer to DECD’s website, here.
  • The Governor created a new charitable organization called “4-CT” that is soliciting charitable donations. Their website is here.
  • O’Neill and Associates has created a useful resource page to navigate the SBA financial assistance programs and that can be found here.

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