COVID-19 Connecticut Capitol Update 4-16-20

April 16, 2020

  • The Governor established an online web portal of resources for businesses, consumers, and others during this public health crisis. Visit www.ct.gov/coronavirus for more information.
  • As of April 15, 2020, a total of 14,755 laboratory-confirmed cases of COVID-19 have been reported. The virus has appeared in all 8 counties, 1,908 patients are hospitalized, and 868 residents have passed away. A total of 50,143 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 28 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 7AA, which:
    • Approves temporary additional nursing home beds for COVID-19 recovery.
  • The order for “non-essential” businesses 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 classification as an “essential” business can submit an inquiry to DECD here.
  • The State is seeking donations of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). Anyone who is interested in donating may do so via www.211ct.org/DonationsCovid19.
    • Additional information can be found here.
  • If you need information on applying for Unemployment Insurance, please refer to the Department of Labor’s website, here.
  • For additional business resources during the COVID-19 public health crisis, please refer to DECD’s website, here.
  • The Governor created a new charitable organization called “4-CT” which is soliciting charitable donations. Their website is here.
  • O’Neill and Associates has created a useful resource page to navigate the Small Business Administration (SBA) financial assistance programs, which can be found here.
  • Yesterday, Governor Lamont submitted a supplementary request to the President of the United States for enhanced federal financial support toward the state’s ongoing response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
    • If approved, the federal government would cover 100% of all COVID-19 related expenses incurred by the state.
    • The request also calls for financial assistance directly to affected Connecticut residents.

 

 

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