COVID-19 Connecticut Capitol Update 4-23-20

April 23, 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.
  • For a comprehensive overview of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s) assembled by the Governor’s Office, please click 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.
  • As of April 22, 2020, a total of 22,469 laboratory-confirmed cases of COVID-19 have been reported. The virus has appeared in all 8 counties, 1,972 patients are hospitalized (up 23 patients statewide), and 1,544 residents have passed away. A total of 69,918 tests have been conducted so far.
    • A full breakdown of those cases can be found here.
  • The State Capitol complex will remain closed through the legislature’s constitutional adjournment date of Wednesday, May 6, 2020.
    • Legislative Leaders have instructed committee chairs as well as rank-and-file members to communicate their priorities for when they return for a special session.
    • No date has been set to hold a special session at this time.
  • Governor Lamont has issued a total of 31 executive orders since March 12, 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.
  • Last night, Governor Lamont signed Executive Order No. 7DD, which:
    • Adds to the definition of a telehealth provider;
    • Provides flexibility for Medicaid-enrolled providers and in-network providers for commercial fully insured health insurance to perform telehealth through additional methods;
    • Adds to permissible out-of-state healthcare providers;
    • Allows a person to participate in intern, resident physician, or United States Medical Officer candidate training programs prior to permit issuance;
    • Allows a person to participate in resident physician assistant program prior to permit issuance;
    • Temporarily suspends physician assistant supervision restrictions;
    • Temporarily suspends in-person supervision requirement for advanced practice registered nurses;
    • Allows a respiratory care therapist student or respiratory care technician to provide services;
    • Suspends continuing education requirements for health care providers; and
    • Modifies the 36-month age limit for Birth-to-Three services.
  • To watch the Governor’s full press briefing from yesterday, click here.
  • Until further notice, all residents are required to wear, at least, a cloth face covering or mask when in public spaces if social distancing is not possible.
  • The order for “non-essential” businesses to stay closed is still in effect 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 charitable organization called “4-CT” which is soliciting charitable donations. Their website is here.
  • The Governor urges residents to sign up for the state’s emergency alert system, CTAlert. To do so, text COVIDCT to 888-777.
  • Connecticut launched a new “Talk It Out” hotline for families to relieve the stress of caring for children during the pandemic. Visit www.talkitoutct.com or call 1-833-258-5011 for more information.
  • AdvanceCT launched a second business survey to provide feedback to state policymakers during the COVID-19 pandemic. Businesses interested in participating in this survey can access it here:  COVID-19 Phase II Business Impact Survey.
  • The Department of Revenue Services launched an assistance program to help individual and business taxpayers impacted by COVID-19. For more information on this “DRS Priority One Taxpayer Assistance Program” contact DRS:
  • The state launched a new rapid testing mobile site in New Haven, sponsored by CVS Health. Testing is by appointment only and can be made at www.cvs.com/minuteclinic/covid-19-testing.
    • Plans to open a similar testing site in Hartford are underway.
  • The Governor is encouraging all state residents to download the “How We Feel” app to improve the COVID-19 response.
    • As a result of a new partnership with the app creators, this platform will anonymously help public health officials track symptoms across the state.
    • 32,429 users in Connecticut have downloaded the app so far.
  • The State of Connecticut is holding discussions with New York and New Jersey to develop a regional strategy for contact tracing of COVID-19 cases.
  • Connecticut received a $2 million grant from the federal government for mental health services in response to this pandemic

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