COVID-19 Connecticut Capitol Update 4-29-20

April 29, 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 28, 2020, a total of 26,312 laboratory-confirmed cases of COVID-19 have been reported. The virus has appeared in all 8 counties, 1,732 patients are hospitalized (down 26 patients statewide), and 2,089 residents have passed away. A total of 90,746 tests have been conducted so far.
    • Hospitalizations in Connecticut have steadily declined over the past 6 days.
    • The President’s Task Force for Reopening America recommends at least 14 days of steady hospitalization decline before beginning to reopen.
    • 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.
    • No date has been set to hold a special session at this time.
  • Governor Lamont has issued a total of 33 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, Housing, Transportation, the Public Utilities Regulatory Authority, and other agencies—which can also be found here.
  • The Governor did not issue a new Executive Order last night.
  • To watch the Governor’s full press briefing from yesterday, please 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 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) issued 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.
    • The Connecticut Department of Labor has begun issuing supplemental $600 stimulus payments for unemployment benefits, as authorized in the federal CARES Act.
    • The State has surpassed 400,000 unemployment claims and according to national data, Connecticut has now reached the same level of joblessness that was experienced during the Great Depression.
  • 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.
  • The Connecticut Office of Early Childhood (OEC) launched a child care program for frontline workers.
    • Under the program, frontline workers include anyone who must work outside of their home for at least 8 hours a week, caring for people or providing in-person direct services and essential goods. Some examples of frontline workers may include:
      • Health care workers
      • First responders
      • Child care workers
      • Grocery workers
      • Workers at state facilities
      • Home/group home care workers (for seniors, youth, mental health, or people with disabilities)
      • People who provide in-person services to any of the above
    • The subsidy depends on the number of children in the household who need care and the number of hours the frontline workers need to work.
    • If a frontline employee works 21 or more hours each week:
      • For one child, $200 each week for up to 6 weeks
      • For 2 or more children, up to a maximum of $500 per family each week for up to 6 weeks.
    • If a frontline employee workers 8 to 20 hours each week:
      • For one child, $100 each week for up to 6 weeks
      • For 2 or more children, up to a maximum of $250 per family each week for up to 6 weeks.

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