COVID-19 Connecticut Capitol Update 5-5-20

May 5, 2020

  • The Governor established an online web portal of resources for businesses, consumers, and others during this public health crisis. Visit 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 May 4, 2020, 29,973 laboratory-confirmed cases of COVID-19 have been reported. The virus has appeared in all 8 counties, 1,464 patients are hospitalized (down 24 patients statewide), and 2,556 residents have passed away. 105,330 tests have been conducted so far.
    • Hospitalizations in Connecticut have steadily declined over the past 12 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 until further notice.
    • No date has been set to hold a special session at this time.
  • Governor Lamont has issued a total of 35 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 sign a new Executive Order last night.
  • 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 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 Governor has stated that a first round of selected businesses can begin opening on May 20th if the trend continues to decline in our hospitals and if other criteria are met.
  • The State is seeking donations of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). Anyone who is interested in donating may do so via
    • 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.
    • Beginning April 30, CT DOL will be accepting unemployment applications for self-employed individuals. Apply at, using the BLUE button.
  • 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.
  • 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:
  • Connecticut launched the SkillUp CT Program, which is a statewide expansion of a program that will make free online learning licenses available to recipients of unemployment insurance, including those who have been impacted by the economic fall of the COVID-19 public health crisis.
    • For more information on the significantly expanded access to these comprehensive online courses, click here.
    • To enroll in SkillUp CT, unemployment insurance claimants in Connecticut should visit

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