COVID-19 Connecticut Capitol Update 5-8-20

May 8, 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 May 7, 2020, 31,784 laboratory-confirmed cases of COVID-19 have been reported. The virus has appeared in all 8 counties, 1,385 patients are hospitalized (down 60 patients statewide), and 2,797 residents have passed away. 116,174 tests have been conducted so far.
    • Hospitalizations in Connecticut have been steadily declining for 15 days, with only a 1 day outlier increase in the middle of that dataset.
    • 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, though legislative leaders have indicated they would like to return sometime in June.
  • Governor Lamont has issued a total of 38 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.
  • Last night, the Governor signed Executive Order No. 7KK, which:
    • Permits Pharmacists to order and administer Food and Drug Administration approved tests for COVID-19: Authorizes pharmacists to order and administer COVID-19 tests.
    • The implementation of this order is being enacted through a directive by the Commissioner of Public Health.
  • 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 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 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.
  • Small Business Owners and Workers are asked to provide input on reopening efforts.
    • Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner David Lehman is encouraging small business owners and workers to fill out two surveys to help gather important insight on the state’s reopening efforts:
    • Both surveys were launched by the nonprofit organization AdvanceCT, which works in collaboration with the state to engage, retain, and recruit businesses and advance overall economic competitiveness in Connecticut.
  • Governor Lamont outlined the seven criteria his administration is utilizing in its consideration for Phase 1 of Connecticut’s reopening efforts—potentially on May 20, 2020. Those criteria include:
    • 14-day decline of hospitalizations;
    • Increased testing available;
    • Sufficient contact tracing capacity;
    • Protect vulnerable populations;
    • Adequate healthcare capacity;
    • Adequate supply of PPE; and
    • Appropriate workplace safeguards.

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