COVID-19 Connecticut Update – 4/18/2020

April 18, 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 April 17, 2020, a total of 16,809 laboratory-confirmed cases of COVID-19 have been reported. The virus has appeared in all 8 counties, 1,946 patients are hospitalized, and 1,036 residents have passed away. A total of 55,462 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 29 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 the Governor’s full press conference from yesterday, here.
  • Last night, Governor Lamont signed Executive Order No 7BB, which:
    • Effective Monday, April 20, 2020 at 8pm, requires a cloth face covering or higher level of protection to be worn in public whenever close contact is unavoidable; and
    • Further postpones the Presidential Primary to August 11, 2020.
  • 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) 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
    • 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 Governor and Commissioner of Labor announced a major upgrade to the state’s filing system that will allow impacted residents to receive their benefits within a week. Previously, benefits were delayed for several weeks after filing.
  • 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 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.
  • Department of Banking Commissioner Jorge Perez issued guidance to Connecticut state-chartered financial institutions regarding the federal stimulus checks which started to be deposited this week.
  • 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 below:

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