COVID-19 – Connecticut Update 5-16-2020

May 16, 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 15, 2020, 36,085 laboratory-confirmed cases of COVID-19 have been reported. The virus has appeared in all 8 counties, 1,033 patients are hospitalized (down 70 patients statewide), and 3,285 residents have passed away. 155,908 tests have been conducted so far.
    • A full breakdown of those cases can be found here.
  • The State Capitol complex will remain closed until further notice.
  • Governor Lamont has issued a total of 42 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 briefing from yesterday, please click here.
  • The co-chairs of the Governor’s COVID-19 Learn From Home Task Force, Superintendents Paul Freeman and Nate Quesnel, today announced that the first wave of Dell laptops that are being donated to Connecticut high schools by the Partnership for Connecticut are arriving slightly ahead of schedule and will begin to be distributed to districts starting next week.
  • Yesterday, Governor Lamont, along with the governors of New York, New Jersey, and Delaware, announced a multi-state agreement to open beaches in their respective states effective May 22. Connecticut’s shoreline state park beaches were never closed, and have remained open with capacity restrictions, which will remain in place.
  • The State of Connecticut will be distributing 50,000 infrared thermometers it has secured for small businesses, nonprofits, and places of worship to support safe reopening activities amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The following businesses and organizations will be eligible.
    • Entities that would like to request a thermometer can fill out the forms located at in the “Access to Personal Protective Equipment” section, or through the links provided below:
      • Small businesses: Any small business in the state that has between 2 and 100 employees are eligible to receive one thermometer per physical address. Eligible businesses seeking to request thermometers should click here.
      • Nonprofits: Nonprofits located within Connecticut are eligible to receive one thermometer per physical address. To request thermometers for nonprofits, click here. Social services and direct care nonprofits may request a thermometer through the process outlined in this memo.
      • Places of worship: Places of worship are eligible to receive one thermometer per physical address. To request thermometers for places of worship, click here.
  • A full county-by-county breakdown of COVID-19 cases in Connecticut is below:


County Laboratory-Confirmed COVID-19 Cases Laboratory-Confirmed COVID-19 Hospitalizations Laboratory-Confirmed COVID-19-Associated Deaths
Fairfield County 14,009 342 1,109
Hartford County 8,126 248 1,025
Litchfield County 1,218 14 115
Middlesex County 885 32 124
New Haven County 9,881 367 783
New London County 844 24 63
Tolland County 583 1 51
Windham County 301 5 12
Pending address validation 238 0 3
Total 36,085 1,033 3,285




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