COVID-19 – Connecticut Update – 5-2-2020

May 2, 2020

Below is today’s daily briefing of activities and actions taking place during the COVID-19 public health crisis in Connecticut. Please use this information as a resource. Things are changing quickly as Governor Lamont has been issuing regular executive orders. If you have any issues or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us.

  • 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 1, 2020, a total of 28,764 laboratory-confirmed cases of COVID-19 have been reported. The virus has appeared in all 8 counties, 1,592 patients are hospitalized (down 58 patients statewide), and 2,339 residents have passed away. A total of 100,257 tests have been conducted so far.
    • Hospitalizations in Connecticut have steadily declined over the past 9 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 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.
  • Last night, the Governor signed Executive Order No. 7HH, which:
    • Mandates the suspension of annual town meeting or referendum to adopt budgets: This clarifies that going forward, the relevant elected body or bodies in each municipality must adopt a budget for 2020-2021 without an in-person vote by residents. It also validates any budget referendum or annual town meeting that has already been conducted. This order clarifies Executive Order No. 7I, Section 13, to provide uniformity and consistency, and prioritize safety while the risk of transmission of COVID-19 in large gatherings remains high; and
    • Authorizes for common-interest communities to hold meetings remotely: This allows common interest communities, such as condominium associations and homeowners associations, to conduct business remotely and hold votes entirely by ballot if their by-laws or governing documents do not already permit it.
  • 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.
    • CT DOL has set up a special website to track unemployment data from January 2015 to April 2020.
    • Beginning April 30, CT DOL will be accepting unemployment applications for self-employed individuals. Apply at www.filectui.com, using the BLUE button.
  • 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..
  • The Governor is encouraging all state residents to download the “How We Feel” app to improve the COVID-19 response.
  • Governor Ned Lamont, yesterday, announced that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has approved another portion of his ongoing request for disaster assistance as part of the State of Connecticut’s Major Disaster Declaration due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
    • This approval includes funding for crisis counseling under the individual assistance category, which will help support mental health initiatives designed to benefit individuals affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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