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“We believe this program provides the quick, short-term financial assistance (small businesses and nonprofits) need to maintain operations and weather this storm," said Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner David Lehman.
U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Connecticut) told webinar listeners yesterday that “we have tried to do very quickly what normally would have taken months. I hope we can get money out as soon as possible.”
The U.K., France, Canada, and Spain are seeing a two-hour increase.
To date, more than 5,898 tests have been conducted in Connecticut among both state and private laboratories. Approximately 113 people have been hospitalized.
Targeted at companies with up to 100 employees, as well as nonprofits and sole practitioners, the loans will come with 18-month terms at 0% interest, and capped at $75,000.
As for personal protective equipment (PPE), the governor said that while the wait continues for federal supplies to arrive, "We're not gonna sit around and wait for the cavalry to come in." Lamont said the state is "vetting lots of different options, offers" for PPE, "some of which seem a little shady, frankly."
The first 20,000 units of Ranger Ready Hand Sanitizers are expected to ship on April 10 and are being made available exclusively to the State of Connecticut for use by emergency medical services, hospitals and first responders.
The coronavirus effect will be a factor in the Commerce Department’s next report, due in June. As of now, Connecticut has gained back 83% of jobs lost in the Great Recession; as of Monday, nearly 100,000 unemployment claims have been submitted as businesses continue to shut down.
“Restaurants were the first businesses to be immediately and severely impacted by this crisis, and without your immediate assistance they will also be Connecticut’s first industry‐wide casualty,” Connecticut Restaurant Association Executive Director Scott Dolch warned the governor.
ConnectiCare has announced that members can temporarily use telehealth for covered medical and mental health services at no cost through May 31. “We know our...
Dr. Matthew Cartter, the state epidemiologist with the Department of Public Health, estimated that the number of deaths will be "much greater" than the approximately 300-600 recorded each flu season.
The nonprofit announced yesterday that it is donating 60,551 laptops to students attending high school in some of the state’s most under-resourced school districts.
“The current system, in which states and hospitals are competing against each other for scarce equipment, is both unnecessary and barbaric,” U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Connecticut) declared.
The completion of the sales "underscores the overall buyer demand for new construction, city-inspired living in traditionally suburban markets,” said Joanne Mancuso, a real estate agent in Houlihan Lawrence’s Greenwich office.
“I know this pandemic has brought disruption to all of our lives," Gov. Ned Lamont said, "but we need to pull together as a community and practice social distancing in order to reduce the spread of this virus and protect the well-being of our neighbors and our loved ones.” Lamont said.