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This is a limited series of Q&As by Fairfield County Business Journal Bureau Chief Kevin Zimmerman with leaders in various business sectors and industries....
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that a fifth region of the state, the Central Region has met the criteria for reopening after the...
Roughly two-thirds in each of the states also said the restrictions put in place in their state to slow the spread of the virus are about right, while only about 20% said they don't go far enough and about 15% think they go too far.
"Pitting all 50 states against each other to compete for these supplies has never made any sense," said Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont. "Partnering with our neighbors helps make our purchasing power stronger and more dependable.”
The governor said that, according to Office of Policy and Management Secretary Melissa McCaw, the state has withstood about $450 million in coronavirus-related expenses. "Connecticut right now is doing better than a lot of other states," Lamont said, noting the strength of its rainy day fund.
According to the Department of Public Health, Fairfield County's COVID-positive cases jumped by nearly 500 since yesterday, to a total of 6,004, with another 22 hospitalizations for a total of 710. The county recorded another 14 deaths to bring that total to 262.
While Connecticut's number of COVID-19 infections, hospitalizations and deaths continues to rise, Gov. Ned Lamont today insisted that they "seem to be flattening out."
Cuomo’s favorability rating jumped to 71 percent this month, a major increase from 44 percent in February.
The governor said he hoped “we’ll have some clarity from the White House before the day is over” over President Donald Trump's musing about instituting an "enforceable quarantine" in New York and parts of Connecticut and New Jersey, opining that Trump’s comments were an example of his “thinking out loud.”
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."
In addition, 51 people are hospitalized and three more have died since Saturday from complications the virus, bringing the total number of deaths in the state to eight.
The $1 trillion spending proposal from the White House would include $500 billion in direct payments to Americans. Indications are that that bill will be introduced early next week.
“A regional approach to this threat is smart, and I am grateful for all of the work by my colleagues in neighboring states,” said Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf, the latest to join an anti-coronavirus coalition in the Northeast. Talks continue with Massachusetts and Rhode Island.
Gov. Ned Lamont Lamont took a swing at the federal government’s response to the crisis, saying that “significant cash payments” and two weeks’ paid sick leave for affected workers must be made available. “If the federal government doesn’t get that right, Connecticut will get that right,” he declared.