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COVID-19 hospitalizations increased for the first time in nearly two weeks, although Gov. Ned Lamont indicated that the state still plans to allow some...
A continued decline in COVID-19-related hospitalizations is giving hope that the state is on the downside of the coronavirus curve, Gov. Ned Lamont said today, even as positive cases rose by over 800 and another 125 deaths were recorded.
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.
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."
Gov. Ned Lamont said the state's lack of ventilators remains a matter of growing concern, as Dr. Deborah Birx, the White House coronavirus response coordinator, said yesterday that Connecticut could be one of the nation’s next hot spots. “Southern Connecticut is (already) one of those hot spots, and has been for some time,” the governor said.
Gov. Ned Lamont announced an agreement with some 65 credit unions and banks in Connecticut to offer mortgage relief to the state’s residents and businesses who continue to face hardship caused by the global COVID-19 pandemic.
U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal (R-Connecticut) described the federal CARES Act as "imperfect but imperative -- it's not a panacea, and opined that there will be a fourth and fifth, and perhaps a sixth, federal economic stimulus bill as the situation develops.
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."
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 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 $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.
President Donald Trump declared a national emergency this afternoon, freeing up additional funding for more labs to begin testing for COVID-19 and making available...
Bridgeport Mayor Joe Ganim, Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton, Norwalk Mayor Harry Rilling, and Trumbull First Selectman Vicki Tesoro were all re-elected, while State Rep. Fred Camillo is taking as Greenwich First Selectman from the retiring Peter Tesei.
“This jarring announcement from arguably our best-known, highest-profile business has got to serve as an overdue wake-up call to the governor and to the Democrat-controlled state legislature," says Republican state Sen. Tony Hwang.
A recent bus tour by U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy and Mayor Harry Rilling highlighted a number of projects now underway.