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COVID-19 LATEST: Fairfield County nearing 100 deaths; Fed officials warn of...

Fairfield County recorded another 10 deaths since yesterday, bringing its total to 96. The county has 3,050 confirmed coronavirus cases, and has recorded 189 deaths.

COVID-19 LATEST: Models show county peak to hit around April 26;...

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.

COVID-19 UPDATE: Banks join to offer customers relief; PPE cupboard ’empty’;...

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.

Banks’ message to small businesses, individuals: ‘We’re there for you’

“We’re constantly discussing options for our customers in the face of hardship,” says Patriot Bank President Richard Muskus Jr. “We will do what we can as an organization to help them – the bank is not going to abandon them.”

COVID-19 UPDATE: 27 deaths; Peak could possibly come by 2nd week...

While President Donald Trump's signing late this afternoon of the $2 trillion COVID-19 aid package should address the PPE shortage, Lamont said it would probably be three-plus weeks before that money arrives to the state.

State temporarily suspending small business bridge loan applications

The Department of Economic and Community Development announced that, having received over 4,000 applications, it will stop accepting them as of 6 p.m. today -- but that it will return with double the funding, at $50 million. But that action will be temporary, according to DECD Commissioner David Lehman.

Connecticut releases specifics about small business bridge loans

“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.

COVID-19 UPDATE: Deaths at 19 as wait for fed aid continues

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.

COVID-19 LATEST: Fed stimulus bill to be voted on today; CT...

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."

COVID-19 UPDATE: 10 deaths in CT; Hospitals increasing capacity; Federal aid...

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.

Lamont, DECD issue guidance on tonight’s closure of nonessential businesses

“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.

Bars, restaurants doing what they can in face of COVID-19 ban

“Restaurants are not buying a lot of kegs these days,” one craft brewer noted wryly.

CT finalizing bridge loan program to aid small businesses; expecting help...

“We’re in much better condition than many of our peer states,” Gov. Ned Lamont said, referring to Connecticut’s $200 million surplus and the $2.5 billion in its rainy day fund. “That can be depleted very quickly depending on the scale of the crisis and what the fed does, but we’re in a relatively good position.”

COVID-19 update: 96 positive cases; Congress to consider $1 trillion spending...

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.

COVID-19 UPDATE: 68 cases confirmed in state; ‘payment holidays’ in the...

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.