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The state will see an 80% increase in COVID-19 testing under an expanded partnership between Hartford HealthCare and Quest Diagnostics that was announced at Gov. Ned Lamont's afternoon briefing.
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.
Gov. Ned Lamont said that the state has received "another small delivery" of PPE from the federal government, including 146,000 surgical masks, as well as a promised 50 ventilators, which "we haven't seen yet."
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.
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."
Charles Lee, director and professor at the Farmington lab, said that starting net week it will test up to 150 samples per day and will ramp up that number “substantially more” in a matter of days.
St. Vincent’s will continue to operate as a not-for-profit Catholic hospital.
Pending regulatory approval, St. Vincent’s would be Hartford HealthCare's second-largest hospital, after 867-bed Hartford Hospital.
Located in Bridgeport, St. Vincent’s includes a licensed 473-bed community teaching hospital, a 76-bed inpatient psychiatric facility in Westport, and a large multispecialty provider group.
CarePartners of Connecticut Inc. has been created by a collaboration between Hartford HealthCare and Tufts Health Plan of Watertown, Massachusetts.