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Nursing homes face scrutiny over handling of COVID-19

As of June 10, Connecticut’s nursing homes had recorded 8,669 confirmed COVID cases and 2,106 deaths.

Lamont approves absentee voting for all in August primary; Fasano questions...

“Nobody should need to make a decision between their health and their right to vote,” the governor said. “We must guarantee access to the ballot, and this is a way to do that during these extraordinary circumstances. I do not take this decision lightly, and it is with the public health and welfare of residents in mind.”

Leadership in a time of crisis: CT Senate Republican Leader Len...

"You’ve got to be willing to change your mind," Fasano says. "If you walk into this chamber, stay for several years, and then walk out as the same person, you’ve missed a great opportunity."

Questions growing about how Lamont’s May 20 reopening is being handled

Impatience among restaurant owners and questions about how an outside consulting group is working on Connecticut's soft reopening on May 20 rose to the fore today, as Gov. Ned Lamont acknowledged.

General Assembly ends regular session with a whimper; Special session expected...

The chambers may have to change their voting protocols, with social distancing mandates expected to remain in place for the foreseeable future. Staggering votes on the floor by 10 members at a time, or allowing voting to be done by video feed, are among the approaches being considered.

When and how to reopen? Opinions vary widely

Around the state, some favor opening businesses now, while others favor slowly rolling out certain sectors. Even Gov. Ned Lamont, who has said an official strategic announcement will be made on May 20, is now indicating some reopenings could occur sooner.

Gov. Lamont announces members of Reopen Connecticut Advisory Group

The panel of local health, business, workforce, and education experts organized by AdvanceCT will consult with the governor's administration and legislative leadership on the reopening of Connecticut’s economy and education system.

COVID-19 LATEST: Momentum building for possible reopening of some CT businesses...

The loosening of social distancing efforts and a concurrent reopening of some businesses could begin in June, according to one of the co-chairs of the Reopen Connecticut Advisory Board.

COVID-19 LATEST: Congressional aid welcomed as county deaths near 600

Fairfield and New Haven counties continue to be flat when it comes to COVID-19 cases, Gov. Ned Lamont said today while Hartford County continues to ramp up.

General Assembly won’t reconvene this session; Klarides won’t seek re-election

House Minority Leader Themis Klarides (R) joins Speaker of the House Joe Aresimowicz (D) and Senate Minority Leader Len Fasano (R) in not seeking re-election this November.

COVID-19 LATEST: Reopen CT Advisory Board announced as state’s death toll...

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.

COVID-19 LATEST: Hospitalizations slowing as state’s death toll nears 500

New hospitalizations, which Gov. Ned Lamont has said is the key indicator as to whether the state’s coronavirus incidents have peaked, rose by just 31 to 1,593; Fairfield County saw a nine-person decrease, to 676.

Senate Republican Leader Fasano won’t seek re-election

The 61-year-old Fasano, who has served nine terms in the state senate, frequently clashed with Democratic governors Dannel Malloy and Ned Lamont, often around fiscal issues. He was also a vocal opponent of Lamont’s electronic tolls plan, which ultimately came to naught.

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."

What debt diet? General Assembly approves $4.7B bonding package

"The governor sold credit rating agencies a promise that he is failing to keep," Senate Minority Leader Len Fasano said. "I am gravely concerned about the consequences of not following through with the representations made.”