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State Sen. Tony Hwang voices support for Gov. Lamont’s rejection of...

"This was an attempted power play by the tribes to use the pandemic to bypass the legislature not only to gain approval for online gambling but to gain the exclusive right to offer it in Connecticut,” wrote Hwang and former Rep. Robert Steele.

COVID-19 LATEST: Numbers still rising, but ‘seem to be flattening out,’...

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."

COVID-19 LATEST: Fairfield County passes 100 deaths; More testing coming online

Fairfield County's coronavirus-related death toll has reached 101, Gov. Ned Lamont announced today, though he said he was trying to draw some solace from the fact that an anticipated major spike in cases has, so far, not arrived.

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.

CT grocery/retail store limitations go into effect today; alcohol delivery OK

Occupancy has been capped at 50% of store capacity, with staff required to maintain a count of the number of customers entering and exiting stores.

COVID-19 LATEST: Stamford Hospital building to be used as care site;...

Approximately 1,033 patients have been hospitalized, and statewide fatalities now stand at 165, with Fairfield County accounting for 86 of those 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 LATEST: Deaths top 100; CT to receive about $1.45 billion...

The $2.5 billion in the state’s Budget Reserve Fund (also known as the Rainy Day Fund) puts Connecticut "in pretty good shape" through at least June 30, said Gov. Ned Lamont. “Obviously, this is the rainy day,” added Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management Melissa McCaw. “We are well-positioned to weather this storm.”

COVID-19 LATEST: 16 more deaths in CT, including 6-week-old; ‘Desperate’ need...

In other developments today: The state is currently on track to end Fiscal Year 2020 with a General Fund deficit of $170 million; a new statewide organization has been formed to help Connecticut's nonprofits; and according to one model, Connecticut’s hospitals will hit peak resource use on April 16, at which time there will be a shortage of 2,167 hospital beds and a deficit of 499 ICU beds. The same model predicts 1,092 virus-related deaths here through Aug. 4.

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 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.

COVID-19 UPDATE: Hospitals unite statewide; 36 deaths; PPE shortage growing

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."

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: 34 deaths; Lamont swings deal for some ventilators as...

“We’re still down there, we’re pushing hard, making sure that Connecticut gets what was promised, what we need,” the governor said.

FEMA issues major disaster declaration to Connecticut

Today’s approval is for public assistance, meaning that impacted state agencies and municipalities in all eight counties will be reimbursed for 75% of the costs associated with their response and emergency protective measures.