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Questions about the Partnership for Connecticut's transparency have dogged the group for months, while the alleged mistreatment of its president and CEO have gone unaddressed.
On the eve of Connecticut’s becoming the last state to partially reopen, Gov. Ned Lamont used his daily briefing as something of a pep rally, with a pair of experts attesting to the prudent and considered way he and his administration have approached the COVID-19 crisis.
Although Connecticut has achieved all seven of its criteria to begin reopening, May 20 has proven to be a moving target for hair salons and barber shops, which are no longer among the businesses allowed to reopen on that date.
"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."
“It’s going to be a balancing act,” says Connecticut Retail Merchants Association President Tim Phelan. “We’re ready to reopen, and we’re hoping the general public is ready for us to reopen.”
More than 29,000 people filed new unemployment benefits claims last week, bringing that total to about 515,000 since the middle of March. The governor said the state Department of Labor has processed over 500,000 of those claims and paid out over $1.3 billion, including around $25 million for self-employed and gig workers.
A group of 11 State Senate Democrats has sent a letter to Gov. Ned Lamont questioning the prudence of starting to reopen some state businesses on May 20 – concerns that the governor tried to assuage during today’s briefing.
CVS Health plans to have up to 1,000 locations across the country offering the service by the end of May, with the goal of processing up to 1.5 million tests per month, subject to availability of supplies and lab capacity.
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.
Gov. Ned Lamont focused on the continued ramping up of COVID-19 testing at today's briefing, noting that the number of weekly tests has increased from about 18,000 a couple of weeks ago to roughly 29,000 now.
Asked by the Business Journal if Renee Coleman-Mitchell had resigned or been dismissed, the governor said: “That’s still being worked out.”
The equipment is in the process of being sorted and will be delivered in the coming days to frontline workers, including first responders, hospital staff, long-term care facility staff, direct care providers, and other people on the front lines.
COVID-19 testing in Connecticut has been netting a less than 10% infection rate for the past few days, Gov. Ned Lamont announced today -- another positive sign that the worst of the health crisis may be behind the state.
Maximum restaurant and office capacity at 50%; frequent cleaning of all high-touch points; and face masks or cloth face coverings for all employees and customers are among the various guidelines that will be in place when Connecticut begins its soft reopening of businesses on May 20.
Created out by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, the program allows small businesses and nonprofits to apply for low-interest private loans to pay for their payroll and certain other costs, and are forgivable if certain conditions are met.