Connecticut - COVID-19 Covered

Connecticut

Total Cases: 237,815 (January 23)
Tests Administered: 5,453,614 (January 21)
Fatalities: 6,819 (January 23)
Testing:
  • Information on COVID-19 testing in Connecticut can be found here. 

ECONOMIC RESPONSE

Essential Service Designations:

  • Essential businesses in Connecticut comprise 16 critical infrastructure sectors as defined by the Department of Homeland Security; essential health care operations; companies involved in pharmaceutical and healthcare supplies; essential infrastructure such as utilities, telecommunications, airports and transportation; manufacturing, including food processing; the defense industrial base; essential retail such as grocery stores and big-box stores; pharmacies, gas stations, and convenience stores; food and beverage retailers and restaurants (provided they comply with previous orders); essential services including trash and recycling collection; news media; legal and accounting services; banks, insurance companies, check cashing services, and other financial institutions; providers of basic necessities to economically disadvantaged populations; construction; and vendors that provide essential services or products, including child care and services needed to ensure the continuing operation of government agencies, among other services. (March 20)

Labor & Workforce Guidance, Standards and Regulations:

  • Governor Lamont announced that Connecticut will expand its Shared Work program, which helps businesses in the state prevent layoffs by allowing them to temporarily reduce employee hours and use partial unemployment benefits to supplement lost wages. The program will be expanded beginning the week of October 5. (September 22) 
  • Governor Lamont issued an executive order creating a rebuttable presumption that workers who contracted COVID-19 in the early days of the pandemic contracted it on the job and are, therefore, eligible for workers’ compensation benefits. (July 27) 
  • Governor Lamont issued an executive order extending COVID-19-related workers’ compensation for another six months. (July 24) 

Economic Stimulus & Relief:

  • Governor Lamont announced he would commit an additional $31.2 million to support Connecticut’s nursing homes. (December 30) 
  • Governor Lamont said he would sign an executive order expanding eligibility to the federal Lost Wages Assistance program for Connecticut residents who did not initially qualify for the program. (December 4) 
  • Governor Lamont received notification from the White House that his request to extend the federal authorization of the Connecticut National Guard’s support to the State of Connecticut for its ongoing response to the COVID-19 public health emergency has been approved through March 31, 2021. (December 3) 
  • Governor Lamont plans to sign an executive order that expands eligibility to the federal Lost Wages Assistance (LWA) program for Connecticut residents who did not initially qualify for the program. (December 4) 
  • Governor Lamont announced that he has approved more than $11 million in state funding for grants through the Small Town Economic Assistance Program (STEAP), which will be awarded to 94 small towns across Connecticut for various infrastructure improvement projects. (November 9) 
  • Governor Lamont announced that he has approved the allocation of $3.4 million in grants from the state’s Coronavirus Relief Fund, which uses federal CARES Act money, to finance programs in several towns across Connecticut that will be used for homeless shelter improvements, homeless prevention services, and financial assistance for low-income residents at-risk of becoming homeless. (November 5) 
  • Governor Lamont and Connecticut Housing Commissioner Seila Mosquera-Bruno today announced that the State of Connecticut is opening a second round of funding under the Temporary Rental Housing Assistance Program (TRHAP) to applicants seeking assistance with residential rent payments delayed by financial stress related to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. In this round, the program will for the first time accept applications directly from small landlords. (November 4) 
  • Governor Lamont today announced that he is allocating $15 million of CARES Act money to fund innovative workforce programs that will provide job training to more than 1,000 displaced workers in the state and connect them to high-growth, in-demand jobs. (October 23) 
  • Governor Lamont today announced that he has approved the allocation of $1 million of CARES Act funding to provide supplemental aid to foster parents for the costs associated with caring for more than 3,600 children in state care during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. (October 23) 
  • Governor Lamont announced that he is creating the Connecticut CARES Small Business Grant Program to assist small businesses and nonprofits that have been impacted by the economic downturn caused by the global COVID-19 pandemic. The program will provide businesses and nonprofits in Connecticut that have fewer than twenty employees or a 2019 payroll of less than $1.5 million with a one-time grant of $5,000. (October 20) 
  • Governor Lamont announced that the State of Connecticut has approved the first 21 local health districts and departments that will receive a portion of $20 million in funding the state was allocated as part of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Epidemiology and Laboratory Capacity Cooperative Agreement. (October 20) 
  • Governor Lamont announced that the State of Connecticut will provide up to $9 million in grants to certain nonprofit arts organizations in the state to help them recover more quickly from the impact of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. (October 19) 
  • Governor Lamont announced that his administration will dedicate $2.6 million of CARES Act funding to support the state’s public libraries. (October 7) 
  • Governor Lamont announced that he is doubling funding for the previously announced Temporary Rental Housing Assistance Program (TRHAP) for Connecticut residents impacted by COVID-19 from $20 million to $40 million. (September 30) 
  • Governor Lamont extended the state’s eviction moratorium to October 1. (August 21) 
  • Governor Lamont reinstated the Small Town Grant Program to stimulate capital improvements as the state economy rebounds. (July 9) 
  • Governor Lamont announced a $33 million-dollar assistance plan for renters, homeowners, and residential landlords impacted by COVID-19. (June 29) 
  • Governor Lamont announced the establishment of ConnectiCorps, a new community service program that will help address the growing demand on essential services. (June 25) 
  • Governor Lamont announced a public-private partnership to support vulnerable Connecticut families excluded from existing federal relief programs. (June 3) 
  • The Department of Social Services announced that SNAP recipients will be able to purchase food online from select retailers in Connecticut for delivery or curbside pickup. (June 1) 
  • The Department of Economic and Community Development has committed an additional $3 million to the COVID-19 Business Response Program, providing relief to women and minority-owned small businesses. (May 8) 
  • Executive Order 7CC included a provision that modified state statutes to provide that stimulus payments under the CARES Act will not be counted as income or resources when determining eligibility for state benefits or services. (April 21) 
  • The Department of Revenue Services has launched an assistance program for taxpayers subject to collections matters who have been impacted by the pandemic. (April 17) 
  • Governor Lamont announced the creation of the Connecticut Covid-19 Charity Connection, an organization to raise funds to support the state’s nonprofit providers serving those with the greatest need. (April 1) 

Business Support & Resources:

  • Governor Lamont announced that minority and women-owned small businesses can now apply for a zero-interest loan of up to $20,000. (April 9) 
  • The state announced a new initiative, the Connecticut Recovery Bridge Loan Program, to provide $25 million in zero-interest loans to small businesses with up to 100 employees. (March 25) 
  • The CT Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD) launched a Business Emergency Response Unit, dedicated to helping businesses navigate resources available to them during the crisis. (March 17) 

SOCIAL RESTRICTIONS

Reopenings:

  • Connecticut has entered Stage 1B of the vaccine distribution plan. Residents age 75 or older can now schedule appointments to receive a vaccine. (January 14) 
  • Governor Lamont directed the Connecticut Department of Public Health to add Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine to the state’s ongoing vaccination program. (December 21) 
  • Effective at 12:01 AM December 19, the revised Connecticut COVID-19 Travel Advisory applies to all travelers entering Connecticut, except for the neighboring states of New Jersey, New York, and Rhode Island. The new guidelines require all affected travelers to complete the Connecticut Travel Health Form and self-quarantine for a period of 10 days or until a negative COVID-19 test result. (December 18) 
  • Governor Lamont announced that he has signed an executive order increasing the amount that businesses can be fined for violations of the state’s COVID-19 sector rules and capacity limits to $10,000 per violation. (November 24) 
  • Governor Lamont announced that he sent a letter to President Trump requesting that he extend the federal authorization for the Connecticut National Guard to provide support to the State of Connecticut through June 30, 2021, for its ongoing response to the COVID-19 public health emergency. In addition, he is requesting a 100 percent federal cost share on behalf of the state. (November 16) 
  • In response to recent coronavirus outbreaks associated with the conduct of interstate youth hockey activities, Governor Ned Lamont agreed to suspend interstate competitions for public and private schools and youth hockey effective this Saturday, November 14 through December 31. The prohibition will not impact interstate collegiate, professional, or U.S. national team hockey activities, which will remain subject to existing health and safety protocols and/or restrictions. (November 12) 
  • Governor Lamont announced that the State of Connecticut has launched its official COVID-19 exposure notification app, COVID Alert CT. The app, available for Apple and Android mobile devices, informs users if they may have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 – all without sharing any personal information. (November 12) 
  • The Department of Public Health released updated comprehensive sports guidance incorporating sports to be played in the winter season for both interscholastic leagues, recreational, and private leagues for youth and adults. DPH’s recommendations will be codified as part of the updated sector rules on sports from the Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD), and do not apply to college-level or professional athletics. (November 10) 
  • Connecticut officially entered Phase 3 of its reopening on October 8. (October 8) 
  • Governor Lamont announced that his administration has launched a variety of new resources to support those who need to isolate or self-quarantine due to COVID-19. (September 30) 
  • Governor Lamont announced that the Connecticut Department of Public Health (DPH) Acting Commissioner Deidre S. Gifford MD MPH has signed an order rescinding previously issued orders limiting visitation at long-term care facilities, including nursing homes.  These orders were issued to protect the health of nursing home residents in response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. DPH has issued new COVID-19 guidelines for visitation and today’s action means that long-term care facilities in Connecticut are permitted to resume indoor visitation effective immediately, provided that certain conditions are met. (September 28) 
  • The Department of Public Health (DPH) today released comprehensive guidance and recommendations for organized sports, including youth and adult club and private league play. (September 25) 
  • Governor Lamont announced that Connecticut will move to a third phase of easing COVID-19 restrictions on Oct. 8, Restaurants, hair salons, barbershops and personal service providers will be able to accept 75 percent of capacity, up from 50 percent. Outdoor venues including stadiums and concerts can go up to 50 percent of capacity, from 25 percent, with mandatory masks and social distancing. (September 24) 
  • Governor Lamont extended the declaration of emergency in Connecticut until February 9. (September 1) 

SCHOOL PLANNING

K-12:

  • Governor Lamontalong with the governors of Maine, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, Vermont, New Jersey, and Massachusetts, announced an extension of the suspension of interstate youth hockey competitions for public and private schools and youth hockey leagues through at least January 31, 2021. (December 30) 
  • Governor Lamont announced that Connecticut will make an additional $160 million in funding available for school districts to safely reopen, assist them with costs associated with responding to COVID-19, and support local operations for the 2020-21 academic year. (August 6) 
  • Governor Lamont has left it open to individual school districts to decide how to open schools in the fall, saying the state will not dictate terms. (July 28) 

State Higher Education:

  • A list of Connecticut colleges and universities that planned to reopen in the fall can be found here. 

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