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FEMA approves Gov. Lamont's major disaster declaration requestHARTFORD, CT (WFSB) - FEMA will be providing the state of Connecticut with additional aid as it continues to combat the coronavirus. Gov. Ned Lamont's office says that they have been notified that FEMA approved the governor's request for a Major Disaster Declaration, meaning that impacted state and municipal agencies in all eight counties will be reimbursed for 75% of the costs related to COVID-19 response and emergency protective measures. Gov. Lamont's other request for disaster assistance, which would provide Connecticut residents with unemployment assistance, food benefits, child care assistance, and other benefits, is still being reviewed by the White House. In a statement sent to Ch. 3, Gov. Ned Lamont says: “I am grateful that the federal government is recognizing the severity of this pandemic in Connecticut and the impact it is having on the health and safety of the people of our state. It is an important step in providing critical aid in our communities. I remain hopeful that our request for assistance for individuals will also be approved because this pandemic has had a significant impact on the livelihoods of so many people in Connecticut. Thousands of workers and families are badly hurting. Unlocking this assistance would mean expanded unemployment benefits for those who are out of work because of the emergency, needed food benefits, child care assistance, and a host of other critically important aid. This funding is imperative to protecting the health and safety of the people of our state and further limiting the spread of this disease. I am grateful to our entire Congressional delegation who vigorously advocated for this declaration on our behalf. We will continue doing everything in our power to minimize both the health threat and the economic threat of this virus.”
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THE LATEST: More than 1,500 COVID-19 cases, 33 deathsCoronavirus is impacting the entire country, including Connecticut. Below is a breakdown of developments as they happen: The number of confirmed cases stood at 1,524 as of Saturday afternoon, according to Gov. Ned Lamont. Thirty-three deaths were also reported. A breakdown of the state's cases from the Dept. of Public Health can be seen <a href="" target="_blank">here</a>. For updates from the state, and a town-by-town list where cases are, <a href="" target="_blank">click here</a>. March 29 12:40 p.m. The North Central Health Department confirmed the town of Ellington's first case of coronavirus. Officials say the patient is between the ages of 50 and 59. 11:25 a.m. Old Lyme First Selectman Timothy Griswold reports the town's first case of COVID-19. 11:00 a.m. The CT Department of Public Health has reported the town of North Branford's first case of coronavirus. Officials said the patient is a woman between the ages of 60 and 70. 10:00 a.m. Glastonbury's town manager states that two members of the local EMS self quarantined in early March. At this time, no EMS members have tested positive for COVID-19. March 28 6 p.m. Gov. Lamont reports 1,524 confirmed COVID-19 cases, 33 deaths as of Saturday afternoon. There are 205 hospitalized at this time. More than 10,200 tests have been performed statewide. 10:00 a.m. Gov. Lamont is urging Connecticut residents who can help during the coronavirus crisis to register to volunteer on the state's CT Responds! <a href="" target="_blank">website</a>. This system helps to maintain a registry of volunteers’ skills and credentials available within the state, and helps communities match available resources to an emergency event. Click <a href="" target="_blank">here</a> to register. 7:30 a.m. Worldwide infections topped 600,000, with medical officials saying most of the new cases were <a href="" target="_blank">stacking up in Europe and the United States</a>. While the U.S. now leads the world in reported infections — with more than 104,000 cases — five countries exceed its roughly 1,700 deaths: Italy, Spain, China, Iran and France. March 27 7:45 p.m. The Torrington Area Health District confirmed the first coronavirus-related death of a Torrington resident. The health district said the patient was an elderly adult, but did not release any additional information. 5:45 p.m. A third member of the Dept. of Corrections has tested positive for COVID-19. The custody staff employee who is assigned to the Hartford Correctional Center last entered the Hartford facility on Thursday, March 19. On Monday, March 23, 2020 the staff member was assigned to a hospital detail at Manchester Memorial Hospital and worked both the second and third shifts. On March 24, the staff member developed a fever and was sent home. Positive test results were reported on Friday 4 p.m. Gov. Lamont reports 1,291 confirmed COVID-19 cases, 27 deaths as of Friday afternoon. There are 173 hospitalized at this time. As of Friday, 8,400 tests have been performed statewide Experts said coronavirus in Connecticut could peak in the second week of April 1:30 p.m. The House passed the <a href="" target="_blank">$2.2 trillion rescue package</a> and rushed it to the president's office for his signature. It's expected to pay $1,200 to millions of Americans and bolster unemployment benefits, offer loans and grants, and provide tax breaks to businesses. 1 p.m. Rep. Rosa DeLauro, who represents Connecticut's 3rd District, spoke out in support of the stimulus package. "The United States is now the epicenter of a global pandemic," DeLauro said on the floor of the House. "Cases of the coronavirus are rising exponentially. And, to slow the spread of the contagion, serious measures of social distancing are underway. Schools are closing, businesses are shuttering, and last week, more than 3 million filed for unemployment." 12 p.m. The House kicked off a debate over the $2.2 trillion package to ease the coronavirus pandemic's devastating toll on the U.S. economy and health care system. It hit a snag when Rep. Thomas Massie, a Republican from Kentucky, threatened to delay a vote. President Donald Trump called Massie's threat "political grandstanding." 7:30 a.m. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson tested positive for the coronavirus. Johnson's office said he was tested after showing mild symptoms. He is self-isolating. March 26 11 p.m. The number of COVID-19 cases in the U.S. <a href="" target="_blank">surpassed that of any other country in the world</a>. The U.S. passed China with more than 85,000 cases, and Italy also exceeded 80,000, the three countries together accounting for almost half of the world's infections from the new virus. 9:15 p.m. A patient at Connecticut Valley Hospital tested positive for COVID-19. The Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services said the person is a patient in the General Psychiatry Division of CVH. 8:45 p.m. A Bristol postal worker has tested positive for COVID-19. The postal service believes the risk is low for employees at the office. They also said there’s no evidence that COVID-19 can spread through mail or package. 8 p.m. The town of Wolcott announced that a resident has died from coronavirus-related complications. The patient’s age has not been released. 4 p.m. Gov. Lamont said there are now 1,012 coronavirus cases, and 21 deaths. There have been 6,500 tests performed, but that will decline as tests will be reserved for those with serious symptoms. This is due to a lack of medical equipment needed to keep healthcare staff members safe. He said "if you're coming to Connecticut, self quarantine for 14 days." Lamont also says people should not gather in groups more than 5 people He also said he's considering removing the tax on plastic bags at stores, as reusable bags could be a public health concern 3:45 p.m. Town of Clinton reports first coronavirus-related death. The town manager said a woman in her 70s passed away at Middlesex Hospital. 1 p.m. Gov. Ned Lamont submits request to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for a presidential major disaster declaration resulting from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the state of Connecticut. 11:30 a.m. The City of Stamford reported that former Board of Representatives member Anthony Spadaccini died on Wednesday due to coronavirus complications. 11 a.m. The Town of Durham announced its first case of COVID-19. First Selectman Laura Frances alerted the town. "We knew it was only a matter of time before there was a confirmed case in Durham, given that community spread has already been established in our region," Francis said. "We must assume that there are other cases already in our community at this time, and that the number will increase. If someone is sick with a fever and has a cough, you need to assume they have COVID-19. I strongly urge all Durham residents to heed instructions by public health officials to 'flatten the curve' and slow the spread of the disease by practicing social distancing." 9:25 a.m. Bristol's mayor confirmed the city's fourth case of COVID-19. The number involves two residents and two people who work in the city. 8:30 a.m. The U.S. Labor Department announced that a record 3.3 million people <a href="" target="_blank">filed unemployment claims last week</a>. 12 a.m. The U.S. Senate passed a $2.2 trillion stimulus package. March 25 7:15 p.m. State police announced that there are four positive cases of COVID-19 within the agency. The four cases consist of a trooper from Troop G in Bridgeport, Troop L in Litchfield, the training academy in Meriden, and a recruit from the 129th Training Troop which has been training remotely. All are doing well and are expected to make a full recovery. 6:30 p.m. The second Department of Correction employee has tested positive for COVID-19. The custody staff employee was assigned to the Corrigan-Radgowski Correctional Center in Uncasville. The employee last entered the facility on March 21. No other staff members or offenders at the facility have tested positive. The employee’s assigned post for the last five days worked was in areas of the building which required minimal interaction with the offender population. 4 p.m. Gov. Lamont gives an update saying 875 COVID-19 cases, 106 hospitalized, 19 deaths. He adds that the majority of fatalities are older than 75 years old DECD Commissioner discussed a small business loans, saying it is available for businesses with up to 100 employees, no interest for 18 months, money for 3 months of operating expenses, capped at $75,000, applications will be processed on Thursday 3:30 p.m. New Haven has its first coronavirus-related death. No information regarding the patient has been released at this time. Mayor Justin Elicker is expected to give an update at 4 p.m. 3 p.m. New data put out by the Dept. of Public Health shows 875 coronavirus cases as of Wednesday afternoon, and 19 deaths 1:30 p.m. The University of Connecticut announced that it will be giving refunds to students who board and who were part of its Education Abroad program. 11 a.m. The Connecticut State Colleges and Universities system announced that students who were kicked off campus and moved to online classes <a href="" target="_blank">would be eligible for a credit</a>. The Department of Labor also announced that <a href="" target="_blank">it is taking steps to address its overloaded system</a>. It said the system became bogged down due to a spike in applications for unemployment benefits. It could take up to three weeks for payments to be dispersed. 6 a.m. Worldwide, more than 423,000 people infected and more than 18,000 deaths. More than 108,000 people have recovered so far, mostly in China. South Korea will provide testing materials to U.S. in response to President Donald Trump’s request for help. White House and Senate leaders <a href="" target="_blank">reached a deal on a $2 trillion U.S. aid package</a>. March 24 8:50 p.m. The Archdiocese of Hartford has extended the cancellation of public masses from April 3 until April 30 at churches throughout Hartford, Litchfield, and New Haven counties. This includes the liturgies of Holy Week and Easter. 5:15 p.m. The Judicial Branch says a staff member tests positive for COVID-19. The employee is a Judicial Marshal assigned to the Litchfield Judicial District courthouse located at 50 Field St., Torrington. The marshal hasn't been to work since Friday and had been assigned to the control room, which is located in the basement of the building, where there is no public access. A statement released said "The Judicial Branch takes the safety of its employees and members of the public seriously. The area where the individual worked has been cleaned and disinfected. In addition to the normal cleaning procedures, which remain in place, all Judicial Branch locations are now also receiving disinfecting cleaning nightly. For court locations, in addition to the normal cleaning routine and nightly disinfecting, additional disinfecting cleaning is occurring during the day as well. The disinfecting cleaning places special emphasis on high touchpoint areas." 4 p.m. Gov. Lamont said there are now 618 coronavirus cases in the state, with New Haven County more than doubled. There have been 12 deaths as of Tuesday. He added that 71 people are hospitalized, and more than 5,300 tests have been conducted statewide. To see the latest statistics, <a href="" target="_blank">click here</a>. 12 p.m. In a <a href="" target="_blank">radio interview with WCBS</a>, Gov. Lamont said Connecticut schools will likely be closed until the fall. On Monday, he said schools would be closed until at least April 20. A statement from his office said "The Governor is looking at this public health crisis as potentially lasting a longer period of time than initially thought, which he has said publicly before and is consistent with federal CDC suggestions of class cancellations for up to 6-8 weeks. The goal is to have frank discussions with superintendents and the education community as this situation unfolds. Governor Lamont is telling school systems they must be prepared for a potentially unprecedented break from classes being held in schools as a result of the coronavirus to ensure students, teachers, staff, and parents are safe." 11 a.m. Hartford HealthCare said it is bracing for a surge in patients. The number of cases is expected to significantly go up. It said the virus is affecting almost all communities in Connecticut. The criteria for screening for COVID-19 was also changed after a number of patients experienced abdominal pain and diarrhea. March 23 7:45 p.m. Naugatuck announced its first positive case of COVID-19. Officials said the person who contracted the virus has been working directly with the health department. The health department has confirmed that there is no risk to the community. The Naugatuck Valley Health District announced the first confirmed case of COVID-19 in Derby. The resident will remain in quarantine at their home. 7:30 p.m. The two people who died from COVID-19 were a man in his 50s who live in a private residence in Norwalk and was recently hospitalized at Norwalk Hospital. The other person was a man in his 70s who lived in a private resident in Newington and was recently hospitalized at St. Francis Hospital. 7:15 p.m. Legislative leaders have announced that legislative business, including committee meetings and public hearings, will be postponed until April 13. The Legislative Office Building, State Capitol, and the Old State House will be closed during that time. 5 p.m. The Department of Labor received more than 72,000 new unemployment claims from Friday, March 13 to Friday, March 20. Over the weekend, the DOL received approximately 17,000 new claims. On Monday, March 23, the DOL received approximately 10,000 new unemployment claims. 4:45 p.m. The first Connecticut Department of Correction employee has tested positive for COVID-19. The employee was assigned to the Garner Correctional Institution in Newtown and has been self-monitoring at hoe. The employee last entered the institution on Tuesday, March 17. Starting Monday, DOC employees will have to pass a wellness screening check before entering a facility. 4 p.m. Gov. Lamont said there are now 415 positive COVID-19 cases in the state, and 10 deaths, and 54 are hospitalized See a town-by-town breakdown as of Monday afternoon, <a href="" target="_blank">here</a>. As of Monday afternoon, 4,500 tests have been conducted statewide Lamont said schools in the state could be reopening on April 20, at the earliest, but this is not a firm date 12:30 p.m. Two Branford residents test positive for COVID-19. The patients are male, between the ages of 63 and 70 10 a.m. The UConn Health Center began testing for COVID-19. Patients need to bring an order from their doctor. More locations can be found <a href="" target="_blank">here</a>. The facility also became the state's first approved triage site in case there is a surge in patients. 7:30 a.m. The Town of South Windsor Health Department confirmed two cases of COVID-19 and is working on contact investigations. The cases involved women between the ages of 18 and 30. Today at 8 p.m., all businesses considered non-essential will close. To see the full breakdown of what is considered essential and non-essential, <a href="" target="_blank">click here</a>. March 22 9:50 p.m. Officials have confirmed a case of coronavirus at ESPN in Bristol. A spokesperson says the individual has not been in the office since March 13. 9:15 p.m. State officials released a guide explaining which businesses are considered essential and non-essential on the "Stay Safe, Stay Home" Executive Order. The order goes into effect Monday at 8 p.m. and orders all non-essential businesses to close. To see the full breakdown of what is considered essential and non-essential, click <a href="" target="_blank">here</a>. 8:00 p.m. Cromwell Town Manager Tony Salvatore confirmed that an 84-year-old male tested positive for COVID-19, making it the town's first case. The man is not being hospitalized and is being monitored closely. Salvatore adds that the patient is doing very well at this time. 6:30 p.m. Governor Lamont has announced three more coronavirus deaths, bringing the total in the state to eight. Five have died in Fairfield County, two in Tolland County, and one in Hartford County. The number of positive cases has risen to 327: 208 in Fairfield County, 54 in Hartford County, 12 in Litchfield County, 6 in Middlesex County, 29 in New Haven County, 3 in New London County, 14 in Tolland County, and 1 in Windham County. Of those cases, 51 are hospitalized. Click <a href="" target="_blank">here</a> for a breakdown from the state. 4:55 p.m. Officials in New Haven confirmed two new cases in the city, bringing the total number to 12. A homeless man that tested positive had escaped care at the hospital and is now in police custody. A child has also tested positive for COVID-19. 3:50 p.m. Town officials announced two new cases of coronavirus in Stratford. A male in his 40s and a female in her 80s have tested positive. Officials say the child that previously tested positive has recovered. 2:55 p.m. Officials with Day Kimball Hospital confirmed that an obsetrics and gynecology physician tested positive for the coronavirus on March 19. The Day Kimball Hospital is working to contain the case and safeguard the well being of its patients, volunteers, visitors, and staff. 2:50 p.m. Fairfield University announced online classes will continue for the rest of the spring semester. The school's residence life team will contact students on Monday with instructions on when students can pick up their belongings. The 2020 Commencement will not be held in May as scheduled, but the school is making arrangements for them to be held at a later date. 2:45 p.m. Officials confirmed there are 5 patients at the Evergreen Health Center in Stafford Springs that tested positive for COVID-19. Four patients are in the center and one is in the hospital. 1:25 p.m. The Newtown Health District announced the town's first case of COVID-19. Officials say that the patient, a woman between the ages of 25 and 49, is currently isolated and recovering at home. The district is also working on notifying all those that have recently come in contact with her. 8:05 a.m. New Britain Mayor Erin Stewart announced on Twitter the city's first confirmed case of coronavirus. Mayor Stewart says that they were treated at UConn Medical Center and were later released. They are now quarantined in their home for 14 days and are working with the city's public health department. Mayor Stewart adds that the party is resting and doing well. March 21 8:40 p.m. Governor Ned Lamont is asking residents to consider signing up for the CTAlert system for phone and text message update about emergency alerts in the state. Find out more information <a href="" target="_blank">here</a>. 7:45 p.m. Governor Lamont has announced another coronavirus-related death. This brings the total to five in the state. The person who died is a man in his 80s who was a resident of a nursing home in Stafford Springs. He had been receiving treatment at Johnson Memorial Hospital. The number of positive cases has risen to 223: 140 in Fairfield County; 35 in Hartford County; 11 in Litchfield County; 24 in New Haven County; 6 in Middlesex County; 5 in Tolland County; 1 in New London County, 1 in Windham County. Of those cases, 43 people are hospitalized. 6:10 p.m. Middletown Mayor Ben Florsheim confirms the city's first positive case of COVID-19. The 50-year-old man is self-isolating at home. 5:45 p.m. The Department of Public Health has confirmed the first positive case of COVID-19 within the jurisdiction of the Uncas Health District. The patient is a 42-year-old Norwich resident. 2:35 p.m. The University of Hartford says remote instruction will continue through the end of the Spring semester. Students that remain on campus during Spring break have been asked to return home. <a href="" target="_blank">Click or tap here</a> for additional information. 9:30 a.m. Connecticut's Department of Revenue Services (DRS) is extending the filing and payment deadline for personal income tax returns 90 days, to July 15, 2020. The extension also applies to Connecticut estimated income tax payments for the first and second quarters of 2020. For more, <a href="" target="_blank">click here</a>. March 20 8:15 p.m. Governor Ned Lamont announces the fourth patient to die of COVID-19 in CT was a woman in her 80s who had been living in her private home in Norwalk. She was receiving treatment at Norwalk Hospital. 7:45 p.m. Bristol Health announces an employee has tested positive for COVID-19. The employee has been notified as well as any co-workers or patients the employee may have had contact with. 3:30 p.m. Governor Ned Lamont announced the fourth coronavirus-related death in the state. The number of positive cases has risen to 194: 122 in Fairfield County; 29 in Hartford County; 8 in Litchfield County; 23 in New Haven County; 8 in Middlesex County; 4 in Tolland County; 1 in New London County, 2 in Windham County. 40 people have been hospitalized in connection to the virus. Gov. announces Stay Safe, Stay Home policy, ordering non-essential businesses to close, those over 70 to stay home. Essential businesses would include: food, grocery stores, healthcare, pharmacies, gas stations. This goes into effect Monday at 8 p.m. 2:30 p.m. West Hartford confirms first case of COVID-19. The patient is between the ages of 20 and 30 years old 1 p.m. The State Department of Public Health reported a positive case of COVID-19 in Haddam, a resident over age 70 who has had very limited contact with others. The resident has been self-isolating. He is recovering from the infection. His symptoms are improving daily. East Lyme reports first case of COVID-19. The patient is a 44-year-old female 11:40 a.m. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo ordered all non-essential workers in the state to stay home in an effort to stop the spread of the coronavirus. He <a href="" target="_blank">issued an executive order for that</a>. "New York State on pause," Cuomo called it. 11 a.m. Griffin Health was approved to provide a drive-up collection facility for COVID-19 testing by the Department of Public Health. It'll happen on the Griffin Hospital campus in Derby. Only people with a valid order from a licensed health care practitioner can be tested. Those with an order can scheduled an appointment at 203-437-6815. Testing will be done Monday-Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. 9 a.m. Central Connecticut State University announced that it moved its 2020 spring commencement and joined it with the winter 2020 commencement. This comes after the CSCU system announced earlier this week that all commencements were canceled. 6:15 a.m. Cases amount to 244,500 with more than 10,000 deaths worldwide. More than 86,000 people have recovered, mostly in China. U.S. death toll topped 200 with more than 14,000 people infected. March 19 10 p.m. The Stratford Health Department announced the second presumptive case of COVID-19 in a Stratford High School student is reported to be negative. 6:30 p.m. Governor Ned Lamont has announced a third coronavirus-related death in the state. A man in his 80s from New Canaan died from the virus. This is the second person from New Canaan to die. 6 p.m. A member of the CT House of Representatives has tested positive for COVID-19. Rep. Jane Garibay confirmed she tested positive and is self-quarantining at home. 5 p.m. 63 more residents test positive for COVID-19, bringing total to 159. Enfield announced the first confirmed case of COVID-19 in the town. The patient is a 26-year-old Enfield resident. Bloomfield closes town offices to the public until further notice 3 p.m. Four Hartford police officers, who returned from international travel on March 10, have tested positive for COVID-19. A fifth officer was in contact off-duty with one of the officers prior to receiving test results. All are under self-quarantine at home. The officers were on personal leave and traveled to Spain, which was not on the CDC's list of countries with coronavirus advisory at that time. 2 p.m. Gov. Lamont announces the state's presidential primary will now be on June 2. 1:40 p.m. Gov. Lamont said he will issue an executive order on Thursday directing the closure of establishments like nail salons, barber shops, and hair salons 12:09 p.m. Meriden confirms first case of COVID-19. Officials have reached out to close contacts of the patient and will quarantine for 14 days 8:35 a.m. A 91-year-old man in New Canaan was the state's second coronavirus-related death, Gov. Ned Lamont reported. The man had been hospitalized at Norwalk Hospital with the virus. The death was announced at a City Council meeting on Wednesday night. 8:30 a.m. The Chinese city of Wuhan <a href="" target="_blank">reported no new homegrown infections</a> of COVID-19. 6 a.m. University of Connecticut students are allowed to move off campus early as the remainder of the spring semester moves to online classes. March 18 10:15 p.m. State Representative Bobby Gibson says a employee of the Bloomfield Wells Fargo Bank has tested positive for COVID-19. Wells Fargo is closing and cleaning the location. 4:45 p.m. Gov. Ned Lamont confirms 97 cases of COVID-19 in the state: 69 in Fairfield County; 11 in Hartford County; 5 in Litchfield County; 10 in New Haven County; 1 in Middlesex County; 1 in Tolland County Nursing home resident at Evergreen Health Facility in Stafford Springs tests positive for COVID-19 Health officials confirm 24 people are hospitalized with COVID-19 in the state right now. 700 COVID-19 tests have been conducted in the state. 4 p.m. Gov. Lamont announces first death of a person in Connecticut due to severe complications from COVID-19. The patient, a man in his 80s, had recently been admitted to Danbury Hospital, where he was receiving treatment. He had been a resident of an assisted living facility in Ridgefield 3:30 p.m. New Haven Mayor Justin Elicker confirms presumptive case. This would be five cases in New Haven. 2:45 p.m. CT joins NY, NJ, PA in announcing closure of indoor portions of large retail shopping malls, amusement parks, and bowling alleys, effective at 8 p.m. on Thursday, March 19 2 p.m. Hospital of Central Connecticut is treating its first two positive COVID-19 patients (a husband and wife in their 70s) currently hospitalized and in isolation. Hartford Healthcare releases data on drive-through process thus far: 204 Registered with 114 tests performed yesterday (March 17); 214 Registered for testing today (March 18th) Hartford Healthcare says it is working to get more drive through testing sites open on other campuses across the state. 11:30 a.m. Gov. Ned Lamont announced some aid for cities and towns. He directed the Office of Policy and Management to release second and third annual payments from the Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan Fund earlier than required under state law. Cities and towns should expect the grants by Monday. 8 a.m. Johns Hopkins University's tally of worldwide COVID-19 cases topped 201,436 with 82,032 listed as recoved. It also recorded 8,006 deaths. The countries with the most confirmed cases were China, Italy, Iran, Spain and Germany. March 17 10:30 p.m. The Connecticut Post Mall in Milford will temporarily close as of Thursday, March 19. The mall did not announce when they plan to reopen, but said they will continue to monitor the status of COVID-19 and reopen when health authorities recommend it. 9:15 p.m. A student who attends Grove School in Madison tested positive for COVID-19, according to the first selectwoman. The student was immediately isolated and brought to his home in the New York area. The school was advised to close early for spring break as a precaution. 6:30 p.m. Connecticut State Colleges and Universities announces that all 17 CSCU institutions continue online classes for remainder of spring semester. All in-person commencement activities are canceled 5:30 p.m. DMV announces all branch offices will be closed until further notice. Employees can continue to report to their work locations, unless otherwise instructed, and will assist with transactions that are completed online, through the mail and by phone through Interactive Voice Recognition. 4:30 p.m. Gov. Ned Lamont confirms 68 cases of COVID-19 in the state: 48 in Fairfield County; 7 in Hartford County; 5 in Litchfield County; 8 in New Haven County 240 tests done so far Dr. Matthew Cartter said because the state is so far behind in testing, we have to multiply the 68 by 100 and operate like there are 6,800 cases and we're only in the infancy 4:00 p.m. UConn announces classes remain online for rest of semester. Commencement exercises canceled. Students who left campus will be contacted to retrieve belongings from residence halls 3:00 p.m. Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin announces schools, libraries, early learning centers, and senior centers are closed 2:00 p.m. A woman from Waterbury who tested positive traveled to northern Italy with her family. Four other people she was with are also being tested. 9 a.m. Waterbury's emergency management director confirmed the city's first confirmed case. The last official number of cases in Connecticut stands at 41, for now. No deaths have been reported. 8 a.m. Gov. Ned Lamont said the number of cases could climb after 200 workers at a healthcare network with ties to Connecticut may have been exposed. Nuvance Health Services serves Sharon, New Milford, Norwalk and Danbury hospitals, along with three hospitals in New York. The impacted employees have been asked to stay home. March 16 There were 29 cases in Fairfield County, four cases in Litchfield County, four in New Haven County, and four in Hartford County. Waterbury: Woman in her 20s from the city who traveled to northern Italy with four other people.Westport: 20 cases confirmed on MondayHartford County: Patient admitted to UConn Health Center in Farmington, but discharged to quarantine.New Haven: Two cases, including a Yale-New Haven Hospital worker. One additional case is being monitored.Norwalk: A man in his 40s tested positive.Rocky Hill: A woman in her 80s was positive and is now at Hartford Hospital.Greenwich: Two cases, a man in his 40s and another man in his 20s.Darien: A man in his 50s tested positive.Wilton: The patient was between the ages of 40 and 50. The infection is believed to have happened during a trip to California.Bethlehem: Three cases, a woman in her 60s who is a healthcare worker at Bridgeport Hospital, a woman in her 30s and a man in his 60s.New Canaan: An elderly man tested positive on Wednesday. The case is not connected to any known cases in the state, and Dept. of Public Health is assisting medical professionals to trace it.Stratford: A child tested positive. Before the positive test was announced, Wilcoxson Elementary School was closed after learning a student was exposed to a confirmed case.Stamford: Patient did not contract virus in the United States or in Stamford. The patient returned from international travel on March 10 and was preemptively isolated at Stamford Hospital. They tested positive on March 11.Milford: Resident tests positive for COVID-19 Executive orders (as of March 16) All schools closed for two weeksWaiver of 180-day school yearFlexibility of graduation requirementsFlexibility of educator prep programsFlexibility for educator certification timelines, educator evaluations and school in-servicesProhibition of large gatherings of 50 peopleLimits on nursing home visitsExtension of DMV licensing renewal deadlines, suspension of other DMV requirementsModification of police academy attendance requirementsSuspension of in-person open meeting requirementsWaiver of manufacturer registration requirement for hand sanitizerSuspension of garbing requirements for non-hazardous compounding of sterile pharmaceuticalsRefunds of certain liquor license application frees permissibleWaiver of face-to-face interview requirements for temporary family assistanceFlexibility to maintain adequate childcare resourcesFlexibility to provide for adequate healthcare resources and facilitiesMunicipal budget deadline extensionExtension of regional Board of Education Budget Adoption deadlinesRemote conduct of DMV operationsLimits on visitors to facilities that treat persons with psychiatric disabilitiesLimits on visitors to Southbury Training SchoolCOVID-19 information sharing between facilities that treat patients with disabilities March 16 Bristol-Burlington Health Districts says all licensed hair salons, nail salons, barbers, tattoo parlors to close by 5 p.m. MondayLamont: 200 employees of Nuvance Health, which has locations in CT and NY, may have come in contact with COVID-19 and are staying home. Lamont did not specify which locations were impacted. Connecticut's casinos, which are considered sovereign nations, announced to close as of 8 p.m. on Tuesday, March 17. Gov. Lamont makes decision to close several businesses at 8 p.m. The businesses include gyms, restaurants, bars and movie theaters. Restaurants and bars may only offer takeout, curbside pickup or delivery to customers at that point. Exceptions to the announcement would be grocery stores, pharmacies and gas stations.Lamont announces 15 new cases on Monday, bringing total to 41Westport says 20 residents have tested positive for coronavirusDMV commissioner says executive team member who works within agency's Wethersfield office tests positive. Person hasn't been at work since March 10, currently at home recoveringMilford announces case of coronavirus, declares Civil Preparedness and Health EmergencyOld Saybrook declares local state of emergency March 15 All CT schools to close by the end of business Monday26 coronavirus cases confirmed so far in the statePatient at UConn Health tests positive for COVID-19Faculty member at Eastern CT State University tests positive for COVID-19Federal Reserve cuts rates to zero to support economy <a href="" target="_blank">RELATED: School districts announce food distribution sites as classes are canceled</a> March 14 State confirms 20 positive coronavirus tests thus farYale confirms casePresident Donald Trump gets tested for coronavirus, results come back negativeTrump extends current travel ban to include the U.K. and IrelandMassachusetts shuts down all state casinos March 13 President Trump declares national emergencyState announces 12 coronavirus cases in CT, first one in Hartford County (A woman from Rocky Hill)PURA orders moratorium on all utility shut-offsDSS is expanding telemedicine coverage for those under HUSKY/MedicaidSDE has received a waiver from the federal government allowing students who receive meals under the school lunch program to continue receiving those meals during school closures and consume them at homeCTDOL is announcing modifications to unemployment insuranceDECD is working with small businesses to assist with COVID-19 impactGov. Lamont signs executive order authorizing additional visitation restrictions at nursing homesSenators Blumenthal, Murphy call for more action to be done to fight coronavirusSchools cancel SATsBristol Health opens outdoor screening facilityGrocery stores wiped out of essentials, like toilet paper, paper towels, meats, etc. March 12 Gov. announces three more positive cases of COVID-19, one being a child from StratfordGov. Lamont signs executive order that: Prohibits all events in CT with over 250 people, waives 180 school day requirement, clarifies visitor restrictions at nursing homes, authorizes DMV to extend renewal deadlines and reduce crowds at branchesMore school districts and universities announce closures lasting at least two weeks: New Haven, Danbury, Hamden, Hartford, West HartfordHartford cancels any city-permitted events where more than 100 people are expectedHartford Marathon Foundation cancels all March eventsMLS shuts down, AAC, SEC and Big Ten Tournaments canceled, NHL pauses season, MLB delays opening dayNCAA cancels March Madness tournamentsYard Goats home game delayed March 11 State officials confirm case in New Canaan. An elderly man tested positive and was hospitalized at Norwalk HospitalNew Haven announces closure of Nathan Hale School due to an adult suspected of having COVID-19 being in limited contact with the school facility and a student.More school districts announce closures – Wilton, Westport, New Canaan, GreenwichNCAA announces games with no fans, only essential staff and limited family attendancePresident Trump cancels all U.S. travel to and from EuropeNBA suspends seasonHartford Healthcare announces drive-by coronavirus testing locationMore colleges, universities cancel in-person classes, move to online learningCities and towns continue to cancel/postpone eventsIvy League Athletics cancel spring sportsSt. Mary’s Hospital conducts drive-through screeningsHartford temporarily closes senior centers, pauses daytime recreation for adults March 10 Gov. Lamont declares civil preparedness and public health emergenciesConnecticut Insurance Department notifies travel insurance companies about the emergency declarations and will be monitoring their compliance with the terms of their policiesGov., other leaders push to increase number of tests being done per dayHartford St. Patrick’s Day parade gets canceledDanbury, Norwalk cancel St. Patrick’s Day paradesNew London postpones St. Patrick’s Day paradeConnecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference (CIAC) cancels all remaining winter high school tournament gamesPetition started in opposition to CIAC’s decisionMore districts continue to cancel school trips, eventsRegion 14, which covers Woodbury and Bethlehem, cancels school after student comes into contact with person who tested positive for coronavirusColleges, universities start to cancel in-person classes, move to online learning <a href="" target="_blank">RELATED: Gov. declares public health emergency due to the coronavirus</a> March 9 Officials confirm second positive case of coronavirus in CT. A female in her 60s who is a healthcare worker at Bridgeport Hospital and a Bethlehem resident, tested positive. She is believed to have contracted the virus while in NevadaState given second coronavirus test kit. One kit can test up to 600 patients.School districts start to schedule half days, plan for distance learningNew Haven postpones St. Patrick’s Day parade as a precaution against coronavirusHospitals, nursing homes start to implement new restrictions on visitationGov. Lamont puts travel ban on state employees, urges cities and towns to limit large gatheringsPublic hearings, all non-legislative events at State Capitol postponed March 8 State officials confirm first case of coronavirus in Connecticut. The patient, who lives in Wilton, is between the ages of 40 and 50. The infection is believed to have happened during a trip to California. March 7 State confirms second hospital employee tests positive for COVID-19The State of Connecticut is partnering with United Way of Connecticut to launch the infoline.Those who have questions can call 2-1-1 or text "CTCOVID" to 898211. March 6 Gov. Ned Lamont confirms Bridgeport Hospital employee tests positive for COVID-19, but is a New York state resident. The female employee self-quarantined, and officials believe the patient was infected in New York.Hartford Healthcare expands command center to field concerns and questions about coronavirus. Folks can call the command center at 860-972-8100, or click here for more information. March 5 Gov. Ned Lamont says 200 people in Connecticut have been self-quarantined since February and are being monitored for COVID-19 (Coronavirus) March 4 Gov. Lamont advises travelers to follow CDC guidance surrounding coronavirus outbreak March 2 School districts, colleges start to cancel trips abroad as a precautionGov. Lamont, U.S. surgeon general test state lab in Rocky Hill Feb. 28 State Lab in Rocky Hill approved to test for coronavirus Symptoms of coronavirus can include: Fever (100.4°F/38°C or higher)CoughShortness of breath People who have recently traveled to an impacted location and is feeling sick should: Call ahead before visiting a doctor’s office or emergency roomTell the doctor about recent travel and the symptoms being experiencedAvoid contact with others, and so not travel while sick Everyone – regardless of whether they have recently traveled – should continue following some basic steps to protect themselves from coronavirus: Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use alcohol-based sanitizerAvoid shaking hands as a greetingAvoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed handsAvoid close contact with people who are sickStay home when you are sickCover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trashClean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces For more information on the CDC's latest guidelines, <a href="" target="_blank">click here</a>. Connecticut launched a coronavirus info-line as part of a partnership with the United Way. Anyone with questions can call 211 or text "CTCOVID" to 898211 or <a href="" target="_blank">click here</a> for more information. Naugatuck announced its first positive case of COVID-19. Officials said the person who contracted the virus has been working directly with the health department. The health department has confirmed that there is no risk to the community.
Five displaced after fire rips through Bridgeport homeBRIDGEPORT, CT (WFSB) - Five people are without a place to call home after a fire broke out at a residence early Sunday morning. Scott Appleby, Director of Emergency Management and Emergency Communications for the city of Bridgeport, tells us that crews responded to the 1000 block of Stratford Avenue around 3:50 a.m. for a report of a structure fire. The home was evacuated and no injuries have been reported as of yet. The Red Cross is assisting the five residents that were displaced. Stay with Ch. 3 on air, online, and in our app for the latest information.
Travel advisory issued for Connecticut, New York, & New Jersey(WFSB) - President Trump has backed off from calling for a mandatory quarantine for Connecticut, New York, and New Jersey. Instead, the president asked the CDC to issue a travel advisory. The travel advisory urges residents of Connecticut, New York, and New Jersey to avoid non-essential travel for two weeks. The president’s change of heart came after state leaders, including Governor Lamont, said the quarantine would never work in the first place. When President Trump first announced on Saturday he was considering preventing people from the tristate area from traveling because the region has been a hot spot of coronavirus cases, the comments drew fierce backlash from leaders and residents. A few hours later, the president tweeted that a travel advisory was better. Governor Lamont spoke with White House officials following initial concern over what a mandatory lockdown would look like. The governor said it would be impossible to enforce given the spiderweb of roads between Connecticut, New York, and New Jersey. "Words matter and those words have created a certain amount of confusion, and when you lack clarity, that can create confusion and confusion can lead to panic," Gov. Ned Lamont explained. The governor also mentioned he feels people are taking social distancing seriously and that Metro North ridership is down by 95%. Senator Chris Murphy tweeted: “So why scare the hell out of people for an entire half day by threatening a total quarantine? No one should pretend like this is all normal. The shameful incompetence of this administration is costing lives and exacerbating misery. Unbelievable.” The travel advisory, which is in effect, is something the states have full discretion of implementing. Employees of critical fields are exempt.
Fire destroys vacant New Britain homeNEW BRITAIN, CT (WFSB) - Crews remain on scene investigating after a fire broke out at a vacant home on Vine Street. Officials on scene tell us that crews were able to prevent the fire from spreading to a nearby residence. It is unclear if any injuries have been reported. A portion of Vine Street is blocked to through traffic. Firefighters from Middletown are also on scene assisting. Stick with Ch. 3 on air, online, and in our app for the latest updates.
Rain continues to fall throughout the stateHARTFORD, CT (WFSB) - Rain is expected to make most of the weekend soggy. Meteorologist Mike Cameron said the state should start to see some wet weather by Saturday afternoon. "We might start the day with a little bit of sunshine, but the clouds will quickly start to fill in," Cameron said. Temperatures are expected to climb through the 40s and into the 50s by the afternoon. The rain is part of a larger storm system that's over the Great Plains. "As we look toward 2 p.m. or 3 p.m., we might start to see our first showers," Cameron said. "I'd say by dinner time, we'll see some steady rain." Cameron said the rain will be on-again, off-again well into Sunday. "There could also be a pulse heavy downpour, particularly along the shoreline Sunday morning," he said. The heaviest rain appears to taper off by mid-morning; however, Futurecast still called for scattered showers throughout the day on Sunday. "I think shortly after 7 p.m. on Sunday, the rain will end everywhere," Cameron said. Rainfall totals may range from .75 to 1.5 inches, with parts of the shoreline potentially receiving the latter. Monday appears to be a better day, despite a chance for some scatter showers later in the day. Tuesday looks dry. Highs will be in the 50s for both days. Read the complete technical discussion <a href="" target="_blank">here</a>. For weather updates on smartphones and tablets, head <a href="" target="_blank">here</a> or text "WFSB" to 23765 to download the Channel 3 app.
Trump backs off quarantine statement, announces "strong Travel Advisory" for New York, New Jersey and Connecticut(WFSB) - President Donald Trump announced on Saturday evening a travel advisory will be issued for New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. This announcement comes after his previous statement Saturday on a possible quarantine of New York, New Jersey, and parts of Connecticut. Trump said a quarantine of the states is not necessary. Details were released by the <a href="" target="_blank">Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Saturday night</a>: The CDC urges residents of New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut to refrain from non-essential domestic travel for 14 days effective immediately. This Domestic Travel Advisory does not apply to employees of critical infrastructure industries, including but not limited to trucking, public health professionals, financial services, and food supply. These employees of critical infrastructure, as defined by the Department of Homeland Security have a special responsibility to maintain normal work schedule. The Governors of New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut will have full discretion to implement this Domestic Travel Advisory. During a speech in Virginia on Saturday before a Navy hospital ship departed for New York, President Donald Trump vowed to protect the health of Americans as COVID-19 spreads. Trump said that he's considering a short-term quarantine of New York state, New Jersey, and parts of Connecticut, as cases of coronavirus continue to rise. “If you are from the New York metropolitan area and you travel elsewhere, you need to self-quarantine for 14 days to help us contain the spread of the virus, and I am now considering, and we’ll make a decision very quickly, very shortly, a quarantine, because it’s such a hot area, of New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut,” Trump said. <a href="" target="_blank">RELATED: Trump says he's considering short-term quarantine of New York, New Jersey, parts of Connecticut</a> The administration said it plans to announce its decision “fairly soon” and that it would not affect truckers or trade. The consideration comes as the National Guard set up a mandatory checkpoint in Rhode Island off I-95 for New York drivers. They are being asked to stop and register if they plan on staying there. A guardsman was set up at the Rhode Island border in Voluntown on Route 165. In East Lyme, the first selectman requested people quarantine themselves if coming from Fairfield County, New York City, and New Jersey. As for the president’s consideration, Senator Richard Blumenthal objected, tweeting, “The specifics and impact of this new directive by tweet are unclear and uncertain. The effect may be more confusion than confidence.” Governor Ned Lamont also responded saying, “Regarding the President’s consideration of a quarantine of New York, as well as parts of Connecticut and New Jersey, our state has already called on residents to stay at home. Further, if interstate travel is absolutely necessary, our state has directed travelers to self-quarantine to prevent against further transmission of the virus. I have been in close communication with Governor Cuomo and Governor Murphy, and I look forward to speaking to the President directly about his comments and any further enforcement actions, because confusion leads to panic.” Lamont is expected to give an update at 6 p.m.
Yale University making 300 beds, expedited COVID-19 testing available for first respondersNEW HAVEN, CT (WFSB) – Yale University announced they are providing housing for first responders amid the COVID-19 pandemic. On Saturday, the university announced that 300 beds will be made available by the end of the week for first responders and hospital personnel. University officials also announced that they have been working with first responders to make expedited COVID-19 testing in Yale laboratories available to responders who have been exposed to patients. On Thursday, Yale announce a $5 million Yale Community for New Haven Fund to help address the consequences of the epidemic in the city.
Local non-profit making masks for medical staffMONROE, CT (WFSB) – As the plea for protective equipment grows louder, more members of the public are stepping up to help. A group from southern Connecticut has shifted operations to help make masks for medical staff. Jeanne Malgioglio is extra busy these days. She’s the found of Binky Patrol Southern Connecticut. It’s an organization that makes comfort blankets for children who are critically ill or traumatized. “The kids, they love the blankets. They love to cuddle in the blanket, they love the comfort of the blanket,” Malgioglio said. Amid the COVID-19 outbreak, some events like blankets were going to be sent to got canceled. As supplies of critical protective equipment started to dwindle, Malgioglio and her friends began receiving urgent requests for help. “We saw all the need, all the nurses asking, ‘can you guys make masks, we need masks, we don’t have enough,’” Malgiolgio said. So now, the non-profit is sewing masks for those working closely with COVID-19 patients. In the last week, they’ve already sewn together about 400 masks. The masks go directly to hospitals or medical centers in Connecticut, as well as New York. Members of the community are also stepping in to help. “We have people donating money, we have people donating supplies, so the community has helped us so much to get this going,” Malgioglio said. Malgioglio, who’s a teacher and Monroe resident, says it’s important for the public to come together and make sure those who are taking care of us are taken care of. “We just wanted to help the nurses because they’re the ones we always give the blankets to and they’re so excited to give them to the kids and I’m like well, now the nurses need the help, so let’s help them so they can help others,” Malgioglio said. If you’re interested in donating supplies like fabric of elastic to Binky Patrol, click <a href=";eid=ARBfoExJR3I8CtYGjyIJyFLfU5pcaiiO-RtX73dgyBVfvA0YH886AcTvLqfDJBkzI9iBhhmzyGjjBOQD" target="_blank">here</a>.