Last updated March 29 at 2:12 pm ET
There are 1,524 COVID-19 cases in Connecticut, according to the Connecticut State Department of Public Health. This makes Connecticut 14th in the list of states with the most US coronavirus cases.
Cases have been reported in all eight of Connecticut’s counties and 33 people have died: 20 in Fairfield County, 4 in Tolland County, 2 in Hartford County, 6 in New Haven County and 1 in Middlesex County.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently issued a travel advisory urging Connecticut residents — except those working in critical infrastructure industries — to not travel domestically for 14 days.
Governor Ned Lamont ordered all non-essential businesses to close, starting on Monday (March 23) at 8 p.m. ET. [Here is a list of business exemptions]
There are now 15 sites in Connecticut that are offering drive-through testing, but only those referred by a medical provider will be tested, according to the statement.
Connecticut’s presidential primary election which was scheduled for April 28 was moved to June 2, according to the statement. Gyms, fitness studios, movie theaters, casinos and resorts remain closed in the state. Now, certain restaurants and other eating establishments will be allowed to sell alcohol with take-out food orders, according to the statement. Barbershops, hair salons, tattoo or piercing parlors are now closed, according to the statement. Classes were canceled at all public schools in Connecticut starting Tuesday (March 17) through at least the end of the month.
Governor Ned Lamont signed an executive order on March 12 which prohibits events with over 250 people, modifies a state law that requires schools to be in for 180 days, clarifies visitor restrictions at nursing homes, authorizes DMV to extend renewal deadlines (DMV ordered a 90-day extension) to decrease crowds at DMVs and relaxes attendance rules for policy academy trainees, according to a statement.
The Connecticut State Department of Education has received a waiver from the U.S. Department of Agriculture that allows students who are enrolled in schools which closed due to COVID-19 to continue receiving meals at home through the school lunch program, according to a statement on March 13.
People who have general questions that they can’t find answers to online at ct.gov/coronavirus can also call 2-1-1. Two medical institutions in Connecticut has set up telephone hotlines for people of Fairfield County who are experiencing symptoms that they are concerned could be linked to the coronavirus, according to the New Haven Register:
Norwalk Hospital: 888-667-9262 / 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday to Friday.
Stamford Hospital: 203-276-4111 / 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday to Friday.
Case count by county:
- Fairfield: 908
- Litchfield: 65
- Hartford: 228
- New Haven: 236
- Middlesex: 28
- Tolland: 37
- Windham: 3
- New London: 19