Day 18: Coronavirus in CT


The Laurel is chronicling the major news concerning coronavirus in Connecticut. Follow along as the coverage continues, one day at a time. Connect with us on Twitter, @TheLaurelCT.

Here are the major news updates from today:

  • Governor Lamont said at his daily press conference that in the past 18 days, the state has received 220,000 unemployment claims, which surpasses last year’s total of 180,000.
  • The governor said he planned to sign an executive order Thursday making hotels and short-term rentals in the state available only to essential workers, “not leisure travel, not vacationers,” according to the Hartford Courant.
  • DEEP has released stricter guidelines in response to the high volume of visitors at state parks and trails. More information from DEEP here.
  • Gov. Lamont released safe store rules per executive order on Wednesday:
  • FOX61 has a guide for small business loans via the federal government’s CARES Act here.
  • For information about the CT Dept. of Banking’s 90-day grace period for mortgages, visit the state site here.
  • Businesses and nonprofits considered essential during this time have been enumerated by the DECD here.
  • Gov. Lamont has asked the private sector to help supply the state with personal protective equipment (PPE). The state’s request for PPE can be found here.

Positive COVID19 tests to date:3,824

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