Day 9: Coronavirus in CT

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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:

  • A main focus of Governor Lamont’s press conference today was how Connecticut is increasing access to and materials for online education. The new initiative: a partnership with Scholastic to provide students with online content and textbooks. The state has put together a COVID learning task force to oversee the distribution of learning materials to families, according to Commissioner of Education Miguel Cardona. The Partnership for CT has announced that it will distribute up to 60,000 laptops to high school students.
  • The Connecticut Insurance Department called on insurers to “institute a grace period for premium payments.”
  • Businesses and nonprofits considered essential during this time have been enumerated by the Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD) here.
  • At yesterday’s press conference, Gov. Lamont again urged people to practice social distancing even while outside at state parks and beaches.
  • Last Friday, Gov. Lamont asked the private sector to help supply the state with personal protective equipment (PPE). The state’s request for PPE can be found here.
  • Access Health CT added a special enrollment period for those uninsured that began March 19 and continues until April 2. Coverage begins April 1.

Positive COVID19 tests to date: 618

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