Posted on March 13, 2020 by admin
Dear Friends & Neighbors,
I wanted to take this opportunity to share state and local resources and information available to you in response to the coronavirus outbreak. The state of Connecticut has launched an extensive website portal.ct.gov/coronavirus with daily updates on the situation as it develops and serves as a directory to other helpful online resources. This website has helpful information for families, businesses and community groups.
Additionally, the state has launched a 24/7 hotline, in cooperation with United Way of Connecticut, for questions from the public regarding issues related to the spread of coronavirus. People with questions can call 2-1-1 or text “CTCOVID” to 898211 for the most up-to-date information.
Governor Lamont recently declared a civil preparedness and public health emergency for the State of Connecticut in response to recent cases of Coronavirus. The Governor and public health officials will provide daily updates on the situation as it develops. On Thursday (3/12), Governor Lamont announced an executive order in response to the growing public health threat from coronavirus. This order limits public gatherings of 250 or more, waives the 180 day school year requirement, limits visitation to nursing homes, extends driver’s license renewals, and relaxes attendance requirements for police academy trainees. Click Here.
Other Informational Resources:
As part of the effort to slow the spread of the outbreak, the legislative leaders have announced the closure of the Legislative Office Building and State Capitol until Monday, March 30th. During this time the building will undergo a thorough cleaning and employees will continue working remotely. The General Assembly is currently convened in the “short session” which runs from February 5th through May 6th. Leaders of the House and Senate Republican and Democrat caucuses will continue to meet and discuss the extension of committee deadlines and how to proceed with legislative business. I will continue to provide updates as the situation changes.
Benjamin Franklin once said, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure,” I would urge everyone in the community to remain calm and vigilant.
Please share these resources with anyone you think may benefit from this information.
State Representative 8th District – Coventry, Columbia, Tolland, Vernon
As always, if you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to reach out to me at Tim.Ackert@housegop.ct.gov. You can also follow my legislative activity on my website at www.RepAckert.com.