Dear friends and neighbors,
As we deal with this crisis together, here are some updates from our government agencies.
1. Governor Lamont Latest Update (3/18) and FAQ
Please see the governor’s update as of last night pertaining to the indoor portions of shoppings malls, bowling alleys, and amusement parks. There is also an update on the state’s status on personal protective equipment, claification on take-out and delivery, and more. See links below for a list of all news releases and executive orders from the governor’s office. They have also published an updated FAQ last night (Marh 18th) – a 31 page document, which has all the important information regarding actions of the CT state government in one document. It covers COVID-19 basic, precautions, testing, school closures, business closures, guidance on gatherings and social distancing, unemployment insurance, meals for students, and many other important topics. Please browse it and use it for reference.
2. Conference Call for Business Owners with Gov. Lamont – 1 P.M. Today
Today at 1:00 p.m., Advance CT will be holding a conference call with Governor Lamont and Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner David Lehman. They will discuss how the state is responding to the economic dimensions of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis. This call is open to all business owners, chambers of commerce, stakeholders, and other in-state partners.
Date/Time: TODAY, Thursday, March 19th, 2020 from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
You can also take survey from DECD and the CT Business and Industry Association (CBIA). The information will be used to help the state and policymakers understand the impact of this crisis on CT businesses and how they are responding. The data will help our leaders better assist our business community and the ones they employ.
3. Update Paper CDC Regarding the Study of the First 2,500 Patients
The CDC released a paper about a study of the first 2,500 patients, which revealed that for young age groups (25-44) the number of hospitalizations and ICU admittances is high. Hence, millennials and younger demographics should be taking the CDC guidelines and precautions seriously. Read the CDC’s discussion about this scholarly paper here.
4. COVID Tracker
Finally, for those who like to track the data about testing and confirmed cases, COVID Tracker has a google document, which updates every five minutes. The good news is that yesterday we tested 22,000 people across the country (compared to a total of 54,000 tested until Tuesday). By the end of the week, we will be testing 40,000 people per day and we will know the true extent of the spread.
I am of the opinion that our science and innovation will step up very soon with better testing and possibly anti-viral drugs, which will help us treat those who get very sick. Let us do what the experts are recommending, have confidence in each other, hope for better days ahead, and in four weeks we may be in a much better place as a community, state, nation, and world.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding coronavirus, or would like more information about how our government is responding to this situation, please contact me at (860) 240-8700 or (203) 571-9325, or email me directly at Harry.Arora@housegop.ct.gov. I am happy to serve as a resource for you and your family during this difficult time.
State Representative Harry Arora
151st General Assembly District