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October 9 Weekly Update

Posted on October 9, 2020 by cthomas


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This week, I would like to share important updates, guidance and resources regarding COVID-19, Phase 3 reopening, an Education Committee meeting and upcoming PURA hearings on storm response.

COVID-19 Update

Updated COVID-19 Numbers

As of October 08, 2020, at 8:30 PM, the total of laboratory-confirmed and probable COVID-19 cases reported among Connecticut residents is 60,038, including 57,598 laboratory-confirmed and 2,440 probable cases.

Please click here to view the most recent COVID-19 numbers, detailed by town and county.

Travel Advisory Update: New Mexico Added

The regional travel advisory between Connecticut, New Jersey, and New York that went into effect in June and directs incoming travelers from states with a significant community spread of COVID-19 to self-quarantine for a 14-day period, was updated on October 6 and now includes New Mexico.

The quarantine applies to any person arriving from a state with a positive test rate higher than 10 per 100,000 residents over a 7-day rolling average or a state with a 10% or higher positivity rate over a 7-day rolling average.

Here are your options before travel, or after arrival:

Previously, passengers traveling to Connecticut from states affected by the state travel order were only permitted to avoid a 14-day quarantine if they were traveling for specific purposes and if they received a negative COVID-19 test in the 72 hours prior to arriving in Connecticut. As a result of recent changes, any passenger arriving in Connecticut from an impacted state is exempt from the 14-day quarantine period if the traveler receives a negative COVID-19 test in the 72 hours prior to arriving in Connecticut or after arriving in Connecticut.

Also, the Connecticut Airport Authority has launched a COVID-19 testing site at Bradley International Airport in partnership with Connecticut-based lab Genesys Diagnostics Site located in the baggage claim area. For more details, click here.

For more information about the changes and a full list of states and locations that meet these criteria, please click here.

Final Report on COVID-19 Response in Assisted Living and Long-Term Care Facilities Released

In June 2020, the state entered into a contract with an independent, third-party research team to conduct a thorough review of the response to COVID-19 in Connecticut’s nursing homes and assisted living facilities and provide an analysis before the start of autumn in order to prepare for a potential second wave of the virus.

The interim report was released on August 14, and the final report was released on September 30. This report covers 23 short term recommendations and 22 longer term recommendations covering 10 categories.

You can view both reports, and an executive summary of the final report, here.

Phase 3 Reopening

Yesterday was a big day for Connecticut, as we transitioned to Phase 3 of reopening. Here are the new guidelines and regulations:

DPH Halloween Guidance

The Department of Public Health has released guidance on how we can celebrate Halloween this year while continuing to limit the spread of COVID-19. Recommendations include one-way trick-or-treating, ideas for social distance parties, and the kinds of parties you should avoid.

The full outline can be found by clicking here.

Legislative Education Meeting October 8

Yesterday, the legislature’s Education Committee hosted a Zoom meeting with Department of Education Commissioner Dr. Miguel Cardona and his staff for an updated discussion on school reopening. As a member of the Committee, I had the opportunity to ask questions important to our district that addressed flexibility in spending CRF for reimbursement, improvements to the ‘Learning Hub,’ and state guidance on recovery learning support. I was pleased that the commissioner and his staff were very responsive on all issues.

You can view the video on CT-N by clicking here.

PURA Hearing Zoom Information Released

In August, the Public Utilities Regulatory Authority (PURA) initiated docket 20-08-03 to review the electric distribution companies’ responses to Storm Isaias. Three public hearings have been scheduled through online Zoom calls. Any legislator or member of the public wishing to speak may do so by registering through the web links:

While members of the public may pose questions for consideration by the Authority as it prepares for its December evidentiary hearings, please be advised that this is a listening session only and neither the Authority nor parties to the investigation will be addressing questions as part of the public comment hearings. Written testimony will also be accepted by emailing pura.information@ct.gov (include Docket No. 20-08-03 in the subject line).

DOT Announces Road Work in Trumbull

The Connecticut Department of Transportation has announced that a pavement preservation project will be performed on Route 25 northbound and southbound in Trumbull.

This project consists of full/partial-depth, concrete pavement roadway repairs on a 5.00-mile segment of Route 25 northbound and southbound in Trumbull. This work is scheduled to occur Monday, October 19, 2020 through Friday, December 18, 2020.

This project is included in the Department of Transportation’s pavement preservation program and is being performed by Hammonasset Construction LLC.

LANE CLOSURE INFO

Motorists can expect various lane closures on Route 25 northbound and southbound between Exit 6 (Old Town Rd.) and RTE 111 (Monroe Tpk) in Trumbull. Traffic control devices and signing patterns will be utilized to guide motorists through the work zone. The regular work schedule for this project is from 5:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. (northbound/southbound) (Monday through Friday) & 1:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. (northbound/southbound) (Monday through Friday).

Motorists should be aware that modifications or extensions to this schedule may become necessary due to weather delays or other unforeseen conditions. Motorists are advised to maintain a safe speed when driving in this vicinity.

Safety on our Roads – Pedestrians, Bicycles, Motor Vehicles

The relief from the summer heat has more people out enjoying walks and riding bikes. PLEASE remember to share the road. Whether you are driving a motor vehicle, out for a bike ride, or taking a walk, and please be alert and respect others doing the same.

Review these helpful Pedestrian, Bicycle and Motor Vehicle Safety Tips offered by the Fairfield Police Department.