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Information Regarding COVID-19 – April 17th

Posted on April 18, 2020 by Admin


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The most recent Executive Order from the Governor has declared the mandatory wearing of face coverings when in public. The Executive Order states that individuals in public where it is unavoidable to stay 6 feet apart, must wear face coverings. Individuals must also wear face coverings when using public transportation, taxis and other ride sharing. The order goes into effect Tuesday, April 21st at 8:00 p.m.

Nothing in this order shall require the use of a mask or cloth face covering by anyone for whom doing so would be contrary to his or her health or safety because of a medical condition, anyone under the age of 2 years, or by an older child if the parent, guardian or person responsible for the child is unable to place the mask safely on the child’s face.

Additionally, the Governor announced the postponement of the upcoming primary election. The election will now be held on Tuesday, August 11th. To read the Executive Order, click here.

The state has joined forces with long-term care facilities on a medical surge plan that includes establishment of COVID-19 recovery centers in nursing homes across Connecticut. These recovery centers will accept patients who can be discharged from acute care hospitals but are still affected by COVID-19 infection. This plan will free up beds in the state’s hospitals by taking advantage of the nearly 2,000 beds available in long-term care facilities.

The governor on Friday released a list of long-term care facilities with residents who have tested positive for COVID-19. Please click here to review the latest list, although please note that this is expected to change frequently.

The DECD has announced the signing of a financial tech firm to distribute loans for the Bridge Program. The Bridge Program was allocated $50 million for loans to companies struggling from the COVID-19 outbreak. Companies who apply are to receive loans with 12 month terms and a possibility of a six month extension. For more information about the Bridge Program, click here.

I will continue to update my website with the Governor’s updates, Executive Orders and other information and resources. The website can be viewed here.

For a comprehensive summary of the Governor’s Executive Orders, please see these reports from the Office of Legislative Research.

COVID-19 Executive Orders Affecting Business, Labor, and Housing

https://cga.ct.gov/2020/rpt/pdf/2020-R-0109.pdf

 

COVID-19 Executive Orders Affecting Health and Human Services

https://cga.ct.gov/2020/rpt/pdf/2020-R-0110.pdf

 

COVID-19 Executive Orders Affecting Education and Child Care

https://cga.ct.gov/2020/rpt/pdf/2020-R-0111.pdf

 

COVID-19 Executive Orders Affecting State and Local Government Operations and Elections

https://cga.ct.gov/2020/rpt/pdf/2020-R-0112.pdf