Legislators Support Outdoor High School Graduations later this Summer.

Posted on May 29, 2020 by admin


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Area state lawmakers have sent two letters to Gov. Ned Lamont saying they are encouraged that he is considering the possibility of allowing outdoor high school graduations in July or August.

The lawmakers highlighted the efforts of Terryville High School senior Jacob Zappone, who launched a petition to Gov. Ned Lamont and the state Board of Education to allow for schools to hold outdoor graduations while socially distancing and having no spectators. The petition is here: http://chng.it/9sq9gRkm

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Lane Shifts and Scheduled Four-Month Ramp Closures on Route 8 in Thomaston

Posted on May 26, 2020 by admin


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The Connecticut Department of Transportation is announcing lane shifts on Route 8, the scheduled four-month closure of the Route 8 southbound Exit 38 off-ramp, and scheduled four-month closure of the Route 8 northbound Exit 38 on-ramp. The lane shifts and closures are necessary to facilitate Stage 2 construction activities associated with the rehabilitation of Bridges 03350 and 03351 on Route 8 in Thomaston.

Construction will begin on Tuesday, June 9, 2020. As a result, Exit 38 the route 8 Southbound

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COVID-19 Capitol Update

Posted on May 22, 2020 by admin


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Phase One of the governor’s reopening plan began May 20, 2020. This applies to offices, retail and malls, outdoor-only seating for restaurants, and the outdoor sections of zoos and museums.

This week, the governor also issued Executive Order 7PP, which repeals some of the previous executive orders restricting certain business operations. Specifically, the order extends restrictions on large gatherings, indoor gyms, and movie theaters until June 20. The order also states that summer schools may not

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Reopen CT COVID-19 Update

Posted on May 21, 2020 by admin


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Phase One of the governor’s reopening plan began May 20, 2020. This applies to offices, retail and malls, outdoor-only seating for restaurants, and the outdoor sections of zoos and museums.

This week, the governor also issued Executive Order 7PP, which repeals some of the previous executive orders restricting certain business operations. Specifically, the order extends restrictions on large gatherings, indoor gyms, and movie theaters until June 20. The order also states that summer schools may not

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Important Information from the Department of Labor

Posted on May 7, 2020 by admin


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On April 30th, the Connecticut Department of Labor (CTDOL) announced that the self-employed could apply for federal unemployment benefits. Unfortunately, the system was not fully set up to handle those claims.

Today, the site has been updated and the Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation “red button” is posted and active on their site.

Self-employed individuals must follow a two-step application process:

  • Pursuant to Federal guidelines, self-employed individuals, including independent contractors

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Free, Rapid COVID-19 Tests Available to Eligible CT Residents

Posted on April 17, 2020 by admin


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I want to inform you that the State of Connecticut has formed a partnership with CVS Health in an initiative that will make free, rapid COVID-19 tests available to eligible Connecticut residents.

This includes the opening today of the state’s first rapid testing site at the former Gateway Community College campus at Long Wharf in New Haven.

Using the new Abbott ID NOW™ COVID-19 test, CVS Health is planning to conduct up to 750 tests per day, seven days a week.

All patients seeking to be tested will

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Coronavirus Update: Latest Information and the State’s Response Efforts

Posted on April 13, 2020 by admin


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This past Saturday Governor Lamont announced Executive Order 7Y.

The Order implements a medical surge plan for long-term care facilities, which will establish COVID-19 recovery centers in certain nursing homes, and will establishe the first two COVID-19 recovery centers at Sharon Health Care Center in Sharon and Northbridge Healthcare Center in Bridgeport. It also gives authority to Department of Public Health (DPH) Commissioner Renée D. Coleman-Mitchell to create additional centers at other locations

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Masks for Heroes

Posted on April 7, 2020 by admin


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Jewish Federation of Greater New Haven Coordinating Statewide Effort

In an effort to raise awareness and money to buy emergency certified equipment, specifically masks, a statewide program, masksforheroesct.org, has been launched.

The grassroots partnership with the Jewish Federation of Greater New Haven will distribute the Level 1, FDA-approved masks to hospitals, first responders and other frontline emergency workers to combat the Covid-19 virus.

100% of all donations go directly to protect medical

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Coronavirus Update: March 23, 2020

Posted on March 23, 2020 by admin


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Last week, Governor Ned Lamont announced that his administration would be closing “non-essential” businesses as part of the strategy to help stop the spread of COVID-19. The executive order goes into effect tonight, Monday, March 23, at 8:00 p.m.

Late Sunday, state economic development officials released guidance designed to give business owners, their employees, and residents a better understanding of the requested closures. Click here to read the full document.

According to the guidelines, here

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Frequently Asked Questions: COVID-19

Posted on March 19, 2020 by admin


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The governor’s administration on Thursday morning released a compilation of frequently asked questions related to the state’s response to COVID-19. You can access the document directly by clicking here (best option for mobile devices), or you can review it below.

COVID-19-FAQs March 20 by Connecticut House Republicans on Scribd