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June 8 Update

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Data as of June 7:

Bridgeport
  • Bridgeport cases: 3522
  • Bridgeport case rate: 2431/100,000, or one out of every 41 people in Bridgeport.
  • Bridgeport deaths: 144
Connecticut
  • Connecticut cases: 43,968
  • Connecticut deaths: 4071

Phase 2 Reopening

Governor Ned Lamont announced his administration has released documents detailing specific rules for businesses under Phase 2 of Connecticut’s Reopening plans must follow. Phase 2 businesses include:

Phase 2 begins on June 17, a week from this Wednesday. Businesses reopening must self-certify prior to opening. Businesses that self-certified during Phase 1 will NOT need to certify again during Phase 2.


Bridgeport Coronavirus informations here.

The City of Bridgeport has a YouTube information Channel.

June 3 Update

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Data as of May 26:

Bridgeport
  • Bridgeport cases: 3401
  • Bridgeport case rate: 2347/100,000, or one out of every 43 people in Bridgeport.
  • Bridgeport deaths: 144
Connecticut
  • Connecticut cases: 42,979
  • Connecticut deaths: 3972

Governor’s Briefing

Lowest number of deaths we’ve seen in months. More tests, rates coming down. Free testing is available in various places. We are not at capacity.

We acknowledge the Floyd George tragedy. If you are not touched by what happened to Mr. George, you are not human. No arrests, no looting, that’s the Connecticut way. We’re holding the peace.

FEMA approves funding for crisis counseling in Connecticut

Governor Lamont today announced that the State of Connecticut has received approval from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to provide crisis counseling to those who have been impacted by COVID-19. This program will be administered by the Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services in cooperation with the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection. Full details at June 2 update, link below.

Additional emergency SNAP benefits being delivered June 18 to more than 108,000 households in Connecticut

The Connecticut Department of Social Services today announced that it will provide $16.3 million in emergency Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits to nearly half of Connecticut’s SNAP participants on Friday, June 12, 2020. Full details at June 2 update, link below.

Governor Lamont’s June 2, Update

Governor’s 49th executive order to mitigate the spread of COVID-19

Child care facilities may now provide care for up to fifty (50) children without obtaining approval from the Commissioner of Early Childhood. Any facility caring for more than fifty (50) children in one facility must obtain approval from the Commissioner of Early Childhood and demonstrate sufficient separation of groups of children within the facility.

Executive Order No. 7Q

Governor Lamont Announces Launch of Statewide COVID-19 Seroprevalence Project to Track Pandemic Infection Data in Connecticut

(HARTFORD, CT) – Governor Ned Lamont today announced that the State of Connecticut is partnering in a first-of-its-kind, statewide project to quantify the spread of COVID-19 within the state by conducting a seroprevalence study of 1,400 randomized, representative Connecticut residents.

Project Will Be Led by Yale University in Collaboration with Gallup, Quest Diagnostics, and The Jackson Laboratory.

For the full details, visit the June 2 Press Release on the matter.

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“COVID-19 may have changed the way we do things in Connecticut, but it cannot change who we are as a people. Together we will meet this challenge. And together we will navigate the path forward.” See the State’s Connecticut COVID-19 Response page, the gateway to all of the state’s COVID-19 resources.


Bridgeport Coronavirus informations here.

City of Bridgeport has a YouTube information Channel.

May 27 Update

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Data as of May 26:

Bridgeport
  • Bridgeport cases: 3270
  • Bridgeport case rate: 2257/100,000, or one out of every 44 people in Bridgeport.
  • Bridgeport deaths: 143
Connecticut
  • Connecticut cases: 41,303
  • Connecticut deaths: 3769

Governor Lamont Directs Flags to Half-Staff in Honor of Connecticut State Police Trooper First Class Eugene Kenneth Baron, Jr.

(HARTFORD, CT) – Governor Ned Lamont today announced that he is directing U.S. and state flags in Connecticut to be lowered to half-staff as a mark of solemn respect for Connecticut State Police Trooper First Class Eugene Kenneth Baron, Jr, who passed away on Monday, May 25, 2020, following a courageous battle with cancer as a result of his response and service in support of New York City in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. His passing is classified as a line of duty death.

For the complete story, visit the May 26 Press Release.

Governor Releases Reopen Connecticut Report

Governor Lamont Signs Executive Order Allowing All Eligible Connecticut Residents to Vote Absentee in August 11 Primary Elections

(HARTFORD, CT) – Governor Ned Lamont today announced that because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, he has signed an executive order allowing all registered voters in Connecticut to vote absentee in the August 11, 2020 primary elections.

Secretary of the State Denise Merrill will mail every registered voter in the state an application they will need to fill out and return in order to obtain an absentee ballot.

Governor Lamont Reminds Connecticut Residents of June 1 Deadline to Apply for Home Heating Assistance

Families and Individuals Seeking Assistance Should Visit www.ct.gov/staywarm or Call 2-1-1 for Guidance

(HARTFORD, CT) – Governor Ned Lamont is reminding Connecticut residents who need help paying last winter’s home heating bills that there is still time to apply to the Connecticut Energy Assistance Program (CEAP). An extended application deadline of Monday, June 1, 2020, gives eligible families and individuals – including those impacted by the COVID-19 public health emergency – more time to apply for this vital assistance.

“Even though we are well into spring, we want to remind everyone that there’s still time to apply for assistance to pay for your home heating bills for the last winter season,” Governor Lamont said. “I want to thank the Department of Social Services and the dedicated staff of Connecticut’s community action agencies and partners for their work on behalf of so many children, families, older and other adults who need assistance.”

For the complete story, visit the May 22 Press Release


Bridgeport Coronavirus information is here.

City of Bridgeport has a YouTube information Channel.

Mayor Ganim Requires the Use of Face Masks or other Facial Covers in The City of Bridgeport: Masks Must Be Worn In Public Places In An Effort To Slow The Spread Of Covid-19. Full details here.

Bridgeport Corona Update: May 26

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Data as of May 25:

Bridgeport
  • Bridgeport cases: 3230
  • Bridgeport case rate: 2229/100,000, or one out of every 45 people in Bridgeport.
  • Bridgeport deaths: 143
  • Connecticut
    • Connecticut cases: 40,873
    • Connecticut deaths: 3742

    Governor Lamont Reminds Connecticut Residents of June 1 Deadline to Apply for Home Heating Assistance

    Families and Individuals Seeking Assistance Should Visit www.ct.gov/staywarm or Call 2-1-1 for Guidance

    (HARTFORD, CT) – Governor Ned Lamont is reminding Connecticut residents who need help paying last winter’s home heating bills that there is still time to apply to the Connecticut Energy Assistance Program (CEAP). An extended application deadline of Monday, June 1, 2020, gives eligible families and individuals – including those impacted by the COVID-19 public health emergency – more time to apply for this vital assistance.

    “Even though we are well into spring, we want to remind everyone that there’s still time to apply for assistance to pay for your home heating bills for the last winter season,” Governor Lamont said. “I want to thank the Department of Social Services and the dedicated staff of Connecticut’s community action agencies and partners for their work on behalf of so many children, families, older and other adults who need assistance.”

    For the complete story, visit the May 22 Press Release

    Three Connecticut Students Named 2020 U.S. Presidential Scholars

    Farmington, Greenwich, and Meriden Residents Receive One of the Nation’s Highest Honors for High School Students

    (HARTFORD, CT) – Governor Ned Lamont and State Education Commissioner Miguel Cardona today are congratulating three Connecticut residents who were named as 2020 U.S. Presidential Scholars for their accomplishments in academics, the arts, and career and technical education fields. The recognition is one of the nation’s highest honors for graduating high school seniors.

    The recipients include:
    • Cynthia Chen of Riverside – Greenwich High School
    • Brandon Demkowicz of Farmington – Farmington High School
    • Elizabeth Ann Wozniak of Meriden – Orville H. Platt High School (scholar for U.S. Presidential Scholar in Career and Technical Education)

    The U.S. Department of Education selected the program’s 56th class of 161 scholars from a national pool of 621 student semifinalists, who were nominated for their high academic performance and distinguishing themselves by overcoming hardships, achieving a unique accomplishment, or demonstrating outstanding leadership.

    “We couldn’t be more proud to have three young people from Connecticut receive one of the nation’s top honors for high school students, and I offer my congratulations to Cynthia, Brandon and Elizabeth on this accomplishment,” Governor Lamont said. “They represent some of the very best of our state, and I applaud their perseverance and drive, which led to this national recognition.”

    We join Governor Lamont in congratulating these fine individuals. For the complete story, visit the May 22 Press Release

    Governor Lamont Signs Executive Order Allowing All Eligible Connecticut Residents to Vote Absentee in August 11 Primary Elections

    (HARTFORD, CT) – Governor Ned Lamont today announced that because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, he has signed an executive order allowing all registered voters in Connecticut to vote absentee in the August 11, 2020 primary elections.

    Secretary of the State Denise Merrill will mail every registered voter in the state an application they will need to fill out and return in order to obtain an absentee ballot.


    Bridgeport Coronavirus informations here.

    City of Bridgeport has a YouTube information Channel.

    Mayor Ganim Requires the Use of Face Masks or other Facial Covers in The City of Bridgeport: Masks Must Be Worn In Public Places In An Effort To Slow The Spread Of Covid-19. Full details here.

    COVID-19 Update: May 15

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    Sorry I’ve run out of time here; so I’m copying the news from the relevant sites.

    Governor’s office on Reopen Connecticut:

    Latest Guidance Currently In Effect:
    • Gatherings: All social and recreational gatherings of more than 5 people are prohibited. Religious, spiritual, and worship gatherings of more than 50 are prohibited. This remains in effect until May 20, unless otherwise modified.
    • Face Coverings: When in public and a six-foot distance is unavoidable, face coverings are required to be worn. This does not apply to anyone for whom doing so would be contrary to their health because of a medical condition. Guidance on face coverings has been issued to the state’s businessesCDC video explains how to make a face covering at home.
    • Business operations: The Governor signed an executive order directing Connecticut residents to “Stay Safe, Stay Home.” It directs all nonessential businesses statewide to prohibit in-person functions. Guidance has been issued to the state’s businessesThis remains in effect until May 20, unless otherwise modified.
    • Safe Workplace Rules for Essential Employers: All workplaces considered essential must follow Safe Workplace Rules for Essential Employers to reduce the spread of COVID-19. This remains in effect until May 20, unless otherwise modified.
    • Retail establishments that are permitted to stay open under the “Stay Safe, Stay Home” order must follow “Safe Store Rules” for their operations. This remains in effect until May 20, unless otherwise modified.
    • Food establishments are required to provide take-out and delivery services for off-premise consumption only. This remains in effect until May 20, unless otherwise modified.
    • Gyms, theaters, hair and nail salons, barbershops, spas, and tattoo parlors are not permitted to operate. This remains in effect until May 20, unless otherwise modified.
    • Schools: In-person classes all K-12 schools are canceled for the remainder of the 2019-2020 academic year. Schools should continue distance learning.
    • Summer camps: Summer camps will be permitted to open effective June 29, 2020. Guidance will be released in the coming days with specific details they must follow to operate.
    • Travelers: Any person coming into Connecticut by any mode of transportation should self-quarantine for 14 days.

    Data as of May 14:

    Bridgeport cases: 2682

    Bridgeport case rate: 1851/100,000, or one out of every 54 people in Bridgeport.

    Bridgeport deaths: 124

    Connecticut cases: 35,464

    Connecticut deaths: 3219


    Connecticut Volunteer Opportunities: https://portal.ct.gov/Coronavirus/Information-For/Volunteers

    Connecticut Mental Health Resources: https://portal.ct.gov/Coronavirus/Pages/Public-Health-Resources/Mental-Health-Resources

    Mayor Ganim’s Facebook Page

    Bridgeport Corona Virus Updates: https://www.bridgeportct.gov/coronaclosings

    CDC guidelines on How to Protect Yourself and Others.

    May 8: Clarifying Criteria to Re-Open

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    Governor Lamont outlined criteria for Phase One of Reopening.

    Governor Lamont announced seven criteria for Phase 1 of reopening the State of Connecticut and said the state has already met the first criteria:

    1. 14-day decline of hospitalizations
    2. Increased testing available
    3. Sufficient contact tracing capacity
    4. Protect vulnerable populations
    5. Adequate healthcare capacity
    6. Adequate supply of PPE
    7. Appropriate workplace safeguards

    The full slide deck can be viewed here.

    Self-employed residents seeking aid can now apply for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance

    The Connecticut Department of Labor today announced that it has made active the filing site so those who are self-employed can complete the necessary filing applications for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA). Click Here to Apply.

    Governor Lamont Announces Free Advisory Support for Student Loan Borrowers

    (HARTFORD, CT) – Governor Ned Lamont announced today that Summer, a social enterprise that assists student loan borrowers, is providing Connecticut residents financially impacted by the COVID-19 crisis with free assistance managing their student loans. More Details Here.

    Updated List of Nursing Homes

    An updated list of nursing homes and assisted living facilities with residents who have tested positive for COVID-19, and corresponding data is now available. Nursing Homes and Assisted Living Facilities.

    Suspension of Regulations to Support a Major Expansion of COVID-19 Testing

    State Removes Requirement for a Referral from Medical Provider Prior to Receiving a COVID-19 Test; Allows Tests to be Conducted at Pharmacies. Details here.


    Governor’s May 6 Press Conference:

    Hospitalizations are back down again. Hope yesterday was a one day blip. Testing up, cases down. Three day moving average down: still on schedule to May 20.

    Today it’s about higher education. But before we get there, announced Skill-Up Connecticut, a free program to get certifications in many fields. Education key to our state, a ten billion dollar industry.

    Rick Levin, Reopen Connecticut Advisory Group, Former President of Yale University, also of Coursera. We are looking at a phased plan for reopening. Expect graduate students to be lower risk than undergrads. Community colleges we expect to treat like businesses.

    Wanted to create as uniform a plan as possible while leaving space for local administrations to take care of their needs. Schools need to be flexible, and ready to go back online if circumstances change. Quite a bit of detail given as to guidelines for universities and colleges.

    Each University needs four plans: 1. Repopulation of Campus, 2. Monitorring and Isolation, 3. Containment, and 4. for Shut-down, either universally or locally. As soon as May 20, we are hoping at least research programs will be returning. We’re looking at three phases that will culminate with undergraduates getting back to campus this fall.

    Mark Ojakiann, head of our public schools. We’re working with our public health people to make sure we have plans that will ensure our campus communities will be safe.

    We have different kinds of institutions, and we understand that different institutions have different needs and will have the space to make appropriate plans.

    More can be found at the May 6 Press Release on the matter. The Committeee Recommendations are here.


    Data as of May 7:

    Bridgeport cases: 2266

    Bridgeport case rate: 1564/100,000, or one out of every 64 people in Bridgeport.

    Bridgeport deaths: 109

    Connecticut cases: 31,784

    Connecticut deaths: 2797

    Connecticut Volunteer Opportunities: https://portal.ct.gov/Coronavirus/Information-For/Volunteers

    Connecticut Mental Health Resources: https://portal.ct.gov/Coronavirus/Pages/Public-Health-Resources/Mental-Health-Resources

    Mayor Ganim’s Facebook Page

    Bridgeport Corona Virus Updates: https://www.bridgeportct.gov/coronaclosings

    CDC guidelines on How to Protect Yourself and Others.

    May 6: Schools to Remain Closed

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    Governor’s News:

    Classes at K-12 Public Schools Will Remain Canceled for the Rest of the Academic Year

    After two extensions of these orders, they are being extended to the end of the Academic Year.

    Distribution of Donated Laptops and Scholastic Books

    The State Department of Education and the Governor’s Learn from Home Task Force have been continuing to coordinate the distribution of remote learning resources that have been donated to Connecticut, including 60,000 Dell laptops from the Partnership for Connecticut, and more than 185,000 high-quality Scholastic book packs for prekindergarten to eighth grade students from the Nooyi family. Due to global supply chain shortages during the pandemic, the laptops and book packs are arriving to Connecticut in staggered waves. See the May 5 Press Release for full details.

    Connecticut schools have served four million meals under emergency meals programs

    Throughout the emergency, Connecticut’s public schools have served more than four million meals to students under the emergency meals programs. A total of 130 school districts are currently serving meals at 458 locations statewide. In accordance with federal requirements, the state is operating two emergency meals programs. See the May 5 Press Release for full details.

    Governor’s May 5, Press Conference:

    Hospitalizations popped a little after eight day down trend. Infection rate among positive cases pretty low.

    It’s highly infectious, and we need to be cautious going forward. Still targeting May 20 for a calendar as to how we will move forward.

    We had a protest. We get that, but you need to get that your stupidity does not allow you to put others at risk.

    Traditional classroom education closed for year, but will be continuing at a distance.

    Scholastic has donated tens of thousands of books. Our teachers are stepping up. And most kids are taking to this.

    Commissioner Cardona reminds you schooling continues, though it’s going to look different. Guidance on summer schools will come later this month.

    Beth Bye, Commissioner, Office of Early Childhood. Child Care does continue. Camps will start opening June 29th. Added protective measures being put in place.

    Unlikely to have any in-person graduations.


    Data as of May 5:

    Bridgeport cases: 2156

    Bridgeport case rate: 1488/100,000, or one out of every 67 people in Bridgeport.

    Bridgeport deaths: 104

    Connecticut cases: 30,621

    Connecticut deaths: 2633

    Connecticut Volunteer Opportunities: https://portal.ct.gov/Coronavirus/Information-For/Volunteers

    Connecticut Mental Health Resources: https://portal.ct.gov/Coronavirus/Pages/Public-Health-Resources/Mental-Health-Resources

    Mayor Ganim’s Facebook Page

    Bridgeport Corona Virus Updates: https://www.bridgeportct.gov/coronaclosings

    CDC guidelines on How to Protect Yourself and Others.

    Bridgeport Corona Update: April 30, 2020

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    Hey there friends. You may have noticed I’m just not getting to this every day. It’s just a bit much. I expect to make at least three updates a week, and continue sharing on Facebook those items of interest that come up on my feed.

    Yesterday’s Governor’s Briefing

    Trends

    Positive trend for over a week. Hospitalizations continuing to go down.

    Rudy Marconi, First Selectman, Town of Ridgefield

    Suffered through COVID-19. He was on oxygen for eight straight days. The lesson, do not take this lightly. Continue to keep distance. Don’t pressure people to open. Listen to the governor. He’s got us on the right track.

    Susan Bysiewicz, Lieutenant Governor

    Taking the lead on making sure we’ve got a good count, and our responsiveness is the best in New England. We’ve done a great job engaging community partners.

    State Representative. Jane Garibay (D), 60th District, Windsor, Windsor Locks

    Also suffered. Was much more difficult than regular flu. It’s so easy to wear a mask. Please protect each other and do so.

    Press Questions:
    • Supplies: Great on masks, gowns and swabs are still an issue.
    • Trying to get Assisted Living Data
    • Rudy: Need to keep moving and doing breathing exercises. Was fortunate to be able to stay at home and have wife push him.
    • Undocumented: We are providing healthcare, food and other services.
    • Contact tracing is an opt-in, you don’t have to. Chose Microsoft as a partner on this because of its excellent security and data protection and segmenting capabilities.

    From Official Sources:

    Connecticut Labor Department launches website to track unemployment data, providing valuable planning tool for state and municipal governments

    The Connecticut Department of Labor today launched a website containing spreadsheets that breaks down information on people who have filed for unemployment in the state by age, industry, gender, and town. The public release of the information will provide a valuable insight to municipal and state governments for planning and budgeting purposes, and for developing responsible strategies for re-opening the state during the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Details here

    Rapid testing site in New Haven continues to take appointments seven days a week

    The rapid COVID-19 testing site in New Haven that is operated by CVS Health in coordination with the State of Connecticut is continuing to take appointments seven days a week. Test results are provided within 30 minutes and at provided at no charge to anyone. Anyone who wants to be tested does not need to be referred in advance by a medical professional, however appointments are required prior to arriving at the test site. Click here to schedule.

    Governor Lamont Urges Local Governments and Community Partners to Establish Long-Term Recovery Committees

    “ Governor Ned Lamont is urging community stakeholders throughout the State of Connecticut – including municipal officials, community-based organizations, nonprofit providers, and philanthropic partners – to establish local long-term recovery committees that will help meet urgent needs, accelerate recovery, and expedite coordination with the state’s emergency management structure in the ongoing response and recovery efforts from the COVID-19 pandemic”

    See complete story at the April 29 Press Release.

    Residents encouraged to consider non-perishable food donations to Connecticut’s food pantries

    Governor Lamont is encouraging Connecticut residents with extra canned and other non-perishable food items to make a donation to a food pantry in their area. To find local food pantries, visit www.211ct.org/foodpantries. Monetary donations are also welcome, as are monetary donations to Connecticut’s regional food banks – Foodshare and the Connecticut Food Bank.

    This at Press release of April 24.

    Links and Data

    Connecticut Official Site: https://portal.ct.gov/Coronavirus

    Data as of April 29:

    Bridgeport cases: 1870

    Bridgeport case rate: 1291/100,000, or one out of every 77 people in Bridgeport.

    Bridgeport deaths: 88

    Connecticut cases: 26,767

    Connecticut deaths: 2168

    Connecticut Volunteer Opportunities: https://portal.ct.gov/Coronavirus/Information-For/Volunteers

    Connecticut Mental Health Resources: https://portal.ct.gov/Coronavirus/Pages/Public-Health-Resources/Mental-Health-Resources

    Mayor Ganim’s Facebook Page

    Bridgeport Corona Virus Updates: https://www.bridgeportct.gov/coronaclosings

    CDC guidelines on How to Protect Yourself and Others.

    Bridgeport Corona Update: April 28, 2020

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    Supply Chains and Food

    People lining up for food, a lot of whom had a really good job only six weeks ago.

    Tomorrow: Contact Tracing. Later in Week: Reopen CT. Friday: end of month numbers for this and next fiscal year, ends June 30.

    Looking at Asia: Hong Kong and Singapore have resurgences of virus; a lot of travel. New Zealand and Australia are moving to zero.

    Food supply chain: remembering 70s. Energy states are losing 30-40% of revenue. We’re learning about supply chains on PPE and antibiotics what we learned then about oil. Want some control over the chain.

    Now food. People hungry, and food is being dumped. Looking at how we can get control over own food supply.

    Bryan Hurlburt, Commissioner, Department of Agriculture: Four separate buckets: (1) insecurity, food banks and food share, have increased SNAP allotments and eligibility, (2) food systems: getting outlets for farmers and restaurants, aggregation, (3) access for quarantined, and (4) supermarkets.

    Dr. Deidre Gifford, Commissioner, Department of Social: Food insecurity is an issue, and a first time issue for many people. Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP): 350,000 were getting before CoronaVirus.

    New benefit for 270,000 children. Waivers so all SNAP recipients receiving maximum amount. Extended eligibility. Won’t have to renew in April, May or June. Fewer interviews required. Eliminated some of the work requirements. Are planning for on-line access. Working with USDA to allow families to order food on-line for pick up and delivery.

    Working with FEMA to supply people stuck at home, either because at risk or sick.

    Looking at how to help restaurant industry.

    Summary

    Hospitalization down. Fairfield down. Hartford and New Haven Flat. New hospitalizations. 162 new admissions last day; numbers are lumpy but trend line down. Fourteen day downward on three-day moving average is when we start to adjust access.

    Press Questions:
    • Summer and Fall: That’s why we have task force. We’ll do what we find safe.
    • What caseload necessary to indicate easing? Numbers are also related to testing. Hospitalizations is key metric for me.
    • Food shortages: We’re looking, but USDA says don’t count on it.
    • Resurgence of interest in locally grown and farmers markets.
    • CDC and National Guard providing additional service to nursing homes.
    • Connecticut primaries in August: we’ll make sure to have access.
    • Taking us 30% less to do infrastructure repairs, but also with crash of gas prices and demand, source of revenue to do repairs also limited.

    Links and Data

    Connecticut Official Site: https://portal.ct.gov/Coronavirus

    Data as of April 27:

    Bridgeport cases: 1810

    Bridgeport case rate: 1239/100,000, or one out of every 81 people in Bridgeport.

    Bridgeport deaths: 83

    Connecticut cases: 25,997

    Connecticut deaths: 2012

    Connecticut Volunteer Opportunities: https://portal.ct.gov/Coronavirus/Information-For/Volunteers

    Connecticut Mental Health Resources: https://portal.ct.gov/Coronavirus/Pages/Public-Health-Resources/Mental-Health-Resources

    Mayor Ganim’s Facebook Page

    Bridgeport Corona Virus Updates: https://www.bridgeportct.gov/coronaclosings

    CDC guidelines on How to Protect Yourself and Others.

    Bridgeport Corona Update: April 27, 2020

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    Friday’s Governor’s Briefing

    Hospitalizations down. Testing up. Hartford now trending down.

    Trend line down.

    Getting testing out to communities rather than people to tests.

    Virus has flare ups. That’s just how it is. FEMA stepping up to help nursing homes. On top of all our other nursing home attention.

    Food supply chain is a matter of concern. Commissioner of Agriculture is taking lead on that. Extending SNAP.

    Helping with restaurants, DoorDash, etc. Patronize them. They need it.

    Kathleen Silard, President and CEO of Stamford Hospital: Our people are selfless and great. They should get your thanks. Want to acknowledge Governor Lamont for really making this a team effort. Sending a lot of patients home. So many lessons learned: sharing in and out of state.

    Major General Francis J. Evon, Jr., Adjutant General and Commanding Officer, Connecticut National Guard. First, thanks to Governor for really moving and coordinating from day one. Warehousing, distribution, testing. Four mobile hospitals. Working with Yale on testing and tracking.

    Press Questions:
    • Fourteen days of declining metrics, phase one, first Tier, parks and beaches open, we’re already there. Never closed.
    • Business Advisory Committee has a lot of small businesses.
    • Our revenues will be down about 5% on the year.
    • Voting pushed off to August.
    • Nursing homes doing alright. Nursing homes 43% of deaths.
    • Hydorxychloroquine: Initially used, small study suggests doesn’t help. Stamford Hospital not using.
    • Testing of Nursing Home Workers: Would like to do more. It’s important for us to test more.
    • Normal Health Care Put Off: this could cause a surge later and we’re concerned about it.

    Highlights from Governor’s Daily e-mail

    “When you take a broad look at the data over the last two weeks, we’ve shown that we can flatten the curve and control the spread of this virus through kinds of social distancing measures that we’ve implemented – but we are not out of the woods yet,” Governor Lamont said. “When it comes creating an action plan on the steps we should take next, our primary objective needs to focus on not causing any harm to the progress we have made so far, otherwise our infection and hospitalization rates will go right back up. Our health care system has been amazing throughout this pandemic, and we are going to continue working with them to ramp up testing even more, including through antibody tests and contact tracing. This approach is key to getting people back to work and ensuring that workers are adequately protected when they return.”

    Press Release April 26

    Governor Lamont encourages residents to sign up for the state’s CTAlert notification system

    Governor Lamont is encouraging Connecticut residents to sign up for CTAlert, the state’s emergency alert system, which provides text message notifications to users. To subscribe, text the keyword COVIDCT to 888-777.

    From April 25 Press Release

    Governor Lamont partners with CBIA and CONNSTEP to distribute free face coverings for small businesses

    “Governor Lamont today announced that his administration is partnering with the Connecticut Business and Industry Association (CBIA) and its affiliate CONNSTEP on an initiative to distribute free face coverings to eligible, essential small businesses with fewer than 50 employees. Eligible businesses include those defined as essential businesses by the Department of Economic and Community Development.”

    See complete story at the Press Release of April 25.

    Residents encouraged to safely dispose of unwanted medication at home as an alternative to National Drug Takeback Day events

    If not for COVID-19, thousands of Connecticut residents would be visiting one of the nearly 100 drug drop boxes at police stations across the state today to mark National Drug Takeback Day. This year, in light of the pandemic, residents are asked to avoid visiting the drug drop boxes, and take steps to secure, and clean out their medicine cabinets at home.

    Here’s what residents can do:

    • Dispose of any unneeded medication at home by running it under hot water, combining it with something undesirable like used coffee grounds or kitty litter, securing it in a container, and disposing of it in the trash. Do not flush medication down the toilet.
    • Secure any of your expired or unneeded medication in a safe place so that it’s ready to go as soon as you’re able to visit a drug drop box again.

    Last year, 59,058 pounds of unneeded medication were disposed of in drug drop boxes, an increase of more than 15,000 pounds from 2018.

    For more information, read the press release issued today by the Department of Consumer Protection.

    Press Release of April 25.

    “Raytheon Company and United Technologies – is donating more than $3 million worth of charter transportation and personal protective equipment (PPE) to the State of Connecticut’s relief supplies, which will be distributed by the state to first responders and front line health care professionals.”

    Full details here.

    Residents encouraged to consider non-perishable food donations to Connecticut’s food pantries

    Governor Lamont is encouraging Connecticut residents with extra canned and other non-perishable food items to make a donation to a food pantry in their area. To find local food pantries, visit www.211ct.org/foodpantries. Monetary donations are also welcome, as are monetary donations to Connecticut’s regional food banks – Foodshare and the Connecticut Food Bank.

    This and more at the Press release of April 24.

    Links and Data

    Connecticut Official Site: https://portal.ct.gov/Coronavirus

    Data as of April 26:

    Bridgeport cases: 1768

    Bridgeport case rate: 1220/100,000, or one out of every 82 people in Bridgeport.

    Bridgeport deaths: 81

    Connecticut cases: 25,269

    Connecticut deaths: 1924

    Connecticut Volunteer Opportunities: https://portal.ct.gov/Coronavirus/Information-For/Volunteers

    Connecticut Mental Health Resources: https://portal.ct.gov/Coronavirus/Pages/Public-Health-Resources/Mental-Health-Resources

    Mayor Ganim’s Facebook Page

    Bridgeport Corona Virus Updates: https://www.bridgeportct.gov/coronaclosings

    CDC guidelines on How to Protect Yourself and Others.

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