Connecticut: Latest updates on Coronavirus

BanglaPress Desk
March 21, 2020

Banglapress Desk: There are 194 COVID-19 cases in Connecticut, according to the Connecticut State Department of Public Health. Four people have died from COVID-19 in the state: a man in his 80s from Ridgefield, a man in his 80s from New Canaan and a man in his 90s from New Canaan, according to a statement. On Friday, Governor Ned Lamont announced that a fourth person died from COVID-19 in the state, a woman in her 80s from Norwalk.
There are now 15 sites in Connecticut that are offering drive-through testing, but only those referred by a medical provider will be tested, according to the statement. These locations include:
Connecticut’s presidential primary election which was scheduled for April 28 was moved to June 2, according to the statement. Gyms, fitness studios, movie theaters, casinos and resorts remain closed in the state. Now, certain restaurants and other eating establishments will be allowed to sell alcohol with take-out food orders, according to the statement. Starting at 8 pm tonight, barbershops, hair salons, tattoo or piercing parlors will be closed, according to the statement. Classes were canceled at all public schools in Connecticut starting Tuesday (March 17) through at least the end of the month.
Governor Ned Lamont signed an executive order on March 12 which prohibits events with over 250 people, modifies a state law that requires schools to be in for 180 days, clarifies visitor restrictions at nursing homes, authorizes DMV to extend renewal deadlines (DMV ordered a 90-day extension) to decrease crowds at DMVs and relaxes attendance rules for policy academy trainees, according to a statement.
The Connecticut State Department of Education has received a waiver from the U.S. Department of Agriculture that allows students who are enrolled in schools which closed due to COVID-19 to continue receiving meals at home through the school lunch program, according to a statement on March 13.
People who have general questions that they can’t find answers to online at can also call 2-1-1. Two medical institutions in Connecticut has set up telephone hotlines for people of Fairfield County who are experiencing symptoms that they are concerned could be linked to the coronavirus, according to the New Haven Register:
Norwalk Hospital: 888-667-9262 / 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday to Friday.
Stamford Hospital: 203-276-4111 / 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday to Friday.

Case count by county:

Fairfield: 122
Litchfield: 8
Hartford: 29
New Haven: 23
Middlesex: 5
Tolland: 4
Windham: 2
New London: 1
(Source: livescience)