Coronavirus in Connecticut: Live updates, hour-by-hour
As more and more Connecticut residents test positive for COVID-19, stay informed with all the latest information below.
Beyond local and statewide updates, this story will be updated with major regional, national and global information about coronavirus.
8:02 p.m. - More than 700 New Jersey police officers have tested positive for the coronavirus, according to acting New Jersey State Police Superintendent Col. Patrick Callahan. About the same number of officers are quarantined in their homes; two who were in serious condition are now stable.
7:15 p.m. - MTA Chairman and CEO Pat Foye found out Saturday that he tested positive for COVID-19. He is currently isolating at home. He was last in the office on Wednesday but was asymptomatic.
6:20 p.m. - A message to those not adhering to social distancing from Lamont: “You’re endangering yourself, you’re endangering your neighbors and you’re endangering your families.”
6:10 p.m. - Despite Rhode Island pulling over drivers with New York plates to inform them of a mandatory, 14-day quarantine, Lamont said he doesn’t anticipate doing that in Connecticut.
6:07 p.m. - There have been 1,524 people in Connecticut to test positive for COVID-19. There are 205 people hospitalized. Thirty-three residents have died from the virus.
6:05 p.m. - Lamont, in addressing Trump’s claim of a potential quarantine, said he has been in touch with Rhode Island, New Jersey and New York officials.
“I think they were thinking out loud about re-looking at the hotspots,” Lamont said.
He says he can’t speculate on what Trump meant in regards to a “mandatory quarantine.”
Lamont said the White House is looking into whether or not they have the authority to enforce a mandatory quarantine like this. He said he hopes to have more information from the White House later Saturday.
“Panic can make the situation worse,” Lamont said. “Lack of clarity can make the situation worse.”
6:04 p.m. - Hospitalizations are up, but not spiking up, Lamont says. There are 32 new hospitalizations.
6 p.m. - Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont is about to give his daily COVID-19 briefing. Watch it live here.
4:57 p.m. - After rumors circulated about a COVID-19-positive EMT at Oxford Ambulance, officials took to social media to “put the rumors to rest” and said that was not the case. There are five positive confirmed cases in Oxford, some of which are healthcare professionals.
3:58 p.m. - In response to the president’s comments about possible quarantines, Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont issued the following statement: “Regarding the President’s consideration of a quarantine of New York, as well as parts of Connecticut and New Jersey, our state has already called on residents to stay at home. Further, if interstate travel is absolutely necessary, our state has directed travelers to self-quarantine to prevent against further transmission of the virus. I have been in close communication with (New York) Gov. (Andrew) Cuomo and (New Jersey) Gov. (Phil) Murphy, and I look forward to speaking to the president directly about his comments and any further enforcement actions, because confusion leads to panic.”
3 p.m. - 24 states have now instituted stay-at-home orders, according to the Washington Post. Rhode Island and Kansas are the latest to take such measures.
2:15 p.m. - The first NYPD officer has died from COVID-19-related illness, the department announced Saturday. A civilian administrative aide and a custodian also died from the virus earlier this week.
2 p.m. - ProHealth Express walk-in care centers in Connecticut have been closed, according to NBC Connecticut.
The organization operates care centers in Middletown and Torrington, among other communities.
1:45 p.m. - Three Department of Correction employees had tested positive for the coronavirus as of Friday night, according to WTNH.
1:12 p.m. - Fairfield First Selectwoman Brenda Kupchick said the town has had its first COVID-19-related death.
1 p.m. - President Donald J. Trump is considering enforcing a quarantine in Connecticut, New York and New Jersey, according to NBC New York.
12 p.m. - The University of New Haven agreed to house city firefighters and police who may have been exposed to the coronavirus, but remain asymptomatic. Yale University declined.
“My response is this: if your house is burning down and you asked a neighbor if your kids could stay at your house and your neighbor said ‘no,’ but here is a check so you could stay at the Econo Lodge across town, what would that tell you about your neighbor?” Elicker said Friday.
“It is in these times of crisis when people are exposed for their true selves. Everyone needs to do their part at this very difficult time and writing a check does not exempt you from that fact,” Elicker said.
Karen Peart, spokeswoman for Yale, issued a long statement in response to the mayor’s criticism, explaining that the students’ rooms won’t be ready for new occupants for weeks.
“Our student rooms still contain their belongings, but we have teams planning the feasibility of packing and storing all the student belongings so that the rooms could be utilized,” she said.
Yale has contributed $1 million to a fund being raised in parallel with the Community Foundation of Greater New Haven and the United Way to assist the city in its needs during this pandemic crisis. Yale asked that others join in to bring its total to $5 million, as it matches donations $1 for $1.
11:30 a.m. - The Department of Economic and Community Development has stopped taking applications for a program that provides loans to small businesses to help them through the pandemic.
Officials on the department’s website said that, as of Friday, the agency is “not accepting applications for the Connecticut Recovery Bridge Loan Program at this time.”
They directed those seeking assistance to the U.S. Small Business Administration, which is offering loans, as well as the federal government more generally.
WTNH reported that more than 4,000 businesses applied for loans through the program before it was halted.
11 a.m. - According to the Associated Press, “Rhode Island State Police on Friday began pulling over drivers with New York plates so that National Guard officials can collect contact information and inform them of a mandatory, 14-day quarantine.”
Over the course of the week, governors in Texas, Florida, Maryland and South Carolina ordered that people coming from the New York area self-quarantine for 14 days, according to the AP.
8:30 a.m. - The Torrington Fire Department asked people to stay home and follow social distancing measures in a Thursday release.
“The Torrington Fire Department needs your help! We are urging everyone to STAY SAFE and STAY HOME. Our Firefighters are prepared to confront the challenges posed by COVID19 but need your support to keep our community safe. Please observe the Governor’s Executive Order limiting gatherings to 5 or fewer people, wash your hands often, and stay home unless absolutely necessary (Groceries, Medical needs, etc.),” officials said in the release.
“We know that these efforts will slow the spread of the COVID19 virus. Less contact will result in fewer infections. We will always be there to help you. Now please help us slow the spread of this virus.”
8 a.m. - The Better Business Bureau warned people to watch out for scammers seeking to steal financial information by pretending to be involved in the distribution of government funds for coronavirus relief.
The scams are being distributed by email, text, telephone and social media posts, according to BBB’s Connecticut office in Cromwell, with websites tricked up to mimic the look of actual government agencies.
Those with social media accounts should not assume an offer in a social media message from a friend is legitimate, BBB warned, noting scammers have the ability to impersonate real people and urged people to cross-check any such solicitations through another channel.
7:30 a.m. - As of Saturday morning, approximately 607,965 cases of coronavirus had been confirmed worldwide, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University. Roughly 28,125 people have died of the disease.
9:25 p.m. - Newtown Police Commissioner Dr. Neil Chaudhary was recently admitted to the Danbury Hospital intensive care unit after complications from his exposure to the coronavirus. His family said Chaudhary is strong and “giving his all to fight” the virus.
7:30 p.m. - Hartford police said a local barbershop was visited Friday by police, Hartford Health and Human Services Department after it was found the barbershop was still open for business with employees and customers in the shop despite the order from the govenor.
7:05 p.m. - Fairfield reports 18 confirmed cases.
6 p.m. - UConn’s move-out process was planned for March 30 through April 10, but has been postponed. Student possessions will remain in the locked rooms until the university fully reopens and state directives have been lifted. But, the state might need more space in UConn’s residence halls in the coming days or weeks. In that case, the university will clear out students’ rooms and a professional company will pack and store belongings until they can be returned — which was already the case for students in Buckley and Sprague halls. This is also happening at UConn’s Stamford campus, which will be turned over to state use and unoccupied rooms will be packed up.
5:48 pm. - Hamden Mayor Curt Balzano Leng said the surge in COVID-19 cases is on the horizon and urges residents to social distance in order to save lives.
5:38 p.m. - Connecticut State Police will host two free Zoom presentations on social media and distance learning safety next week.
The first presentation will be Monday from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. Zoom ID: 736 423 909. Link: http://ctdespp.zoom.us/j/736423909.
The second will be Tuesday from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Zoom ID: 546 962 103. Link: ctdespp.zoom.us/j/546962103.
5:36p.m. - Over the course of the outbreak, 51 Italian doctors who tested positive for coronavirus have died, according to the Italian Association of Doctors.
4:48 p.m. - Westport First Selectman Jim Marpe said that the town saw the smallest daily increase in confirmed COVID-19 cases since the spread started. He called this a possible good sign, showing that “more aggressive social distancing is starting to work, or the result of less testing in Fairfield County.”
4:42 p.m. - The two individuals in New Haven who have died from COVID-19 were a person in their late 50s and another person in their late 40s, according to Maritza Bond, the city’s health director. She said the cases were not linked.
4:37 p.m. - President Donald Trump signed a $2.2 trillion stimulus bill to provide payments to most Americans and to rescue virus-hit businesses.
4:34 p.m. - New Haven Mayor Justin Elicker is live on YouTube, updating residents on COVID-19 here.
4:31 p.m. - EMS workers in New York City were told Tuesday night (March 24) that 6,406 people had called 911 for medical assistance in the last 24 hours. That was the highest volume of calls recorded in the city, surpassing the number from Sept. 11, 2001.
4:08 p.m. - North Haven First Selectman Michael Freda declared a state of emergency after the town was notified of its first known case of COVID-19. All parks, playscapes, fields, turf fields, tennis courts, basketball courts and other similar locations will be closed. The North Haven High School track and town green will remain open, but those who go there are urged to social distance.
4:05 p.m. - There are 1,291 positive COVID-19 patients in Connecticut with 173 of them hospitalized. There have been 27 fatalities in the state linked to the virus.
3:31 p.m. - The Board of Directors and the president of Naugatuck Valley Community College — which has campuses in Danbury and Waterbury — have established a student emergency fund to help students struggling financially during the COVID-19 pandemic. More information can be found here.
3:23 p.m. - Housatonic Community College donated boxes of medical devices, masks, face shields, sterile gowns, disposable gloves, disposable head covers, shoe covers and general-purpose hand cleaners to Bridgeport Hospital.
1:45 p.m. - Here are answers to common questions about the coronavirus.
1 p.m. - While approximately half of Connecticut day care centers have closed voluntarily, they are being allowed to remain open for the time being, according to the Connecticut Mirror.
Massachusetts and Rhode Island, on the other hand, have closed day care centers during the outbreak.
12 p.m. - Here are 15 positive updates regarding the coronavirus.
11:30 a.m. — St. Vincent’s Medical Center, 2800 Main St., Bridgeport, will open its onsite mobile pantry from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. today to deliver groceries to the first 350 people who show up. The groceries will be distributed using runners, who will don gloves and masks.
The groceries come from the CT Food Bank which delivered 11 tons of non-perishable food items Thursday morning. According to a St. Vincent’s spokesperson, about 10 people worked five and a half hours bagging food and filled 350 cloth bags of groceries.
10:15 a.m. - The city of New Haven is asking for volunteers to serve in the Medical Reserve Corps and help care for coronavirus patients.
Mayor Justin Elicker and Health Director Maritza Bond put out a call for volunteers, doctors, nurses, and medical professionals” on the city’s Facebook page.
They said they are looking for retired persons or those still active in their professions, students and community members, but the biggest need is for volunteers with medical experience.
Some of the tasks that need to be done include medical screening and “support in mass care settings.” They might also be asked to help with patient tracking at planned events; assist with planned and unplanned public health activities.
9:30 a.m. - The reconstruction of the Skiff Street bridge in Hamden is moving forward despite the coronavirus outbreak, according to the town Department of Economic and Neighborhood Development.
The town is expecting the project to be completed by September 2020, officials said in a release. Residents are not allowed to enter the work zone because of “a safety issue with equipment movement and uneven surfaces,” instead of a virus-related restriction.
“While we work hard to deal with the serious threat posed by the Coronavirus, I’m proud of our team also working to make sure projects can be completed that are important to our infrastructure and show that we’re still delivering the investments important to our community,” said Mayor Curt B. Leng in the release.
9 a.m. - South Africa went into “lockdown” Friday, as the number of cases in the country rose past 1,000, according to the Washington Post.
President Cyril Ramaphosa announced the measure, “during which people will be allowed to leave home only to buy food, seek care, collect welfare grants or take walks by themselves,” earlier in the week, according to the Post.
8:30 a.m. - British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he has tested positive for the coronavirus Friday morning.
“Over the last 24 hours I have developed mild symptoms and tested positive for coronavirus. I am now self-isolating, but I will continue to lead the government’s response via video-conference as we fight this virus,” Johnson said on Twitter. “Together we will beat this.”
7:30 a.m. - Five employees of the Ridgefield Crossings nursing home have tested positive for the coronavirus, officials there said Thursday.
“These associates, along with all associates who were identified as having high exposure to confirmed COVID-19 cases, have already been outside of the community on leave to limit the risk of potential spread of the virus,” a spokesperson for the facility said.
10:03 p.m. - The Connecticut DMV‘s Westhersfield office will close Friday, March 27 for an electrostatic disinfectant treatment. The building will reopen to employees on Tuesday, March 31. This cleaning is scheduled to happen on a weekly basis, in additional the nightly deep cleaning. Branch offices are scheduled to undergo electrostatic disinfectant on Friday, March 27 and Saturday, March 28.
9:38 p.m. - Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont including the following items in his latest extension on his coronavirus-related executive order:
-Restrict all social and recreation gatherings to no more than five people through at least April 30.
-All retail establishments allowed to remain open and allow customers inside must take appropriate measures to make sure customers are at least 6 feet apart.
-All retail businesses that sell guns, ammunition and other similar items or supplies must conduct all transactions by appointment only.
-The state has suspended the tax on single-use checkout bags temporarily. The order prohibits employers from requiring employees to bag items into a customer-provided reusable bag. Customers can still use those bags, but might have to bag their own items if the worker chooses not to feel safe touching it.
-The 21-month limit on Temporary Family Assistance has been suspended.
-All annual student test requirements for the remaining 2019-2020 school year have been suspended.
8:38 p.m. - Kious Kelly, a nurse manager at Mount Sinai West in Manhattan, N.Y., has died from COVID-19. He is suspected to be the first New York City nurse to die from the virus. His sister said Kelly, 48, had asthma but was otherwise healthy.
6:52 p.m. - Bridgeport officials remind residents in need of food help and access to healthy fruits and veggies during this pandemic to apply for SNAP by calling the call center at 866-974-7627. English and Spanish available.
6:40 p.m. - Twenty-one Connecticut residents have died from COVID-19. There are 125 people hospitalized with the virus and 1,012 confirmed cases in the state.
6:38 p.m. - Southbury health officials planned to track people who tested positive for the virus in the early stages of the pandemic but have stopped after it was clear the virus was spreading by community spread.
6 p.m. - East Haven Mayor Joseph A. Carfora said an 80-year-old town resident died from COVID-19. This is East Haven’s first fatality linked to the virus. Carfora said officials are still working to slow the spread, citing the importance of social distancing.
5:49 p.m. - News 12 Connecticut reporter John Craven said he was diagnosed with COVID-19 after getting sick last week.
3:21 p.m. - Connecticut Insurance Department Commissioner Andrew N. Mais has called on insurers to immediately institute an extension of coverage to the personal vehicles of delivery drivers.
3:19 p.m. - Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton said the Army is setting up a field hospital at Danbury Hospital.
3:04 p.m. - The State of New Hampshire will issue a stay-at-home order and directs all non-essential businesses that are not already voluntarily closed to end in-person operations by 11:59 p.m. Friday, March 27. This is not a shelter-in-place order.
2:35 p.m. - There are some fake Census/coronavirus scams happening that could impact Connecticut resident. Census participation will not impact your potential COVID-19 stimulus check.
1:39 p.m. - As the country battens down the hatches in the face of a worldwide pandemic, most people are still wondering what exactly COVID-19 is, how dangerous it is and how likely they are to get it. Here are some frequently asked questions.
1:10 p.m. - Gov. Ned Lamont, Lt. Governor Susan Bysiewicz, and U.S. Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro will lead a virtual town hall meeting on federal and state efforts to assist employers and employees impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. It will be held at 5 p.m. Thursday (today).They will be joined by Connecticut Department of Labor Commissioner Kurt Westby and Department of Economic and Community Development Deputy Commissioner Glendowlyn Thames. The discussion will be moderated by Founder and CEO of the Women's Business Development Council Fran Pastore.
Participants Can Join the Zoom Video Town Hall Meeting at: https://zoom.us/j/364340964
Or by telephone at: (646) 558-8656 Webinar ID: 364 340 964
12:56 p.m. - Gov. Ned Lamont today announced that he has submitted a request to the Federal Emergency Management Agency for a presidential major disaster declaration resulting from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the State of Connecticut.
The governor is requesting public assistance for all eight of the state’s counties. This includes all four supplemental assistance programs under the Individual Assistance Program, including Disaster Unemployment Assistance, Crisis Counseling program, Disaster Case Management, and Disaster Legal Services. Additionally, he is requesting Individuals and Households Program Other Needs Categories of Child Care Assistance and Funeral Assistance.
“This global pandemic is continuing to have a major impact on the lives of every person and entity in our state and around our county,” Lamont said. “If approved, this disaster declaration request will provide greatly needed assistance to our residents, as well as our local and state governments, so that we can try to bring some relief during this difficult and ongoing challenge.”
If the assistance is approved, Connecticut residents may have access to additional resources to support childcare, crisis counseling ,and other needs identified as a result of the pandemic.
12:42 p.m. - Here are the latest CDC numbers on coronvirus cases in the United States:
Total cases: 68,440
Total deaths: 994
Jurisdictions reporting cases: 54 (50 states, District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, and US Virgin Islands)
12:14 p.m. - With the number of coronavirus cases continuing to rise in Westport, officials are urging residents to practice social distancing, but the temptation to enjoy the warmer weather has provided a challenging task. Following reports of crowded beaches earlier this month, First Selectman Jim Marpe closed the playground at Compo Beach and the parking lots at Compo and Burying Hill beaches until further notice. But that hasn’t stopped large gatherings in other parts of town.
11:28 a.m. - A health care worker at one of the New York City hospitals under siege by the coronavirus has died, according to coworkers and his sister. Kious Kelly, an assistant nurse manager at the Mount Sinai West hospital in Manhattan, died Tuesday from the virus after he got sick two weeks ago, multiple friends said in social media posts.
11:09 a.m. - U.S. Senators Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy announced nearly $1.2 million in federal grants to help Connecticut health centers in emergency planning and response to the coronavirus pandemic. The funding, made available through legislation recently approved by Congress, has been awarded to 16 of Connecticut’s Health Resources and Services Administration health centers throughout the state and is available immediately. Connecticut health centers receiving the grants include Fair Haven Community Health Clinic in New Haven, and Optimus Health Care in Bridgeport. The full list of Connecticut health centers that have received federal funding can be found here.
10:40 a.m. - Even as the number of coronavirus cases in town continues to rise, Greenwich Hospital said Wednesday it has the capacity to care for its patients “at this time. A total of 55 residents have tested positive for the virus, First Selectman Fred Camillo said in his Wednesday afternoon news briefing. The town’s Department of Health said that is up 45 cases diagnosed in town as of Tuesday.
10:15 a.m. - BBB Serving Connecticut is already getting reports about government imposters calling and texting about the virus stimulus checks. Watch out for these phony phishing attempts that ask for personal and banking information in order to receive your check. With news that the deal has now passed the Senate, consumers are getting eager to obtain their funds.
You receive a message or see a social media post claiming that you qualify for a special COVID-19 government grant. You click the link and are taken to what seems to be an official website asking you to enter your personal information and/or banking details. It’s “necessary” to verify your identity and process your grant. For more information about scams in the wake of coronavirus, see BBB.org/Coronavirus
9:55 a.m. - Gov. Ned Lamont has announced that Connecticut small businesses and nonprofits that have been negatively impacted by the global spread of the COVID-19 pandemic can now apply for one-year, no-interest loans of up to $75,000 under the launch of a new program administered by the state’s Department of Economic and Community Development. The Connecticut Recovery Bridge Loan Program will make $25 million available to Connecticut businesses and nonprofits that have 100 or fewer employees to assist with cash flow. Loan amounts are up to the lesser of either three months operating expenses and/or $75,000. All eligibility and application information can be found on the state’s COVID-19 website at ct.gov/coronavirus.
9:42 a.m. - Another individual has tested positive for coronavirus in Middletown, bringing the number of those reported to be infected with COVID-19 to two.
The Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services reported a staff member who works at Connecticut Valley Hospital in Middletown last reported to work March 10, and called out sick the next day with flu-like symptoms, according to DHMAS Public Information Officer Diana Shaw.
9:18 a.m. - We’re asking our readers to share their coronavirus-related questions, and we’re contacting experts to get answers.
To that end, we spoke with two Quinnipiac University professors. Each has a different area of expertise. To read more, click here.
8:45 a.m. - Old Lyme First Selectman Mark Nickerson has asked people who are returning to a summer home in his shorelone town from an “inffected metropolitan area” to voluntarily quarantine for 14 days.
Nickerson posted on the town’s web site: “Summer residents may be returning to the shoreline to try to escape the hazards of COVID-19. If you are returning to Old Lyme from traveling or from an inffected metropolitan area, please take precautionary measures to protect yourself, your seasonal neighbors, and the community-at-large against the spread of COVID-19.
“When you arrive in town please voluntarily quarantine yourself and other traveling family members for 14 days and monitor your health. Take your temperature two times a day and watch for symptoms. If you feel sick and have symptoms call ahead to a doctor’s office or emergency room or clinic. Tell your doctor about your recent travel and your symptoms
“Symptoms of the illness have ranged from mild symptoms to severe illness and death. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure.
“Symptoms include a fever greater than 100F, cough, difficulty breathing including tightness in the chest, or shortness of breath.
“We encourage all returning residents to be good neighbors. Take precautions to protect yourself, your family, and the year-round citizens here in Old Lyme.”
Read a related story here.
8:05 a.m. - There is currently a severe blood shortage. This blood shortage could impact patients who depend on lifesaving blood to survive. In partnership with the American Red Cross, the State Police is hosting a blood drive from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Wednesday, April 1 at the Connecticut Policy Academy in Meriden.
Added precautions have been implemented to ensure that blood drives and donation centers are safe for donors and their staff. You must make an appointment to donate blood at this drive. Visit www.redcrossblood.org/give to make your appointment.
7:37 a.m. - They’re calling it the “family lockdown.”
Schools are closed, stores are closed, restaurants are closed, recreational and sporting events are canceled, and people are required to work from home. Families spending all day together may find that fighting over food preparation, which channel to watch and whose turn it is to wash the dishes will all be intensified as they stay home to help counter the spread of the coronavirus. To read more, click here.
6:55 a.m. - Eighty-seven residents and one police officer have tested positive for the coronavirus, according to town and state officials. Westport continues to lead the state in coronavirus cases, which rose to 87 as of Wednesday. Neighboring Weston has 10 cases.
6:35 a.m. - The Senate passed an unparalleled $2.2 trillion economic rescue package steering aid to businesses, workers and health care systems engulfed by the coronavirus pandemic. The unanimous vote Wednesday came despite misgivings on both sides about whether it goes too far or not far enough and capped days of difficult negotiations as Washington confronted a national challenge unlike it has ever faced.
6:17 a.m. - The National Rifle Association has given Gov. Ned Lamont a thumbs up for allowing gunshops to remain open during the coronavirus pandemic.
“Governor Ned Lamont’s recent Executive Order 7H designates firearm and ammunition retail operations as essential businesses, exempting them from being shut down during this state of emergency. This action by Gov. Lamont recognizes that the Second Amendment is the law of the land while other jurisdictions are using the pandemic as an excuse to strip Americans of their fundamental right of self-defense,” the NRA posted on its website.
“Your NRA would like to thank Gov. Lamont for upholding the right of law-abiding citizens to defend themselves and their loved ones.”
5:49 a.m. - A second Connecticut Department of Correction employee has tested positive for the COVID-19 virus. The custody staff employee who is assigned to the Corrigan-Radgowski Correctional Center in Uncasville. Earlier this week, the Department of Correction reported its first staff member to test positive for COVID-19. That employee is assigned to the Garner Correctional Institution in Newtown,
5:18 a.m. - Alongside more than 30 counterparts nationally, Connecticut’s attorney general added Walmart, eBay, Facebook and Craisglist to an existing investigation that focused initially on complaints by Amazon users who were victimized by price gougers on its websites.
Attorney General William Tong’s investigation into price gouging was prompted in part by complaints to his office of outrageous prices by Amazon sellers for items in short supply like respirator masks and hand sanitizer, with convenience stores and others statewide also coming onto his radar.
4:56 a.m. - To prevent the spread of the coronavirus, state health officials are investigating the practice of nursing staff working at multiple senior living sites.
The investigation by the state health department follows a news report Tuesday that several employees of the Laurel Ridge nursing home in Ridgefield also work next door at Benchmark Senior Living at Ridgefield Crossing, an assisted-living facility where two former patients have died from COVID-19, and 17 residents are quarantined with the disease.
4:36 a.m. - The largest single day of fatalities in the coronavirus pandemic occurred Wednesday, with seven more deaths bringing the state total to 19.
Connecticut has 875 cases with 106 people hospitalized, Gov. Ned Lamont announced during his daily news briefing Wednesday. The latest fatalities, including the first in New Haven, West Haven, Stamford and Easton.
“The rate of infection is up,” Lamont warned. “We added another field hospital today, at Danbury Hospital, since it’s our Fairfield County hospitals that tend to be by far the busiest right now. The good news is we still have a lot of capacity in our other hospitals.”
9:53 p.m. - The New York Times released a video from a New York City hospital emergency room doctor, giving the public a look at 72 hours within the hospital. The doctor from the video works at Elmhurst Hospital in Queens, N.Y.
9:30 p.m. - The Rhode Island Department of Business Regulation says retail stores and grocery stores cannot allow more than 20 percent of the state’s fire capacity in the store at one time.
8:12 p.m. - A refrigerated truck is parked outside Elmhurst Hospital in Queens, N.Y., to hold bodies of patients. Over the past 24 hours, NYC’s public hospital system said 13 people at the Queens hospital had died.
7:46 p.m. - The Connecticut DMV will provide critical services to businesses and organizations in a new operating model using online, mail and phone-based practices. All DMV branches remain closed to the public.
7:38 p.m. - Stamford Mayor David Martin and Board of Representatives President Matthew Quinones announced Wednesday the start of five volunteer programs aimed at getting citizens around the city to help out with the new coronavirus pandemic.
7:20 p.m. - Connecticut State Police say there are four confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the agency. The cases include a trooper from Troop G in Bridgeport, a trooper from Troop L in Litchfield, a trooper at the Training Academy in Meriden and a recruit from the 129th Training Troop — which is currently training remotely. Since symptom onset, each went into self-quarantine. All four are doing well and expected to make a full recovery.
6:32 p.m. - Southbury officials announced that officials only just learned Wednesday morning of the death of a 75-year-old woman from Southbury who died from coronavirus on March 20.
5:13 p.m. - The Mary J. Sherlach Counseling Center in Trumbull and the Trumbull EMS are hosting online support meetings Thursday mornings at 11 a.m. Log-in here. The meeting ID is 690 701 855 and the password is 101853. For those wishing to call in, the number is 1-929-205-6099.
4:33 p.m. - An employee assigned to the Danbury courthouse clerk’s office at 146 White St. tested positive for COVID-19. The courthouse immediately closed Wednesday upon learning the news for cleaning and sanitization. The courthouse will remain closed until further notice. All cases have been transferred to the Waterbury courthouse at 400 Grand St. in Waterbury effective Thursday, March 26.
4:18 p.m. - An 88-year-old resident was the first death in West Haven linked to COVID-19.
3:40 p.m. - New Haven is reporting its first coronavirus-related death, based on data provided by the state DPH.
3:21 p.m. - Hartford HealthCare has partnered with Trinity College to lease the hockey area located at the college’s Koeppel Community Sports Center in Hartford with the expected surge of the number of coronavirus patients. Hartford HealthCare officials say there will be more specific details in the coming days, and additional partnerships.
3:12 p.m. - NCAA will reportedly vote March 30 on whether winter and spring sports will get an extra year.
3:09 p.m. - DEEP’s Mike Beauchene is doing a Facebook Live Q&A about social distancing while fishing in the parks. Ask your questions here: https://www.facebook.com/watch/live/?v=1147555402243388&ref=watch_permalink.
He urges people to move on to another spot if they see too many people near each other in one stop.
The tiger trout have not been released yet, but are likely to be released next week.
3:03 p.m. - Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine says officials in the state believe the number of cases won’t reach peak until sometime around May 1.
3 p.m. - Danbury police ask anyone reporting a non-emergency to meet officers outside if possible and maintain social distancing whenever possible. If doable, officers will handle non-emergent complaints by phone. The Records Division is closed to the public until further notice. Public fingerprinting, child car seat installations, tours of police headquarters, police explorers, citizens police academy and use of the community room are suspended until further notice.
2:52 p.m. - Effective immediately, all fingerprinting services have been closed at Connecticut State Police headquarters in Middletown.
2:37 p.m. - “An unidentified Easton resident has died from coronavirus while be treated at Bridgeport Hospital, according to Bridgeport Mayor Joe Ganim’s office.
Ganim noted this is the first pandemic-related death in the city. No further details, such as age or gender, were provided. The state’s health department said it would no longer be giving out details on individual deaths, only statewide and county-by-county numbers.
2:29 p.m. - Hanging Hills Brewing Company in Hartford has closed its doors permanently because of the impact of coronavirus.
2:06 p.m. - The Connecticut Food Bank Mobile Pantry will be at the Walnut Hill Community Church in Bethel on Wednesday, March 25 from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Visit ctfoodbank.org/gethelp for more information.
1:57 p.m. - While the Trump administration has issued a call for people who have recently visited New York City to self-quarantine for two weeks in the coronavirus pandemic, Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Gov. Ned Lamont on Wednesday dismissed the advice and reiterated residents and officials should abide by existing federal guidelines, including six-foot social distancing.
Lamont, noting that train ridership to New York has dropped off by as much as 90 percent, agrees social distancing and the current closure of non-essential businesses, combined with tens of thousands of employees working from home, is the key to slowing the spread of the virus. To read more, click here.
1:45 p.m. - The blessings came from high above Fairfield County.
For nearly an hour Tuesday, the Revs. Brian Gannon and Flavian Bejan, pastor and associate pastor respectively of St. Theresa Roman Catholic Church in Trumbull, recited prayers and bestowed blessings on those below from a small plane flying over the Bridgeport Diocese.
This is the Lenten season as Catholics prepare for Easter. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, churches have been closed for Mass at the holiest time of the religious year. To read more, click here.
1:39 p.m. - Wallingford Health Director Stephen Civitelli confirms the town has its first two cases of the coronavirus.
1:34 p.m. - Senate leaders and the White House have reached a deal on a sprawling $2 trillion economic stimulus package to respond to the coronavirus epidemic enveloping Connecticut and the nation.
Americans will get “four-figure checks to help with their bills,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said Wednesday, describing the package.
“This relief package recognizes the economic emergency will continue if there’s a health crisis,” Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., tweeted Wednesday morning. Click here to read more.
Latest coronavirus update from Fairfield.
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11:37 a.m. - While the new coronavirus is primarily spread through person-to-person contact, a new study shows that the virus that causes COVID-19 can linger on some surfaces for days or weeks, and remain in the air for hours.
What does that mean for you? Click here to read more.
11:16 a.m - Five Shelton residents have tested positive for the coronavirus, according to data released by the Naugatuck Valley Health District. In all, there are 13 residents in the Naugatuck Valley that as of 3 p.m. March 24 have tested positive for COVID-19. Most of the positive tests have been from Shelton, with five, followed by three in Seymour, two in Naugatuck, and one each in Ansonia, Derby and Beacon Falls.
11:01 a.m. - Vehicles with an emissions expiration date, which falls between Tuesday, March 10, 2020, and Monday, June 8, 2020, have been granted a 90-day extension by the Department of Motor Vehicles. If your vehicle recently failed the emissions test and is due to return between Tuesday, March 10, 2020, and Monday, June 8, 2020, the 90-day extension also applies to your vehicle.
10:46 a.m. - The total of COVID-19 positive patients identified in Stratford has risen to seven. According to a report to Stratford from the state’s Department of Public Health, the three new cases include two adults in their 50s and a young adult in their 20s. These new patients are self-quarantining to reduce possible exposure to others. “The confirmed cases of COVID-19 are growing in Stratford as they are with most communities around the state at this time,” said Director of Health, Andrea Boissevain. Click here for details.
10:31 a.m. - Medical experts are now saying they’ve identified another possible symptom of COVID-19 — gastrointestinal problems. During a conference call Tuesday morning, Dr. Ajay Kumar, executive vice president and chief clinical officer for Hartford HealthCare, mentioned that patients with COVID-19 could have stomach cramps, diarrhea or vomiting before other symptoms develop. To read more click here.
10:10 a.m. - Fields, tracks and weight rooms across the state sit empty as spring sports coaches and players stay at home, hoping they will be able to get back out and play the sports they love. With social distancing policies in effect as a result of the Covid-19 guidelines, coaches are unable to meet with their teams and players are forbidden from congregating in groups to train. That is leaving players to workout on their own, preparing for a season they are not even sure is coming, in isolation. To read more, click here.
9:54 a.m. - All Branford parks and natural areas and trails remain open at this time for walking, hiking, biking, running - activities which do not involve close contact and where 6 feet of social distancing can be achieved. People who are exhibiting symptoms of any illness should stay home. Follow CDC guidelines and wash your hands before and after you visit a park, trail, or natural area, or any other public space.
9:37 a.m. - Health officials are monitoring six Milford residents who have tested positive for COVID-19, as the city adjusts to a new normal amid widespread closures to stem the spread of coronavirus. “Our way of life has really been adjusted,” Mayor Ben Blake said during a video town hall Tuesday. “It has been flipped on its head.”
9:15 a.m. - Ridgefield’s Emergency Operations Team are providing COVID-19 live updates on Monday, Wednesday and Friday of each week at 4 pm on ridgefieldct.org and Cable Channel 24 (Comcast). The website also has archives of all previous updates as well. Please share this information with those who do not have access to the Internet.
8:55 a.m. By executive order, Gov. Ned Lamont has opened the inland fishing season, effective yesterday.
Trout fishing season was scheduled to begin at 6 a.m. on April 11.
“Fishing is a healthy outdoor activity and an opportunity to enjoy Connecticut's natural resources, provided that anglers practice social distancing by standing at least six feet apart, and not traveling in groups,” the order says.
“Opening the fishing season early in inland waters will help to limit community spread of COVID-19 by eliminating the large crowds that often accompany the traditional Opening Day of fishing in April.”
All other regulations for fishing, including, but not limited to, licensing, stamps, methods, catch-and-release areas, creel limits and length limits shall remain in effect. Anglers shall practice social distancing measures, such as remaining six feet apart.
Click here for CT fishing information.
A reminder, #CT DMV is offering extensions for expiring credentials, including:— CT DMV (@CTDMV) March 23, 2020
◾️ Driver licenses/ID cards/Learner permits
◾️ Vehicle/Boat registrations
◾️ Emissions tests
◾️ Disabled parking permits
◾️ Business licenses
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8:14 a.m. - Fairfield First Selectwoman Kupchick will be holding a press conference today to update the people of Fairfield on our Covid-19 status at noon. The press conference will be broadcast live on Fair TV, Channel 79 on Cablevision, Channel 6010 on Frontier, or online at www.fairfieldct.org/fairtv/government
7:49 a.m. - The Westport party this month that is thought to have accelerated the local spread of the novel coronavirus could have been attended by 100 or more guests , town officials said Tuesday, despite original reports of only 40 attendees.
The party has attracted local and national attention — in a Monday story in the New York Times, it was called “Party Zero” — as the number of confirmed coronavirus cases locally, regionally and nationally has skyrocketed in the last week. As of Tuesday, Westport has the most cases — 79 with at least 20 believed to be connected with the party — of any municipality in Connecticut. Read more here.
7:25 a.m. - Starting Friday, Metro-North will reduce service because of the growing coronavirus pandemic. In the last three weeks, the railroad has seen a 90 percent drop in ridership. “Normal weekday capacity will be reduced by about 50 percent compared to a normal weekday.”
7:10 a.m. - The state has encouraged social distancing,