Conn. (WTNH) — Governor Ned Lamont announced Sunday he is issuing a full closure of all public schools beginning Tuesday, March 17 for at least two weeks to mitigate the spread of the highly-contagious coronavirus.
From the Governor’s Mansion, Governor Lamont announced the State is providing telehealth, telelearning, and telecommuting tools for organizations closed throughout the state practicing ‘social distancing.’
Sunday, six new cases of coronavirus were confirmed in Connecticut, bringing the number of confirmed cases in the state to 26:
- Fairfield County: 16 confirmed cases
- Hartford County: 3 confirmed cases
- Litchfield County: 4 confirmed cases
- New Haven County: 3 confirmed cases
In a press conference Sunday, the governor urged anyone over the age of 60 – the most vulnerable age group for contracting and being most affected by the virus – to stay close to home during the outbreak if possible.
Governor Lamont encouraged everyone to avoid big crowds now through at least March 31 to mitigate the spread of the virus.
These suggestions have hit close to the News 8 family.
Based on the governor’s and CDC’s suggestions, News 8’s own Chief Political Correspondent Mark Davis – who is above the age of 60 – has taken a leave of absence from reporting to practice social distancing to stay safe from the spread of the virus.
The Executive order additionally provides:
- Flexibility for municipal budget deadlines and related issues.
- Authorizes the DMV commissioner to close branches to the public, conduct business remotely, and extend deadlines.
- Allows restrictions on visitor access to psychiatric facilities in order to protect vulnerable residents, patients, and staff.
In a press conference Sunday, Governor Lamont requested the Small Business Administration issue a declaration enabling Connecticut’s small business owners to receive disaster assistance.
Also, the governor said the Department of Revenue Services is extending the filing deadline for certain annual state business tax returns.
Additionally, the governor’s office said “responding to the national shortage of hand sanitizer, the state today issued a set of rules to pharmacies so they can begin producing and selling their own hand sanitizer while ensuring its effectiveness and safety.”