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As of today, Thursday, May 14, a total of 35,464 Connecticut residents have tested positive for the COVID-19 virus, about 1% of our entire state population; another 609 people tested positive for the virus just yesterday. So far, 3,219 Connecticut residents have died from COVID-19, including 94 more deaths yesterday. Only 1,103 people remain hospitalized, a drop of 55 patients from yesterday, and we are now in our third week of declining hospitalizations due to the coronavirus. So far, 149,562 state residents have been tested for COVID-19, including 6,619 yesterday.

For a town-by-town breakdown and other COVID-19 statistics, please visit: https://portal.ct.gov/Coronavirus
 

CVS Opens 12 New Drive-Thru COVID-19 Test Sites

CVS Health is opening 12 new COVID-19 test sites at select CVS Pharmacy drive-thru locations in Connecticut that will increase the amount of coronavirus testing being done – an important step toward reopening more Connecticut businesses in the weeks and months to come.
 
The new sites will utilize self-swab tests and will be available to individuals meeting Centers for Disease Control and Prevention criteria, in addition to age guidelines. Patients must register in advance at www.CVS.com  beginning tomorrow, Friday, May 15, in order to schedule an appointment.
 
Patients will be required to stay in their cars and directed to the pharmacy drive-thru window where they will be provided with a test kit and given instructions; a CVS Pharmacy team member will observe the self-swab process to ensure it is done properly. Tests will be sent to an independent, third-party lab for processing and the results will be available in approximately three days.
 
Testing will not take place inside any CVS retail locations.
 
The new testing sites in include:
 
•            CVS Pharmacy, 7 Durant Avenue, Bethel, CT
•            CVS Pharmacy, 905 South Main Street, Cheshire, CT
•            CVS Pharmacy, 3514 Main Street, Coventry, CT
•            CVS Pharmacy, 54 East High Street, East Hampton, CT
•            CVS Pharmacy, 875 Enfield Street, Enfield, CT
•            CVS Pharmacy, 2639 Main Street, Glastonbury, CT
•            CVS Pharmacy, 1057 Boston Post Road, Guilford, CT
•            CVS Pharmacy, 479 Blue Hills Avenue, Hartford, CT
•            CVS Pharmacy, 150 Washington Street, Hartford, CT
•            CVS Pharmacy, 323 Cromwell Avenue, Rocky Hill, CT
•            CVS Pharmacy, 525 Buckland Street, South Windsor, CT
•            CVS Pharmacy, 1 Hawley Lane, Stratford, CT
 
Latest Changes In The COVID-19 Response
Last night, Governor Ned Lamont introduced a number of further provisions in the fight against COVID-19. These include:
  • Extending a suspension of the tax on single-use plastic checkout bags through June 30
  • Waiving municipalities’ need to have a statutory vote on supplemental federal block grants
  • Allowing remote participation in member meetings
  • Waiving certain regulatory limitations on the amount of support caregiver relatives can receive
  • Authorizing the Office of Police and Management to direct the Department of Social Services to provide distributions of the Coronavirus Relief Fund to nursing home facilities and COVID recovery facilities
  • Authorizing additional COVID-19 related hardship relief funding under the Coronavirus Relief Fund to nursing home facilities
 
CTCARES For Family Child Care
The Connecticut Office of Early Childhood announced it has launched “CTCARES For Family Child Care,” intended to provide support to licensed child care providers during the current public health emergency and beyond. This initiative is made possible with roughly $830,000 in support from nonprofits including the Connecticut Early Childhood Funder Collaborative, 4-CT and other philanthropic groups. This new initiative will provide grant funding and other supports to help small, home-based providers keep businesses running. Licensed childcare plays a critical role in the economy; 61 percent of family child care programs continue to support essential workers during the COVID-19 emergency.
 
The initiative offers connections to family child care networks, phone consultations with behavioral health networks, health consultations, access to the “Talk It Out” Help ling for parents or caregivers dealing with stress and increased stress from the current emergency, and grants to support operational expenses.
 
For more information, please click here.
 
Flags To Remain Lowered Friday for Peace Officers Memorial Day
National and state flags will remain lowered at half-staff tomorrow, Friday, May 15 in recognition of Peace Officers Memorial Day. Flags are currently at half-staff in recognition and mourning of those who have lost their lives to, or otherwise been impacted, by COVID-19. Peace Officers Memorial Day is a national observance that recognizes local, state and federal law enforcement officials who died in the line of duty, recognized annually during National Police Week.
 
Connecticut To Receive $111 Million In COVID-19 Relief Aid For Schools
The U.S. Department of Education will give $111 million in federal coronavirus relief aid to state school districts facing changes in response to COVID-19, including support of continued learning and addressing educational disruptions due to the global pandemic. This funding was awarded under the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund of the CARES Act adopted by Congress in March, adding to $27.8 million already announced for the Governor’s Emergency Education Relief Fund, the main funding stream supporting state education during this crisis. State and local school districts will have significant flexibility in how they can spend their grants so existing funds can be repurposed to meet most pressing needs, mitigate fiscal impacts and address educational disruptions. School districts have already received their full education grant allocations for the fiscal year despite cancellation of classes.
 
$11.1 million of the $111 million will be reserved for state-level activities. The remaining $99.9 million will be distributed to local school districts based on the proportion of Title I funding they received in fiscal year 2020. Federal funding will complement state resources to ensure school districts provide equitable access to high-quality continuity of education for all students, with the state Department of Education focusing on four priorities: ensuring all students have access to appropriate technology and connectivity, accessing curricula that address all learners’ needs, addressing student learning gaps and safely reopening schools, and social and emotional supports for educators and students as they transition back to school. Eligible funding use will include planning and coordinating schools and families amid long-term closures, purchasing educational and assistive technology, providing mental health services and supports, and planning and implementing summer learning, supplemental after school programs, and addressing the needs of low-income students, students with disabilities, English learners, migrant students, students experiencing homelessness and children in foster care.
 
PPE Suppliers For Businesses Seeking To Stock Up Before Reopening
With the state economy beginning to reopen as soon as May 20, many businesses are likely searching for adequate supplies of hand sanitizer, cloth masks, personal protective equipment and other cleaning supplies to meet state health standards amid the continuing COVID-19 public health crisis. The Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development has issued a list of local suppliers, the majority of them based in Connecticut, who can provide needed cleaning and health supplies in smaller quantities at competitive prices. Those using the lists should be diligent before making final purchases, but these suppliers have largely assembled sufficient amounts of supplies to be provided to businesses seeking smaller quantities at competitive prices. The lists can be accessed here.
 
Helping Kids and Parents Cope
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, it is undoubtedly putting great strain on many of us, especially parents and children. The American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry has created a resourceful guide on how parents and guardians can navigate these challenging times with their children. It includes links to a wide variety of articles with tips on talking to children about COVID, what happens when loved ones get sick and coping tips, as well as lists of activities for children to do while in isolation. It also includes information supporting parents of children with disabilities and a variety of information and advice to help them better deal with this ongoing situation.
 
 
 
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