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May 8: Clarifying Criteria to Re-Open

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News from the Governor’s Office

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.

Stamford COVID-19 Information:

This is just a small sampling of the twenty-plus pages of information at the City’s Site. You’ll find there information on a wide range of resources, including mortgage relief, openings and closings, special hours for seniors, opportunities to volunteer, donate, or otherwise make a difference, isolation housing, business guidelines, and a whole lot more. Today let’s:

Help Stamford

All information about how to help Stamford during the COVID-19 public health emergency can be found at the City’s<How to Help Stamford Page. Included are links for volunteering, home mask production, blood and plasma donations, and, of course monetary donations to the many groups and agencies providing necessary assistance to the people of Stamford at this time.

Testing for COVID-19 in Stamford

Residents can call Stamford’s dedicated Testing Hotline at 1.833.508.8378 for information on testing availability in the Stamford area.

For complete information, visit Stamford’s May 5 COVID-19 Daily Summary.

Local Data as of May 5:

Stamford cases: 2830

Stamford case rate: 2181/100,000, or one out of every 46 people in Stamford.

Stamford deaths: 156

Connecticut cases: 31,784

Connecticut deaths: 2797

Remote Learning Opportunities in Stamford:

Remote Learning at the Stamford Museum & Nature Center

Avon Theatre Film Center has added various on-line offerings.

Ferguson Library, though closed, has various digital services available.

Bartlett Arboretum and Gardens is still open (please follow CDC guidelines) and has webinars scheduled. The next is: Tick Prevention on May 14.

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