WEEK IN REVIEW
April 10, 2020
We hope everyone had a Happy Passover and Happy Easter during this time of uncertainty.  

As the state prepares to take on what is anticipated to be the worst week yet of Coronavirus cases in Connecticut, the county medical association and its legislative consultant, FOCUS Governmental Affairs, remain steadfast for your best interests. We will continue to send updates from the Governor's office and state agencies as we receive them.
 
This Past Week

Gov. Ned Lamont signed Executive Order No. 7X to extend all deadlines for previously enacted closures from April 20 until at least May 20. This includes closures for schools, bars, restaurants, retail stores, and any other social or recreational gathering of over 5 people. Most of these businesses have been closed since March 20, when the governor issued his first executive order. The governor’s order also provides an automatic 60-day grace period for April rent and makes a 60-day grace period for May rent available for tenants who have lost jobs or income due to COVID-19 upon request. The order essentially curtails evictions through July 1 except for extreme circumstances.

The Governor had some encouraging news stating there is a glimmer of hope that social distancing is working. During a recent press conference, the Governor cited a smaller increase in COVID-19 hospitalizations over the prior 24 hours. The state reported 46 new hospitalizations this past Thursday - the lowest number Connecticut has seen in two weeks — indicating that the curve may be flattening. That being said, the Governor stated this does not mean we can relax social distancing measures, hence why he is extending closures to May 20.

Governor Lamont’s Executive Orders

During a public health emergency, the Governor can run the state via executive order. A list of executive orders is provided below:
DATE
April 10, 2020 - Executive Order No. 7X
April 9, 2020 - Executive Order No. 7W
April 7, 2020 - Executive Order No. 7V
April 5, 2020 - Executive Order No. 7U
April 2, 2020 - Executive Order No. 7T
April 1, 2020 - Executive Order No. 7S
March 31, 2020 - Executive Order No. 7R
March 30, 2020 - Executive Order No. 7Q
March 28, 2020 - Executive Order No. 7P
March 27, 2020 - Executive Order No. 7O
March 26, 2020 - Executive Order No. 7N
March 25, 2020 - Executive Order No. 7M
March 24, 2020 - Executive Order No. 7L
March 23, 2020 - Executive Order No. 7K
March 22, 2020 - Executive Order No. 7J
March 21, 2020 - Executive Order No. 7I
March 20, 2020 - Executive Order No. 7H
March 19, 2020 - Executive Order No. 7G
March 18, 2020 - Executive Order No. 7F
March 17, 2020 - Executive Order No. 7E
March 16, 2020 - Executive Order No. 7D
March 15, 2020 - Executive Order No. 7C
March 14, 2020 - Executive Order No. 7B
March 13, 2020 - Executive Order No. 7A
March 12, 2020 - Executive Order No. 7
Legislative Session
 The legislature announced the Capitol and LOB will remain closed until at least April 23 , and the legislative leaders will evaluate when they may be able re-open to conduct business. Realistically, we don't anticipate that will happen until at least June. We will keep you informed as decisions unfold.