As the State of Connecticut continues taking actions in response to the global spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19), Governor Ned Lamont provided the following updates as of 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 19, 2020:
Data updates on testing in Connecticut
The following is a summary of the day-to-day newly reported data on cases, deaths, and tests in Connecticut. It is important to note that these newly reported updates include data that occurred over the last several days to a week. Regardless, hospitalizations Cases are still up, as are deaths overall. From Governor Lamont:
“For the second straight day, the number of people hospitalized in Connecticut due to complications caused by COVID-19 has slightly decreased, another step in the right direction and another sign that the efforts we’ve been taking as a community are having an impact on slowing the outbreak,” Governor Lamont said. “Whether this continues is dependent upon on the actions each of us takes over the next several days and weeks. This isn’t over – we lost another 41 Connecticut residents, and we mourn for their lives. Together, we can have an impact on flattening the curve, but if people tell you the pandemic has ended – they are wrong.”
Overall Summary Statewide
Lab-Confirmed COVID-19 Cases
Change Since Yesterday
COVID-19-Associated Deaths 1,127
Change since yesterday. +41
Patients Currently Hospitalized 1,901
Change Since Yesterday -37
Patients tested for COVID-19 59,759
Change since yesterday +1,546
Governor Lamont expands financial assistance for Connecticut’s nursing homes
Governor Lamont today
that he is directing his administration to boost Medicaid payments for all of Connecticut’s 215 nursing homes by 15 percent, providing an additional $65 million to these facilities amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Connecticut’s nursing home operators and their employees provide an incredible service to the people of our state, including for the 22,000 residents that receive direct care in nursing homes on a daily basis,” Governor Lamont said. “I want to extend my profound gratitude to them, particularly during this unprecedented global pandemic that is having a particularly adverse impact on the elderly and individuals with disabilities residing in long-term care settings.”
The state’s increased financial support will be applied toward:
· Employee wages, including staff retention bonuses, overtime, and shift incentive payments;
· New costs related to screening of visitors;
· Personal protective equipment;
· Cleaning and housekeeping supplies; and
· Other costs related to COVID-19.
The expanded state aid is in addition to the enhanced federal support nursing homes are expected to receive through Medicare, as well as general relief under the recently adopted Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.
A new Rapid COVID-19 testing center is open in New Haven. No prescription is necessary to get tested, although testing is by appointment. Test results in 30 minutes - no cost to test.
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