CORONAVIRUS IN CONNECTICUT: 82 new deaths, 1,064 new cases; hospitalizations decline for ninth day straight

Maya Rajamani
May 01, 2020 - 4:53 pm

    HARTFORD, C.T. (1010 WINS) -- Gov. Ned Lamont on Friday reported 82 new COVID-19 deaths and 1,064 new positive cases — a day after he announced a tentative plan to start reopening Connecticut on May 20.

    A total of 2,339 in the state have now died of complications related to coronavirus, and 28,764 have tested positive, according to Lamont. 

    Hospitalizations declined for the ninth day in a row on Friday, down from 1,650 on Thursday to 1,592, Lamont said. A total of 100,257 Connecticut residents have now been tested for the virus. 

    On Thursday, Lamont announced a tentative plan to begin reopening the state on May 20, starting with outdoor restaurant space, retail stores, museums, zoos, hair and nail salons, outdoor recreation and university research programs. The reopening would happen in phases and be contingent upon meeting a number of criteria, including a 14-day decline in hospitalizations.

    Connecticut Reopening Plan

    During a news briefing Friday morning, Lamont noted that allowing some businesses to reopen does not necessarily mean they will choose to do so — or that customers will flock to them.

    “Just because we say, as of May 20, you’re allowed to open or allowed to serve food outside if you’re a restaurant… that doesn’t mean everybody’s going to go pouring back into that restaurant or that small store, “ he said. 

    “And that’s why it’s incumbent upon those businesses to give people real confidence that they’re doing everything they can in terms of social distancing and disinfecting to make sure people know they’re safe going forward doing that,” he added. 

    The governor won't phase in reopenings based on zip code or region; Individual businesses should be able to make their own decisions about reopening, he said.

    A decision as to whether or not schools will reopen will come early next week, he said, adding that his team plans to give residents “as much notice as we can before May 20.”