CORONAVIRUS IN CONNECTICUT: 89 new deaths, 933 new cases; state could start reopening May 20

Maya Rajamani
April 30, 2020 - 5:16 pm

    HARTFORD, C.T. (1010 WINS) -- Gov. Ned Lamont on Thursday reported 933 new COVID-19 cases and 89 new deaths, but said the state could start to reopen on May 20 if it meets certain criteria.

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    A total of 27,700 Connecticut residents have now tested positive for the virus, and 2,257 have died, Lamont said. The daily death toll was higher than it has been since Saturday, when the state reported 98 deaths.

    Connecticut’s fatalities are “increasingly” being seen in nursing homes, he noted — something the state “(has) to think about seriously.” Hospitalizations, however, have declined for eight consecutive days, according to Lamont. As of Thursday, 1,650 people were hospitalized with COVID-19, down by 41 from Wednesday.

    Lamont on Thursday said the state could start reopening in phases on May 20 if it meets certain criteria, increasing its testing and contact tracing capacities and reaching a 14-day decline in hospitalizations.

    Connecticut Reopening Plan

    As part of the tentative plan, restaurants, museums and zoos would begin reopening on an "outdoor only" basis, he said. The state would also start reopening retail stores that are currently closed, as well as hair and nail salons.

    “May 20 is an important start-up date for us,” Lamont said. Connecticut will report “early next week” on schools and other social gatherings, he added.

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