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Lamont announces Rhode Island added to Regional Travel Advisory list, two states come off list

Rhode Island added to Regional Travel Advisory list, Delaware and Washington DC removed 

The regional travel advisory between Connecticut, New Jersey, and New York that went into effect last month and directs incoming travelers from states with a significant community spread of COVID-19 to self-quarantine for a 14-day period was updated today and now also includes the State of Rhode Island. Meanwhile, Delaware and Washington, DC have been removed from the list.

The quarantine applies to any person arriving from a state with a positive test rate higher than 10 per 100,000 residents over a 7-day rolling average or a state with a 10 percent or higher positivity rate over a 7-day rolling average.

As of today, the full list of locations meeting this criteria includes:

  • Alaska
  • Alabama
  • Arkansas
  • Arizona
  • California
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Iowa
  • Idaho
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Kansas
  • Kentucky
  • Louisiana
  • Maryland
  • Minnesota
  • Missouri
  • Mississippi
  • Montana
  • North Carolina
  • North Dakota
  • Nebraska
  • New Mexico
  • Nevada
  • Ohio
  • Oklahoma
  • Puerto Rico
  • Rhode Island
  • South Carolina
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Utah
  • Virginia
  • Washington
  • Wisconsin

This list will continue to be updated on a regular basis as the situation develops across the country. Anyone seeking the most up-to-date information on the regional travel advisory is encouraged to visit the state’s coronavirus website at portal.ct.gov/Coronavirus/travel.

Additional SNAP benefits coming August 14 for over 108,200 households in Connecticut

The Connecticut Department of Social Services will be providing $16.4 million in Emergency Supplemental Nutrition Assistance (SNAP) benefits to nearly half of Connecticut’s SNAP participants on Friday, August 14, 2020 – adding to the $84.5 million in emergency benefits disbursed in April, May, June, and July.

Authorized by the federal Families First Coronavirus Response Act of 2020, the extra food benefits are going to over 108,200 households not currently receiving the maximum benefits allowed for their household size. This means that all households enrolled in SNAP will receive the maximum food benefit allowable for their household size, even if they are not usually eligible for the maximum benefit.

Specifically:

  • The Department of Social Services expects that over 108,200 of 225,600 SNAP-participating households statewide will receive the emergency benefits in August.
  • With this additional $16.4 million allocation by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Service, emergency benefits are totaling over $100.9 million in additional SNAP assistance statewide during April, May, June, July, and August, with commensurate spending in the food economy.
  • The average emergency benefit amount a household will see on its electronic benefits transfer (EBT) card on August 14 is $153.
  • All participating households also received their normal SNAP benefits on the first three days of each month they normally do, according to last name.

Emergency benefits will allow the household’s SNAP benefit to increase to the maximum allotment for a household of that size as follows:

Household size

Maximum Benefit Amount

1

$194

2

$355

3

$509

4

$646

5

$768

6

$921

7

$1,018

8

$1,164

(Each additional person: add $146)

For example, if a household of two normally received $255 of SNAP benefits in August, $100 would bring this household up to the maximum benefit for its size. This household would receive a $100 emergency benefit on August 14.


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. All data in this report are preliminary, and data for previous dates will be updated as new reports are received and data errors are corrected.

Overall Summary

Statewide Total
(includes confirmed and probable cases)

Change Since Yesterday

COVID-19 Cases

50,110

+48

COVID-19-Associated Deaths

4,437

0

Patients Currently Hospitalized with COVID-19

60

+4

COVID-19 PCR Tests Reported

834,303

+7,090

County-by-county breakdown:

County

COVID-19 Cases

COVID-19 Deaths

COVID-19 Hospitalizations

Confirmed

Probable

Confirmed

Probable

Fairfield County

17,223

653

1,096

312

15

Hartford County

12,071

640

1,092

320

14

Litchfield County

1,537

63

117

21

1

Middlesex County

1,330

61

153

38

4

New Haven County

12,692

408

954

150

23

New London County

1,358

63

77

26

2

Tolland County

992

61

52

14

0

Windham County

707

9

14

1

1

Pending address validation

232

10

0

0

0

Total

48,142

1,968

3,555

882

60

For several additional graphs and tables containing more data, including a list of cases in every municipality, visit ct.gov/coronavirus and click the link that is labeled, “COVID-19 Data Tracker.

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