Hartfordcc's HamletHub https://news.hamlethub.com/hartfordcc Thu, 02 Apr 2020 09:52:54 -0400 HamletHub.com Connecticut COVID-19 Update: 3,557 Cases, First Pediatric Death https://news.hamlethub.com/hartfordcc/neighbors/1684-connecticut-covid-19-update-3-557-cases-first-pediatic-death-in-connecticut1684-connecticut-covid-19-update-3-557-cases-first-pediatic-death-in-connecticut https://news.hamlethub.com/hartfordcc/neighbors/1684-connecticut-covid-19-update-3-557-cases-first-pediatic-death-in-connecticut1684-connecticut-covid-19-update-3-557-cases-first-pediatic-death-in-connecticut

As of April 1, 2020, a total of 3557 laboratory-confirmed cases of COVID-19 have been reported among Connecticut residents. Seven hundred and sixty-six patients are currently hospitalized. Eighty-five residents have died. 

Fairfield County currently has the most cases in Connecticut with 1986 positive COVID-19 cases. There have been 49 deaths in Fairfield County.

Earlier today, Governor Ned Lamont reported the first pediatric fatality in Connecticut linked to COVID-19. "A 6-week old newborn from the Hartford area was brought unresponsive to a hospital last week and could not be revived," he said.

View cases by Town and County here.

National COVID-19 statistics and information about preventing spread of COVID-19 are available from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. A weekly report on seasonal influenza activity can be found on the DPH website.

The map you see here shows the number of patients currently hospitalized with laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 by county based on data collected by the Connecticut Hospital Association. The distribution is by location of hospital, not patient residence. The labels indicate the number of patients currently hospitalized with the change since yesterday in parentheses.

Additional details can be found here.

 

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kerry@ducey.org (State of CT) Neighbors Wed, 01 Apr 2020 13:54:57 -0400
Community is not Canceled: Virtual Field Trips with Connecticut Science Center https://news.hamlethub.com/hartfordcc/places/1683-community-is-not-canceled-virtual-field-trips-with-connecticut-science-center1683-community-is-not-canceled-virtual-field-trips-with-connecticut-science-center https://news.hamlethub.com/hartfordcc/places/1683-community-is-not-canceled-virtual-field-trips-with-connecticut-science-center1683-community-is-not-canceled-virtual-field-trips-with-connecticut-science-center

Community is not Canceled 

Neighbors helping neighbors, community members reaching out to our local senior citizens, residents supporting our heroic first responders -the inspiring stories and acts of kindness brought forth by our current crisis are extraordinary. What's more, small businesses, local nonprofits, and civic organizations are innovating to stay connected and serve the community. 

Community is not Canceled, a series made possible by LIFEWTR will showcase Connecticut's awesome response to this unprecedented situation. We are in this together. Stay strong. 

Virtual Field Trips with Connecticut Science Center

Each Friday The Connecticut Science Center will take you on an adventure to a neighboring as part of their “Field Trip Friday” program. This #FieldTripFriday enjoy a trip to the nation’s capital to experience two of our national treasures. Experience spring’s beauty at the National Cherry Blossom Festival followed by a tour of the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History featuring the Hall of Fossils– Deep Time.

Learn about the Connecticut Science Center’s Field Trip Fridays here.

 

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kerry@ducey.org (HH) Places Wed, 01 Apr 2020 13:34:38 -0400
Connecticut COVID Update: 3,128 Confirmed Cases, 69 Deaths https://news.hamlethub.com/hartfordcc/neighbors/1681-connecticut-covid-update-3-128-confirmed-cases-69-deaths1681-connecticut-covid-update-3-128-confirmed-cases-69-deaths https://news.hamlethub.com/hartfordcc/neighbors/1681-connecticut-covid-update-3-128-confirmed-cases-69-deaths1681-connecticut-covid-update-3-128-confirmed-cases-69-deaths

As of March 31, 2020, a total of 3128 laboratory-confirmed cases of COVID-19 have been reported among Connecticut residents. Six hundred and eight patients are currently hospitalized. Sixty-nine residents have died. In addition to the deaths related to COVID-19 that have been reported to the Department of Public Health (DPH), this update contains information on the number of deaths that have been reported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner (OCME).

Today, the OCME provided information on 14 additional COVID-19 related deaths that occurred during March 17-29. There were 16 COVID-19 related deaths on March 30, and 3 on March 31. Moving forward, deaths reported to either the OCME or DPH will be included in the daily COVID-19 update.

Fairfield County currently has the most cases in the state with 1870 COVID-19 confirmed positives 1870. View the data per county and town here.

Summary

Laboratory-Confirmed COVID-19 Cases 3128 (+557)

COVID-19 Associated Deaths 69 (+33)

Patients Currently Hospitalized with COVID-19 608 (+91)

Patients tested for COVID-19 15600 (+1000)

The Dr. Katherine A. Kelley State Public Health Laboratory has tested a total of 2008 patients for COVID19; 359 (18%) patients tested positive. The graph (image #2) shows the number of patients tested by date specimens were received. Hospital and commercial laboratories also are offering testing for COVID19 in Connecticut; in total, more than 15600 tests have been reported to date.

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kerry@ducey.org (State of CT) Neighbors Tue, 31 Mar 2020 13:34:13 -0400
Governor Lamont Announces Mortgage Payment Relief During COVID-19 Crisis https://news.hamlethub.com/hartfordcc/politics/1680-governor-lamont-announces-mortgage-payment-relief-during-covid-19-crisis1680-governor-lamont-announces-mortgage-payment-relief-during-covid-19-crisis https://news.hamlethub.com/hartfordcc/politics/1680-governor-lamont-announces-mortgage-payment-relief-during-covid-19-crisis1680-governor-lamont-announces-mortgage-payment-relief-during-covid-19-crisis

Governor Ned Lamont today announced that his administration has reached an agreement with over 50 credit unions and banks in Connecticut to offer mortgage relief to the state’s residents and businesses who continue to face hardship caused by the global COVID-19 pandemic. Under the agreement, the following relief policies are being offered by participating financial institutions:

  • 90-day grace period for all mortgage payments: Participating financial institutions are now offering mortgage-payment forbearances of up to 90 days, which will allow homeowners to reduce or delay monthly mortgage payments. In addition, the institutions will:
  • Provide a streamlined process for requesting forbearance for COVID-19-related reasons, supported with available documentation;
  • Confirm approval and terms of forbearance program; and
  • Provide the opportunity to extend forbearance agreements if faced with continued hardship resulting from COVID-19.
  • Relief from fees and charges for 90 days: For at least 90 days, participating financial institutions will waive or refund mortgage-related late fees and other fees including early CD withdrawals.
  • No new foreclosures for 60 days: Financial institutions will not start any foreclosure sales or evictions.
  • No credit score changes for accessing relief: For those taking advantage of this COVID-19-related relief, late or missed payments will not be shared with credit reporting agencies.

The agreement, which was negotiated on behalf of the Lamont administration by Commissioner Jorge Perez at the Connecticut Department of Banking, builds upon similar initiatives that have been enacted in recent days in California and New Jersey, and has been endorsed by the Connecticut Bankers Association and the Credit Union League of Connecticut. More than 50 credit unions and banks statewide are participating, including Webster Bank, American Eagle Financial Credit Union, Liberty Bank, Charter Oak Federal Credit Union, Bank of America, Nutmeg State Financial Credit Union, and Peoples United Bank. Additional financial institutions are expected to join the initiative in the coming days. The Department of Banking will maintain updated list of participating institutions on its website.

“This agreement with our financial institutions will allow Connecticut residents to obtain some relief as this public health emergency has had an impact on thousands of people in our state,” Governor Lamont said. “I thank each of these financial institutions that will provide this relief and applaud their participation in this agreement. The way we are going to get through this crisis is by working together, and this is an example of how we are going to get that done.”

The Department of Banking, along with the state’s banks and credit unions, is reminding residents that their money remains safe during the COVID-19 crisis and protected by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) and National Credit Union Administration (NCUA). No deposits have ever been lost under the protection of the FDIC and NCUA.

“This is a time when we need our entire financial services industry to come together to work tirelessly for the people of Connecticut, which is why I have asked the banks and credit unions to join forces and present one united approach which tells all of Connecticut, ‘We are in this together,’” Commissioner Perez said. “I am pleased to see that these efforts are well underway and that they are helping Connecticut residents work through this challenge.”

Leadership at Connecticut’s credit unions and banks said that they are flexibly meeting member and customer needs everyday on a case-by-case basis in a number of ways that may include fee waivers, access to short-term loans, loan deferrals and uninterrupted access to digital services, even though some credit unions and banks have temporarily limited physical access to their lobbies.

Bruce Adams, president and CEO of the Credit Union League of Connecticut, said, “We view ourselves as the financial first responders in this crisis, and I applaud Governor Lamont and Commissioner Perez for their leadership in partnering with us to provide even more financial solutions for the people of Connecticut.”

Tom Mongellow, president and CEO of the Connecticut Bankers Association, said, “Connecticut banks and credit unions are open for business, and statewide we have quickly and voluntarily responded to Governor Lamont’s and Commissioner Perez’s directives. Our financial institutions continue to ensure the financial well-being of the people and businesses they serve across the state, while protecting the health of their team members and customers.”

Adams and Mongellow are stressing that customers with loans should stay in close contact with their financial institution to identify their particular needs and work on customized solutions. They are also reminding customers that measures to protect people's health and safety continue to be available:

  • Drive-through services are available at numerous branches;
  • Individual appointments for in-person meetings are available at many financial institutions;
  • Call centers employees stand ready to assist customers and members;
  • Technology platforms give ready access to online services like bill pay, transfers, remote depositing of checks and ATMs for cash needs; and
  • People can use mobile payment channels and debit cards or credit cards to make purchases.


Questions and Answers on Connecticut’s COVID-19 Mortgage Relief Agreement

How do I get mortgage relief and/or forbearance?

You should contact and work directly with your mortgage servicer to learn about and apply for available relief. Please note that financial institutions and their servicers are experiencing high volumes of inquiries.

How long will the forbearance last?

 Participating financial institutions are now offering mortgage-payment forbearances of up to 90 days, which will allow homeowners to reduce or delay monthly mortgage payments.

What effect will this have on my credit report?

Financial institutions will not report derogatory information (e.g., late payments) to credit reporting agencies but may report a forbearance, which typically does not alone negatively affect a credit score.

How long will these programs last?

It is still unclear how severe or how long the COVID-19 impacts will be. Financial institutions have committed to necessary relief and will be assessing the ongoing conditions and necessity of continuing relief.

What if my financial institution isn’t offering this relief?

At this time, Webster Bank, American Eagle Financial Credit Union, Liberty Bank, Charter Oak Federal Credit Union, Bank of America, Nutmeg State Financial Credit Union, and Peoples United Bank, in addition to over 50 other federal and state-chartered banks, credit unions, and servicers are supporting these commitments. The state will welcome any other institution that would like to meet the moment and provide much-needed financial relief to Connecticut residents. The Department of Banking will publish a list of participating financial institutions on its website in the coming days.

What if I already made a payment or was hit with a fee because of COVID-19?

These measures go into effect as of March 31, 2020.

Is the mortgage relief available to businesses?

The relief is currently only available for residential mortgages.

What if my mortgage servicer is not communicative or cooperative?

You can file a complaint with the Department of Banking through the complaint form on the department website or by contacting the department at 860-240-8299 or 1-800-831-7225 (9:00 am to 5:00 pm EST Monday through Friday).

What impact does the CARES Act have?

The CARES Act has important protections for renters and homeowners. In particular, homeowners with mortgage loans that are backed by the federal government through the FHA, Freddie Mac, Fannie Mae, or other agencies can receive significant forbearance.

How about commercial loans and commercial mortgages?

Commercial loan or commercial mortgage customers should know that all financial institutions are working proactively with each commercial borrower experiencing challenges. Any bank or credit union commercial customer having financial difficulty, whether for-profit or nonprofit, should call their financial institution as soon as possible. Several important governmental actions have and will provide relief to businesses.

The Lamont administration’s quick actions resulted in Connecticut being one of the first states where businesses can access the U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA) economic injury disaster loan program for up to $2 million dollars. In addition, the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development quickly created the Connecticut Recovery Bridge Loan program, which will provide up to $50 million of loans to small businesses and nonprofits

Importantly, last week Congress passed the important CARES Act, which includes the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and will provide loans and grants of up to $10 million, for companies of up to 500 employees. A wide variety of businesses will be eligible for the PPP as soon as next week and they include but are not limited to: private and public businesses, self-employed and independent contractors, nonprofits, veterans’ organizations, and tribal business concerns. Additional information on the PPP should be available from the SBA early next week.

In addition to the PPP, banks and credit unions continue to work with their commercial customers on a case by case basis to address the financial needs of their impacted business. We encourage any impacted commercial customers to contact their financial institution.

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kerry@ducey.org (Gov. Ned Lamont) Politics Tue, 31 Mar 2020 13:18:35 -0400
Gov Lamont Announces Open Fishing Season for Connecticut https://news.hamlethub.com/hartfordcc/places/1679-gov-lamont-announces-open-fishing-season-for-connecticut-15856728081679-gov-lamont-announces-open-fishing-season-for-connecticut-1585672808 https://news.hamlethub.com/hartfordcc/places/1679-gov-lamont-announces-open-fishing-season-for-connecticut-15856728081679-gov-lamont-announces-open-fishing-season-for-connecticut-1585672808

This week, Governor Lamont signed an Executive Order that included the early opening of the fishing season in Connecticut. With spring showing its early colors, fishing is a perfect outdoor activity. It states:

opening the fishing season early in inland waters will help to limit community spread of COVID-19 by eliminating the large crowds that often accompany the traditional Opening Day of fishing in April

If you are suffering from cabin fever, head to your favorite fishing hole and drop in a line! Remember, even while fishing or engaging in any outdoor activity, social distancing is a MUST. Please remain 6' apart!

During this time of social distancing, fishing should be enjoyed as solitary experience or with members of the immediate household, not as a group activity. DEEP is encouraging all anglers to follow social distancing practices. Anglers should maintain a distance of at least six feet from others, practice good personal hygiene, stay home and away from others if they feel sick, and avoid areas where anglers or others congregate. All other fishing laws and regulations, including requirements for a fishing license and trout and salmon stamp when needed, and all methods, creel limits and length limits remain in effect. More information and a helpful FAQ can be found on DEEP’s website

Please refer constituents to https://portal.ct.gov/DEEP/Fishing/CT-Fishing for more information. We continue to stock trout and plan on completely our spring 2020 stockings. Below you will find the listings of our stockings so far this spring. Anglers should also check out our Interactive Stocking map at: https://ctdeep.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=70d13bc033854b89a87c04b1d11b1a43

You can find a helpful video here: https://www.facebook.com/CTFishAndWildlife/videos/1147555402243388/

A list of the fishing spots are listed below:

Around Bridgeport/Danbury/Norwalk/Stamford:

Lakes - Ball Pond, Beardsley Park Pond, Blanchard Pond, Candlewood Lake, Cobbs Mill Pond, Disbrow Pond, Factory Pond, Great Hollow Pond, Housatonic Lake, Isinglass Reservoir (Farmill), Lake Kenosia, Lake Lillinonah, Lake Zoar, Mamanasco Lake, Miller’s Pond, Mohegan Lake, Nells Rock Reservoir, Pierrepont Pond, Saugatuck Reservoir, Shelton Reservoir #2, Silvermine Pond, Squantz Pond, Starrett Pond, Tollgate Pond, Tungsten Mine Park Pond, Twin Brooks Park Pond, West Pequonnock Reservoir
Major Trout Streams – Aspetuck, Byram, Farmill, Mianus, Mill, Morrissey Brook, Norwalk, Pequonnock, Pond Brook, Pootatuck, Rippowam, Saugatuck

Around Hartford/New Britain:

Lakes - Angus Park Pond, Batterson Park Pond, Broad Brook Mill Pond, Brookfield Pond, Congamond Lakes, Freshwater Pond, Howells Pond, Manitook Lake, Rainbow Reservoir, St Martha’s Pond, Salmon Brook Pond, Salters Pond, Silver Lake, Stratton Brook Park Pond
Major Trout Streams – Blackledge, Cherry Brook, Coppermine Brook, Dickenson Creek, Farmington, Fawn Brook, Pequabuck, Podunk, Raymond Brook, Roaring Brook, Salmon Brook, Scantic, Stony Brook, Stratton Brook

Around Middletown/East Haddam:

Lakes - Bashan Lake, Beseck Lake, Black Pond, Cedar Lake, Dooley Pond, Great Hill Pond, Higganum Reservoir, Lake Hayward, Messerschmidt’s Pond, Miller’s Pond, Moodus Reservoir, Pataconk Lake, Pistol Shop Pond, Schreeder Pond

Major Trout Streams – Coginchaug, Hammonasset, Hemlock Valley Brook, Pine Brook, Salmon

Around New Haven/Naugatuck:

Lakes - Axle Shop Pond, Baldwin Pond, Barber Pond, Beaver Park Lagoon, Black Pond, Clarks Mill Pond, Clarktown Pond, Dayton Pond, Hancock Brook Flood Control Pond, Hop Brook Flood Control Pond, Housatonic Lake, Lake Chamberlain, Lake Lillinonah, Lake Saltonstall, Lake Stibbs, Lake Wintergreen, Lake Zoar, Maltby Lakes, North Farms Reservoir, Pages Millpond, Picketts Pond, Prospect Park Pond, Quonnipaug Lake, Scovill Reservoir, Silver Lake, Southford Falls Pond, Upper Fulton Park Pond, Wards Millpond, Wharton Pond, Woodruff’s Pond

Major Trout Streams – Bladens Brook, Branford, Chatfield Hollow Brook, Eight Mile Brook, Farm, Hop Brook, Little, Menunketesuck Brook, Mill, Muddy, Nonnewaug, Pomperaug, Quinnipiac, Sprain Brook, Weekeepeemee Brook, Wepawaug

Around New London/Norwich:

Lakes - Amos Lake, Andersons Pond, Ashland Pond, Aspinook Pond, Avery Pond, Babcock Pond, Billings Lake, Bog Meadow Pond, Day Pond, Dodge Pond, Fitchville Pond, Fort Shantok Pond, Gardner Lake, Glasgo Pond, Godfrey Pond, Gorton Pond, Green Falls Reservoir, Hallville Pond, Hewitt Flyfishing Pond, Hewitt Pond (lower), Hodge Pond, Hopeville Pond, Horse Pond, Lake of Isles, Lantern Hill Pond, Long Pond, Mohegan Park Pond, Norwich Pond, Pachaug Pond, Pataganset Lake, Pickerel Lake, Powers Lake, Red Cedar Lake, Rogers Lake, Savin Lake, Sawmill Park Pond, Uncas Lake, Wyassup Lake

Major Trout Streams – Beaver Brook, Broad Brook, Choate Brook, Eight Mile, Gardner Brook, Green Falls, Hunts Brook, Indiantown Brook, Jeremy, Judd Brook, Latimers Brook, Meadow Brook, Mt Misery Brook, Myron Kinney Brook, Pachaug, Salmon, Shunock Brook, Susquetonscut Brook, Whitford’s, Wood, Yantic

Around Torrington/Winsted:

Lakes - Bantam Lake, Black Rock Pond, Black Rock Flood Control Pond, Burr Pond, Colebrook Flood Control Pond, Dog Pond, East Twin Lake, Hatch Pond, Highland Lake, Indian Pond, Lake Lillinonah, Lake McDonough, Leonard Pond, Mad River Flood Control Pond, Mohawk Pond, Mt. Tom Pond, Mudge Pond, Northfield Brook Flood Control Pond, Northfield Cutlery Co. Pond, Park Pond, South Spectacle Pond, Stillwater Pond, Tyler Pond, Waramaug Lake, West Branch (Hogsback) Reservoir, West Hill Pond, West Side Pond, West Twin Lake, Winchester Lake, Winnemaug Lake, Wononscopomuc Lake, Wood Creek Pond, Zeiner’s Pond

Major Trout Streams – Aspetuck, Bantam, Blackberry, Butternut Brook, Carse Brook, Farmington, Furnace Brook, Hall Meadow Brook, Housatonic, Lead Mine Brook, Macedonia Brook, Mad, Morgan Brook, Morissey Brook, Naugatuck, Nepaug, Pomperaug, Sandy Brook, Shepaug, Still, Whiting

Around Vernon/Mansfield:

Lakes - Bald Mountain Pond, Bigelow Pond, Bishop Swamp, Bolton Lakes, Bolton Notch Pond, Breakneck Pond, Coventry Lake, Crystal Lake, Eagleville Lake, Gay City Park Pond, Hamilton Reservoir, Holbrook Pond, Johnson Pond, Lafayette Pond, Mansfield Hollow Reservoir, Mansfield Training School Ponds, Mashapaug Lake, Mono Pond, Morey Pond, Shenipsit Reservoir, Somersville Mill Pond, Stateline Pond, Tankerhoosen Lakes, Walkers Reservoir, Whitney Flood Control Pond

Major Trout Streams - Bigelow Brook, Blackledge, Broad Brook, Charter Brook, Crystal Lake Brook, Fawn Brook, Fenton, Furnace Brook, Great Meadow Brook, Hockanum, Hop, Judd Brook, Mt Hope, Natchaug, Quanduck Brook, Quinebaug, Roaring Brook, Scantic, Skungamaug, Tankerhoosen, Willimantic

Around Willimantic/Danielson:

Lakes - Alexander Lake, Beach Pond, Beachdale Pond, Beaver Brook Ponds, Bicentennial Pond, Black Pond, Griggs Pond, Halls Pond, Hampton Reservoir, Keach Pond, Killingly Pond, Lawton Pond, Little Pond, Moosup Pond, Muddy Pond, Paine Pond, Perry Pond, Pine Acres Lake, Quaddick Reservoir, Roseland Lake, Ross Pond, Tetrault Pond, Wauregan Reservoir, West Thompson Lake

Major Trout Streams - Bigelow Brook, Blackwells Brook, Five Mile Brook, Five Mile R, French, Kitt Brook, Little, Mashamoquet Brook, Merrick Brook, Middle, Mount Misery, Muddy Brook, Natchaug, Quinebaug, Shetucket, Snake Meadow Brook, Still, Willimantic

Content last reviewed March 2020.

 

 

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cronmpuser@hamlethub.com (CT Fish and Wildlife) Places Tue, 31 Mar 2020 07:22:41 -0400
Connecticut State Parks and Forest OPEN to Hartford CC Residents for Solitary Outdoor Enjoyment https://news.hamlethub.com/hartfordcc/places/1678-connecticut-state-parks-and-forest-open-to-hartford-cc-residents-for-solitary-outdoor-enjoyment-15850705231678-connecticut-state-parks-and-forest-open-to-hartford-cc-residents-for-solitary-outdoor-enjoyment-1585070523 https://news.hamlethub.com/hartfordcc/places/1678-connecticut-state-parks-and-forest-open-to-hartford-cc-residents-for-solitary-outdoor-enjoyment-15850705231678-connecticut-state-parks-and-forest-open-to-hartford-cc-residents-for-solitary-outdoor-enjoyment-1585070523

Walking and hiking are healthy ways to reduce stress during this difficult time, but make sure to adhere to social distancing as outlined by the CDC - even when outdoors!

Governor Lamont has allowed the trails and grounds of Connecticut State Parks and Forests to remain open for solitary outdoor enjoyment.  If you plan on visiting a park, it should be for solitary recreation, not group activities.

However, please note, to prevent community spread of COVID-19, indoor spaces at State Parks and Forests are closed and public restrooms will be closed at most state parks. 

A list of parks near Hartford CC can be found here:

Park Location
American Legion State Forest Barkhamsted
Bolton Notch State Park Bolton
Dart Island State Park Middletown
Dinosaur State Park Rocky Hill
Enders State Forest Granby/Barkhamsted
Gay City State Park Hebron
Higganum Reservoir State Park Higganum
Hop River State Park Multi-Town
Horse Guard State Park Avon
Hurd State Park East Hampton
Lamentation Mountain State Park Berlin
Massacoe State Forest Simsbury/Canton
Meshomasic State Forest East Hampton/Glastonbury/Portland
Millers Pond State Park Durham
Mono Pond State Park Columbia
Nassahegon State Forest Burlington
Nathan Hale State Forest Coventry/Andover
Nepaug State Forest New Hartford
Nye-Holman State Forest Tolland
Penwood State Park Bloomfield
Peoples State Forest Barkhamsted
River Highlands State Park Cromwell
Satan’s Kingdom State Park New Hartford
Scantic River State Park Enfield/East Windsor/Somers
Stratton Brook State Park Simsbury
Talcott Mountain State Park Simsbury
Tri-Mountain State Park Durham/Wallingford
Tunxis State Forest Graby/Barkhamsted/Hartland
Wadsworth Falls State Park Middlefield/Middletown
Windsor Locks Canal State Park Windsor Locks
Windsor Meadows State Park Windsor

CT DEEP is providing up to the minute information about our parks here

Please plan ahead as many amenities and indoor facilities are closed. Connecticut State Parks and Forests urges you to take the following steps to enhance “social distancing” when enjoying the outdoors:

  • If you’re not feeling well, stay home! 
  • Rather than traveling to some of the most popular spots, for example, Hammonasset Beach State Park, Sleeping Giant State Park, or Bluff Point State Park, try a park you may not have visited before or one close to your home. Because most park and forest facilities do not have open restrooms, visitors are encouraged to plan a trip to a nearby park for a short, local visit.
  • If you arrive at a park and crowds are forming, choose a different park or trail, or return another day or time.
  • Observe the CDC's minimum recommended social distancing of six feet from other people, whether you’re walking, biking, or hiking. Practice it and know what it looks like.
  • Warn other trail users of your presence and as you pass to allow proper distance and step off trails to allow others to pass, keeping minimum recommended distances at all times. Signal your presence with your voice, bell, or horn.
  • Follow the CDC’s guidance on personal hygiene prior to heading to the park. Wash your hands, carry hand sanitizer, cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing, and avoid surfaces that are touched often, such as doorknobs, handrails, and equipment.

All state parks can be accessed by Connecticut residents free of charge, supported by the Passport to Parks program. 

The DEEP will be monitoring visitor capacity at the state’s most popular parks and may reduce the parking threshold to further limit the number of visitors and help to prevent overcrowding. For up-to-date information on park closures, follow @CTStateParks on Twitter.

Please be aware that the opening of camping season at Connecticut State Parks and Forests will be postponed until Memorial Day weekend in May, unless a further delay is required. All campground reservations that were made for stays prior to Memorial Day weekend will automatically be canceled and refunds will be processed. 

DEEP will be closely monitoring state and federal guidelines for minimizing the spread of COVID-19 and will make further adjustments to state park and forest operations as needed. More tips for safe enjoyment of outdoor spaces are available from the National Recreation and Parks Association at www.nrpa.org. 

To keep informed of the latest updates, please visit: Connecticut State Parks, follow us on Twitter @CTDEEPNEWS and @CTStateParks, and facebook.com/CTState

 

 

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cronmpuser@hamlethub.com (CT Parks and Forests) Places Tue, 24 Mar 2020 07:38:15 -0400
Connecticut Gas Prices Drop 13 Cents in a Week https://news.hamlethub.com/hartfordcc/places/1677-connecticut-gas-prices-drop-13-cents-in-a-week-15849859191677-connecticut-gas-prices-drop-13-cents-in-a-week-1584985919 https://news.hamlethub.com/hartfordcc/places/1677-connecticut-gas-prices-drop-13-cents-in-a-week-15849859191677-connecticut-gas-prices-drop-13-cents-in-a-week-1584985919

Declining crude oil prices continue to drive average gas prices lower this week, says AAA Northeast.

In Connecticut today, the statewide average of $2.29 is 13 cents cheaper compared to last week and 39 cents cheaper compared to last year.

A similar scenario is playing out on the national level: today’s national average price of $2.13 is also down 13 cents compared to last week and 49 cents lower compared to last year.

In the last week, crude oil prices dropped to $22 a barrel, a low not seen since 2002, said Fran Mayko, AAA Northeast spokeswoman. “Crude accounts for nearly 60% of the retail pump price so when crude is cheap, gas prices follow suit.”

Generally, gas prices tend to rise at the start of spring. “But, that’s not the case this year,” Mayko added. “With Americans staying home and practicing social distancing to slow the spread of Covid-19, we’re seeing less traffic, which ultimately is driving down demand, increasing inventories and pushing pump prices down.”

The ongoing crude price war between Russia and Saudi Arabia is also contributing to the drop in prices and until the two countries end their standoff, domestic crude is likely to remain low, Mayko said.

Here's AAA’s weekly price survey of Connecticut’s six metro regions:

Greater Bridgeport                $2.40          Lower Fairfield County:                    $2.40

New Haven/Meriden            $2.28            Greater Hartford                                $2.26  

New London/Norwich          $2.27            Windham/Middlesex                        $2.21

                                                                   Statewide Average:  $2.29

Today, Oklahoma and Ohio register the lowest average per-gallon prices in the nation at $1.74 and $1.81, respectively. Hawaii and California continue to hold the highest prices in the nation with $3.48 and $3.21, respectively. Connecticut moved to the 15th spot on the list of states with the highest prices in the nation. Average gas prices may be obtained daily through www.gasprices.aaa.com.

 

 

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cronmpuser@hamlethub.com (AAA Northeast) Places Mon, 23 Mar 2020 08:28:12 -0400
What’s an Essential and Nonessential Connecticut Business? Governor Ned Lamont Releases List https://news.hamlethub.com/hartfordcc/publicsafety/1676-what-s-an-essential-and-nonessential-connecticut-business-governor-ned-lamont-releases-list-15849822091676-what-s-an-essential-and-nonessential-connecticut-business-governor-ned-lamont-releases-list-1584982209 https://news.hamlethub.com/hartfordcc/publicsafety/1676-what-s-an-essential-and-nonessential-connecticut-business-governor-ned-lamont-releases-list-15849822091676-what-s-an-essential-and-nonessential-connecticut-business-governor-ned-lamont-releases-list-1584982209

Today, Governor Ned Lamont released a list of businesses designated as essential.  Non-essential businesses are ordered to restrict their in-person workforce from going to work. The entire list along with the explanation is provided below.

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On March 20, 2020, The Governor issued Executive Order 7H, directing all businesses and nonprofit entities in the State of Connecticut to utilize, to the maximum extent possible, any telecommuting or work from home procedures that they can safely employ.  That order also directed that, no later than March 23, 2020 at 8 p.m., each non-essential business or nonprofit entity (and therefore not including or applicable to any state or local government agencies, quasi-public agencies, political subdivisions or other entities that do not constitute businesses or nonprofits) shall reduce the in-person workforce at each business location by 100% from pre-state of emergency declaration employment levels.  Executive Order 7H authorized the Commissioner of the Department of Economic and Community Development (“DECD”) to provide legally binding guidance about which businesses are essential. Pursuant to that directive, DECD hereby issues the following guidance concerning which businesses and nonprofit entities are “essential” for purposes of Executive Order 7H.  

Nothing in this guidance shall be deemed to modify or supersede any current or future Executive Order that separately and specifically addresses a particular business or activity.  Specific businesses or activities separately addressed by other current or future Executive Orders issued pursuant to the current declared public health and civil preparedness emergency must comply with any such orders unless and until those orders are modified or terminated separately.    

THE ESSENTIAL BUSINESSES OR NONPROFITS DESIGNATED IN THIS GUIDANCE are not subject to the in-person restriction set forth in Executive Order 7H.  With respect to non-essential businesses and nonprofits, this guidance applies to each business location individually and is intended to assist businesses in determining whether they are an essential business and the steps they may take to request that designation.  

The guidelines set forth here apply to places of business. Non-essential businesses may continue activities that are conducted off-site (e.g. a customer’s home) and/or by telecommuting or working from home. 

Pursuant to the Governor’s Executive Order 7J, issued on March 22, 2020, 1) non-essential retailers may be staffed on-site, provided that they may only offer remote ordering (e.g. phone, internet, mail, dropbox) and curb-side pick-up or delivery and 2) non-essential businesses and nonprofits to allow staff or third parties on site to the minimum extent necessary to provide security, maintenance and receipt of mail and packages. This includes, but is not limited to, auto, boat, bicycle, recreational vehicle, and all other vehicle sales, if conducted remotely. 

To the extent possible, employees of Essential Businesses whose duties are not critical to an Essential Business function described below should telecommute or utilize any work from home procedures available to them.  

For purposes of Executive Order 7H, “essential business,” means:


1. Essential workers in the 16 Critical Infrastructure Sectors, as defined by the federal Department of Homeland Security unless otherwise addressed in a prior or future executive order pertaining to the existing declared public health and civil preparedness emergency.

2. Healthcare and related operations including:

  • biotechnology therapies
  • consumer health products and services
  • doctor and dentist offices
  • elder care, including adult day care
  • health care plans and health care data
  • home health care workers or aides
  • hospitals
  • manufacturing, distributing, warehousing, and supplying of pharmaceuticals, including research and development
  • medical marijuana dispensaries and producers
  • medical supplies and equipment providers, including devices, diagnostics, services, and any other healthcare related supplies or services
  • medical wholesale and distribution
  • nursing homes, or residential health care facilities or congregate care facilities
  • pharmacies
  • physical therapy and chiropractic offices
  • research and laboratory services, including testing and treatment of COVID-19
  • veterinary and animal health services
  • walk-in-care health facilities

3. Infrastructure including:

  • airports/airlines
  • commercial trucking
  • dam maintenance and support
  • education-related functions at the primary, secondary, or higher education level to provide support for students, including distribution of meals or faculty conducting e-learning
  • hotels and other places of accommodation
  • water and wastewater operations, systems, and businesses
  • telecommunications and data centers
  • transportation infrastructure including bus, rail, for-hire vehicles and vehicle rentals, and garages
  • utilities including power generation, fuel supply, and transmission
  • 4. All manufacturing and corresponding supply chains, including aerospace, agriculture, and related support businesses

5. Retail including:

  • appliances, electronics, computers, and telecom equipment
  • big-box stores or wholesale clubs, provided they also sell groceries, consumer health products, or operate a pharmacy
  • convenience stores
  • gas stations
  • grocery stores including all food and beverage retailers
  • guns and ammunition
  • hardware, paint, and building material stores, including home appliance sales/repair
  • liquor/package stores and manufacturer permittees
  • pharmacies
  • pet and pet supply stores

6. Food and agriculture, including:

  • farms and farmer’s markets
  • food manufacturing, processing, storage, and distribution facilities 
  • nurseries, garden centers, and agriculture supply stores
  • restaurants/bars (provided compliance with all applicable executive orders is maintained)

7. Services including:

• accounting and payroll services

• animal shelters or animal care or management, including boarding, grooming, pet walking and pet sitting 

• auto supply, repair, towing, and service, including roadside assistance

• bicycle repair and service

• building cleaning and maintenance

• child care services

• critical operations support for financial institutions

• financial advisors

• financial institutions, including banks, credit unions, and check cashing services

• funeral homes, crematoriums, and cemeteries

• insurance companies

• laundromats/dry cleaning

• legal and accounting services

• mail and shipping services

• marinas and marine repair and service

• news and media

• real estate transactions and related services, including residential leasing and renting

• religious services (subject to Executive Order 7D limiting gatherings to 50 people)

• storage for Essential Businesses

• trash and recycling collection, hauling, and processing

• warehouse/distribution, shipping, and fulfillment

8. Providers of basic necessities to economically disadvantaged populations including:

• food banks

• homeless shelters and congregate care facilities

• human services providers whose function includes the direct care of patients in state-licensed or funded voluntary programs; the care, protection, custody and oversight of individuals both in the community and in state-licensed residential facilities; those operating community shelters and other critical human services agencies providing direct care or support social service agencies

9. Construction including:

• all skilled trades such as electricians, HVAC, and plumbers 

• general construction, both commercial and residential

• other related construction firms and professionals for essential infrastructure or for emergency repair and safety purposes

• planning, engineering, design, bridge inspection, and other construction support activities

10. Services necessary to maintain the safety, sanitation and essential operations of all residences and other buildings (including services necessary to secure and maintain non-essential workplaces):

• building cleaners or janitors

• building code enforcement

• disinfection

• doormen

• emergency management and response

• fire prevention and response

• general maintenance whether employed by the entity directly or a vendor

• home-related services, including real estate transactions, closings, appraisals, and moving services

• landscaping services

• law enforcement

• outdoor maintenance, including pool service

• pest control services

• security and maintenance, including steps reasonably necessary to secure and maintain non-essential businesses

• state marshals

11. Vendors that provide essential services or products, including logistics and technology support, child care, and services needed to ensure the continuing operation of government agencies and provide for the health, safety and welfare of the public including: 

• billboard leasing and maintenance

• child care services

• essential government services

• government owned or leased buildings

• information technology and information security

• logistics

• technology support

12. Defense 

• defense and national security-related business and operations supporting the U.S. Government or a contractor to the US government

If the function of your business is not listed above, but you believe that it is essential or it is an entity providing essential services or functions, you may request designation as an Essential Business.

Requests by businesses to be designated an essential function as described above, should ONLY be made if they are NOT covered by the guidance.

To request designation as an Essential Business, please click here.

Restrictions on requesting designation as an Essential Business:

• Any business that only has a single occupant/employee (e.g. attendant) is deemed exempt and need not submit a request to be designated as an Essential Business.

If you have further questions not answered above, please submit them to DECD at decd.covid19@ct.gov.

 

 

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cronmpuser@hamlethub.com (Gov Lamont) Public safety Mon, 23 Mar 2020 07:28:33 -0400
Red Cross Faces Severe Blood Shortage During COVID-19 Outbreak, Hartford CC Residents Encouraged to Donate https://news.hamlethub.com/hartfordcc/charities/1675-red-cross-faces-severe-blood-shortage-during-covid-19-outbreak-hartford-cc-residents-encouraged-to-donate-15849762851675-red-cross-faces-severe-blood-shortage-during-covid-19-outbreak-hartford-cc-residents-encouraged-to-donate-1584976285 https://news.hamlethub.com/hartfordcc/charities/1675-red-cross-faces-severe-blood-shortage-during-covid-19-outbreak-hartford-cc-residents-encouraged-to-donate-15849762851675-red-cross-faces-severe-blood-shortage-during-covid-19-outbreak-hartford-cc-residents-encouraged-to-donate-1584976285

The American Red Cross is facing a severe blood shortage due to an unprecedented number of blood drive cancellations during this coronavirus outbreak.  “Healthy individuals are needed to donate now to help patients counting on lifesaving blood,” the Red Cross says.

Many local blood drives are being postponed, but they are encouraging Hartford residents to travel. You can find a Red Cross blood drive in or near Hartford CC here.

Please note: you must wait 28 days to donate following travel to China and its special administrative regions, Hong Kong and Macau, as well as Iran, Italy and South Korea, or if you’ve been diagnosed with or have had contact with anyone with a suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19. 

Donating blood is a safe process and people should not hesitate to give or receive blood.  Right now, eligible and healthy donors are strongly urged to make an appointment to give soon. 

Learn about What to Know about Coronavirus and Our Enhanced Blood Donation Safety Protocols

 

 

 

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cronmpuser@hamlethub.com (Red Cross) Charities Mon, 23 Mar 2020 05:14:10 -0400
Celebrating the Puppies of Hartford on National Puppy Day https://news.hamlethub.com/hartfordcc/neighbors/1674-today-is-national-puppy-day-hartford-cc-now-could-be-a-great-time-to-adopt-a-pet-15849726051674-today-is-national-puppy-day-hartford-cc-now-could-be-a-great-time-to-adopt-a-pet-1584972605 https://news.hamlethub.com/hartfordcc/neighbors/1674-today-is-national-puppy-day-hartford-cc-now-could-be-a-great-time-to-adopt-a-pet-15849726051674-today-is-national-puppy-day-hartford-cc-now-could-be-a-great-time-to-adopt-a-pet-1584972605

Today, we celebrate puppies. Those furry bundles of unconditional love that bring so much joy to humans. We need that now more than ever.

"Rescue don’t shop" is the best rule of thumb when looking for a new pet.

Pet adoption is quickly becoming the preferred way to find a new puppy according to the Humane America Animal Foundation. The benefits of adopting a dog through a reputable agency over buying include:

  • More affordable
  • Most pets are housetrained
  • All shots and vet appointments up to date

Adopt a Pet is North America's Largest Non-Profit Pet Adoption Website. You can find pets to adopt near Hartford CC by clicking on this link.

https://www.adoptapet.com/pet-search?clan_id=1&geo_range=50&location=Hartford,%20CT

Adopt a Pet recommends finding out the ideal pet personality for you. Does the puppy fit with your lifestyle? With small kids?

Want to help in other ways?

  1. You can look for volunteer opportunities here: https://www.adoptapet.com/volunteer/opportunities
  2. Use social media to share pets up for adoption
  3. Donate

Happy National Puppy Day, Hartford CC!

If you would like more information, please go here: https://www.adoptapet.com/get-involved

 

 

 

 

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cronmpuser@hamlethub.com (Adopt a Pet) Neighbors Mon, 23 Mar 2020 04:48:04 -0400
Additional 104 Connecticut Residents Test Positive for COVID-19, State Total 327 https://news.hamlethub.com/hartfordcc/politics/1673-additional-104-connecticut-residents-test-positive-for-covid-19-state-total-3271673-additional-104-connecticut-residents-test-positive-for-covid-19-state-total-327 https://news.hamlethub.com/hartfordcc/politics/1673-additional-104-connecticut-residents-test-positive-for-covid-19-state-total-3271673-additional-104-connecticut-residents-test-positive-for-covid-19-state-total-327

Since yesterday, an additional 104 Connecticut residents have tested positive, bringing the statewide total to 327. More than 3,600 tests have been conducted among the state and private labs to date. Approximately 51 people are hospitalized and there have been 8 deaths.

·       Governor Lamont is currently working on another executive order – his eleventh since the emergency declaration was made – that takes several additional actions. That executive order will be released Sunday evening.

·       The Department of Economic and Community Development is preparing guidance to Connecticut businesses for implementation of the governor’s executive order directing the statewide closure of all non-essential, in-person business functions effective 8PM on Monday, March 23. That guidance will also be released Sunday evening.

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 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 22, 2020:

Data updates on testing in Connecticut 

Since yesterday’s update, an additional 104 Connecticut residents have tested positive for COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 327. To date, more than 3,600 tests have been conducted in Connecticut among both state and private laboratories.

A county-by-county breakdown includes:

County

Laboratory Confirmed Cases

Hospitalized Cases

Deaths

Fairfield County

208

20

5

Hartford County

54

13

1

Litchfield County

12

3

0

Middlesex County

6

3

0

New Haven County

29

9

0

New London County

3

1

0

Tolland County

14

2

2

Windham County

1

0

0

Total

327

51

8

Since yesterday, three more Connecticut residents died from complications of COVID-19, bringing the total number of deaths in the state to eight. They include:

·       A man in his 80s who was a resident of a nursing home in Stafford Springs and recently hospitalized at Johnson Memorial Hospital (not to be confused with another man in his 80s who was also a resident of a nursing home in Stafford Springs and being treated at the same hospital, whose passing was reported in yesterday’s update);

·       A woman in her 80s who was a resident of a private home in Rocky Hill and recently hospitalized at Hartford Hospital; and

·       A woman in her 80s who was a resident of a private home in New Canaan and recently hospitalized at Norwalk Hospital.

For several additional charts and tables on testing performed in Connecticut, including a town-by-town breakdown of positive cases in each municipality, visit ct.gov/coronavirus.

Governor Lamont finalizing an eleventh executive order to mitigate the spread of COVID-19

Governor Lamont is currently reviewing and finalizing another executive order – the eleventh since he enacted the emergency declarations – that builds upon his ongoing efforts to advance mitigation strategies that slow down the transmission of the virus. That executive order is anticipated to be released on Sunday evening.

Department of Economic and Community Development preparing guidance on the implementation of Governor Lamont’s executive order on non-essential business functions

The Department of Economic and Community Development is in the process of preparing guidance for businesses on how to implement the executive order Governor Lamont issued Friday directing all non-essential business functions in Connecticut to suspend in-person operations beginning Monday, March 23, at 8:00 p.m. That guidance is also anticipated to be released on Sunday evening and will be published on the state’s coronavirus website. 

Providing information to Connecticut residents

For the most up-to-date information from the State of Connecticut on COVID-19, including an FAQ and other guidance and resources, residents are encouraged to visit ct.gov/coronavirus.

Individuals who have general questions that are not answered on the website can also call 2-1-1 for assistance. The information line is available 24 hours a day and has multilingual assistance and TDD/TTY access. The hotline intended to be used by individuals who are not experiencing symptoms but may have general questions related to COVID-19. Anyone experiencing symptoms is strongly urged to contact their medical provider.

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kerry@ducey.org (Gov. Ned Lamont) Politics Sun, 22 Mar 2020 14:44:10 -0400
Hartford CC Students can win $11,000 from AAA by Creating Safety Video https://news.hamlethub.com/hartfordcc/events/1672-hartford-cc-students-can-win-11-000-from-aaa-by-safety-video-15849067291672-hartford-cc-students-can-win-11-000-from-aaa-by-safety-video-1584906729 https://news.hamlethub.com/hartfordcc/events/1672-hartford-cc-students-can-win-11-000-from-aaa-by-safety-video-15849067291672-hartford-cc-students-can-win-11-000-from-aaa-by-safety-video-1584906729

AAA is running a contest that will allow students to showcase their talents and help communicate a powerful message to drivers of all ages.

Students have until May 15 to enter in the AAA Northeast Video Contest for your chance to win more than $11,000.

We’re looking for original videos addressing the risks of marijuana-impaired driving.    

The winning videos will be shared on AAA Northeast’s social channels and on our website starting in June.

The contest is open to students in grades 9- 12 from cities and towns in the AAA Northeast territory.*

Enter the contest HERE.

If you have an Instagram account, follow @AAANortheast! We’ll be announcing the finalists on this platform.  And, if you have Facebook or Twitter, follow us there, too!

 

 

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cronmpuser@hamlethub.com (AAA Northeast) Events Sun, 22 Mar 2020 09:53:30 -0400
Connecticut FAQ for Coronavirus Pandemic https://news.hamlethub.com/hartfordcc/life/1671-connecticut-faq-for-coronavirus-pandemic-15849037031671-connecticut-faq-for-coronavirus-pandemic-1584903703 https://news.hamlethub.com/hartfordcc/life/1671-connecticut-faq-for-coronavirus-pandemic-15849037031671-connecticut-faq-for-coronavirus-pandemic-1584903703

If you are a local business, HamletHub has created a form where you can provide community updates including special offerings as well as curbside pickup and delivery. Access the form here.

Testing places

The following is a list of testing hospitals within 25 miles of Hartford CC recommended by the Governor of the State of Connecticut.  Please understand that you must first call your doctor before going to these testing sites.

Hospital
Bristol Hospital, Bristol, CT
Charlotte Hungerford Hospital, Torrington, CT
Johnson Memorial Hospital, Stafford Springs, CT
Hartford Hospital, Hartford, CT
Manchester Memorial Hospital, Manchester, CT
Mid-State Medical Center, Meriden, CT
Saint Francis Hospital, Hartford, CT
Saint Mary’s Hospital, Waterbury, CT
Waterbury Hospital, Waterbury, CT

TESTING FOR COVID-19 

Question: How do I know if I should be tested for COVID-19, and where do I go to be tested? 

Answer: 

If an individual has a fever (greater than or equal to 100.0°) and a cough, or shortness of breath, please call your primary care provider for information regarding local testing locations. You will need an order from your primary care physician to be tested for COVID-19. If you do not have a primary care provider, and you have the symptoms of COVID-19 (a fever greater than or equal to 100.0°, and a cough or shortness of breath) please go to an urgent care center or to a federally qualified health center to get a doctor’s order to be tested.

TESTING CAPACITY AND SUPPLY OF PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT

Question: What is the state doing to ensure that there is adequate capacity for COVID-19 testing and a sufficient supply of protective equipment? 

Answer: 

Connecticut ordered personal protective equipment (PPE) from the Strategic National Stockpile. Due to high demand these items were on back order and so the supplies are expected to arrive March 19-20, 2020. Connecticut received significantly less than requested (only 14 percent of the initial request). State government agencies are implementing a plan to most efficiently distribute the equipment throughout the state. At the direction of Governor Lamont and the Connecticut Department of Public Health, the State of Connecticut has activated a framework for donations of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) – protective clothing, helmets, goggles, or other garments or equipment designed to protect the wearer’s body from injury or infection that are utilized by people providing healthcare services.

RESTRICTIONS ON WORKPLACES FOR NON-ESSENTIAL BUSINESSES

All workers at non-essential businesses in the state shall work from home. The governor is encouraging all businesses to employ, to the maximum extent possible, any telecommuting or work-from-home procedures that they can safely implement. The governor’s order excludes any essential business or entity providing essential services or functions, such as healthcare, food service, law enforcement, and similar critical services.

SCHOOL CLOSURES 

Question: Is my child’s school closed, and if so, until when? 

Answer: 

Governor Lamont has determined that to promote and secure the safety and protection of children in schools related to the risks of COVID-19, all public school classes will be canceled for all Connecticut students effective Tuesday, March 17 until at least March 31, 2020, and is encouraging private schools to follow the same schedule. As a result of evolving circumstances, the Governor has modified Executive Order 7 to account for the potential impact on schools that may be subject to longer-term cancellation of in-school classes and permits districts, upon reopening in the spring of 2020, to close schools on their normally scheduled end-dates, so long as local and regional boards of education provide 3/21/20 11 opportunities for continuity of education to all students to the greatest extent possible and consistent with federal and state guidance. 

 

ADVANCED PLACEMENT TESTING

Question: Will Advanced Placement (AP) tests still be administered this spring? 

Answer: 

The College Board, administrator of Advanced Placement exams, is offering students access to free, live AP review lessons, delivered by AP teachers from across the country beginning on Wednesday, March 25th. These optional, mobile-friendly classes are designed to be used alongside work that may be given by schools. These classes will also be available on-demand, so teachers and students can access them at any time. These online classes are not dependent on current AP teachers continuing instruction as we know many AP teachers now face challenges that would make that impossible. Additionally, for the 2019-20 AP Exam administration only, we’re developing secure 45-minute online exams for each course. These streamlined digital exams will not require any test booklet shipments, external proctors, or any additional workload for schools. The exam content will focus on what most schools were able to complete by early-March. For each AP subject, there will be two different testing dates. By April 3rd, we’ll publish the full exam schedule including the specific free-response question types that will compromise each AP exam. Please find more details at: https://apstudents.collegeboard.org/

CHILDCARE

Question: Will my child’s daycare center stay open?

Answer:

The state of Connecticut Office of Early Childhood is not instructing or requiring any program to close. Unless ordered by government officials, programs may remain open by their own determination which may be made considering guidance from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Department of Public Health and/or your local health department or district. Please be in direct touch with your childcare provider regarding plans to stay open or to close. As information regarding COVID-19 is continuing to evolve, the guidance provided by State Agencies is subject to change.

Question: Where can I find childcare if my child’s school is closed? 

Answer: 

Licensed family childcare homes may, within their licensed capacity, provide full-time care to enrolled school age children whose schools have closed due to the COVID-19 virus as done during school vacations. United Way of Connecticut’s 211 Infoline is available to help you locate childcare. You can reach the 211 Infoline by dialing 211 from any telephone, or online at https://www.211childcare.org.

For answers to additional questions including paid sick leave and family medical leave, click here.

 

 

 

 

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cronmpuser@hamlethub.com (Governor Lamont) Life Sun, 22 Mar 2020 09:30:24 -0400
Something for Hartford CC to look forward to - National Trails Day is coming June 6th https://news.hamlethub.com/hartfordcc/events/1670-something-for-hartford-cc-to-look-forward-to-national-trails-day-is-coming-june-6th-15848976351670-something-for-hartford-cc-to-look-forward-to-national-trails-day-is-coming-june-6th-1584897635 https://news.hamlethub.com/hartfordcc/events/1670-something-for-hartford-cc-to-look-forward-to-national-trails-day-is-coming-june-6th-15848976351670-something-for-hartford-cc-to-look-forward-to-national-trails-day-is-coming-june-6th-1584897635

Did you know that Connecticut hosts the largest National Trails Day celebration in the nation according to the CT Forest and Park Association?

National Trails Day is scheduled to take place on June 6th and 7th.  You can register now by clicking here https://www.ctwoodlands.org/ct-trails-weekend/2020-connecticut-trails-day-event-registration-open

Last year the event attracted over 250 events and an estimated 5000 participants The event organizers are very helpful in making the event successful for first time participants.

Below is a list of hiking trails within 25 miles of Hartford CC;

Location Trail
US-6, Thomaston, CT Mattatuck State Forest
560 Simsbury Rd, Bloomfield, CT Penwood State Park
Windsor Locks Canal State Park Trail, Windsor, CT Windsor Locks Canal State Park Trail

If you would like more information, please click here https://www.ctwoodlands.org/ct-trails-weekend/7-reasons-lead-connecticut-trails-day-event.

For a list of all the state parks in CT, please click here https://portal.ct.gov/DEEP/State-Parks/Trail-and-Camping-Maps---CT-State-Parks-and-Forests

We look forward to seeing you on the trails!

 

 

 

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cronmpuser@hamlethub.com (CT Trails) Events Sun, 22 Mar 2020 03:43:09 -0400
Prospector Theater Set to Open Second Location in Wilton https://news.hamlethub.com/hartfordcc/places/1668-prospector-theater-set-to-open-second-location-in-wilton1668-prospector-theater-set-to-open-second-location-in-wilton https://news.hamlethub.com/hartfordcc/places/1668-prospector-theater-set-to-open-second-location-in-wilton1668-prospector-theater-set-to-open-second-location-in-wilton

Hello Wilton, it’s a wonderful world! The Prospector Theater & Kimco Realty are proud to announce that the Prospector Theater will be bringing a new first-run movie theater to downtown Wilton, in the space currently occupied by Bow Tie Cinemas. Prospects, and popcorn, and sparkle – oh my!

The Prospector Wilton will be a four screen, non-profit premium movie theater with the mission of employing adults with disabilities in an integrated and competitive work environment. The renovated theater, located in Kimco’s Wilton River Park shopping center at 21 River Road, will bring the sparkle, design, adaptive technology, and accessibility of the Ridgefield location to downtown Wilton. Renovations will begin in September 2020, with an opening near the end of 2021.

A boutique version of the mothership Prospector Theater in Ridgefield, the new theater will offer a wide spectrum of jobs for Prospects (the name of all Theater employees) designed to educate, engage, and entertain audiences of all ages, while employing a wide spectrum of individuals who are traditionally underrepresented in the workforce.

"Another theater brings more awareness of, and appreciation for, our important mission," says Valerie Jensen, Prospector Theater Founder, Visionary, & Executive Director. “Since opening, thousands of people have reached out to us, asking us to build another Theater. We’re so excited to share our sparkle with the town of Wilton and the joys of meaningful employment with a new generation of Prospects!”

There is a national unemployment epidemic for adults with disabilities, with estimates as high as 80% unemployment rate. The Prospector Theater works hard to change that. Over its five years of operation, the Prospector has employed over 250 Prospects, logging more than 600,000 hours of meaningful employment as they break down outdated stereotypes about disabilities, build empathy, and prove that “working is working.”

“With our strong focus on environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues, and diversity and inclusion in particular, Kimco applauds the Prospector Theater’s inspiring and impactful mission,” said Joshua Weinkranz, President of Kimco Realty’s Northern Region. “We’re not only committed to the success of the center, but the entire Wilton community. Prospector Theater is a welcome addition to the neighborhood that will entertain, employ, and hopefully serve as a local favorite for years to come.”

Kimco Realty’s Wilton River Park shopping center offers a combination of first-class retail and office space in the heart of Wilton Center, a prominent area of Fairfield County with easy access from Routes 7 and 33. Prospector Theater will join current retail, restaurant, and service tenants including Stop & Shop, Starbucks, Tim LaBant’s Parlor restaurant, Craft 14 Kitchen + Bar and Sola Salon Studios. The existing Bow Tie Cinemas will be open and operating until end of August.

Can’t wait for the Prospector Wilton? Visit the beautiful Prospector Theater in Ridgefield, CT or teleport yourself there through our website and social media accounts.  

About The Prospector Theater

The Prospector is a 501(c)(3) non-profit dedicated to providing meaningful employment to people with disabilities through the operation of a first-run movie theater in Ridgefield, CT. Employees of the Theater are known as Prospects, and we are encouraged to sparkle, shine, and transform our passions into professions. Approximately 75% of our workforce self-identifies with a disability, and we are committed to competitive and integrated employment.

For more information, please visit www.prospectortheater.org or follow the Prospector on Facebook www.facebook.com/prospectortheater.

About Kimco Realty

Kimco Realty Corp. (NYSE: KIM) is a real estate investment trust (REIT) headquartered in Jericho, N.Y. that is one of North America’s largest publicly traded owners and operators of open-air shopping centers. As of December 31, 2019, the company owned interests in 409 U.S. shopping centers and mixed-use assets comprising 72.4 million square feet of gross leasable space primarily concentrated in the top major metropolitan markets. Publicly traded on the NYSE since 1991, and included in the S&P 500 Index, the company has specialized in shopping center acquisitions, development and management for more than 60 years. For further information, please visit www.kimcorealty.com, the company’s blog at blog.kimcorealty.com, or follow Kimco on Twitter at www.twitter.com/kimcorealty.

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kerry@ducey.org (Prospector Theater/Kimco Realty) Places Mon, 17 Feb 2020 05:33:02 -0500