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Trump backs off quarantine idea, travel advisory for CT

Mar. 28, 2020 10:46 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut political leaders had mixed views — and lots of questions — after President Donald Trump said Saturday a coronavirus quarantine might be needed for residents of their state, as well as New York and New Jersey. But the president backed away from the idea late...

Mark Brennan, of Wallingford, holds a handmade sign for his mother Annmarie Brennan at Masonicare's Home Health Center in Wallingford, Conn., Thursday, March 26, 2020. Brennan has visited his 76-year-old mother at Masonicare's Home Health Center on weekends for 12 years. That routine ended recently when the facility restricted building access due to the coronavirus crisis. (Dave Zajac/Record-Journal via AP)

Fairfield County fund raises $1 million, quickly needs more

Mar. 27, 2020 9:55 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A southwestern Connecticut foundation raised $1 million in pledges over the past week to help nonprofits in the county hit hardest by the coronavirus. But demand for funding grew Friday by another $863,000. Juanita James, president and CEO of Fairfield County's Community Foundation,...

Town crews work to construct new counter windows in the land uses offices on the ground floor of Wallingford Town Hall, Wednesday, March 25, 2020. (Dave Zajac/Record-Journal via AP)

Connecticut to decrease COVID-19 testing, death toll at 21

Mar. 26, 2020 10:05 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut plans to decrease testing for the new coronavirus, giving priority to the very sick, health care workers and front-line responders, Gov. Ned Lamont said Thursday. Lamont said the state will instead rely on people self-diagnosing and self-quarantining for 14 days if they...

Owner of WWII-era bomber prohibited from carrying passengers

Mar. 25, 2020 9:52 PM EDT

WINDSOR LOCKS, Conn (AP) — The Federal Aviation Administration revoked a foundation's permission to carry passengers aboard its World War II-era planes after a deadly crash in October. The agency cited safety concerns in its decision to prohibit the Collings Foundation from chartering its historic B-17...

Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center President John Rodis, M.D., left, speaks with Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont outside Saint Francis Hospital, Tuesday, March 24, 2020. Rodis said they are trying to preserve the supplies they have at the hospital and has also seen a reduction in emergency department visits. (AP Photo/Chris Ehrmann)

Connecticut reports 'unprecedented' unemployment claims

Mar. 25, 2020 8:22 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — State workers in Connecticut are processing 20 times the number of unemployment claims they normally do, a deluge caused by the coronavirus, officials said Wednesday. Staff members have been shifted from other jobs to help the unemployment claims operation, Labor Commissioner Kurt...

Frank Pelc, of Hosmer Mountain Beverages, unloads cases of soft drinks at a home in Columbia, Conn., Tuesday, March 24, 2020. The company, which also delivers bottled water, is considered essential and allowed to remain open during the COVID-19 pandemic. (AP Photo/Pat Eaton-Robb)

Businesses adapt to new order, number of cases jumps by 200

Mar. 24, 2020 11:46 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut businesses adapted to new social distancing guidelines Tuesday, and state lawmakers were planning to continue work on an assistance package for small companies affected by the coronavirus outbreak despite the postponement of the legislative session. The changes come the...

Connecticut public schools closed until at least April 20

Mar. 23, 2020 7:59 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut public schools will be closed until at least April 20, the governor said Monday, and the state is looking into re-purposing old nursing homes and empty college dormitories to help free up space for hospitals as they brace for more COVID-19 patients. The state's latest...

U.S. Supreme Court won't hear appeal over airport runway

Mar. 23, 2020 11:53 AM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear Connecticut's appeal of a ruling that overturned a state law limiting the length of Tweed-New Haven Airport's main runway, handing the small airport a victory in its attempts to expand airline service. The justices gave no reason Monday for the...

Connecticut virus cases top 300 with 8 deaths

Mar. 22, 2020 6:40 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont urged residents to sign up for cellphone alerts Sunday, saying he will deliver a recorded message to more than 4 million phone numbers through the state's CTAlert system about the coronavirus. The message from the state's Emergency Operations Center in...

FILE - This May 3, 2019 file photo, a still image from police dash camera video, released by the Hartford State's Attorney, shows Police Officer Layau Eulizier pointing his weapon at a car being driven at him by Anthony Jose Vega Cruz during an attempted traffic stop April 20, 2019, in Wethersfield, Conn.  Eulizier who fatally shot the 18-year-old after running in front of his car and firing through the windshield was justified in using deadly force, a state prosecutor announced Wednesday, March 18, 2020. (Hartford State's Attorney via AP, File)

Officer is found justified in fatal shooting of driver, 18

Mar. 18, 2020 2:25 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut police officer who fired through the windshield of a car coming at him and killed the 18-year-old driver was justified in using deadly force, a state prosecutor announced Wednesday. Wethersfield Officer Layau Eulizier believed that the car was about to hit him and that...