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State copes with jobless surge, more prison workers infected

Apr. 2, 2020 8:30 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut officials are struggling to handle an overwhelming number of unemployment claims stemming from the coronavirus outbreak that has grown to more than 220,000 in roughly two weeks, Gov. Ned Lamont said Thursday. The Democrat said his administration has been “throwing...

Two Connecticut National Guard personnel wheel a crate of supplies provided by FEMA to the state for a temporary field hospital to be constructed at Southern Connecticut State University's Moore Field House to help out during the current coronavirus crisis, Tuesday, March 31, 2020, in New Haven, Conn. The 250-bed temporary field hospital, to be constucted by week's end, should facilitate overflow in the event that regional hospitals treating COVID-19 patients reach their capacity. FEMA responded to the governor's request in anticipation of a surge of COVID-19 cases in April. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

Infant in Connecticut who had coronavirus dies

Apr. 1, 2020 9:28 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A 7-week-old baby who died at a hospital in the Hartford area had the coronavirus, Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont said Wednesday. The cause of death is unknown. The unidentified child from Hartford was unresponsive when taken to the hospital recently and could not be revived. The infant...

On-duty state trooper injured in highway crash

Apr. 1, 2020 1:03 PM EDT

ROCKY HILL, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut state trooper investigating a highway accident was injured when another car crashed into his cruiser Tuesday night, state police said. Trooper Alvin Chen, 33, was sitting in his cruiser parked in the left lane of Interstate 91 southbound in Rocky Hill when it was...

Tensions rise over virus inside Connecticut prisons

Mar. 31, 2020 5:33 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A second Connecticut state prison inmate has tested positive for COVID-19, officials said Tuesday as tensions rose inside correctional facilities where prisoners increasingly are concerned about the coronavirus. The Corrigan-Radgowski prison in Uncasville was locked down Tuesday...

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...