My Connecticut Coronavirus Update for 4/2/2020
Governor Lamont this evening announced another Executive Order – Executive Order 7T.
Executive Order 7T restricts the occupancy of hotels, motels, inns, bed and breakfasts, and short-term residential rentals including those arranged on-line to healthcare workers, first responders, essential workers and the homeless during the crisis. The Order modifies earlier guidance regarding bars and restaurants serving alcohol for off-premise consumption, suspends notary requirements for applications to the Connecticut Recovery Bridge Loan program and allows the Commissioner of Early Childhood to temporarily waive requirements deemed necessary to maintain a sufficient capacity of childcare services or stabilize child care providers. It also suspends certain hearing rights for healthcare providers. The Order also makes changes to affidavit requirements for an order of protection and relief.
Executive Order 7T enacts the following provisions:
Prohibition on non-essential lodging: Prohibits all hotels, motels, inns, bed and breakfasts, and short-term residential rentals (including those arrange through online hosting platforms such as Airbnb and Vrbo) from renting to customers for leisure or vacation purposes. Instead, lodging at these facilities must be limited to:
- Health care workers, first responders, and other essential workers;
- Workers engaged in transporting critical materials to hospitals;
- Vulnerable populations, including those who are homeless;
- Connecticut residents who need a place to self-quarantine away from family or roommates;
- Those receiving long-term care or specialized medical treatment;
- Connecticut residents in need of housing as a result of property damage, such as a fire;
- Persons unable to return home because of constraints on travel; and
- Persons engaged in providing or servicing lodging.
Further clarification of limits on restaurants, bars, and private clubs: Permits, under certain conditions, food establishments and liquor manufacturers to deliver alcoholic liquor and allows additional manufacturers to sell alcoholic liquor for pick-up and delivery. This will provide additional opportunities for these businesses to safely deliver their products directly to customers and reduce travel outside the home.
Suspension of notarization requirement related to Connecticut Recovery Bridge Loan Program: Suspends the notarization requirement for certifying compliance with nondiscrimination laws for applicants seeking assistance through the recently created Connecticut Recovery Bridge Loan Program for small businesses in order to ensure that applications can be completed and processed in an efficient manner.
Flexibility to maintain adequate child care infrastructure: Provides the commissioner of Early Childhood with the authority to implement a financial package to compensate emergency child care and stabilize the child care field to support providers through the emergency response.
Suspension of rehearing rights for temporary rate increases for certain health care providers: Enables the Department of Social Services to provide relief to various providers, including nursing facilities, intermediate care facilities for the intellectually disabled, and residential care homes, by way of a temporary rate increase to address the COVID-19 public health emergency without being subject to rehearings challenging the overall magnitude and methodology of the rate increases that can, in some case, take years to come to a conclusion and expose the state to increased costs beyond those necessary to pay the temporary rate increases.
Alternative to affidavits in relation to orders of protection and relief: Suspends the requirement that victims of domestic abuse sign an application for an order of protection under oath before a notary or attorney. Instead, the order enables them to sign an application outside the presence of a third party under the penalty of false statement. Governor Lamont thanks the Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence and the Judicial Branch for their input and coordination on this important matter. This order, along with additional changes the Judicial Branch intends to make to its Rules of Civil Procedure, will ensure victims of domestic abuse continue to have access to our courts during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Executive Order 7T can be read here: https://portal.ct.gov/-/media/Office-of-the-Governor/Executive-Orders/Lamont-Executive-Orders/Executive-Order-No-7T.pdf
The governor’s full press release can be read here: https://portal.ct.gov/Office-of-the-Governor/News/Press-Releases/2020/04-2020/Governor-Lamont-Coronavirus-Update-April-2
ACCESS HEALTH CT EXTENDS NEW SPECIAL ENROLLMENT PERIOD FOR THE UNINSURED
The new deadline for uninsured Connecticut residents to enroll in
health insurance plans through Access Health CT is extended until Friday, April 17, 2020
- The Access Health CT New Special Enrollment Period has been extended through Friday, April 17, 2020 for uninsured Connecticut residents to enroll in a health insurance plan.
- The only way to sign up for this New Special Enrollment Period is by calling 1-855-365-2428.
- Individuals who experience a Qualifying Life Event, such as loss of coverage due to job change or job loss, can ALWAYS enroll online and all help is free.
- Customers that are recently unemployed and lost health insurance due to job loss, need to verify information or have questions about IRS 1095 tax forms, can visit AccessHealthCT.com for faster service.
More information can be found here: https://www.accesshealthct.com/AHCT/LandingPageCTHIX
As of 3:30 p.m. tonight – Thursday, April 2nd – the state has diagnosed a total of 3824 cases of Coronavirus. Updated virus totals can be accessed here: https://portal.ct.gov/Coronavirus
Governor Lamont also said the state death toll related to Coronavirus has risen to 112.
Latest COVID-19 Testing Data in Connecticut
Updated 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 2, 2020
Total patients who tested positive: 3824
Fairfield County: 2132
Hartford County: 539
Litchfield County: 141
Middlesex County: 74
New Haven County: 647
New London County: 29
Tolland County: 67
Windham County: 21
Pending address validation: 174