Rep. Fishbein's Connecticut Coronavirus Update - 3/30/2020
Governor Lamont this evening announced another Executive Order – Executive Order 7Q.
Executive Order 7Q restricts child care centers to limit groups to no more than ten (10) and requires centers with more than thirty (30) children to receive authorization from the Commissioner of Early Childhood, and requires child care centers to screen each employee and child entering the facility. It also mandates increased precautions be enacted, including enhanced hand washing and health practices. The Order also amends rules for notarization services statewide, under certain circumstances.
Executive Order 7Q:
1. Limited Group Sizes in Childcare
To limit the spread of COVID-19 and protect the health and safety of children and staffing all child care facilities that are continuing to operate during this civil preparedness and public health emergency, Section 19a- 79 and any related regulations, rules, or policies, are modified to require that all child care facilities shall limit group sizes to no more than ten children in one space, and to authorize the Commissioner of Early Childhood to issue any implementing orders she deems necessary. Any childcare operation seeking to caring for more than thirty children in one facility shall seek approval to do so from the Commissioner and demonstrate sufficient separation of groups within the facility. This order applies to all childcare operations, including but not limited to childcare centers, group childcare homes, family childcare homes, youth camps, and childcare facilities that are exempt from licensing requirements pursuant to Section 19a-77 of the Connecticut General Statues.
2. Enhanced Health Procedures for All Operating Child Care Programs
All children and childcare workers shall be screened before entrance to any childcare operation, as described herein, for any observable illness, including cough or respiratory distress, and to confirm body temperature below one hundred degrees Fahrenheit. All staff shall practice enhanced handwashing and health practices, including covering coughs and sneezes with a tissue or the corner of the elbow and assisting children with such increased handwashing and health practices. Enhanced cleaning and disinfection practices shall be implemented in all facilities to prevent the spread ofCOVID-19. This order applies to all childcare operations including but not limited to childcare centers, group childcare homes, family childcare homes, youth camps, and childcare facilities that are exempt from licensing requirements pursuant to Section l9a-77 of the Connecticut General Statues. The Commissioner of Early Childhood may issue any implementing orders she deems necessary consistent with this order.
3. Remote Notarization – Amended Procedures
Effective immediately and through June 23, 2020, unless modified, extended or terminated by me, Section 3 of my prior Executive Order 7K concerning remote notarizations is hereby superseded and replaced in its entirety by this Executive Order. All relevant state laws and regulations are hereby modified to permit any notarial act that is required under Connecticut law to be performed using an electronic device or process that allows a notary public commissioned by the Connecticut Secretary of the State pursuant to section 3-94b of the Connecticut General Statutes (“Notary Public”) or a Commissioner of the Superior Court as defined by section 51-85 of the Connecticut General Statutes (“Commissioner”) and a remotely located individual to communicate with each other simultaneously by sight and sound (“Communication Technology”), provided that the following conditions are met:
a. The person seeking the notarial act (“Signatory”) from a Notary Public or Commissioner, if not personally known to the Notary Public or Commissioner, shall present satisfactory evidence of identity, as defined by subsection 10 of section 3-94a of the General Statutes, while connected to the Communication Technology, not merely transmit it prior to or after the transaction;
b. The Communication Technology must be capable of recording the complete notarial act and such recording shall be made and retained by the Notary Public for a period of not less than ten (10) years;
c. The Signato1y must affirmatively represent via the Communication Technology that he or she is physically situated in the State of Connecticut;
d. The Signatory must transmit by fax or electronic means a legible copy of the signed document directly to the Notary Public or Commissioner on the same date it was executed;
e. The Notary Public or Commissioner may notarize the transmitted copy of the document and transmit the same back to the Signatory by fax or electronic means;
f. The Notary Public or Commissioner may repeat the notarization of the original signed document as of the date of execution, provided the Notary Public or Commissioner receives such original signed document, together with the electronically notarized copy, within thiI1y days after the date of execution;
g. Notwithstanding the foregoing, only an attorney admitted to practice law in the State of Connecticut and in good standing may remotely administer a self-proving affidavit to a Last Will and Testament pursuant to section 45a- 285 of the General Statues or conduct a real estate closing as required by Public Act 19-88. Any witnessing requirement for a Last Will and Testament may be satisfied remotely through the use of Communication Technology if it is completed under the supervision of a Commissioner. The supervising Commissioner shall ce11ify that he or she supervised the remote witnessing of the Last Will and Testament
h. All witness requirements on any document, other than a Last Will and Testament, requiring a notarial act are hereby suspended for the duration of this Executive Order.
i. All Remotely Notarized documents pertaining to real property shall be accepted for recording on the land records by all Connecticut Town or City Clerks. A one-page certification confirming the use of Remote Notarization procedures shall be attached to each remotely notarized document submitted for recording on the land records in Connecticut.
Executive Order 7Q can be read here: https://portal.ct.gov/-/media/Office-of-the-Governor/Executive-Orders/Lamont-Executive-Orders/Executive-Order-No-7Q.pdf
The governor’s full press release can be read here: https://portal.ct.gov/Office-of-the-Governor/News/Press-Releases/2020/03-2020/Governor-Lamont-Coronavirus-Update-March-30
Department of Revenue Services extends filing and payment deadlines for certain small businesses
At the direction of Governor Lamont to provide Connecticut small businesses with immediate administrative tax relief in recognition of the impact of COVID-19, the Department of Revenue Services (DRS) today announced that it granting a two-month extension of filing and payment deadlines for certain small businesses.
Taxpayers that have $150,000 or less in annual sales tax liability qualify for an automatic extension of time to file and pay. Similarly, those that have $150,000 or less in annual room occupancy tax also qualify for this relief. Entities that collect both sales tax and room occupancy tax must evaluate each tax separately to determine eligibility for relief.
To determine if it is a qualified small business, entities are required to utilize a calendar year look back period of January 1, 2020 through December 31, 2019. Any taxpayer that reported $150,000 or less in tax during that period qualified for the relief.
Returns covered by this extension includes:
- For monthly sales tax and room occupancy tax filers: Returns and payments due March 31, 2020, and April 30, 2020, are extended to May 31, 2020.
- For quarterly sales tax and room occupancy tax filers: Returns and payments due April 30, 2020, are extended to May, 31, 2020.
Governor Lamont Announces Governor’s Health System Response Team
CEOs of Three Hospital Systems to Assist in COVID-19 Response for Hospitals
(HARTFORD, CT) – Governor Ned Lamont today announced details on the latest collaboration to assist in the state’s coordinated response to the COVID-19 pandemic. He is appointing the CEOs of three of the largest hospital systems in Connecticut – Hartford HealthCare, Nuvance Health, and Yale New Haven Health – to serve as co-chairs of the Governor’s Health System Response Team. In coordination with the Connecticut Hospital Association and the state’s other hospitals, the health care leaders will advise the governor, the Department of Public Health and the rest of the state’s Emergency Support Functions in the Unified Command structure on the proper allocation and distribution of needed resources, supplies, and personnel, throughout the duration of the public health emergency.
The co-chairs of the Governor’s Health System Response Team include:
- Jeffrey Flaks, President and CEO of Hartford Healthcare: Backus Hospital, Charlotte Hungerford Hospital, Hartford Hospital, The Hospital of Central Connecticut, MidState Medical Center, St. Vincent’s Medical Center, Windham Hospital
- John Murphy, MD, President and CEO Nuvance Health: Danbury Hospital, New Milford Hospital, Norwalk Hospital, Sharon Hospital
- Marna Borgstrom, CEO Yale New Haven Health: Bridgeport Hospital, Greenwich Hospital, Lawrence & Memorial Hospital, Yale New Haven Hospital, Yale New Haven Children’s Hospital
The three hospital systems represent close to 70 percent of the state’s hospital infrastructure across 14 acute care hospitals and numerous additional facilities. The CEOs will also work in close collaboration with the Connecticut Hospital Association to ensure that all hospitals are represented in discussions on resource allocations.
This group has already been consulting on a regular basis with the Lamont administration prior to the confirmation of the first positive case in the state, and that work will provide the foundation of the plans and actions as the state’s health care system handles an expected surge of COVID-19 cases.
More information can be found here: https://portal.ct.gov/Office-of-the-Governor/News/Press-Releases/2020/03-2020/Governor-Lamont-Announces-Governors-Health-System-Response-Team
U.S. Department of Homeland Security to provide financial support for Governor Lamont’s activation of the Connecticut National Guard
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security today informed the Lamont administration that it will provide 100 percent reimbursement for the costs associated with activating the Connecticut National Guard to provide the state with support in its COVID-19 emergency response. Governor Lamont activated the Guard prior to the first confirmation of a positive case in the state. This is a state activation of the Guard, meaning that Governor Lamont will continue to command Connecticut National Guard forces through Connecticut’s Adjutant General and Joint Staff.
To date the Connecticut Military Department and National Guard has:
- Deployed two of Department of Public Health’s mobile field hospitals at Saint Francis Hospital in Hartford and Danbury Hospital, with a third on the way at Middlesex Hospital in Middletown;
- Provided climate-controlled tents to two VA hospitals in West Haven and Newington;
- Used their Guardsmen that work for major logistics companies to begin managing a warehouse to receive and distribute essential supplies;
- Distributed protective masks, gowns, and face shields to healthcare workers and first responders; and
- Provided medical planners to work with the Department of Public Health to find ways to surge bed capacity and do predictive analysis on how many people the virus will affect.
This week they plan to:
- Deploy the Federal Medical Station with a capacity of 250 beds;
- Convert large spaces at Southern Connecticut State University, Western Connecticut State University, and Webster Bank Arena in Bridgeport into medical surge capacity with approximately 300 beds at each site; and
- Deploy the third Department of Public Health mobile field hospital at Middlesex Hospital.
The Office of Early Childhood announced today that funding for OEC-funded child care services will continue through the fiscal year ending June 30, 2020. This critical step will financially stabilize child care programs in the wake of the COVID-19 public health emergency. The OEC funding streams are School Readiness, Child Day Care, Smart Start, and Care 4 Kids, serving children ranging in age from birth through age 12.
In addition, the OEC will be releasing up $4.5 million in Public Health Emergency Response Grant Funds to incentivize and support public and private programs that re-open or remain open to provide child care for children of health workers and first responders. These funds are available only during the period in which Governor Lamont’s “Stay Home, Stay Safe” Executive Order is in effect.
For more information, go to: https://www.ct.gov/oec/site/default.asp
As of 4:30 p.m. tonight – Monday, March 30th – the state has diagnosed a total of 2571 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 36.
Latest COVID-19 Testing Data in Connecticut
Updated 4:30 p.m. on Monday, March 30, 2020
Total patients who tested positive: 2571
Fairfield County: 1445
Hartford County: 330
Litchfield County: 113
Middlesex County: 50
New Haven County: 373
New London County: 24
Tolland County: 50
Windham County: 10