State of Connecticut & CDC Updates
State of Connecticut Update
Below is a brief update. Please visit the State of Connecticut COVID-19 Website for the full update.
As of May 20, 2020, at 12:00PM, a total of 39,017 laboratory-confirmed cases of COVID-19 have been reported among Connecticut residents. There are 887 currently hospitalized. There have been 3,529 COVID-19-associated deaths. Day-to-day changes reflect newly reported cases, deaths, and tests that occurred over the last several days to week.
*For public health surveillance, COVID-19-associated deaths include persons who tested positive for COVID-19 around the time of death (confirmed) and persons whose death certificate lists COVID-19 disease as a cause of death or a significant condition contributing to death (probable).
|Total||Change Since Yesterday|
|COVID-19 Associated Deaths||3,529||+57|
|Patients Currently Hospitalized with COVID-19||887||-27|
|COVID-19 Tests Reported||190,718||+5,198|
- Business Guidance: Sector Rules for May 20 Reopen
- Gatherings: All social and recreational gatherings of more than 5 people are prohibited. Religious, spiritual, and worship gatherings of more than 50 are prohibited. This remains in effect until June 20, unless earlier modified.
- Face Coverings: When in public and a six-foot distance is unavoidable, face coverings are required to be worn. This does not apply to anyone for whom doing so would be contrary to their health because of a medical condition. Guidance on face coverings has been issued to the state’s businesses. A CDC video explains how to make a face covering at home.
- Offices can resume in-person operations effective May 20 following specific sector rules.
- Retail establishments can resume in-person operations effective May 20 following specific sector rules.
- Restaurants are permitted to provide take-out and delivery services for off-premise consumption, and effective May 20 can serve food for in-person consumption using outdoor dining only and following specific sector rules.
- Bars that do not serve food remain closed until at least June 20, unless earlier modified.
- Gyms, theaters, nail salons, spas, and tattoo parlors remain closed until at least June 20, unless earlier modified.
- Hair salons remain closed and will be permitted to reopen in early June following specific sector rules.
- Schools: In-person classes at all pre-K to 12 schools are canceled for the remainder of the 2019-2020 academic year. Schools should continue distance learning.
- Summer camps: Summer camps will be permitted to open effective June 29, 2020. Guidance will be released in the coming days with specific details they must follow to operate.
- Travelers: Any person coming into Connecticut by any mode of transportation should self-quarantine for 14 days.
To view Frequently Asked Questions on the State of Connecticut’s response to COVID-19, Click Here
Centers for Disease Control & Prevention
To view the latest CDC updates and statistics, Click Here
This is an emerging, rapidly evolving situation and CDC will provide updated information as it becomes available, in addition to updated guidance. CDC is aggressively responding to the global outbreak of COVID-19 and community spread in the United States. Different parts of the United States are seeing different levels of COVID-19 activity. The United States nationally is in the acceleration phase of the pandemic. The duration and severity of each pandemic phase can vary depending on the characteristics of the virus and the public health response.
- Everyone can do their part to help us respond to this emerging public health threat:
- CDC is recommending the use of a cloth face covering to keep people who are infected but do not have symptoms from spreading COVID-19 to others.
- The cloth face cover is meant to protect other people in case you are infected.
- The cloth face coverings recommended are not surgical masks or N-95 respirators. Medical face masks are critical supplies that should be reserved for healthcare workers and other first responders, as recommended by CDC.
- The cloth face cover is not a substitute for social distancing.
- CDC continues to recommend that people try keep about 6 feet between themselves and others.
- The White House “Slow the Spread” Guidelines are in place until April 30. These are part of a nationwide effort to slow the spread of COVID-19 through the implementation of social distancing at all levels of society.
- People 65 years and older and people with severe underlying medical conditions should take special precautions because they are at higher risk of developing serious COVID-19 illness.
- If you are a healthcare provider, use your judgment to determine if a patient has signs and symptoms compatible with COVID-19 and whether the patient should be tested. CDC’s Criteria to Guide Evaluation and Laboratory Testing for COVID-19 provides priorities for testing patients with suspected COVID-19 infection.
- People who get a fever or cough should consider whether they might have COVID-19, depending on where they live, their travel history or other exposures. All of the U.S. is seeing some level of community spread of COVID-19. Testing for COVID-19 may be accessed through medical providers or public health departments, but there is no treatment for this virus. Most people have mild illness and are able to recover at home without medical care.
- American citizens, lawful permanent residents, and their families who have been in one of the countries with travel restrictions for entering the U.S. in the past 14 days will be allowed to enter the United States but will be redirected to one of 13 airports. If you are returning from one of these countries, you should stay home and monitor your health. All other international travelers please follow CDC instructions during this time. Your cooperation is integral to the ongoing public health response to try to slow spread of this virus.