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Patrick Skahill is a reporter at WNPR. He covers science and the environment. Prior to becoming a reporter, he was the founding producer of WNPR's The Colin McEnroe Show, which began in 2009. Patrick's reporting has appeared on NPR's Morning Edition, Here & Now, and All Things Considered. He has also reported for the Marketplace Morning Report. 

He can be reached by phone at 860-275-7297 or by email: pskahill@ctpublic.org.

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Around 15,000 small businesses in Connecticut were “frozen out” of a federal relief program that ran out of money, Gov. Ned Lamont said Wednesday. 

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Gov. Ned Lamont announced a partnership with Quest Diagnostics on Tuesday that he said will boost the state’s capacity to test for COVID-19. The announcement comes as officials said 35 people have died from complications related to coronavirus at Kimberly Hall North, a nursing home in Windsor. 

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Gov. Ned Lamont painted a picture Monday of a state with an eventually reopened economy undergirded by rapid testing and data collection. 

But how officials will use that data to inform public health actions in the coming months is an open question. 

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The number of people in Connecticut who have died from coronavirus topped 1,000 Friday.  

“It’s a milestone tragic day,” Gov. Ned Lamont said Friday. The state’s death toll as of Friday was 1,036.

Ryan Caron King / Connecticut Public

The road to reopening Connecticut’s economy will likely require a phased-in approach that will consider hospitalization numbers, widespread COVID-19 testing and detailed tracking of infections in different regions, Gov. Ned Lamont said Thursday. 

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Gov. Ned Lamont said Wednesday that he is considering an executive order spelling out when and where Connecticut residents should wear face masks in response to the ongoing pandemic.

Despite a few flickers of hope that Connecticut was rounding the bend on COVID-19 cases, Lamont said virus infections continue to grow, with nearly 200 newly reported deaths. 

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Gov. Ned Lamont said Tuesday that Connecticut’s social distancing measures to flatten the rate of coronavirus infections seem to be paying off -- striking a hopeful note even as the state’s death toll rose to 277.

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The spread of COVID-19 in state prisons comes as Connecticut experienced its largest one-month reduction in prison population in history, according to the state Department of Correction. 

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As the number of Connecticut’s new coronavirus cases continues to grow, Gov. Ned Lamont signed another executive order Sunday aiming to provide legal immunity to health care workers facing life-or-death decisions for patients in their care. 

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Connecticut officials are bracing themselves for a peak in coronavirus cases to hit Fairfield County in mid-to-late April, before the virus surges across New Haven, Hartford and eastern Connecticut, according to case models released Friday.

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The state fielded 40,000 more unemployment claims over the last 18 days than it did for all of last year. 

It’s a staggering number, one that comes as the state government awaits its share of a $2 trillion federal relief package that could take until the end of April to arrive. And it’s just one more measure of the financial impact of the coronavirus pandemic in the state.

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Two state universities are transforming athletic centers into mobile field hospitals in anticipation of a COVID-19 patient surge. The move comes as the state enters what’s expected to be its worst month of illness, death and hospitalization ushered in by a worldwide pandemic -- a surge marked by the state’s first reported infant death from the coronavirus.

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Connecticut grocers said Tuesday they’ll limit the number of customers allowed inside their grocery stores. The new guidelines will cap crowds at no more than 50% of a store’s local fire code capacity and will be enforced by store staff.

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As the number of COVID-19 cases in Connecticut continues to grow, the state has been collecting lots of data, but there’s a potential blind spot: nursing homes.

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Gov. Ned Lamont said he asked the federal government on Thursday to declare a major disaster in Connecticut as the number of COVID-19 cases in the state surpassed 1,000.  

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As federal lawmakers worked on finalizing a $2 trillion coronavirus stimulus package, Connecticut officials on Wednesday detailed their own economic recovery plans for small businesses to tackle the “unprecedented” pace of jobless claims in the state.

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Doctors and nurses are finding themselves on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic. But other health care workers are also putting themselves on front lines every day: pharmacists. 

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Connecticut’s schools will remain closed until at least Monday, April 20, as the state works to contain rising counts of cases and deaths from COVID-19. Meanwhile, Gov. Ned Lamont’s order that “nonessential” businesses statewide close for in-person work took effect at 8 p.m. Monday.

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Connecticut residents are being told to stay inside and avoid going out for all but the most essential reasons. Meanwhile, Governor Ned Lamont on Friday ordered virtually all of the state’s workforce to stay home, with exceptions for health care and a handful of other “essential” industries. 

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Two more Connecticut residents have died from complications related to COVID-19, bringing the state’s death toll to three. Meanwhile, Gov. Ned Lamont announced Thursday the state will postpone its presidential primaries to June 2 as coronavirus rattles what were once seemingly unshakable pillars of American democracy and daily life. 

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The first Connecticut resident has died from complications related to COVID-19. 

Gov. Ned Lamont announced the death Wednesday. The patient was an 88-year-old man who was a resident of an assisted living facility in Ridgefield.

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Gov. Ned Lamont said Tuesday there are now 68 COVID-19 cases in Connecticut, and “that number, in terms of people infected, is probably much more than that.”

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Connecticut residents continue to adjust to living under a public health emergency, as state officials implemented more measures Friday aimed at curtailing the spread of COVID-19

The number of confirmed positive cases in Connecticut is now 12, with an additional 7 Connecticut residents testing positive in the last 24 hours.

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State regulators have announced that utilities will no longer be able to shut off the water, electricity or natural gas of residential customers if they don’t pay their bills. The order came during a week when Gov. Ned Lamont declared a public health emergency in response to the global COVID-19 pandemic.

Joe Amon / Connecticut Public

Gov. Ned Lamont signed an executive order Thursday prohibiting all gatherings in Connecticut with more than 250 people. The measure is one of several announced that could radically alter day-to-day life and business in Connecticut, as the state responds to growing numbers of people testing positive for COVID-19 in Connecticut and New York.

Gov. Ned Lamont declared civil preparedness and public health emergencies as Connecticut braces for the spread of the coronavirus.
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A third person in Connecticut has tested positive for coronavirus. Health officials said Wednesday the patient is a man over the age of 65 who lives at a private residence in New Canaan. He is hospitalized at Norwalk Hospital.

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Connecticut lawmakers are considering a bill that would ban the sale and breeding of certain whales held in captivity. 

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The nonprofit organization representing Connecticut’s 169 municipalities says more cooperation is needed to manage environmental fallout from a family of contaminants that have remained in products for decades.

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More than 100,000 Connecticut consumers could soon see a refund on their electric bills if they used a third-party electric supplier.

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The Metropolitan District Commission approved a controversial water discount for high-volume users Monday night. Right now, the measure stands to benefit only one customer: Niagara Bottling, a bottled water company.

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