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Are Masks About To Become Part Of The New Normal? The Latest News On Coronavirus In Conn.

Apr 3, 2020

Is this starting to feel normal yet? It remains remarkable how many things have changed and are continuing to change. One example is the thinking around masks. 

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The White House is expected to announce a recommendation that people in hot spots (like Connecticut) wear face coverings when out in public.

There has been an increase in volunteers making masks at home, and even a Connecticut hospital is now accepting mask donations.

If you want to make your own, The New York Times offers instructions.

Here’s the latest on the coronavirus in Connecticut...

Topline

  • The peak of coronavirus cases is still at least a week away from Connecticut.
  • Connecticut is facing a $500 million budget deficit at the end of the fiscal year.
  • New retail shopping regulations are in place, including the number of people in store and creating one-way aisles where appropriate.

By The Numbers

All numbers are as of April 2 at 7 p.m.

  • 112 deaths from COVID-19
  • 3,824 confirmed cases
    • Fairfield County: 2,132
    • New Haven County: 647
    • Hartford County: 539
    • Litchfield County: 141
    • Middlesex County: 74
    • Tolland County: 67
    • New London County: 29
    • Windham County: 21
    • Pending address validation: 174
  • More than 18,300 people tested

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Coronavirus Freebies

There seems to be a divide in the country: those with less free time than ever, and those who are bored out of the minds. I’m in the first category, but I know there are lots of people rewatching The Office for the 14th time.

Several services are offering free access to their products for people hunkering down at home.

  • HBO is offering 500 hours of programming for free, including shows like The Wire, The Sopranos, VEEP and Silicon Valley.
  • SiriusXM is free through its app through May 15. You can listen to everything from NPR and PRX to Howard Stern and The Beatles.
  • Learn to play guitar through Fender with a free three-month trial. It should be enough to get a newbie started, but there are tons of great, local music instructors who are still doing lessons remotely during the coronavirus.
  • Your local library! Although you can’t go in and pick out a new book, many libraries have digital services. My library in Lebanon recently joined Hoopla, which has e-books, audiobooks, graphic novels, music and movies for free to users with a library card. There are different services available, so check out what your library has to offer.

How are you passing the time? I’m eagerly awaiting to get back into woodworking. Let me know at tives@ctpublic.org or on Twitter.

Stay safe. Stay sane. Stay distant.