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A Baby Dies, Unemployment Record Broken Again. The Latest On The Coronavirus in Connecticut

Apr 2, 2020

Over the last two weeks, 10 million Americans have filed for unemployment benefits. Last week’s report of 3.3 million new claims was astronomically high. This week’s numbers doubled that.

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In case you missed it, the CT Mirror’s Ana Radelat answered questions about the coronavirus stimulus check many Americans will be receiving … and it can’t come soon enough for many people.

Harvard economist Kenneth S. Rogoff warns that the long-term economic conditions could be worse than anything most people have experienced. “I feel like the 2008 financial crisis was just a dry run for this,” he told The New York Times.

While the economic numbers are devastating, so too is the spread of the virus in Connecticut, especially after news that a baby died and later tested positive for COVID-19.

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


  • A 6-week-old baby was found unresponsive and died at a Hartford-area hospital. The child later tested positive for the coronavirus. This is presumed to be the youngest fatality from COVID-19 in the country so far.
  • Statewide, at least 85 people have died of COVID-19. 
  • The state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection will enforce bans on gatherings of more than five people in state parks. They will also penalize people who enter parks after reaching capacity. Those penalties could be fines or even arrest.

By The Numbers

All numbers are as of April 1 at 8 p.m.

  • 85 deaths from COVID-19
  • 3,557 confirmed cases
    • Fairfield County: 1,986
    • New Haven County: 611
    • Hartford County: 469
    • Litchfield County: 131
    • Middlesex County: 66
    • Tolland County: 61
    • New London County: 29
    • Windham County: 19
    • Pending address validation: 185
  • More than 16,600 people tested


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Which celebrity (or public radio personality) would you most like to hear read you a bedtime story? For me, it’s obviously Wade Goodwyn. Let me know at tives@ctpublic.org or on Twitter.

Stay safe. Stay sane. Stay distant.