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Joe Amon/Connecticut Public/NENC

We’ve heard a lot about the distance learning going on at K-12 schools during t.his coronavirus pandemic shutdown. But there’s a good number of kids who are not distance learning for a variety of reasons and badly need schools to reopen. 

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Monday is the day that Connecticut’s two casinos will reopen after weeks of shutdown due to the coronavirus pandemic. Gov. Ned Lamont has been open about his feeling that it’s too early to resume gaming at Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun. 

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Airman 1st Class Zoe Thacker / U.S. Air Force

Gov. Ned Lamont recently signed an executive order that will allow people who are concerned about contracting the coronavirus to use an absentee ballot for the August presidential primary elections. That has some members of the state Republican party upset. 

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A federal appeals court has reversed a decision by immigration authorities in the case of a Connecticut man facing deportation, ordering the Board of Immigration Appeals to respect the state’s pardons.

Courtesy: Yale School of Public Health

On the same day the state partially reopened, Gov. Ned Lamont disbanded the Reopen Connecticut Advisory Group, the task force that had been charged with coming up with a plan to guide the state into a safe, methodical reopening. One of the co-chairs of that group was Dr. Albert Ko of the Yale School of Public Health.

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Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo in Bridgeport plans to reopen on June 1 after closing to visitors back in March because of the coronavirus pandemic. Connecticut Public Radio’s Morning Edition host, Diane Orson, spoke with zoo director Gregg Dancho.

Mark Pazniokas / CT Mirror.org

In one of his most recent executive orders, Gov. Ned Lamont weighed in on the controversial question of absentee balloting. The governor says state residents can use fear of contracting COVID-19 as a reason to use an absentee ballot to vote in the presidential primary, now scheduled for Aug. 11. Republican Party Chairman J.R. Romano has been vocal in his opposition to absentee balloting. He spoke with Connecticut Public Radio’s All Things Considered host, John Henry Smith.

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It’s not just restaurants and malls that can open up this week. Gov. Ned Lamont says offices can welcome workers back if they need to. But how many of us want to go, and is it really safe to do so? 

Connecticut Attorney General William Tong
Frankie Graziano / Connecticut Public Radio

There are plenty of pitfalls for consumers trying to navigate the new commercial landscape during COVID-19, and that means there’s plenty of work for the office of Connecticut Attorney General William Tong. He spoke recently with Connecticut Public Radio’s John Henry Smith about couples trying to get refunds on canceled weddings, securing adequate PPE for the state, fighting fraud in the age of coronavirus, and the federal Department of Justice’s decision in the Michael Flynn case.

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Connecticut Health I-Team

Those in nursing homes and senior care facilities -- along with the thousands of workers whose job it is to try to keep them safe -- are statistically still at the greatest risk of contracting the coronavirus and dying from it.

As of last week, just over 1,600 nursing home residents statewide had died from COVID-19, accounting for more than half of the coronavirus-related deaths in Connecticut.

John Fasolo
Ryan Caron King/Connecticut Public

Imagine going to the hospital with what feels like a cold. You’re admitted. The next thing you find out is that days have passed while you were sedated on a ventilator fighting a severe case of COVID-19. And you’ve survived. 

Renée Coleman-Mitchell
Mark Pazniokas / CTMirror.org

Gov. Ned Lamont has removed his public health commissioner. Lamont announced Renee Coleman-Mitchell’s abrupt dismissal in a press release Tuesday morning. Lamont later acknowledged that he fired her. But, according to the Connecticut Mirror, he declined to give a detailed rationale, other than a desire for closer coordination among state agencies as Connecticut approaches the first phase of easing COVID-19 restrictions on retailers and some other businesses.

Dr. Steven Marans
Courtesy: Yale School of Medicine

The coronavirus has swiftly led to dramatic changes in our daily lives. And that, in turn, has meant new levels of stress for many people.

Unlike other singular traumatic events, the pandemic is ongoing. And as Connecticut begins to reopen its economy, people will have to find ways to continually adapt to unpredictable and changing conditions.

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Ryan Caron King / Connecticut Public Radio

New London native and 26-year Coast Guard veteran Capt. W. Russell Webster is FEMA’s New England regional administrator. And he’s in charge of the agency’s response in this region to the slow-moving disaster that is the coronavirus pandemic. He spoke with our All Things Considered host, John Henry Smith, about federal aid, PPE supplies, decontamination facilities and his relationship with the Lamont administration.

Glenn Lungarini
Joe Amon / Connecticut Public/NENC

The Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference canceled its spring sports season this week after news that public schools will remain closed for the remainder of the academic year. Executive director Glen Lungarini talked with All Things Considered host John Henry Smith about this decision and the criticism he faced when he canceled the winter sports playoff schedule back in March.

Miguel Cardona
Courtesy: NEAG School of Education, UConn

It’s official: K-12 education in Connecticut for the rest of the school year will be online only. Gov. Ned Lamont confirmed Tuesday that students and teachers will not return to campus because of the coronavirus threat. Connecticut Public Radio’s All Things Considered spoke with Miguel Cardona, commissioner of the state Department of Education, about the decision.

Jahana Hayes speaking on WNPR's "Where We Live" after winning the National Teacher of the Year Award in 2016.
Ryan Caron King / Connecticut Public Radio

On Thursday, we learned that the husband of 5th District Rep. Jahana Hayes was dealing with the effects of COVID-19 and that the family would self-quarantine for two weeks. The congresswoman joined John Henry Smith on All Things Considered to talk about how she and her family are doing. 

Thomas Katsouleas
Frankie Graziano / Connecticut Public Radio

Colleges and universities around Connecticut are wrestling with what the country is wrestling with: how and when to get back to business amid a global pandemic.

Dr. Raymond Foley
Courtesy: UConn Health Center

Doctors caring for critically ill COVID-19 patients have had to find new ways to treat a fierce and mysterious virus, and at the same time comfort patients who are isolated without loved ones near them.

Connecticut Public Radio’s Diane Orson spoke with Dr. Raymond Foley, medical director of the intensive care unit at UConn John Dempsey Hospital in Farmington.

Merima Sestovic
Courtesy: Stamford Health

Stamford has been hit hard by COVID-19. The latest data show more than 2,300 confirmed cases, the most of any city or town in the state of Connecticut. 

Connecticut Public Radio’s Diane Orson reached out to Merima Sestovic, a nurse at Stamford Health, to hear how she and other front-line medical workers have been managing during the pandemic.

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Ryan Caron King / Connecticut Public Radio

Paycheck Protection Program 2.0 opened for business this week in Connecticut and around the country. After the initial $349 billion ran in just two weeks, the federal government has now made an additional $310 billion available to small businesses who agree to keep, and pay, their employees. 

Dr. Faiqa Cheema
Courtesy: Hartford HealthCare

After weeks in lockdown or under shelter-in-place orders, some states across the U.S. are beginning to loosen restrictions aimed at slowing the spread of the coronavirus. Connecticut Public Radio’s Diane Orson reached out to Dr. Faiqa Cheema, an infectious disease specialist at Hartford HealthCare, for her thoughts on what’s next for Connecticut.

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Courtesy: Oak Hill

Much has been made of the insufficient federal efforts to get money and personal protective equipment to front-line medical workers during this pandemic. But many of Connecticut’s nonprofit community care providers have a bone to pick with the state in that regard. Connecticut Public Radio’s John Henry Smith spoke with Barry Simon, the CEO of Oak Hill, the state’s largest nonprofit social services provider.

Dave Wurtzel/Connecticut Public

When Connecticut schools closed in mid-March to slow the spread of the coronavirus, most school nurses thought they'd be out of work for a while. But when COVID-19 drive-thru testing began in the Bristol-Burlington region, school nurses from the local health district stepped up to help staff the specimen collection station.

Dr. Patrick Broderick
Courtesy: Nuvance Health

The coronavirus has hit many hospital emergency rooms like a storm. Connecticut Public Radio’s Diane Orson spoke with Dr. Patrick Broderick, chair of emergency medicine at Danbury Hospital -- part of Nuvance Health in Fairfield County.

Chion Wolf / WNPR

The first woman to lead Connecticut House Republicans says she will not be running for re-election in November. Minority Leader Themis Klarides will be ending a 22-year run as the representative of the 114th district. She spoke with Connecticut Public Radio's John Henry Smith for All Things Considered.

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Ryan Caron King / Connecticut Public

As the number of critically ill coronavirus patients began to rise in New Haven, several floors of Smilow Cancer Hospital were converted into intensive care wards. Sara Newman has been a nurse for 39 years and is the nurse manager overseeing the vast majority of Yale New Haven Hospital’s sickest COVID-19 patients. 

Frankie Graziano / Connecticut Public Radio

The huge traffic jam at Rentschler Field Monday morning had nothing to do with football. The organization Foodshare held the first session of a week-long daily drive-through foodbank. The event saw Gov. Ned Lamont and Lt. Gov. Susan Bysiewicz among the volunteers passing out food. 

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Alastair Battson / Creative Commons

Consider the plight of the alcoholic during this coronavirus shutdown. Liquor is still widely available at stores and even now via delivery. At the same time, social distancing means in-person recovery meetings are out of the question. Connecticut Public Radio's John Henry Smith spoke with Michael Askew, director of recovery advocacy for the Connecticut Community for Addiction Recovery.