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The essential duties of a hospital chaplain happen on-site where patients are treated, so it’s hard to work from home at a time when employers are encouraging social distancing to combat the spread of coronavirus.

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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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It was 7 a.m. and cold on a recent Wednesday in Hartford. Despite the early hour, workers from Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center were outside in a nearby parking lot, unloading medical equipment and workstation carts from a mobile unit.

The carts were rolled into a heated white tent, and boxes of hospital gloves, paperwork files and test kits were set up on a nearby table. More doctors, nurses and hospital workers started to arrive, and by 8 a.m., cars were forming a line at the hospital’s drive-through coronavirus testing site.

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The Food and Drug Administration is trying to clear the way to expand the types of medicines or treatments available during the coronavirus pandemic, President Trump said Thursday.

Early trials have begun for a prospective coronavirus vaccine, and the FDA also is working to permit patients to have access to medicines approved for use in other countries or for other uses.

FDA Commissioner Stephen Hahn stressed that the agency is moving as quickly as it can while still following protocol to ensure safety standards are met.

Understanding Virus Anxiety

Mar 19, 2020
Ryan Melaugh

As coronavirus cases increase, so will the associated anxiety. 

This hour, we discuss coronavirus, and how it’s affecting our mental health. 

What should people do if they are experiencing anxiety for the first time? What about those already living with mental health conditions? How should we talk with children about coronavirus?

Join the conversation on Facebook and Twitter.

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President Trump signed the latest coronavirus aid package into law Wednesday evening.

The Senate approved the new round of emergency funding earlier Wednesday.

Virtually all local arts performances and events in the state have been canceled in the face of the coronavirus crisis, meaning lost revenue for these organizations and tough decisions going forward regarding staffing and other budget issues. Other cultural institutions, like museums and libraries, are facing similar concerns as people hunker down at home in an effort to curb the spread of the virus.

Brandon Lynch

It’s been a whiplash week for many people in Connecticut’s service industry. None more so than restaurant servers and bartenders, many of whom were laid off this week without warning, as Gov. Ned Lamont ordered eateries to move to takeout-only service.

Jonathan McNicol / Connecticut Public Radio

The NBA, the NHL, and Major League Soccer have all suspended their seasons. Major League Baseball canceled spring training and postponed opening day until at least mid-May. The NCAA canceled March Madness (which would've started in earnest today) and, in fact, all of its winter and spring sports championships. Tennis's French Open is postponed until September, and soccer's Euro 2020 is postponed until 2021.

There have been cancellations and postponements in archery, badminton, canoe-kayak, cricket, curling, handball, judo, rowing, rugby, sailing, shooting, skating, snooker, sumo, swimming, table tennis, taekwondo, water polo, weightlifting… The list goes on.

Put a bit more simply: Sports is canceled.

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President Trump ordered the border with Canada partly closed on Wednesday and the Pentagon said it would join the coronavirus pandemic response with hospital ships, field treatment centers and medical supplies.

The Night COVID-19 Silenced The Slots At Foxwoods

Mar 18, 2020
Mark Pazniokas / CT Mirror

The only man at the last bar open at Foxwood Resorts Casino sipped bottled water and played Keno on a video screen embedded in the bar top. His name was George Duggan, and he came to witness a moment.

After 28 years and one month of non-stop gambling, defying blizzards and hurricanes, through bull and bear markets, the shock of Sept. 11, 2001 and the election of four presidents, Foxwoods was about to pause.

Joe Amon / Connecticut Public/NENC

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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Ryan Caron King / Connecticut Public

No parades. No trips to the casinos or neighborhood bars. Even Dropkick Murphys are moving their annual St. Patrick's Day concert online. It's the first time in 24 years they haven't played in front of a live audience. The physical celebrations of St. Patrick's Day in Connecticut, and nationwide, are essentially cancelled -- or at least drastically altered -- this year.

Here's the latest on the coronavirus pandemic in Connecticut.

Joe Amon / Connecticut Public/NENC

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.”

The threat of COVID-19 exposure remains high, and it’s becoming clear that people could get sick if they show up to work. Groton’s Electric Boat is one of the state’s largest employers, and some of its workers aren’t happy with the submarine builder’s response to the potential spread of coronavirus.

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President Trump has proposed sending money directly to Americans to help blunt the economic impact caused by the coronavirus pandemic, saying it's time to "go big" to boost the now-stalled economy.

Trump said he wants Congress to push through a major comprehensive package to help businesses and workers facing hardships — one of many abrupt shifts the administration has made this week as the scope of the pandemic has come into sharp focus.

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As Americans respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, what should elected officials be doing to protect public health? Today, we talk with Connecticut 1st District congressman John Larson. As coronavirus spreads, how will lawmakers do their jobs? Do you have a questions for Rep Larson?

Researchers in Connecticut and on Long Island are among the brainpower working overtime to produce a vaccine for the coronavirus. Those vaccines could be months – if not, years – away. 

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Ryan Caron King / Connecticut Public

As Connecticut’s food and drink industry implements new rules and regulations to mitigate the spread of coronavirus, many are finding creative ways to stay in business.

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Joe Amon/Connecticut Public/NENC

COVID-19 school closures mean uncertainty for students who usually rely on the lunch period for a guaranteed meal.

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Ryan Caron King / Connecticut Public Radio

Gov. Ned Lamont spent the morning coordinating a tri-state response with fellow governors in New York and New Jersey, as the three states simultaneously shut down certain businesses, and moved restaurants to takeout-only service.

As he readied for that announcement, the governor visited with Connecticut Public Radio's Where We Live, where he spoke with host Lucy Nalpathanchil about preparing for coronavirus. 

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

America got (more) serious last week about COVID-19. Schools and colleges closed, workers went remote, professional sports teams canceled their seasons, theaters and restaurants closed their doors, and Americans hunkered down at home to reckon with the fragility of life as we know it.

We want to hear from you. Colin and an epidemiologist answer your questions.

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Ryan Caron King / Connecticut Public Radio

Gov. Ned Lamont has joined with the governors of New York and New Jersey in announcing that restaurants and bars that serve food in the tri-state area will be required to move to delivery or takeout service only. The measure, which took effect at 8 p.m. Monday, is intended to enforce social distancing, as the coronavirus crisis continues to intensify.

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President Trump announced new coronavirus guidelines for at least the next 15 days, including that Americans should avoid groups of more than 10 people.

In a briefing at the White House on Monday, he also urged people to avoid discretionary travel and going out to bars, restaurants and food courts. He recommended that schools close.

The stricter guidelines marked a shift for the president, who has repeatedly stated that the virus is under control.

"Whatever it takes, we're doing," Trump said.

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Governor Lamont has declared a public health emergency and thousands of residents, including school children, are staying home.

This hour, we discuss the latest in hospital protocols and talk about who can, and cannot, get tested for coronavirus. We hear how colleges, universities, and local school districts are responding to the crisis.

Gov. Lamont Closes Schools, Joining 22 Other States

Mar 15, 2020
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Nicole Leonard / Connecticut Public

Gov. Ned Lamont on Sunday ordered all public schools closed through the end of March in his latest attempt to slow the spread of the potentially fatal coronavirus.

Photos: Connecticut During Coronavirus

Mar 15, 2020
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Joe Amon/Connecticut Public

Closures, cancellations, emergency orders and remote working: Daily life as we know it is being disrupted at a rapid pace as the world attempts to grapple with a public health crisis. Here’s a look at life in Connecticut amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Governor Issues Order To Further Limit Large Gatherings In Connecticut

Mar 15, 2020
Joe Amon / Connecticut Public

As the number of positive COVID-19 cases in Connecticut grew to 20 Saturday, Gov. Ned Lamont signed a third executive order easing restrictions on a number of government functions in an effort to limit the spread of the virus.

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Joe Amon/Connecticut Public

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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Olivia Hickey / Connecticut Public Radio

Avery’s soda factory in New Britain is known for creating special limited edition sodas based on national events. They’ve poked fun at everything from presidential elections to the government shutdown -- and now the coronavirus.