Lamont: 618 cases of coronavirus reported in Connecticut; with 12 fatalities related to the virus

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Gov. Ned Lamont said Tuesday there are 618 cases of coronavirus in Connecticut, with 12 fatalities related to the virus.

 

He says that the state has 203 more cases in comparison to Monday. Lamont also says two more patients have died.

Before the announcement, Lamont toured a new mobile field hospital in the parking lot of St. Francis Hospital in Hartford, which can hold up to 100 beds.

Lamont also signed an executive order extending the cancellation of school across the state until April 20 at the earliest.

He says that schools may not reopen until this fall.

Lamont also announced that Mohegan Sun Casino has donated almost 1 million protective gloves.

The state has also ordered 1 million surgical masks and thousands of thermometers.

Norwalk Mayor Harry Rilling also announced Tuesday that coronavirus cases in the city have increased by 18, with there now being 46 cases of coronavirus in Norwalk.

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BRIEFING NOTES:

- There are 618 cases of coronavirus in Connecticut, with 12 fatalities related to the virus.

- Lamont says 62% of coronavirus cases in the state are in Fairfield County, making it the county with the largest percentage of cases.

- Dorms at Southern Connecticut State University are being opened up for doctors and nurses. Also, 900 nurses and doctors have offered to come out of retirement, and 300 of them are already working.

- The state will be giving students in need 60,000 laptops to be able to school online.

- Scholastic is offering the state a discount for online content, textbooks and workbooks for students.

- State officials are scouring for personal protective equipment. The state has ordered 1 million masks and more thermometers.

- The state is not planning to close state borders.

- Lamont says the state has expanded health care and Medicaid for people to get insurance.

- Lamont also says he's working with banks and utilities to hold off on foreclosures and shutting off utilities.

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