State officials propose 90-day grace period on mortgage payments for those affected by coronavirus

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 Gov. Ned Lamont announced Tuesday that there are 557 new cases of coronavirus in the state, with 16 additional virus-related deaths.
Connecticut is the fourth most coronavirus-infected state per capita, Lamont says.
Officials say most banks have agreed to a 90-day grace period for mortgage payments for those affected by coronavirus and a 60-day ban on foreclosures. Homeowners will need proof to show how they were impacted by coronavirus.
Lamont also says the state has received 50 new ventilators from the federal government. He also says the national stockpile is depleted and, "We're on our own."
He also says he hasn't been tested for the virus yet and that he feels healthy.
 
BRIEFING NOTES:
- There are 557 new cases of coronavirus in the state in 24 hours, with 16 new virus-related fatalities. There are 69 total deaths related to the virus.
- Officials say there have been over 15,000 tests for coronavirus in the state.
- Lamont says 608 people are hospitalized due to coronavirus. He says there are 400 coronavirus cases in Fairfield County alone.
- Connecticut is the fourth most coronavirus-infected state in U.S. per capita.
- He says 50 ventilators have arrived to the state, but that the national strategic stockpile is empty.
- Lamont says child care will be expanded to cover more first responders.
- Officials are proposing, with the backing from 62 financial institutions, a 90-day grace period for mortgage payments for those affected by coronavirus.
- There will also be a 60-day period of no foreclosures. Officials say there will also be no credit score changes for those affected by coronavirus.
- Lamont says there are 100,000 unemployment claims in the state, and there is a five-week lag time with processing. He says unemployment is currently retroactive.
- Lamont announced in a tweet that he signed an executive order to limit the amount of people in state parks.
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