Lamont Announces Help For Small Businesses As COVID-19 Cases Surpass 870

Steve Burns
March 25, 2020 - 7:13 pm
Ned Lamont

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HARTFORD, Conn. (WCBS 880) — At the center of Connecticut’s coronavirus crisis is Fairfield County, which accounts for almost two-thirds of the state’s 875 cases.

On Wednesday, Gov. Ned Lamont confirmed that there were over 540 confirmed cases in Fairfield. Statewide, there have been 113 hospitalizations and 19 deaths.

Lamont added that the only thing seeing a stronger surge than hospitals, is Connecticut’s unemployment resources.

“Folks who have lost all their income, folks who have lost their job, folks who saw their restaurant shut down,” Lamont said.

With the COVID-19 pandemic forcing everyone to stay home, the state is working to help those most impacted.

Lamont on Thursday announced help was on the way with a new bridge loan program that aims to help small businesses and non-profits stay alive.

Meanwhile, as federal money starts getting doled out, Lamont wants lawmakers to see this regionally.

“Southern Connecticut is part of the greater New York Metropolitan area, and that's an area right now that is the epicenter of the COVID pandemic,” the governor said.

He says help is desperately needed as the state is beginning to run low on supplies. Another field hospital has opened in Danbury, but Connecticut is still taking stock of its supplies.

“Exactly how many ventilators will we have and when we'll hit the peak? We don't know yet,” said epidemiologist Dr. Matthew Cartter.

He says hospitals are looking to increase capacity wherever they can, especially in hard hit Fairfield and New Haven counties.