Governor Lamont provides update on Connecticut’s coronavirus response efforts


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06/08/2021

Governor Lamont provides update on Connecticut’s coronavirus response efforts

Latest data at 3:00 p.m. on Friday August 6, 2021

(HARTFORD, CT) – As the state of Connecticut continues to take action in response to the global spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19), Governor Ned Lamont provided the following updates at 3:00 p.m. on Friday August 6, 2021:

Connecticut Testing Data Updates

The following is a summary of newly reported day-to-day data on cases and tests in Connecticut. It’s important to note that these newly reported updates include data that has occurred in the past few days to one week. All data in this report is preliminary and data for previous dates will be updated as new reports are received and data errors are corrected.

General summary

Total

Change since yesterday

COVID-19 cases (confirmed and probable)

358,076

+731

COVID-19 tests reported (molecular and antigen)

10 043 043

+20 772

Daily positivity test

3.52%

Patients currently hospitalized with COVID-19

174

+19

Data on deaths associated with COVID-19 is updated once a week every Thursday. The most recently reported total number of deaths is 8,296.

County-by-county distribution of current hospitalizations related to COVID-19:

county

Current COVID-19 hospitalizations

Fairfield County

47

Hartford County

50

Litchfield County

1

Middlesex County

4

New Haven County

59

New County of London

12

Tolland County

1

Windham County

0

Total

174

For a series of interactive charts and maps that provide additional data, including measures related to age, gender, and race / ethnicity, as well as data disaggregated by city and town of Connecticut, visit ct.gov/coronavirus and click on the link titled “Data Tracker”.

Pandemic EBT Child Care program bringing additional nutritional benefits to more than 55,000 young children in Connecticut on August 8

The Connecticut Department of Social Services, in consultation with the Connecticut Office of Early Childhood and the State Department of Education, today announced that $ 31.2 million in special food assistance will be distributed on Sunday, August 8, 2021 to families in over 55,000 children under 6 enrolled in the Supplementary Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).

Specific information on the August 8 distribution of EBT child care benefits in the event of a pandemic:

  • The Development Services Department will deposit benefits on existing SNAP Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) cards on August 8, 2021, to nearly 41,000 households (55,000 eligible children) who were under the age of six as of October 1, 2020, unless the child has already received Pandemic EBT Children in School benefits from being enrolled in the free or reduced meal program at their school.
  • Benefits may differ from family to family and depend on the number of months the child received SNAP between October 2020 and June 2021.
  • Each eligible household whose child received SNAP benefits during all months of October 2020 through June 2021 will receive $ 716.10 per eligible child. Households whose child started receiving SNAP benefits after October 1, 2020, or ended before June 30, 2021, will receive a lower amount.
  • The Department of Development Services began sending letters to all eligible households on August 6, 2021, advising them of these benefits.
  • Families do not need to apply for P-EBT benefits because the Department of Social Services uses eligibility information from SNAP to determine whether children are eligible for P-EBT child care benefits.

Benefits can be used at any location that accepts SNAP / EBT cards. This includes farmers’ markets and direct market farms. In fact, registrants can double the value of P-EBT or other SNAP benefits at farmers’ markets participating in CT Fresh Match. Additional information about this program is available online at www.endhungerct.org/services/farmers-markets.

P-EBT participants will also have online access to qualifying food purchases via curbside delivery or pickup at participating retailers Amazon, Aldi, Price Chopper / Market 32 ​​via Instacart, BJ’s Wholesale Clubs, ShopRite and Walmart. Further information on this subject is available at www.ct.gov/snap.

Food budgets can be stretched further with WIC. Households with children under 5, new parents, and pregnant or breastfeeding women may be eligible to receive healthy foods, free nutrition education, breastfeeding support, and referrals to helpful resources. To apply or find out more, visit portal.ct.gov/DPH/WIC/WIC.

The Department of Social Services received information from the State Department of Early Years and Education to implement the P-EBT child care plan, which was approved by the Department of Food and Nutrition Department of the United States Department of Agriculture. P-EBT Child Care SNAP funding was authorized by the federal Families First Coronavirus Response Act, with additional changes to the Continuing Appropriations Act and other extensions of 2021, as well as the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021. .

Provide information to Connecticut residents

For the state of Connecticut’s most recent information on COVID-19, residents are encouraged to visit ct.gov/coronavirus. Residents can also subscribe to state SMS alerts by submitting the keyword COVIDCT To 888-777.

People who have general questions that the website cannot answer can call 2-1-1 for assistance. The hotline is available 24 hours a day and has multilingual assistance. Anyone out of state or in need of a toll-free number can connect to Connecticut 2-1-1 by dialing 1-800-203-1234. This is intended for use by people who are symptom free but may have general questions related to COVID-19. Anyone showing symptoms is strongly advised to contact their attending physician.

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