Governor Organizes "Reopen CT" Board

Coordinating with Six Other States

Dave Mager
April 13, 2020 - 8:00 pm
COVID-19  cases by town/ city, 4/13/20

@CTDPH

There's no timeline for reopening schools and businesses in Connecticut, but Gov. Ned Lamont is starting to develop plans for what the process might look like.

Items from the governor's Monday news briefing:

PLANNING FOR "REOPENING"

--The governor established a "Reopen Connecticut Advisory Board," led by former Pepsi CEO Indra Nooyi and noted Yale epidemiologist Dr. Albert Ko. They'll be joined by Dr. Zeke Emanuel of the University of Pennsylvania and former FDA chief Dr. Scott Gottlieb.

--Nooyi, Ko and Chief of Staff Paul Mounds will represent the state on an as-yet-unnamed seven state (CT, DE, MA, NJ, NY, PA, RI) working group to develop a regional plan for the eventual lifting of Coronavirus restrictions.

Gov. Lamont on reopening: "What we're trying to do is deal with the public health crisis that is ongoing...  At the same time we think about the future, and we think about getting our state back to work in a thoughtful way that keeps us safe.

HOSPITAL SYSTEM HOLDING UP 

--1,800 overflow beds have been added at multiple field hospitals (including hundreds just installed at the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford), but none has been needed.

--1,760 total are hospitalized

Gov. Lamont: "I have a high degree of confidence that if we keep to our social distancing, nobody's going to be denied a ventilator who needs it."

THE UPDATED NUMBERS FROM CT DPH

--48 more dead, for a total of 602

--466 of 602 dead (77.4%) age 70 yrs. or older

--1,346 newly confirmed cases (new one day high; returned tests also surged to 3,109 for the day); total confirmed cases 13,381

Gov. Lamont: "The hospitalization is not going up, exponentially, which means our hospitals have a better chance to keep this under control."