Hospitalization Numbers Decrease in Connecticut

Nearly 18,000 Total Positive Cases

Morgan Cunningham
April 20, 2020 - 2:38 am
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CONNECTICUT (WTIC Radio)_ For the second day in a row, the State of Connecticut has logged fewer COVID-19 hospitalizations.

The latest numbers on Sunday afternoon show a decrease by at least 37 people hospitalized for the Coronavirus with a total of at least 1,901 people currently in hospitals throughout the state. Laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 cases are nearing 18,000 total cases at 17,962 cases. An additional 41 people died bringing the statewide death toll to 1,127.

NURSING HOMES

Governor Ned Lamont expands financial assistance for Connecticut's nursing homes. His administration has been directed to boose Medicaid payments for all of Connecticut's 215 nursing homes by 15%. Facilities will receive an additional $65 million with the increase. Increased financial support will be applied to employee wages, cleaning supplies, personal protective equipment, and new costs related to visitors.

The State of Connecticut will be now begin making physical, on-site visits to all nursing homes throughout Connecticut over the next seven to ten days. During the visits, the State will extend additional support and will evaluate situations on the frontlines. This will be a first among States in the region, as all nurses in the Facility Licensing and Investigations Section have been fit-tested for N95 respirators, which is a federal requirement.

STATE BOAT LAUNCHES

Connecticut's Department of Energy and Environmental Protection urges safe boating as Connecticut's 117 State Boat Launches remain open at this time. Social distancing is required at the sites.

WEST HARTFORD RESTAURANT INCENTIVE

The Town of West Hartford announces its "Eat Local - Win Local" campaign, running from now until the end of May.

West Hartford is encouraging people to buy take out from local restaurants to generate support for the eateries. Through May 31st, customers can submit receipt(s) to EatLocalWinLocal@westhartfordct.gov for entry into a weekly drawing. $25 dine-in gift certificates to randomly selected West Hartford Chamber-member restaurants will be awarded for future use.

To enter to win, West Hartford instructs people to spend at least $15 at two different West Hartford restaurants for a minimum total of $30 until the end of May. Each time a customer spends a minimum of $30 at two different restaurants during the five week period, more receipts can be submitted for another chance to win.