The Tricky Road to May 20th

Sen. Saud Anwar, a Doctor, Calls for Careful Steps

Dave Mager
May 04, 2020 - 10:51 pm
Sen. Saud Anwar (D/ South Windsor) speaks during the governor's news briefing, 5/4/20

Governor's Office/ Microsoft Teams

With Connecticut on track for a limited lifting of coronavirus restrictions on May 20th, a state senator issued words of warning.

Sen. Saud Anwar (D/South Windsor) is also a doctor and pulmonary specialist-- he's getting a firsthand view of how COVID-19 attacks the lungs.

Notes from Gov. Ned Lamont's Monday news briefing:

"THIS DISEASE SPREADS LIKE FIRE"

Sen. Anwar is concerned that May 20th might be too soon for a "reopening." He's calling for a scientific, not emotional, approach:

"We have patients dying every single day. Just because the numbers of deaths has decreased, does not necessarily mean that we are safe... If they're (protestors) actually going to try and use these kind of tactics to scare people, it's not going to be of any benefit to my community, my nurses, my respiratory therapists... they will die from some of these bad choices they're making because they will end up treating many more patients than we can handle."

Anwar adds, "This disease spreads like fire. It's only going to take about 20 or 30 patients to overwhelm any hospital."

Rep. William Petit, Jr. (R/Plainville), a retired endocrinologist, and agrees with Sen. Anwar about the dangers and unpredictability of the virus. He also says businesses need certainty about what mitigation measures they'll need to take once they reopen:

"If restaurants and nail salons are going to be open in two weeks, they want a specific list of things they must do... If there's going to have to be physical barriers in certain places, people need time to to be able to obtain the raw materials to construct whatever physical barriers may be needed. Businesses need the time to be able to obtain any protective equipment." 

LATEST DATA FROM CT DPH:

--hospitalizations are still dropping (-24), to 1,464. Less than two weeks ago, they peaked at more than 1,900.

--61 more dead, for a total of 2,556 statewide.

--more than 30,000 positive cases

--more than 105,000 tested (roughly 3% of the state population)